ESOC 2018, Gothenburg - Local Committee

Local Committee

Turgut Tatlisumak, Chair

Niaz Ahmed

Christian Blomstrand

Hanne Christensen

Johan Herlitz

Janika Kõrv

Christina Jern

Katarina Jood

Arne Lindgren

Björn Logi Thorarinsson

Åsa Lundgren Nilsson

Bo Norrving

Lars Rosengren

Tiina Sairanen

Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen, Sweden

Lars Thomassen

Mia von Euler

Per Wester

Hanna Persson


The Finnish Stroke Society: A Division of the Finnish Neurological Society 

Founded 29.3.2007. Members: 64.

An organizational member of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) and the World Stroke Organization (WSO).

The Society aims at improving stroke care through a variety of national and local activities. The Society regularly organizes national educational lecture series in Finnish and/or English.

International activities in Stroke Organizations

Members of the Finnish Stroke Society participate actively in scientific organizations like ESO and WSO boards, committees and working groups.

Members of the society have given lecturers and attended as delegates in the European Stroke Organisation's (ESO) Master Programme in Stroke Medicine (Master of Science, MSc) education since 2007 with 1 to 3 graduates every two years.

Members have also given lectures and participated in the ESO Stroke Summer and Winter Schools.

Members of the Division have continuously held different positions within the ESO.

ESO Guidelines on Ischemic stroke and TIA were translated to Finnish and published in a Finnish national medical journal soon after their publication in English in 2008.

The Finnish Stroke Society is in charge of organizing the ESO Stroke Summer School 2019 to be held in Helsinki.

In cooperation with the Finnish Brain Association (Aivoliitto) translation of the WSO Post Stroke Checklist (PSC) is underway.

Biannual conferences of the Nordic Stroke Society were organized by the Finnish team in Finland in 1985 (Helsinki), 1993 (Jyväskylä), 2001 (Kuopio), and 2009 (Helsinki).

The Finnish Stroke Society endorses and participates in committee work of the ESOC 2018 to be organized in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Nordic Stroke Society

The aim of the Nordic Stroke Society is to promote research on cerebrovascular
disorders in the Nordic and Baltic countries with special emphasis on scientific collaboration and exchange across national borders and between professional disciplines.
The Society was founded in 1982 under the name Scandinavian Society for Cerebrovascular Diseases. In 2005 the name was changed to Nordic Stroke Society, and colleagues from the Baltic countries were formally welcomed to the organisation. It is now the oldest of the regional stroke organisations in Europe.

The main activity of the Society has been to arrange scientific conferences biennially, rotating between the Nordic countries. These meetings are focused on advanced stroke education and on presenting and discussing new research findings. It provides an excellent opportunity for young investigators to make presentations in an international setting. The official language of the Society is English.

Web page:

The next Nordic Stroke Congress will be in Tromsø, Norway 2019

Danish Stroke Society

Danish Stroke Society is a scientific multidisciplinary society open to all stroke professionals. The society provides advice and education in the field of stroke to health care providers and stroke professionals. The society arranges an annual meeting; however in 2017 two multidisciplinary sessions at the Nordic Stroke Congress was arranged instead. The society has app. 320 members. Homepage:

Stroke Centre West (SCW)

Stroke Centre West (SCW) is a research centre located in Gothenburg and founded in 2010 as a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, the regional health services authority (Region Västra Götaland), and the Chalmers' University of Technology to strengthen the multidisciplinary stroke research in the western part of Sweden. Our ambition is to participate in the development of new and improved treatment methods, and to evaluate this work. Concentrate on earlier efforts, with emergency assessment and treatment, to lessen the impact of brain damage and neurological disabilities. Develop and improve rehabilitation. Strengthen and improve communication and cooperation between the hospital, out-patients' clinic, and the local authorities. The SCW is an open arena to all researchers or health care providers in western Sweden interested in stroke.

SCW activities include recurring open one-day seminars where recent research findings are presented. Internationally as well nationally renowned stroke researchers are invited lecturers. Work of local researchers and postgraduate students pursuing their studies for a doctorate are discussed. SCW also give seminars for health care providers without research experience in order to recruit research students and to stimulate a scientific view on the stroke care process. The SCW also promotes strengthening of co-operation with other universities, both in Sweden and internationally. We welcome ESOC 2018 and will include the conference in our activities of 2018. We have instigated the collaboration between ESOC and Göteborgsvarvet who manages the world's largest half marathon and participants of the conference may join the run under the parole Run FAST against stroke.

Link to SCW homepage:


There is an active stroke patient organization is Iceland (Heilaheill, and despite no professional stroke organisations (yet) exist, Dr Thorarinsson and his colleagues have been actively implementing ESO quality measures to stroke care in Iceland achieving many milestones including an average 15 min door-to-needle time for intravenous thrombolysis.

The Norwegian Stroke Organisation (NSO)

The Norwegian Stroke Organisation (NSO) was founded in 2014 with the aim to promote exchange and dissemination of information on stroke, to provide a forum for setting priorities in neurovascular medicine and to support national and international cooperation in neurovascular medicine. NSO also organises the annual Bergen Stroke Conference. Ordinary members can be medical doctors engaged in patients with neurovascular diseases. NSO is organisational member of the European Stroke Organisation.

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