Danish Stroke Centre (DSC) was established in 2012 in close connection to the high-volume comprehensive stroke unit at Aarhus University Hospital. A clinical professorship is attached to the DSC and the professor is head of a steering committee in collaboration with associate professors and vascular consultants from departments of neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neuroanaesthesiology and the prehospital. The centre builds on a documented productive network and is characterised by highly specialised and competent staff members; research is an integrated part of daily practice.
Networking also involves adjacent specialties in cardiology, clinical epidemiology and basic science. The translational collaboration with CFIN (Center of functional Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University Hospital) has been firmly established since the beginning of 2004, when MRI in acute stroke became first priority for diagnostics before acute re-perfusion treatment.
The primary goal for the DSC is to strengthen clinical research at local and national level and establish collaboration to renowned international stroke research groups. The aim is to conduct clinical and epidemiological stroke research at high international level and to implement new treatments and achievements fast and efficiently in every day practice. Moreover, to facilitate the necessary organisational changes in Denmark to treat as many patients as possible as fast as possible in the acute setting. Close collaboration with the pre-hospital organisation is thus a very important priority.