Improving Medical Services in Neurology and Psychiatry - Extending and Improving Patient Life

Vascular Cognitive Impairment is part of a heterogeneous group of cognitive disorders (from mild cognitive impairment to dementia) determined by stroke. Through this project, the Romanian partner, "Victor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, and its Serbian partners, "Dr Slavoljub Bakalovic" Hospital, Vrsac, and "Sveti Luka" Hospital Smederevo, are seeking to improve the medical services for the diagnosis and treatment of ischemic stroke, and vascular/mixt dementia, which are two of the main causes of mortality and inability to work (paresis, memory loss) in Europe, including the region along the entire Romanian-Serbian border, with a significant socio-economic impact. 

The similar geographic location, lifestyle, and food supply/eating patterns of the inhabitants of this border region may cause similar medical diseases, including ischemic stroke with cognitive impairment.

For this project the Romanian partner has a budget of 238,035 euro, investments including state-of-the-art medical equipment for diagnosis.

Between May 2017 and May 2019, approximately 100 patients with ischemic stroke and mild cognitive impairment from the Romanian counties Timis, Caras-Severin, and Mehedinti will be included in the project by the members of the Romanian partner. This project aims to contribute to improving the quality of life for this category of patients (through the implementation of new protocols with a faster and more accurate diagnosis, and treatment of cognitive impairment in patients with ischemic stroke). Diagnostic and medical treatment activities will be carried out within the First Department of Neurology, County Emergency Clinical Hospital Timisoara, with modern medical equipment and qualified medical personnel, according to the highest standards in the field.

Neurologists and Psychiatrists from various hospitals in the region, but also residents and students will benefit from training in the most advanced diagnosis and therapeutic techniques for the management of ischemic stroke and cognitive impairment. The training activities of the medical staff will be organized by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Victor Babes”, Timisoara, and by the Serbian partners (consisting in 12 round tables, 6 of them in Timisoara, and 3 promo conferences in Timis, Caras-Severin, and Mehedinti), which will also bring about a better collaboration between medical experts of the two countries.

Upon completion of the project, a database will be obtained, which will be useful not only to the 3 partners, but also to other specialists who can initiate additional related medical studies.

At the same time, a broad public awareness campaign on the ischemic stroke and vascular dementia will be undertaken, which will include creating and distributing brochures and flyers.