WISE - Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe
Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe is an ESO Working Group to guarantee better stroke care for women. WISE aims to promote scientific initiatives and efforts which emphasise women’s stroke care. Europe has marked diversities in its health care systems, as well as its economic and social fabric. These differences have been shown to influence cardiovascular risk profile in patients along with the incidence of cerebrovascular disease. These differences frequently translate into disparities regarding patient outcome; especially for women who tend to fair worse than men after a stroke. WISE is working to bridge the gap in women’s stroke care throughout Europe.
- Aleksandra Pavlovic (Chair), Serbia
- Katharina Sunnerhagen, Sweden
- Monica Acciarresi, Italy
- Anne Alexandrov, USA
- Carine Ali, France
- Ljiljana Beslac Bumbasirevic, Serbia
- Erica Cam, Brasil
- Valeria Caso, Italy
- Hanne Krarup Christensen, Denmark
- Charlotte Cordonnier, France
- Anna Czlonkowska, Poland
- Julia Ferrari, Austria
- Ana Catarina Fonseca, Portugal
- Sumanjit Gill, UK
- Petra Ijas, Finland
- Dejana Jovanovic, Serbia
- Christine Kremer, Sweden
- Svetlana Lorenzano, Italy
- Sheila Martins, Brasil
- Annika Nordanstig, Sweden
- Fabienne Perren, Switzerland
- Francesca R. Pezzella, Italy
- Kirsi Rantane, Finland
- Christine Ruffe, UK
- Simona Sacco, Italy
- Else Charlotte Sandset, Norway
- Paola Santalucia, Italy
- Nikola Sprigg, UK
- Nada Sternic, Serbia
- Maria Luisa Zedde, Italy
Marked differences in healthcare systems, economic and social factors across Europe influence cardiovascular risk profiles in patients including the incidence of cerebrovascular disease. The differences also frequently translate into disparities in patient outcome; especially for women who tend to fair worse than men after a stroke. Additionally, women are underrepresented in clinical trials contributing to less optimal prevention and treatment for stroke in women.
Academically, women are generally underrepresented in academic leadership positions and at scientific meetings and with the same qualifications, tend to receive less money for research.
Who are we?
WISE (Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe) is a permanent open European Stroke Organisation (ESO) Working Group. The group is open to health professionals who are working in the field of stroke and are members of ESO, the largest academic body for stroke in Europe.
What do we want?
To increase awareness of stroke risk factors and stroke symptoms amongst women.
Gender equality in stroke care; this means men and women having access to best evidence-based care according to their individual needs.
Equal career opportunities for health care professionals so that talent rather than gender influence prospects.
How will we achieve it?
WISE aims to guarantee better stroke care for women by:
- Promoting and supporting activities and programs to increase stroke awareness among women
- Promoting and disseminating research on stroke in women
- Increasing female representation in clinical trials
- Promoting initiatives and efforts which emphasize stroke care in women
WISE aims to promote female stroke clinicians and researchers by:
- Supporting female leadership in the field of stroke
- Increasing the number of women represented at scientific meetings
- Increasing the number of women represented in the ESO
- Mentoring and supporting young female stroke clinicians and researchers