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ESO Stroke Summer School

Helsinki, Finland

19-23 August 2019, Biomedicum, Helsinki


Five Days of Powerful Talks and Networking

Dear Colleagues,

​For the last two decades, the Stroke Summer School has been one of the European Stroke Organisation’s (ESO) flagship events and a high-grade educational meeting for stroke trainees throughout Europe. During this time, hundreds of young physicians interested in cerebrovascular diseases have attended this high-quality event, acquired cutting-edge knowledge, and become interconnected with their peers around Europe. For the ESO, it has been very rewarding to see that many of the previous Stroke Summer School participants have become leading stroke physicians and researchers.

​In August 2019, the 23rd ESO Stroke Summer School will travel north and be organized in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. We most warmly welcome you to Helsinki, where influences from both the East and the West connect with a world-renown quality of acute stroke care. The participants will discuss the most recent research and innovative technologies for the treatment of stroke with a faculty of experienced international and local speakers.

Both ESO and the local organising committee are taking special efforts in preparing a scientifically robust programme and an exciting week for our future stroke leaders!

On this website you will find information about the upcoming summer school. More information will become available soon, so keep an eye on this site.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Helsinki in August!

​Bart van der Worp                   Tiina Sairanen                  
ESO President                         Chair of the Local Organising Committee   

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Local Organising Committee

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Tiina Sairanen

Head of Outpatient Clinic

Department of Neurology, Helsinki University Hospital

Chair of LOC 

Daniel Strbian

Chief Physician, Division of Neurocritical Care & Emergency Neurology

Chairman, Stroke Trials Unit

Department of Neurology, Helsinki University Hospital

Chair of Scientific Program

Atte Meretoja

Director of Neurocenter

Helsinki University Hospital

Chair of Finances

Satu Mustanoja

Chief Physician, Department of Neurology

HUS Porvoo Hospital


Sami Curtze

Head of Stroke Unit and Administration

Department of Neurology

Helsinki University Hospital

Nina Forss

Head of Department of Neurology

HUS Neurocenter

Helsinki University Hospital

Prof., Head of Clini-MEG group

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Aalto University

Petra Ijäs


Department of Neurology

Helsinki University Hospital

Jukka Putaala


Department of Neurology

Helsinki University Hospital





Kirsi Rantanen


Department of Neurology

Helsinki University Hospital



Lauri Soinne

Chief Physician, Department of Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic 

HUS Laakso Hospital



Marjaana Tiainen


Department of Neurology

Helsinki University Hospital

Anu Eräkanto

Course Secretary

Department of Neurology

Helsinki University Hospital

Local organisers


Lecturers in addition to LOC members:
Dr. Karoliina Aarnio, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Valeria Caso, Perugia, Italy
Prof. Eero Castrén, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Charlotte Cordonnier, Lille, France
Prof. Martin Dichgans, Munich, Germany
Dr. Sini Hiltunen, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Justiina Huhtakangas, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Hanna Jokinen-Salmela, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Susanna Melkas, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Mika Niemelä, Finland
Prof. Tuomo Nieminen, Helsinki, Finland
Ass. Prof. George Ntaios, Larissa, Greece
Dr. Tuukka Puolakka, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Risto O. Roine, Turku, Finland
Dr. Reina Roivainen, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Else Sandset, Oslo, Norway
Dr. Päivi Tanskanen, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Turgut Tatlisumak, Gothenburg, Sweden
Dr. Bart van der Worp, Utrecht, Netherlands
Dr. Pirkka Vikatmaa, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Nick Ward, London, UK
Prof. David Werring, London, UK

Sponsored by

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Supported by

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Scientific programme


Target group

  • Young stroke physicians and researchers in early stage of career interested in cerebrovascular diseases.

  • Currently in training in an European teaching hospital treating acute stroke patients.

  • Fluent in English.

  • ESO Member

The ESO Summer School will bear the costs of accommodation, meals, coffee breaks, and social programme for 40 participants based on applications. Participants will cover their own travel expenses, the dinners outside the usual programme and any personal expenses during their stay. 

Application time

The application time has expired on February 28th.


A maximum of two applicants per country (max. three from the host country) and one applicant per site will be accepted. The expected benefit to the individual and to his/her stroke unit and country will be weighed. One place will be allocated to the winning abstract from the Young Stroke Physicians Committee ESOC workshop. Applicants from non-European countries may be considered for possible vacant places. The selections have been announced.


Double-rooms - including breakfast - will be booked for the participants at the Unihome. Special needs will be taken into account, allowing single rooms to be booked. In this case, the information should be given in the application form.

About Helsinki


Helsinki is a walking city. It is compact and easy to navigate on foot. Major sights and major points of interest are within a walking distance from the city centre and close to Unihome in which the participants will be accommodated.


In the name of sustainability, we encourage all delegates to use public transport. Helsinki has a well working public transport system consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway, and ferry services. The public transport is considered very safe and is praised by users. Helsinki also has a wide city bike network.

Helsinki Airport is the leading Northern European transit airport connecting Europe and Asia. Approximately 60 airlines serve Helsinki, and there are direct flights from more than 140 destinations worldwide. There are several daily and direct connections to Helsinki from all major European destinations. 


Helsinki Airport is located about 20 km from the city centre. The transport time to the city centre is less than 30 minutes with a direct train connection (departs every 10 minutes). There is also a regular airport bus running every 20 minutes between the airport and the city centre.

More information about Helsinki can be found at Helsinki guide.
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