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ESO-ESMINT-ESNR Stroke Winter School 2023

The 10th edition of the ESO-ESMINT-ESNR was held from 31 January – 3 February 2023 at the University Hospital Berne in Switzerland.

Course venue
University Hospital Bern Freiburgstrasse 3
CH-3010 Berne, Switzerland

Please read the report of the ESO-ESMINT-ESNR Stroke Winter School 2023.

Faculty and participants of the Stroke Winter School.

Application & Registration

Application and registration for the 2023 Stroke Winter School was open until 13 November 2022.

Selection of applicants was based on their CV and motivation. Accepted candidates needed 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 25 interventional neuroradiologists and 25 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. The final decision about the participants remains with the local organisation committee.

Register for the Stroke Winter School 2023

Registration was via an online application form. The costs of the ESO–ESMINT–ESNR Winter School will be borne by the organizers. However, to cover a part of costs for board and lodging participants will have to pay a share of € 400. Furthermore, participants have to cover their travel expenses, their activities outside the official program, and any other personal expenses during their stay. The deadline for applications was 13 November 2022 (23:59 CET).

More information can be found in the ESO ESMINT ESNR Winter School 2023 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.

Procedure during the Stroke Winter School.


The primary goal of the ESO–ESMINT–ESNR- winter school on acute interdisciplinary stroke treatment is to join young stroke physicians and young neuroradiologists in order to enhance the interdisciplinary management of patients with acute ischaemic stroke. A series of concentrated high-quality teaching sessions and courses on acute stroke management will be offered.

The secondary goals of the winter school are to perform «hands-on» courses for interventional neuroradiologists and special teaching sessions for stroke physicians.

The winter school is unique in its kind. Combining plenum sessions, discussions, and technical training, the course will foster improvement in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease and advance research in this complex field, leading to technical developments.


A daily teaching program in English by experts in all subspecialties of acute stroke treatment will be held. There will be joint sessions for neuroradiologists and stroke physicians in the morning. In the afternoon there will be special courses for stroke physicians and «hands-on» courses for interventional neuroradiologists. Teachers will be local, national and international experts in this or related fields.