Welcome Message

Welcome Message

We look forward to welcoming you at ESOC 2021 in Helsinki

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the 7th European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC 2021), which will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on 1-3 September 2021.

ESOC is the leading forum in Europe for advances in research and clinical care of patients with cerebrovascular diseases, as demonstrated by the huge attendance at ESOC 2019, and an increasing number of abstracts submitted year on year, with more than 3050 abstracts received in 2020, our joint meeting with WSO, being the largest yet.

The graph on the right, with the increasingly steep trajectory, showcases the participant numbers from previous ESOC meetings 2015-2019.

This is an important time to be in stroke research. Stroke researchers have made huge progress in preventing and treating acute stroke, and are now making inroads into the many other ways in which vascular disease affects the brain, including dementia.

Despite the global disruption in 2020 due to COVID-19, ESOC 2021 will see presentations of major clinical trials, a packed scientific programme with state-of-the-art seminars, proffered scientific communications of the latest research, and debates about current controversies.

Stroke affects the brain in diverse ways: we encourage all clinical and preclinical researchers and clinical service providers, from all disciplines working in stroke care and research, to attend – there will be something for all, and knowledge about stroke will advance faster with the widest inclusion. The meeting is shaped by you, for you.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, with beautiful architecture, a wonderful waterfront and surrounding nature, sunlight into the late evening in May, exceptional museums and art collections – plenty to explore. Helsinki is renowned for its many innovations in stroke care and treatment; the Local Organising Committee are planning a superb meeting.

We look forward to you all joining us in Helsinki in May 2021 – it will be a delight to meet all friends and colleagues, network and forge new collaborations, and be able to focus on the many diverse aspects of cerebrovascular diseases and improving the care of our patients.

Warm regards,

Martin Dichgans
President
European Stroke Organisation

Joanna Wardlaw
Chair
Conference Planning Group

Daniel Strbian
Chair
Local Organising Committee