Are there opportunities for a closer collaboration on clinical stroke research in Europe?

Berge, Eivind; Ford, Gary A.; Stapf, Christian; Al-Shahi Salman, Rustam; Fischer, Urs; Coveney, Sarah; Weimar, Christian; Arnold, Marcel; Arsovska, Anita; Lemmens, Robin; Nederkoorn, Paul J.; Kelly, Peter J. (2018). Are there opportunities for a closer collaboration on clinical stroke research in Europe? European stroke journal, 3(1), pp. 22-28. Sage 10.1177/2396987317747456

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IntroductionOne of the aims of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) is to facilitate academic, multinational clinical stroke research. However, despite examples of successful regional and national stroke research networks and collaborative groups, there is no organisational structure at a European level that can facilitate multinational clinical stroke research.Materials and methodsIn a project including a survey and a workshop and involving stroke researchers in the ESO, we sought to identify the challenges faced by existing clinical stroke research networks, to define the purpose and roles of any future European stroke research collaboration, and to propose an organisational structure.ResultsThe survey and workshop gave strong support for an alliance model with independent network members, with the purpose of facilitating clinical stroke research through improved coordination and communication, provision of support, education, and advocacy and communication with other stakeholders. The focus of a proposed European clinical stroke research alliance should be multinational randomised-controlled trials in acute care, prevention and rehabilitation, but the alliance could also support other forms of multi-national clinical stroke research.ConclusionThere is an interest for increased collaboration on multinational clinical stroke research in Europe, in the form of an alliance of independent research networks and collaborative groups. The ESO Trials Network Committee will continue consultation with existing stroke research networks and collaborative groups, and other key stakeholders, to assess the feasibility and support for development of an ESO Trials Alliance.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Fischer, Urs Martin, Arnold, Marcel


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Panagiota Milona

Date Deposited:

28 Mar 2019 08:23

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:31

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Clinical stroke research,stroke research network,stroke research collaboration




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