Message from the Secretary General of APSO
The burden of stroke is enormous and in many aspects, leading to body handicap or incapability individually, but causing tremendous familial, social and economic impacts in our society. As stroke and health professionals, we all have to face this big challenge of burden, since we have a large population in Asia-Pacific region, a rapidly increasing rate of metabolic syndromes due to lifestyle changes, and the rapid rising of aging societies in these areas which bring more and more atrial fibrillation .
Asia Pacific Stroke Organization (APSO) was established on 09.06.2009 through the merge of Asia Pacific Stroke Association and Japan Stroke Forum. The main objectives of APSO are
To promote and encourage the advancement of scientific knowledge, research and practice in all aspects of stroke
To promote, encourage, organize the post-graduate training and participate in the continuing education process of other members of health professional organizations in the field of stroke
To influence the policy for stroke practice and improve the health service.
As we have built up the partnership with WSO, ESO and national stroke societies, the Secretary will take more responsibilities, carrying out the decisions of Executive Committee and helping to make CME activities smooth. For the consideration of both the harmony and development of our organization, the Secretary will make efforts , help to promote our levels in stroke field and to diminish the difference among the countries in this region. Let us stick together, grow together and fight together against stroke !
Wish APSO steady growth
Dr. Ruey–Tay , Lin