The President and Board of the WSO offered Jon Barrick, the President of SAFE, the role of being the next Chairman of the World Stroke Campaign, which he has accepted.

I think it will be good for us to be able to shape awareness and advocacy work at world level, said Barrick.


The WSD Campaign Committee and Working Group will have a lot to do in developing the new campaign theme for the 2017 World Stroke Campaign and World Stroke Day. SAFE is honoured to have our President leading the WSD17 Campaign Team.

About the WSD Working Group

Members of the Working Group are international experts and key leaders in the field of stroke. In consultation with the WSO Board of Directors, they serve as the advisory body providing technical expertise, recommendations and guidance in the execution of the campaign. They represent the various sectors in the coordinated response to stroke including academia, stroke support societies, research institutes, medical and scientific communities, and WSO individual members.

About WSO

The World Stroke Organization is the result of a merger between the International Stroke Society (ISS) and the World Stroke Federation (WSF). The ISS was established in 1989 and was initially formed by individual members. The WSF was founded in June 2004 by professional and stroke support societies.

The boards of the ISS and WSF subsequently agreed that there was a need to have the fight against stroke represented by a single voice with broad-based representation from professional individuals as well as professional stroke support organizations. On 29 October 2006, at the World Stroke Congress in Cape Town, the ISS and the WSF were consolidated to form the World Stroke Organization.

The World Stroke Organization (WSO) is the world’s leading organization in the fight against stroke. It was established in October 2006 through the merger of the International Stroke Society and the World Stroke Federation with the recognition that stroke should be represented by a single voice with broad-based representation. The WSO has more than 1200 members from 80 different countries.

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EFNA needs people to get involved in the action to ensure access to employment for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions.

efna-declarationWritten Declaration no. 0112/2016 was launched on October 24th. We now have until mid-January to ensure that over half of all Ministers of the European Parliament sign this Declaration, to ensure that it does not lapse.
Please help us to achieve this goal, which will benefit all those affected by neurological and chronic pain conditions across the EU.

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Stroke can happen to anyone at any age. World Stroke Day 2016 recognizes that although stroke is a complex medical issue, there are ways to significantly reduce its impact. We are calling everyone – individuals, families, communities, health professionals and governments – to join the fight against stroke. Let’s take action, drive awareness and push for better access to stroke treatments.

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Stroke is the number one cause of long term severe disability. Stroke survivors and their families are dependent on progress around neurological research and neurorehabilitation to ameliorate their disability. From a patient perspective, it makes no sense for stroke to be under cardiac disease. SAFE strongly supports the previous decision ICD-11 of having all types of strokes in a single block, and that this block should be placed in the nervous system diseases chapter.

Please read below the reaction of the most eminent stroke experts to the WHO ICD-11 Classification Committee to move the newly created cerebrovascular block from neurology to circulatory disease.

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NewYork-Presbyterian launched an innovative mobile stroke treatment unit in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center and the Fire Department of New York, according to a press release.

The mobile stroke treatment unit (MSTU) is an emergency vehicle deployed through 911 that is specially equipped to bring immediate care to patients who may be having a stroke. The team contains two paramedics, a CT technologist and a neurologist. The unit also contains all equipment and medications necessary to diagnosis and treat a stroke, according to the release.

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Rachel Lutz |

When stroke or lower extremity surgery patients have strong social and family support, they often spend less time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, according to findings presented in the journal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston conducted a retrospective cohort study of inpatient rehabilitation facility patients recovering from strokes or lower extremity surgeries in order to discover the patterns in shorter and longer than expected lengths of stay in these facilities. The researchers additionally wanted to examine the independent effects of social support on deviations from expected lengths of stay.

The study authors included 119,437 Medicare fee for service beneficiaries who were discharged from inpatient rehab centers in 2012 after their strokes, lower extremity fractures or lower extremity joint replacements.

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October 16th – 22nd is Invisible Disabilities Week.

Let’s make the invisible visible by supporting this initiative!
Invisible disability is a term that captures a whole spectrum of hidden symptoms or challenges that are primarily neurological in nature.

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