About ESO

The European Stroke Organisation (ESO) is a pan-European society of stroke researchers and physicians, national and regional stroke societies and lay organisations.

SSOFT has been developed in partnership with The European Stroke Organisation. Founded in 2007, ESO is an NGO (Non-Govermental Organisation) comprised of individual and organisational members.

ESO’s aims

By changing the way stroke is viewed and treated, the ESO aims to reduce the burden of stroke across Europe and will:

  • Promote awareness, management, teaching and research
  • Harmonise stroke management, regionally and nationally
  • Educate medical professionals and the public
  • Promote public policies to reduce deaths and improve stroke care
  • Take part in fundraising and prevention programmes
  • Coordinate international teaching programmes through national/regional organisations
  • Advise and guide on fundraising skills to enable national foundations and societies to finance a greater level and range of activities

ESO Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is supported by representatives throughout Europe

Prof. Valeria Caso

Prof. Valeria Caso


Perugia, Italy

Valeria Caso is a stroke neurologist at the University of Perugia Stroke Unit. She earned her PhD from the University of Perugia in stroke medicine in 2003 and has been recently certified in the role of associate professor in Neurology.

Dr. Bart Van der Worp

Dr. Bart Van der Worp

President Elect

Utrecht, Netherlands

Bart Van der Worp is a neurologist with a special interest in cerebrovascular diseases at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is a member of the recently founded Dutch CONTRAST consortium which aims to identify and test new treatments.

Prof. Urs Fischer

Prof. Urs Fischer

Secretary General

Bern, Switzerland

Urs Fischer is the “Professor for Acute Neurology and Stroke” at the University Hospital (Inselspital), Bern. He is co-chair of the Stroke Center Bern, chair of the Acute Neurological Inpatient Department and co-director of the Clinical Trial Unit (CTU), University of Bern.

Kennedy Lees

Past President

Glasgow, UK

Miquel Gallofré

Vice President

Barcelona, Spain

Charlotte Cordonnier

Vice President

Lille, France

Daniel Strbian


Helsinki, Finland

George Ntaios

Member at Large

Larissa, Greece

Peter Schellinger

Member at Large

Minden, Germany

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