Dear WSA friends and colleagues,
We are excited to update you on the latest WSA news and online events this month.
· This month’s WSA webinar:
Invited speakers Professor Jong S. Kim (South Korea) and Associate Professor Patrik Michel (Switzerland) will speak on the topic "How to detect brainstem and cerebellar stroke?": clinical symptoms and management of brain stem and cerebellar strokes remain a clinical challenge for neurologists. This webinar aims to highlight (a) general features of posterior fossa strokes and (b) the specific brainstem and cerebellar stroke syndrome.
Date and time: Thursday, March11th at 10 AM CET/6 PM KST/ 8 PM AEDT
Thank you to everyone who submitted a webinar proposal and thereby actively shaped the scientific programme of WSO/WSA for 2021! We will release the webinar programme for summer/autumn 2021 very soon.
· #WomenInStroke Initiative
We are taking International Women’s Day (March 8) as an occasion to celebrate the achievements and careers of women in stroke and highlight female leadership. We asked WSO board members to nominate outstanding women, who made important contributions to the field of stroke (medicine/research/advocacy). Throughout March we will release short podcasts and written interviews with selected female nominees and share them on the WSA Twitter (@WorldStrokeEd) and the WSO website.
· New WSA feature: Paper of the month
We are excited to announce a new feature of the World Stroke Academy: Every month WSA EiC Gustavo Saposnik will select a paper of the month, which will be highlighted on the WSO and WSA website.
The paper of this month published by Dr. Sposato and colleagues (J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Dec, 76 (23) 2768–2785) is about the the Brain-Heart connection. The authors argue that common primarily cardiac conditions (cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, and coronary syndromes) have cerebrovascular consequences. On the other hand, stroke may also lead to cardiovascular complications known as the stroke-heart syndrome (e.g.: sudden cardiac death, neurocardiogenic syndromes). The present article provides a comprehensive review of recent advances in the understanding of the brain-heart axis, cardiovascular complications after stroke, and offers a pathophysiological model of stroke-induced cardiac injury. In brief, this is a worth reading up-to-date of the current available evidence of the brain and heart interrelationships.
You can find a link to the article and an interview with the authors on the WSO blog.
· New WSA website
If you still haven’t heard: we are moving to a new website! The website development process is going to plan and we expect to launch the brand new website on schedule in March 2021.
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.