The European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) for international stroke specialists is about the latest clinical trials and developments in all areas of stroke management, treatment and prevention. This year´s conference, the 4th European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC 2018), took place here in Gothenburg on 16-18 May and gathered more than 4000 delegates at the Swedish Trade Fair in Gothenburg.
The fact that the conference was held here shows that Western Sweden’s stroke research is at the international front end. The conference is interdisciplinary- not only for medical doctors specialized in areas such as neurology, internal medicine, geriatrics, neurorehabilitation, neurosurgery and radiology, but also for a number of other professions required for treatment and prevention of stroke, such as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, logopedians and neuropsychologists.
Hanna Maurin Söderholm, Assistant Professor in Information Science at Borås University, presented the ViPHS project at a well-attended session. Hanna was presenting healthcare development. ViPHS, video support in the prehospital stroke chain, is an initiative from Prehospital ICT Arena led by Lars Rosengren, Professor of Neurology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
At the conference, the Gothenburg-based company Medfield Diagnostics gave the participants an opportunity to test their microway tomograph MD100, also known as Strokefinder.
– The conference was a success to us, says Stefan Blomsterberg, CEO at Medfield Diagnostics AB. The participants showed great interest in our product MD100 and we made important contacts regarding new study opportunities. Measuring volunteers in the booth brought a lot of people into the stand and generated a lot of curious questions regarding the technology.
After the conference, the participants were invited to participate in the world´s largest semi-marathon, Göteborgsvarvet, under the slogan “Run FAST against stroke”. One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. Physical activities prevent stroke and running is commonly recommended by health professionals as an effective way to lower high blood pressure and to reduce stress, both key risk factors for stroke.
Foto: Stefan Candefjord
Text: Helene Lindström