Advancing stroke care in Belgium
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BSC Scientific Symposium
21st BSC Scientific Symposium
The 21st BSC Scientific Symposium will take place on Saturday 26th of November
Location: Provinciehuis, Leuven
Every year the BSC organises a National Scientific Symposium and awards several prizes.
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Scientific Stroke Workshop
The BSC organises a yearly scientific stroke workshop. The goal of the event is to give early-carreer (<35yo) stroke (-related) researchers a platform to share their work and the opportunity for networking.
The event is hosted at a Belgian University.
An independent jury awards the best presentation with the Peeters-Vanhooren travel grant for the European Stroke Conference.
Structured abstracts :
- should present original work on all topics related to stroke,
- should not exceed 300 words,
- should be written in English.
Registration and abstract submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 6th Belgian Scientific Stroke Workshop will take place at UZ Brussel on September 22nd 2023.
Abstract submissions are now open via
Yearly research grants offered by the Belgian Stroke Council
BSC Peeters-Vanhooren ESOC Travel Grant
With the intention of supporting young researchers, the yearly BSC Peeters-Vanhooren Travel Grant will be offered to the best presentation at the Belgian Stroke Council Scientific workshop.
The laureate will have the opportunity to briefly present his/her work during the BSC International Symposium and will be offered a travel grant to cover her/his participation to the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC)
Previous laureates of the BSC Peeters-Vanhooren travel grant
2022: Laura Ponsaerts
2021: Chiara Tatillo
2020: Senna Staessens
2019 : Lauranne Scheldeman
2018 : Clément Brunner
2017 : Anke Wouters
2016 : Frederik Denorme
Helaers Research Prize for Stroke
From 2017 onwards, the Helaers foundation is awarding an annual prize for innovative stroke research. The winner of this prize is selected by the Scientific Board of the Belgian Stroke Council.
Deadline for abstract submission 2022
31 MAY 2022
The winner of the prize will be presented at the Belgian Stroke Council Scientific Symposium.
Previous laureates of the Helaers Research Prize for Stroke
2021: Sarah Vandelanotte
2020: Annelies Mondelaers
2019 : Charlotte Germonpré
2018 : Caroline Loos
2017 : Sofie de Blauwe
Belgian Network for Clinical Stroke Trials (BENET)
The Belgian Network for Clinical Stroke Trials (BeNET) was created in 2019 within a working group of the Scientific Board of the Belgian Stroke Council. The overall aim is to establish a sustainable Clinical Stroke Trials Network of Belgian hospitals to improve the efficiency of conducting high-quality clinical trials on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery, thus increasing access of Belgian patients to new stroke treatments.
BeNET is part of the Belgian Stroke Council with a separate steering committee currently lead by Robin Lemmens. In 2020, BeNET joined the European Stroke Organization Trials Alliance (ESOTA). Currently 16 sites are involved in BeNET and we would like to invite additional centers to join. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in receiving more information or with a request to join BeNET.
Stroke Action Plan Europe (SAP-E)
The Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) 2018-2030 was created as a result of collaborative work between Stroke Alliance For Europe (SAFE), a coalition that represents stroke support organisations across Europe, and the European Stroke Organisation (ESO). SAP-E addresses the entire chain of stroke care from primary prevention until life after stroke. It provides a roadmap and outlines recommendations and targets for 2030 to nudge governments towards improving stroke care.
If interested, please feel free to join the Belgian representatives, please contact Sylvie De Raedt ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Call for collaboration
Effect of virtual reality on gait pattern after chronic stroke (VUB)
Population: chronic (> 3 mo) stroke patients with persistent walking difficulties
Intervention: 2 treadmill walking sessions of 4×8 minutes
Link: more information
Intensive Stroke Rehabilitation – HABIT-ILE (UCL Namur)
Population: chronic (> 6 mo) stroke patients with hemiparesis affecting the hand / arm
Intervention: 50 hours of intensive therapy spread over 2 weeks
Link: more information