Dear friends and colleagues,
We are nearing the 12th World Stroke Congress which will be held as ESO-WSO Joint Stroke Virtual Conference from November 7-9. It will be a fully virtual congress. For the first time, we have joined forces with the European Stroke Organisation to organize this meeting. This has been an excellent experience and we find that our friends from the ESO are great partners. My conference co-chair Jesse Dawson from ESO is a knowledgable and obliging colleague and has been working tirelessly to make this happen. He and his team deserve our thanks. My thanks also go to my colleagues from the WSO Executive and other WSO committees who have been involved. We are now all looking forward to this meeting and to enjoy the results and interactions.
As of the end of last month, we had 220 new abstracts that joined the 1.530 submissions we had received in May before the meeting had to be postponed to November. Now, there are 73 late-breaking news and 116 ongoing trials. These numbers are impressive and these recent and ongoing studies will cover all aspects of stroke care. We are expecting +5.000 participants from around the globe. It will be a truly global meeting on stroke. If you have not yet done so, please register at https://eso-wso-conference.org/register/
The industry and sponsors have been supportive of our change of date and format. We thank them for their ongoing support and partnership.
Personally, I am eager to attend those sessions where new methods of investigation are shown or new clinical results are presented. In the live Q/A sessions a heated discussion is expected. These include discussions on new methods of care and management including rehabilitation.
I hope to ‘meet’ you there!
Michael Brainin MD
President, World Stroke Organization
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.