Season’s Greetings from the SAFE team

Season’s Greetings from the SAFE team

We wish to extend our thanks for your continued support during another challenging year.  

We hope you all keep safe and well, and manage to have festive break with loved ones.

We look forward to working with you in 2023 with renewed vigour to raise awareness of stroke, reduce the number of strokes in Europe by advocating for better prevention, access to adequate treatment, post-stroke care and rehabilitation. 

Early bird rates for the European Life After Stroke Forum ends 31 December 2022

Early bird rates for the European Life After Stroke Forum ends 31 December 2022

Book your place for our first European Life After Stroke Forum on 10 March 2023 in Barcelona, Spain by the end of the year and you will benefit from our early bird rates which ends on 31 December 2022.  

About the Forum

The Forum is the place to find the latest evidence and research in this neglected area of stroke care.

Our goal is to build the life after stroke healthcare, research and patient community, stimulate debate and build our collective knowledge in life after stroke.

Registration

Register before the end of the year to benefit from our early bird rates. Book your place here bit.ly/3UDIuli

Programme overview

Our forum programme covers a range of topical issues in life after stroke and will include keynote presentations by eminent speakers supplemented by contributed talks parallel and poster sessions.

See our programme at bit.ly/3GeAgvr

Abstract submission for the European Life After Stroke Forum 10 March 2023, Barcelona, Spain

Abstract submission for the European Life After Stroke Forum 10 March 2023, Barcelona, Spain

We are seeking abstracts for the European Life After Stroke Forum being held on 10 March 2023 in Barcelona, giving those interested an opportunity to present either a 10-minute oral presentation or a poster presentation.

We are looking for applications in two areas:

  • Scientific applications: for completed or ongoing trials and studies in the broad area of life after stroke.
  • Grab and Steal: to share experiences of service developments in life after stroke where these original ideas and innovative practices could be used by others.

You have until 10 January 2023 to submit your abstract and we look forward to receiving your submissions. Find out more bit.ly/3X0Je5x

Abstracts will be reviewed and all submissions will receive their notification letter by Friday 10 February 2023.

European Life After Stroke webinar series 2022 now available on demand

European Life After Stroke webinar series 2022 now available on demand

Our last free online event of 2022 held on Wednesday 9 November is now available to view on demand.

Session overview

  1. Getting back to work after stroke

Going back to work after a stroke is an important goal for many but may seem impossible. Yet, in spite of impairments, a return to professional work is possible. This session provides practical help on doing this.

  1. Fatigue after stroke – what can we do?

Fatigue after stroke is common and debilitating. Yet despite much research, there are many unanswered questions about fatigue and how best to manage it. This session provides an overview of the topic and the important issues for both clinicians and stroke survivors.

  1. Physical activity – getting active without sweat and lycra!

We know that it is important that stroke survivors are active.  This session will include a summary of the evidence base for physical activity, how therapists support stroke survivors to get and stay physically active.

Watch any of these sessions at your leisure at elasf.org/past-events/2022-webinar-resource-centre/

Abstract submission for the European Life After Stroke Forum 10 March 2023, Barcelona, Spain

Speakers confirmed for our first Life After Stroke Forum, 10 March 2023, Barcelona

We are pleased to confirm speakers for the plenary sessions for our first face to face Life After Stroke Forum on Friday 10 March 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

Programme overview

The European Life After Stroke Forum will cover the latest evidence and research in life after stroke.

The programme will build our collective knowledge in life after stroke, stimulate debate and improve the quality of life after stroke for people living with stroke in Europe.

Plenary 1

This session will highlight the importance of our focus on life after stroke. The findings of a key European report on life after stroke and plans for implementation will be presented and a project focusing on providing good life after stroke care and support will be showcased.

Speakers confirmed:

  • A life saved is a life worth living, Professor Charles Wolfe, King’s College London, UK
  • Life after stroke services (ABRIC) in Catalonia, Mercè Ayesta, Fundació Ictus Coordinator and Gloria Bou, stroke survivor, Spain.

Book your place by 31 December 2022 for an early bird rate at http://bit.ly/3UDIuli

Plenary 2

This session will present some of the challenges and solutions around secondary prevention after stroke. It will present up to date knowledge around medicines, nutrition and gadgets.

Speakers confirmed:

  • Medical secondary prevention post stroke, Professor Ronan Collins, Tallaght University Hospital and Peamount Hospitals Dublin, Ireland
  • Nutrition post stroke, Dr Jo Kwan, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College London, England
  • Evidence behind wearable technology post stroke, Dr Liam Healy, Cork University Hospital, Ireland

Book your place by 31 December 2022 for early bird rates http://bit.ly/3UDIuli

‘There are few opportunities regarding conferences, workshops, and shared networking events for advocates and researchers in the life after stroke area of care. Also, there is limited evidence and research data in longer term management and care and stroke survivors often feel abandoned after rehabilitation stops. This conference with stimulate debate and ultimately improve life after stroke.’ Avril Drummond, Chair, European Life After Stroke Forum

Parallel sessions

In addition, we will hold parallel sessions which include the following topics – driving, mental health, sex and intimacy, empowering stroke survivors and good stroke care. The parallels will be presented in different formats; a debate, fishbowl format, workshops and lectures. We will also showcase the highest scoring abstracts.

