The first Stroke Summer School, organised by the Medical University and University Hospital “St. Marina”, brought together more than 70 neurologists, vascular specialists, neurosurgeons, post-graduate, doctoral and undergraduate students from all over the country. Throughout two days the participants discussed current issues related to stroke epidemiology, the SITS Register for reperfusion therapy, neuroimaging methods and therapeutic options in acute stroke. Among the issues discussed were primary and secondary prophylaxis and neurorehabilitation. Many cases from the clinical practice were shown, and the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, as well as the differential diagnosis were examined in detail.
The conference was opened by Prof. Dr. Silva Andonova, Head of Second Clinic of Neurology at UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna. A guest of honour and a lecturer at the conference was Acad. Ekaterina Tityanova, Chairperson of the Bulgarian Society of Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics (BSNCH). She lectured on the latest developments in the field of acute stroke in Bulgaria. Lecturers at the event were also Prof. Silva Andonova, Prof. Yavor Enchev, Prof. Boyan Balev, Assoc. Prof. Klara Dokova, Assoc. Prof. Tony Avramov, Assoc. Prof. Radoslav Georgiev, Assoc. Prof. Chavdar Bachvarov, Assoc. Prof. Darina Georgieva, Assoc. Prof. Evgeniya Kalevska, etc.
A greeting on behalf of the Rector of MU - Varna, Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov, was delivered by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Prof. Dr. Zlatislav Stoyanov. A greeting was also addressed by the Executive Director of UMHAT "St. Marina" Prof. Dr. Valentin Ignatov.
The initiative of Medical University - Varna and University Hospital "St. Marina" for organising and conducting the first Stroke Summer School is a continuation of the first National Stroke Conference with international participation, held in 2018. The event aims at long-term cooperation among the specialised Stroke Centres in Bulgaria with a view to improving the care of stroke patients, coordinating the efforts to treat the disease in the country and maximize its effect. The main task is to increase the quality of treatment for stroke patients through providing access to specialised medical care and differential treatment. The achievement of optimal quality of treatment in the functioning centres is closely related to the continuous training of specialists.