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2021 - 8th Edition of the ESO-ESMINT–ESNR Stroke Winter School

The 8th edition of the ESO-ESMINT was held from 2 – 4 February 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties it brings, the organizing committee has decided to hold the course as a fully virtual course.

The organizers made use of an already established web-based online teaching system at the Neurocenter of the University Hospital Inselspital Bern and are currently working on a platform for the Stroke Winter School 2021 with several new and innovative features.

This interactive platform will not only be able to stream lectures from specialists from all around the world, but will also include the facility to hold live interactive tutorials, live case discussions, virtual stroke workflow simulations and an online library.

The platform will offer the participants the opportunity to discuss hot topics in real time and to stay in contact with the World Top Shots in Stroke Medicine. Industry sponsors will be represented within the platform and participants and industry will be able to get in contact at any time.

Application & Registration

Application and registration for the 2021 Stroke Winter School is closed.

Selection of applicants will be based on their CV and motivation. Accepted candidates will need to confirm that they will participate in the course.

Target audience

Young stroke physicians and neuroradiologists with a major interest in cerebrovascular diseases are eligible. Applicants should currently be in training in a European teaching hospital that treats acute stroke patients.

The organizing committee will select 40 interventional neuroradiologists and 40 young stroke physicians based on their

  • application
  • country of origin
  • the expected benefit to the individual and to his/her stroke unit and country

Since the main aim of the course is to enhance interdisciplinary stroke management, pairs of neuroradiologists and stroke physicians from one institution will be preferred. If there are available places, applications from non-European countries and single applicants may be considered by the organizers.

Register for the Stroke Winter School 2021

Registration is via an online application form. The course fee for 2021 has been reduced to 100 Euro. The deadline for applications is 15 November 2020 (23:59 CET). 

More information can be found in the 2021 course flyer and on the course website.

What is the ESO-ESMINT-ESNR Stroke Winter School?


Management of patients with acute ischaemic stroke is a major challenge for stroke physicians: due to the narrow time window for thrombolysis therapeutic decisions have to be taken instantaneously considering a broad range of clinical and radiological information.

Given the rapid developments of diagnostic and therapeutic tools within the last few years, complexity of stroke treatment has increased and specialist involvement in stroke management is crucial. Therefore, both stroke physicians and neuroradiologists have to be encouraged to work closely together in order to improve future management of patients with acute stroke.


The aim of the ESO-ESMINT-ESNR teaching course is therefore to unite stroke physicians and neuroradiologists in order to enhance interdisciplinary management of stroke patients. Previous workshops and courses focused on teaching of either stroke physicians or neuroradiologists. However interdisciplinary courses for both specialists are needed.

To this end the Stroke Winter School brings young European stroke physicians and neuroradiologists together, offering “hands-on” courses for interventional neuroradiologists and special teaching sessions for stroke physicians. The result is improvement in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease and advance research in this complex field, leading to technical developments.


A daily lecturing and teaching program in English by experts in all subspecialties of acute stroke treatment will be held in a digital and virtual format, including tutorials, case discussions, recorded live cases as well as virtual stroke workflow simulations. Teachers will be local, national and international experts in this or related fields.