For more information visit www.elasf.org

Abstract submission for the European Life After Stroke Forum 10 March 2023, Barcelona, Spain

Call for abstracts for our European Life After Stroke Forum, 10 March 2023

The first European Life After Stroke Forum will be in Barcelona, Spain on Friday 10 March 2023. The Forum is the place to find the latest evidence and research in life after stroke.

About the Forum

The Forum’s aim is to build the life after stroke healthcare, research and patient community, stimulate debate and build our collective knowledge in life after stroke.

Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life after stroke for the nine million people living with stroke in Europe.

Abstract submission

We are now seeking abstracts for the Forum, giving those interested an opportunity to present either a 10-minute oral presentation or a poster presentation.

We are looking for applications in two areas:

  • Scientific applications: for completed or ongoing trials and studies in the broad area of life after stroke
  • Grab and Steal: to share experiences of service developments in life after stroke where these original ideas and innovative practices could be used by others.

You have until 10 January 2023 to submit your abstract and we look forward to receiving your submissions.

Find out more bit.ly/3X0Je5x

Abstracts will be reviewed and all submissions will receive their notification letter by Friday 10 February 2023.

Stroke research to find out if everyday drugs to treat stroke complications could save lives comes to an end

Stroke research to find out if everyday drugs to treat stroke complications could save lives comes to an end

The Precious (Prevention of complications to improve outcome in elderly patients with acute stroke) research project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 634809), ends at the end of November 2022.

The research began in June 2015 to find out if off-the-shelf treatments could reduce complications in older patients suffering from acute stroke and ultimately reduce lives lost to stroke and improve quality of life.

By the end of the clinical trial, almost 1500 stroke patients participated in the research across nine European countries. Researchers are now analysing the results which are hoping to be published in 2023.

Last year, SAFE interviewed Dr Bart van der Worp, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands, project coordinator about the research for Brain Awareness Week, read the interview here

Now, as the research closes, SAFE follows up with Bart for an update:

SAFE: What are you hoping the Precious research will show?

Bart: We hope that the analysis of the patient data will reveal answers to the following questions:

  1. If we are able to prevent infections and fever in the first four days after stroke with simple, safe, and inexpensive drugs, will this reduce the risk of death or dependency after stroke; improve quality of life; and reduce the length of hospital admission and healthcare costs?
  2. Does the prevention of vomiting with a simple and safe anti-emetic drug reduce the risk of pneumonia?
  3. Does the pain killer paracetamol also reduce blood pressure after stroke?
  4. Are there differences between countries in treatment restrictions after stroke, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, and do these restrictions increase the risk of death?

SAFE: When are you hoping to have the results of the trial?

Bart: The investigators across the nine participating countries are currently completing follow-up and collecting the most recent patient data. Analysis of the most important data will be completed by the end of this year, and we hope to present the main trial results at the European Stroke Organisation Conference in May 2023.

For more information visit https://www.precious-trial.eu/

Registration is open for our first in person European Life After Stroke Forum on 10 March 2023

Registration is open for our first in person European Life After Stroke Forum on 10 March 2023

We are pleased to announce that our first in person European Life After Stroke Forum is now open for registration and abstract submission.

The European Life After Stroke Forum, 10 March 2023, Barcelona, Spain, is the place to find the latest evidence and research in this neglected area of stroke care.

About the Forum  

The Forum’s aim is to build the life after stroke healthcare, research and patient community, stimulate debate and build our collective knowledge in life after stroke.

Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life after stroke for the nine million people living with stroke in Europe.

Registration

Register before the end of the year to benefit from our early bird rates. Book your place here bit.ly/3UDIuli

Programme overview

Our forum programme covers a range of topical issues in life after stroke and will include keynote presentations by eminent speakers supplemented by contributed talks and a poster session.

See our initial programme at bit.ly/3GeAgvr

Abstract submission

We are now seeking abstracts for the Forum, giving those interested an opportunity to present either a 10-minute oral presentation or a poster presentation.

We are looking for applications in two areas:

  • Scientific applications: for completed or ongoing trials and studies in the broad area of life after stroke.
  • Grab and Steal: to share experiences of service developments in life after stroke where these original ideas and innovative practices could be used by others.

You have until 10 January 2023 to submit your abstract and we look forward to receiving your submissions. Find out more bit.ly/3X0Je5x

Abstracts will be reviewed and all submissions will receive their notification letter by Friday 10 February 2023.

Hotel bookings

The Forum will be held at the Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza. The hotel will offer delegate accommodation at €140 per night. To book, please email plaza.reservas@cataloniahotels.com and provide your name, your check-in and check-out dates, and mention the name of our event , ELASF2023.

Other accommodation can be found here

Key dates

31 December          Early bird rates end

10 January              Deadline for abstract submission

10 February            Abstract notification

Addressing gender-related issues and bias in the prevention and treatment of neurological conditions

Addressing gender-related issues and bias in the prevention and treatment of neurological conditions

Join a hybrid event on Addressing gender-related issues and bias in the prevention and treatment of neurological conditions that will take place on Tuesday, 29 November from 13:00 to 15:00 CET.

The event is hosted by the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain (BMP) – an initiative of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) and Pain Alliance Europe (PAE).

Gender-related issues and bias can have a negative impact on women’s health including needs being overlooked, conditions being under-diagnosed/ misdiagnosed and delays in treatment.

Hosted in the European Parliament by MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI), high-profile speakers, including healthcare professionals, patient representatives, policymakers and academics, will lead the discussions.

You can register here before 21 November 2022. Please note that due to the limited capacity of the room, participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. However, you can register here to access the event’s live-stream instead.