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Veronika Skvortsova, WSO Board member, appointed Russian Minister of Health

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Congratulations to Professor Veronika Skvortsova, WSO Board member, who was recently appointed Minister of Health in the Russian Federation. Professor Skvortsova, a winner of the WSO World Stroke Day 2010 award, has a PhD in Medicine and is an Associate Professor at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS). In 2005, she served as Director of the RAMS Scientific Research Institute for Stroke Prevention.

Other professional highlights include being one of the founders of the National Association for the Fight Against Stroke in 1999. In 1997, Professor Skvortsova served as the Head of the Department of Fundamental and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Professor Skvortsova also brings an impressive background in government to her new post, having been appointed Deputy Minister of Healthcare and Social Development of the Russian Federation in 2008.




Geoffrey Donnan appointed Officer of the Order of Australia

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Congratulations to former WSO President and current Executive Officer Geoffrey Donnan on being appointed Officer of the Order of Australia. This prestigious honour is in recognition of Professor Donnan’s achievements and contributions to the field neuroscience, as well as his tireless dedication to the advancement of stroke awareness and research.

Previously, Professor Donnan received the American Stroke Association's William E. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke Research in 2007. Up until Donnan, this prize was almost always given out to leading American researchers. Professor Donnan was in fact the first Australian to take home this most prestigious award.

Professor Donnan, a one-time Director of the National Stroke Research Institute and Professor of Neurology at University of Melbourne, is the current Director of the Florey Neuroscience Institute (FNI). He is also the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Stroke and remains an internationally recognized leader in stroke research.




Michael Brainin takes on role of ESO President

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We have the pleasure to inform you that Michael Brainin, MD. Dr (hon.), FESO, FAHA, officially took up his new role as the President of European Stroke Organization in May 2012. He has been an Executive Member of the WSO since its inception in 2006. In the Executive Committee, Professor Brainin holds the position of Treasurer and is also the Chairman of the WSO Education Committee. He is the co-founder of the World Stroke Academy (WSA) and has conducted teaching programs (ABC in stroke management) in many regions of the world, such as China, Vietnam South Africa, Sri Lanka and Marrakesh. Professor Brainin was also Chairman of the WSO’s 6th World Stroke Congress, held in Vienna, Austria, 2008.

Prof Brainin is a full Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Danube University in Krems, Austria, where he chairs the Center of Clinical Neurosciences. He is head of the Department of Neurology at the Landesklinikum Donauregion in Tulln, a Vienna Medical School teaching hospital. Since 2005, he has also been Director of the Department of Clinical Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the Danube University.

Professor Brainin is actively conducting several clinical trials including on stroke recovery and brain protection, and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles. He is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Neurology and sits on the editorial boards of the journals Stroke, Cerebrovascular Diseases, and the International Journal of Stroke.

Professor Brainin’s main scientific interests focus on cerebrovascular disorders including early treatment and rehabilitation.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Prof. Brainin on this new, exciting endeavor.





Brazilian Stroke Program

On April 12th 2012 Brazil’s Ministry of Health published its National Policy for Stroke. The policy includes an organization of stroke care in local networks that integrate all points of care for stroke assistance (primary care professionals, pre-hospital Emergency Medical System and hospitals), development of stroke units, payment of tPA for the government and better reimbursement for stroke patients treated in stroke units.

To help the Ministry of Health implement this policy, a new educational Stroke Program was launched on June 20th 2012 as a partnership between the Brazilian Stroke Society, Brazilian Academy of Neurology, Brazilian Stroke Network, Brazilian Medical Association and the Ministry of Health.

The educational program is divided into an online section (with 11 hours - 22 lectures) and a second part that will be held in the presence of a neurologist (with 5 hours- 10 lectures). The lectures were prepared by stroke neurologists, based on international guidelines, and will train professionals who have a connection to stroke assistance. Specifically, this program is aimed at primary care professionals as a way to improve primary and secondary prevention. The course is CME-accredited.

Each professional has to apply to the program via the internet and will then receive a password. They will have one month to complete the online part. After that the second part (discussing the evidence applied to real cases) will be scheduled. The program will be supported by 34 training centers distributed across 21 states. On August 4th, during the Brazilian Congress of Neurology, 200 neurologists will be trained to become multipliers of the Stroke Program.

The program will first be rolled out in eight cities that deal with high rates of stroke. The Ministry of Health and local health secretaries will coordinate with professional contacts in each city. The list of hospitals to be trained as well as the list of pre-hospital Emergency Medical System and primary care professionals will be provided by the Ministry of Health.

We expect to train approximately 120.000 professionals across the country within the first year of the program’s implementation.

New Membership Strategy

As the importance of WSO as the leading global stroke organisation, continues to grow due to its increased activities, so does membership.

Today, there are over 60 National and Regional scientific and stroke support organisations who are members of WSO, along with over 1,000 individuals representing over 85 different countries worldwide. However, this is not enough and WSO wants to reach out to as many individuals involved in the fight against stroke as possible. To do this the society has been investigating options to reach out to new members. One of the initiatives the society is looking to undertake is to partner with selected National and Regional societies. This partnership will involve WSO working closely with the selected society to implement a joint membership whereby individuals can join the National or Regional society and WSO at the same time.

Details and partnerships are being finalised, but watch this space for more information as to how this will work and who is involved.