Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2nd European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC 2016), which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on 10 -12 May, 2016.
Last year the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) took the courageous decision to establish its own stroke conference. There were strong democratic and compliance reasons behind our decision, and there appeared to be powerful support from scientific colleagues. What we did not fully anticipate was the overwhelming demonstration of practical support that arose from every quarter. Societies in our field - WSO, APSO, ESC, ESMINT, ESNR – declared their alignment with ESO.
ESOC 2015 had over 1400 abstracts submitted and we were being asked to take late breaking trials – of outstanding quality – right through the final weeks. At least two simultaneous NEJM publications were coordinated with our large trials session. Delegates have indicated their commitment: our first meeting attracted nearly 2,700 registrations.
For ESOC 2016 the Programme Committee is creating a comprehensive series of keynote lectures, symposia, teaching courses and various workshops, covering the entire field of stroke management, prevention and recovery. You will have a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the world. These interactions enhance research and career development. You will be exposed to a variety of interactive educational sessions in a stimulating environment, and you will learn about the latest scientific research and developments in the field.
We look forward to welcoming you to the attractive and modern city of Barcelona and encourage you to evaluate the meeting as an opportunity to update your knowledge.
I look forward to welcoming you, with warm greetings, to Barcelona.
President, European Stroke Organisation