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Kaste, Markku (FIN), MD, PhD

Department of Neurosciences, Helsinski University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland


Markku Kaste is Professor of Neurology at the University of Helsinki, Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at the Helsinki University Central Hospital, and Chief of the Neuroscience Program at Biomedicum, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Dr Kaste oversees an extensive clinical and experimental research program in the cerebrovascular diseases and stroke.

Dr Kaste has served as a member of the Steering Committee or of the DSMB for more than 20 randomised clinical trials on the surgical or medical prevention of stroke and on neuroprotective or thrombolytic agents in acute stroke. He has served as a chairman or section chairman for many international congresses including the International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation, the European Stroke Conference, the International Conference on Stroke, Heart and Brain, and the World Stroke Congress. Dr Kaste has held office in many international associations: member of the board of directors of the ESC 1994-1999, chair of the Stroke Panel of the EFNS 1993-1998, of the Scandinavian Society for the Study of Cerebrovascular Disease 1995-1999, of the International Trial Collaboration Subcommittee of the International Stroke Liaison Committee of the American Heart Association 1999-2002, of the European Stroke Initiative since 1996. He is a fellow of the Stroke Council, of the American Heart Association, a corresponding member of the American Neurological Association and a Clinical Advisor to the EMEA since 1999.

Dr Kaste has published more than 220 scientific papers on cerebrovascular diseases in journals such as Stroke, the European Journal of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, Archives of Neurology, Cerebrovascular Diseases, and Current Opinion in Neurology. Dr Kaste has served on the editorial boards or as a referee for many journals including Lancet, and has served as an associate editor of Stroke since 2000.

  • How to organize an acute stroke service?

  • The intersection of prehospital and inhospital care of stroke:

    Helsinki experience and beyond