Programme Highlights

Programme Highlights

There are many different and interesting sessions at the 7th European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC 2021). Explore some of them below.

Joint Sessions

Scientific Session: Current Status on the Diagnosis and Management of Intracranial Stenosis
Thursday, 2 September | 15:45-17:15 | Hall C

Intracranial Stenosis: The Magnitude of the Condition, Etiology and Risk Factors
Nicola Logallo (Norway)

High Resolution MRI of Intracranial Vessels in Differential Diagnosis of Intracranial Stenosis
Jeroen Hendrikse (Netherlands)

Medical Management of Intracranial Stenosis
Elsa Azevedo (Portugal)

Stenting Treatment for Intracranial Stenosis: To Treat or Not to Treat?
Jens Fiehler (Germany)


Scientific Session: Targeting Cardiac Disease in Stroke Prevention
Wednesday, 1 September | 17:15-18:30 | Hall A

Suspected Cardio Embolic Stroke, Which Evaluation to Perform in Which Patients?
Marta Rubiera (Spain)

Occult Atrial Fibrillation and Embolic Stroke: Clinical Relevance and Diagnostic Strategies
Renate Schnabel (Germany)

Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention
Urs Fischer (Switzerland)

Management of PFO-related Stroke: Clinical and Imaging Features to Inform Treatment Decisions
Jan Kovac (UK)

Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: What’s Best for the Heart Is Best for the Brain?
Jan Scheitz (Germany)

Live Discussion

Teaching Course 10: Neurosonology
Friday, 3 September | 08:30-10:00 | Hall D

Introducing Neurosonology
Christine Kremer (Sweden)

Improving Large Vessel Diagnostic
Sverre Rosenbaum (Denmark)

Transcranial Doppler Explained
Fabienne Perren (Switzerland)

Role of Ultrasound in Clinical Decision Making
Christos Krogias (Germany)

Live Discussion

Stroke Care for All Geographic and Economic Levels – Reaching the Remotest Communities in Challenging Circumstances
Friday, 3 September | 10:30-12:00 | Hall A

Acute Care Pathways for Regional Stroke Services
Panayiotis Mitsias (Greece)

How Can Early Supported Discharge Become More Realistic in Low-and-Middle Income Regions?
Peter Langhorne (UK)

What Do Stroke Survivors and Carers Need and What Support is Available from Stroke Support Organisations in Challenging Times?
Juliet Bouverie (UK)

Optimising Stroke Care for Living Well with Aphasia: Recommendations from a Mixed Methodologies Study
Molly Manning (Ireland)

Telerehabilitation Services for Stroke in Remote Communities
Kate Laver (Australia)

Live Discussion

COVID-19 Related Sessions

Wednesday, 1 September| 08:30-10:00| Hall C

Insights Into Post-Stroke Immunity – Pre-Clinical Evidence
Kate Lykke Lambertsen (Denmark)

Infection Preceding Stroke and Complicating Stroke – Epidemiological Evidence
Craig Smith (UK)

COVID-19 and Stroke: Aetiologies, Short and Potential Long-Term Effects
Elena Moro (France)

Response of Brain to COVID-19, Preclinical and Clinical Data
Laura Benjamin (UK)

Inflammation as a Target in Stroke Prevention
Angel Chamorro (Spain)

Live Discussion

Thursday, 2 September| 08:30-10:00| Hall A

Thrombolysis in Patients With Recent Surgery or Trauma
Gordian Hubert (Germany)

The Older Patient With Extensive Medical History: What to Do?
Marjaana Tiainen (Finland)

Stroke in the Cath Lab and Related Situations – How to Manage the Patient Loaded With Antiplatelet Drugs and Heparin
Rajiv Advani (Norway)

Thrombus Composition in Diverse Stroke Aetiologies: Imaging, Histology and Treatment
Marco Bacigaluppi (Italy)

Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke in Patients Suspected of COVID-19 Infection
Claudio Baracchini (Italy)

Live Discussion

Friday, 3 September| 08:30-10:00| Hall F

Imaging in CVT
Mikael Mazighi (France)

COVID-19 Vaccination Related CVT
Jonathan Coutinho (Netherlands)

Prognosis and Outcomes in CVT
Jose Ferro (Portugal)

Pregnancy During and After CVT
Marina Diomedi (Italy)

Young Stroke Physicians and Researchers

Wednesday, 1 September| 08:30-10:00| Hall A

This workshop is organised by the Young Stroke Physicians and Researchers Committee. 

Learning Objectives: Focused workshop directed to young investigators.

The main aim is to support young stroke researchers in promoting their research project under construction to the wider stroke community and to have their proposed study design reviewed in an open forum and by an expert mentor in the field. We hope that this will help young researchers to refine their study design and to promote collaboration with other groups and centres.

How to Participate: As in previous years, young investigators (<35 years) are invited to submit an abstract for the workshop describing a planned research study, an ongoing project still under development or interim results from an ongoing project.
If you would like to participante in the workshop, please submit your abstract under the special category (“YSPR design workshop for studies in development”). Further information and guidelines for the abstract submission are available here.  The YSPR committee will select the projects to be presented at the workshop, among the highest-scoring abstracts, in order to guarantee an appropriate balance of the topics and research designs included.

The successful applicants will give an oral presentation, followed by a constructive assessment of the study’s design and advice on its future development by a senior, internationally-renowned invited investigator. In addition to providing expert guidance on the development of the study, the workshop will be an opportunity for the young researchers to promote their work to the wider community and establish collaborations.
Besides discussing with the candidates the 4 projects that will be presented, each mentor is also invited to give a lecture on a career development topic.

