The World Stroke Congress 2023 in Toronto was a huge success. With an outstanding scientific program and global stroke experts, the meeting brought updates in prevention, acute care and rehabilitation. The Congress included the presentation of the results of important clinical trials such as:
- Attest 2 (showing non-inferiority of TNK vs tPA for acute ischemic stroke up to 4.5 hours after symptoms)
- Tension (proving the benefit of mechanical thrombectomy for large infarct selected only with non contrast CT)
- ANNEXA-1 (demonstrating the rapid reversal of anti-Xa activity in patients with hemorrhagic stroke).
Collaboration and knowledge sharing were pivotal during the Congress, fostering interdisciplinary partnerships and encouraging the exchange of ideas. The networking opportunities facilitated connections between researchers, medical practitioners, and industry leaders, providing a fertile ground for future collaborations and initiatives.
We congratulate again the WSO award winners recognized at the WSC2023:
Raul Nogueira – President’s Award, for his remarkable career and global contribution for stroke research and implementation
Hugh Markus – Research in Stroke Award, for his important contributions to clinical stroke research
Bruce Ovbiagele – Stroke Services Award, for his contribution in the implementation of stroke services
Gillian Mead - Barbro B Johansson Award in Stroke Recovery, for her significant contribution in rehabilitation research
Francesca Pezzella - WSO Award for Significant Contribution to Stroke Care, in acknowledgment of her immense impact in establishing and maintaining operational stroke services during times of war, showing her unparalleled dedication to the field.
I was honored to receive the World Hypertension League Daniel Lackland Excellence Award for my dedicated work in preventive care within Brazil's Primary Care sector. We congratulate Andrew Demchuk who was rightfully acknowledged with the Canadian Award for his exceptional and extensive contributions worldwide, not only through his groundbreaking research but also through his remarkable mentorship of numerous fellows from diverse corners of the globe.
During the Congress the WSO Implementation Task Force held a hybrid meeting, with 30 countries represented from 5 continents and 50 specialists committed to addressing the global burden of stroke. The task force's purpose is to catalyze implementation, from advocating for policy changes to optimizing healthcare delivery systems, through a comprehensive approach that fosters collaboration with governments, healthcare institutions, and advocacy groups. By providing guidance and support, we assist in the adoption of standardized protocols, guidelines and initiatives that streamline and enhance stroke care on a global scale. An important part of the task force is the WSO Certification of Stroke Centers and the Angels Initiative. The Congress recognized and acknowledged the 60 WSO Certified Stroke Centers for their exceptional dedication and commitment to excellence in stroke care and the WSO Angels Award winners who were commended on their outstanding results in quality monitoring.
We will wait for you in the WSC2024 in Abu Dhabi!
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.