Dear colleagues, friends and participants,

It is our pleasure and privilege to invite you to join the 12th ESO Karolinska Stroke Update Conference which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 11-13 November 2018.

The purpose of the ESO-Karolinska Stroke Update Conference is to provide updates on recent stroke therapy research and to give an opportunity for the participants to discuss how these results may be implemented into clinical routine. The meeting started 22 years ago as Karolinska Stroke Update, but since 2014 it is a joint conference with ESO. This year will be the 3rd joint conference. Importantly, it provides a platform for discussion on the ESO guidelines and on recommendations to the ESO guidelines committee on specific topics. By this, it adds a direct influence from stroke professionals otherwise not involved in committees and work groups on the guidelines procedure. The discussions at the conference may also inspire new guidelines. The topics at the meeting will be selected by the scientific programme committee mainly based on recent important scientific publications.

The European Stroke Organisation (ESO) is a pan-European society of stroke researchers and physicians, national and regional stroke societies and lay organisations that was founded in December 2007. The aim of the ESO is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by changing the ways that stroke is viewed and treated. This can only be achieved by professional and public education, and by making institutional changes. The ESO provides assistance in achieving this goal and in harmonising stroke management across the whole of Europe.

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic region and founded in 1252, the city is spread across 14 islands. Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The Stockholm region is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita. It is an important global city and home to some of Europe's top ranking universities, such as the Karolinska Institute and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Conference participants will have the chance to benefit from scientific exchange during either the formal activities or the more relaxed networking meetings with colleagues.

We hope you will enjoy the conference and are looking forward to welcoming you in Stockholm!

Conference chairs

Niaz Ahmed     Thorsten Steiner