The presenters of the two top-scoring abstracts will receive a place at the ESO Summer School or the ESO Edinburgh Stroke Winter School in 2022. All presenters will be interviewed by other Young Stroke Physicians and Researchers and the interviews will be featured on the ESO blog.

Introduction by the convenors

Getting Your First Grant – Pitfalls and Challenges
Marcel Arnold, (Switzerland)

Saying Yes or Saying No – When and How?
Valeria Caso, (Italy)

Abstract presentations (4 abstracts)

General advice from the assigned mentors


Wednesday, 1 September | 15:15-16:45 | Hall A

Learning Objectives: This will be a highly practical session on publishing in stroke journals. The first two talks will cover guidance for the delegate on how to increase their chances of success by optimal preparation of a paper before submission, and to explain how the journal processes work and what can be done to increase the chance of acceptance. This will be followed by a session on how to review a paper, including opportunities available for reviewer training, such as the early career support provided by Stroke journal. It will finish with a talk on the many changes and challenges that are occurring in publishing, and a gaze into the future as to what the format of publishing will look like in 10 years time.

How to Prepare a Paper for Submission?
Bo Norrving (Sweden)

What Happens After Submission?
Hugh Markus (UK)

How to Review a Paper?
Ralph Sacco (USA)

The Future of Publishing
Helen Frankish (UK)

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, 1 September | 15:15-16:45 | Hall E

Learning Objectives: Basic and contemporary clinical best practices and pearls focusing on the early-phase aspects of stroke unit care.

Definition and Benefits of a Stroke Unit
Speaker: Christine Roffe (UK)

Ultra-Fast IVT Delivery – Making It Happen
Speaker: Soffien Chadli Ajmi (Norway)

Watching Out for Early Neurological Deterioration
Speaker: Pierre Seners (France)

Practical Neurosonology in the Stroke Unit
Speaker: Rossana Tassi (Italy)

Thursday, 2 September | 08:30-10:00 | Hall F

Learning Objectives: Course to outline and illustrate the development of evidence-based medicine. Starting from a research question to implementing evidence in clinical practice.

Finding the Current Evidence: How to Perform a Meta-Analysis
Speaker: Peter Rothwell (UK)

Changing the Evidence: From Prospective Registries to Randomized Clinical Trials
Speaker: Diederik Dippel (Netherlands)

Designing and Completing Randomized Clinical Trials
Speaker: Craig Anderson (Australia)

External Validation of Evidence-Based Medicine
Speaker: Anne Hege Aamodt (Norway)

Thursday, 2 September | 17:45-19:15 | Hall F

Learning Objectives: Insights in choice of imaging modality in stroke with focus on benefits and disadvantages of CT vs MRI.

Can Brain CT Diagnose Intracerebral Haemorrhage due to Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy?
Speaker: Rustam Al-Shahi Salman (UK)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Before Treatment in Acute Ischemic Stroke
Speaker: Catherine Oppenheim (France)

CT Perfusion in the Acute Setting: Stroke and Alternative Diagnosis
Speaker: Robin Lemmens (Belgium)

MRI for Patients Presenting with TIA
Speaker: Ivana Galinovic (Germany)

Nursing and Allied Health Care Sessions

Wednesday, 1 September | 08:30 – 10:00 | Hall D

Recruitment to a Multicenter Randomised Controlled Trial in Stroke. Lessons Learnt from the EFFECTS Trial
Eva Isaksson (Sweden)

Controversies in Delivering and Evaluating Psychological Interventions
Maree Hackett (Australia)

Designing Trials: Ethical and Governance Considerations
Denise Forshaw (United Kingdom)


Wednesday, 1 September | 17:15 – 18:45 | Hall D

Nursing in the Hyperacute Phase – The Finnish Model
Johanna Martin (Finland)

Rehabilitation in the Hyperacute Phase – Nursing and AHP Roles
Martine Nadler (United Kingdom)

Supporting Lifestyle Changes and Health Promotion: Stroke CARD
Peter Willeit (Austria)


Thursday, 2 September | 08:30 – 10:00 | Hall C

Consensus on Standardized (Quality of Movement) Measurement
Jane Helena Burridge (United Kingdom)

Standardized Assessments in Clinical Practice
Rinske Nijland (Netherlands)

Potential Benefits of PREP2 in Clinical Practice
Cathy M. Stinear (New Zealand)

Upper Limb Sensorimotor Assessment Using Technology
Pavel Lindberg (France)

Implementation in clinical practice – Challenges and Possibilities
Louise Connell (United Kingdom)


Thursday, 2 September | 17:45 – 19:15 | Hall D

RTW Interventions
Kathryn Radford (United Kingdom)

Return to Life and Leisure After Stroke


Return to Work after Specialized Rehabilitation for People after Severe Stroke – in 7 Countries
Birgitta Langhammer (Norway)

Return to Work and Depression After Stroke
Matthias Volz (Germany)

Long-term Follow
Hanna Persson (Sweden)


Friday, 3 September | 14:15 – 15:45 | Hall E

CPP: Comfort-Prevention-Pain Multidisciplinary Approach
Jeroen Osaer (Belgium)
Peter Popelier (Belgium)

Rehabilitating the Upper Limb in Severe Stroke
Kate Hayward (Australia)

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Effects on Motor Function
Charlotte Stagg (United Kingdom)

Non-invasive Brain Stimulation: Individualised Treatment in Severe Stroke
Friedhelm Hummel (Switzerland)

What Makes Severe Stroke Even Worse: Frailty
Terrence J. Quinn (United Kingdom)


*All times are stated in Central European Summer Time (CEST).