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  • Call for Participation - Ischemic Stroke Workshop

    Call for Participation: ISLES Challenge The Ischemic Stroke Lesion Segmentation is a medical segementation challenge, which aims to forward the treatment of stroke at the International Conference of Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2015). The conference will take place in Munich, Germany. The goal of the challenge is to provide a platform for a fair and direct comparison of methods for ischemic stroke lesion segementation from multi-spectral MRI images. Registration for the challenge is set to open in April 2015.   Please visit the website for details on entering the challenge
  • WSC 2014 Webcast now online!

    Dear Members,  WSO is pleased to announce the availability of the Keynote Lectures from the 9th World Stroke Congress which took place in Istanbul, Turkey on October 22-25, 2014. The presentations are available on the WSO Keynote Lectures Library- WSA Online and on the webcast Apps TALKS on the GO..How to access the keynote lectures:1) Go to the Members Area: Simply login with your WSO member username and password 3) Click on the WSO Keynote Lectures banner that appears after logging in We very much hope that you will find this a valuable additional resource, and look forward to your feedback once you've had the opportunity to browse through some of the material. Sincerely yours,The WSO Administrative Office Please click here to view the news release in your browser and access the lectures.     
  • Inspirational Vocal Competition 2015

    Dear Young Stroke Survivor:   Thanks for your interest in the YoungStroke Inspirational Vocal Competition. There is no entry fee, making it accessible to anyone who experienced their first stroke between the ages of 18-64, from any location worldwide, who records a video of an inspirational song, and then emails it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30, 2015.   Examples of inspirational song titles include, but are not limited to:   It’s My Life by Bon Jovi  What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong Beautiful by Christina Aguilara You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban When You Believe by Whitney Houston   I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor  The three contestants receiving the most “Likes” on the YoungStroke Facebook page will be invited to perform live during THE LATE SHOW of YoungStroke 2015 on Saturday, June 27 at Omni Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. NOTE: Please only enter the YoungStroke Inspirational Competition if you are a young stroke survivor comfortable posting a public video on YouTube.   A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner. Gift certificates are awarded to those singers placing second and third.   All prizes are made in the spirit of supporting an inspired life after stroke. We also value the sense of shared community that young stroke survivors and their caregivers may find in watching these video entries of other community members. Undeniably, you will inspire us with your voices and encourage us with your words.   Click for more information on how to enter.   Best of luck to all! Amy Edmunds Survivor Since 2002 Founder & CEO, YoungStroke, Inc.    
  • WSO applauds new scientific findings

    GENEVA | 16 February 2015 – The World Stroke Organization (WSO) is applauding findings presented at the recent International Stroke Conference (ISC) in Nashville, USA and published online in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) indicating that the addition of the “Mechanical thrombectomy with stent retriever devices in patients with acute ischemic stroke and large vessel occlusion, in addition to the current standard of care, substantially increases the likelihood of a good functional outcome. WSO President Prof. Stephen Davis notes “organized care in stroke units and the selected use of intravenous tPA (Alteplase) are the standard of care for acute ischemic stroke. However, the new information presented by these trials represents a paradigm shift in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke with large vessel occlusion, on top of best available therapy.“ Both the EXtending the Time for Thrombolysis in Emergency Neurological Deficits - Intra-Arterial (EXTEND-IA) and Endovascular Treatment for Small Core and Proximal Occlusion Ischemic Stroke (ESCAPE) trials primarily assessed the addition of the Solitaire stent retriever in conjunction with current pharmaceutical treatment, or IV-tPA.  Both trials found that patients in the treatment arm had a higher rate of return to functional independence, compared to traditional treatment with IV-tPA alone. The rate of death was reduced by approximately 50%. Furthermore, patients treated with mechanical thrombectomy spent statistically significantly less time in the hospital or in rehabilitation before returning to their home. A third, as yet unpublished trial (SWIFT-PRIME), also reported a significant reduction in disability at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville. These results confirmed the positive results of the MR CLEAN trial, also recently published in the NEJM. Together they form an evidence base that supports stent-thrombectomy as a new standard of care for large vessel ischemic stroke patients. There are 17 million people who have a stroke each year.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stroke is the second leading cause of death for people above the age of 60, and the fifth leading cause in people aged 15 to 59. Stroke also attacks children, including newborns. Each year, nearly six million people die from stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity or country. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. ### About the World Stroke Organization The World Stroke Organization (WSO) was established in October 2006.  WSO’s mission is to reduce the global burden of stroke through prevention, treatment and long-term care. As the leading international body for stroke, WSO aims to accomplish its mission by: Fostering the best standards of practice Increasing stroke awareness among the population and among health professionals Preventing subtle cerebrovascular disease leading to gait disorders, imbalance, vascular cognitive impairment and behavioral changes Influencing policies for stroke prevention and improved health services Providing education in collaboration with public and private organizations Facilitating stroke research advocacy for people with stroke Fostering the development of systems and organizations for long-term care and support of stroke survivors and their families. With individual and organizational members worldwide, including stroke support groups, WSO is the global voice for stroke. WSO is the only international stroke NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).  Prof. Stephen Davis, MD, FRCP, Edin FRACP, from Melbourne, Australia, is the President of the World Stroke Organization.    To download the pdf click here 

wsa logo color The World Stroke Academy (WSA) is a project of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and aims to improve global stroke education. The WSA provides stroke information for healthcare professionals to improve prevention, therapy and management of stroke globally.
The World Stroke Campaign (WSC) provides education and support for stroke survivors, families and healthcare professional involved in stroke treatment, management and rehabilitation. The primary focus of the WSC is the annual World Stroke Day (WSD), promoting stroke awareness to the international community and working towards pushing stroke to the forefront of the global health agenda.
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Through its biennial congresses, the World Stroke Organization (WSO) strives to offer participants opportunities to refine their skills and knowledge in the field of stroke, as well as providing excellent networking opportunities and strengthening scientific collaborations to improve the care of stroke victims throughout the world.
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The International Journal of Stroke (IJS) is the flagship publication of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and publishes high quality research articles, reviews and clinical trial protocols from around the world. IJS is dedicated to building a global stroke community, making it a global voice for stroke research and an excellent platform for sharing international stroke research.
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Stroke Support Organizations have a key role in supporting stroke survivors and their carergivers! Below a message of hope and courage from stroke survivors in the form of artwork.


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