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Words from the President


Acute stroke care improved a lot in the last decades and now we have the possibility to treat the patients decreasing disability and mortality. Low- and middle- income countries face steep challenges in implementation of recent major advances and stroke extracts an increasingly high toll. 
Nowhere this issue is more pressing than Africa where the mortality and disability after stroke are particularly high and stroke afflicts patients at younger ages. For this reason Prof Mehari Gebreyohanns, born in Ethiopia and a great stroke leader at UT Southwestern University, Texas/US, approached me in February 2021 to help to implement acute stroke care in a pilot project in Ethiopia, a country with 113 million inhabitants, without stroke units and where the thrombolytic drug was not available.
Awareness and Advocacy

WHO Executive Board (EB 152)

The WSO was attending the WHO Executive Board (EB 152) in Geneva last week. It was an exciting week with many agenda items related to NCDs.
WSO, together with other members of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health delivered two statements related to agenda items 5 and 12.1.
Uniting the Stroke Community

Abstract submission for WSC 2023 is open 

You have until 19 April 2023 to send your abstract to WSC 2023. This is your best chance to get actively involved in the Congress and give your work international exposure. In addition, submitting your abstract is an opportunity to brush up your presentation skills, advance your careers, expand your network, contribute to the future of stroke and cardiovascular science. Also, we offer a rich selection of abstract topics to choose from. And to make this an even more outstanding opportunity - sending us your latest research allows you to run for a Young Investigator Award
Visit our website for more information on submission guidelines. 
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Education and Research 

WSO Future Stroke Leaders Programme Update


We are pleased to share that the second WSO Future Stroke Leaders Programme cohort has started!
A total of 34 early career clinicians and #researchers from 23 countries, evenly divided by gender and geography with a diversity of backgrounds, were admitted to the Programme, cohort 2 (2022-2024). The two-year programme will equip them with an in-depth understanding of key #challenges in #stroke care and how these can be addressed within diverse stroke care systems.

The cohort 2 programme started with introductory session covering the programme introduction, together with a learning session on stroke burden, risk factors and system of care, followed by a stroke #imaging session.

World Stroke Academy update

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We are delighted to share with you the latest news and updates of the World Stroke Academy

To find out what we have prepared for you this month, 
please access the  link below.

Access your cover-to-cover interactive issue of the International Journal of Stroke and keep up to date with the latest high-quality, peer-reviewed original research articles, reviews, perspectives and correspondence.

Capacity Strengthening

RES-Q + Using digitization and artificial intelligence to improve healthcare

We are delighted to report that WSO is one of 21 partners in a consortium led by Prof Robert Mikulik that recently received a Horizon Europe grant for the RES-Q+ project, a comprehensive solution for improving acute stroke care and the life of patients after stroke.
WSO, together with the Angels Initiative and the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) are responsible for the coordination of communication and dissemination related to the project, which will run for next 4 years.

Stroke Connector and SSO news


Your membership matters!
Renew now!

You can catch up on new content on the Stroke Connector platform from the World Stroke Congress, Stroke Exchange Forum and from our SSO members from around the world on the next link.


The last years has powerfully emphasized the value of a strong global voice for stroke and the value of our connected community. Our progress to date and our ability to grasp future opportunities is only possible because of your continued membership and collaboration.
We thank you for your support and invite you to renew your membership with WSO for the new 2023! 

In memoriam of Dr. Ralph L. Sacco
On behalf of the WSO Executive Committee and Senate, I have the sad responsibility to share the news that Dr. Ralph Sacco recently passed away.  Ralph was a valued colleague and a personal friend for many years.  He was a true giant in the stroke field and also in epidemiology.  He made many seminal contributions to both fields and was the author of almost 1000 peer reviewed journal articles.  
Ralph had many important roles with the WSO including Chair of the Research Committee for 4 years, a member of the Board for 8 years and a member of the Executive Committee for 4 years

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