Authors: Ellis van Etten and Diana Aguiar de Sousa, on behalf of the YSPR committee

Twitter: @Diana_A_Sousa, @Ellis_van_Etten

As we welcome 2023, we look back on a year where the pandemic entered another phase and the long periods of physical distance ended in most parts of the world. Many stroke physicians and researchers experienced the interactivity and immersion of the in-person ESOC in Lyon, France. At the YSPR mentoring Workshop, young researchers presented their projects and received valuable feedback. The ESO Summer School in Birmingham, England, was also an exciting in-person gathering where young ESO members learned about current stroke practices and new research directions.

We are looking forward to another year of exciting conferences; ESOC 2023 will take place on May 24-26 as a fully onsite conference in Munich, Germany. If you are a young investigator, do not miss the opportunity to submit an abstract for the workshop describing a planned research study or an ongoing project. The selected applicants will give an oral presentation, followed by constructive assessment of the study’s design and advice on its future development by a senior invited investigator. The abstract submission deadline is 17 January.

In the past year, the YSPR committee met many new talented young physicians and researchers. We welcomed new members to our board and invited new bloggers to join the YSPR members to contribute to our ESO blog. You can already have a look to past blog posts in the ESO blog. We hope to continue this much appreciated collaboration in the new year.

We are also just launching the new “Young Reviewer Training Programme”, in collaboration with the European Stroke Journal (ESJ). More than 140 talented candidates have applied for this programme and we are looking very much forward to kick off very soon. The 10 selected candidates will start working on peer-reviews together with their dedicated mentors early next year.

The D2D programme also continued this year to exchange doctors between specialised stroke departments. You can read about their experience in the ESO blog. In 2023 the D2D programme will continue to help 10 young physicians and researchers interested in the stroke field. If this sounds like something you would like: applications for 2023 are now open.

In 2023, the YSPR will continue to promote the future of all young physicians and researchers across Europe. We will also continue to publish comments on new ESJ papers. For the latest stroke news, keep following us on the ESO blog and Twitter.

We would like to thank all members who have been participating in ESO initiatives for their dedication. Let us hope for the same level of hard work in 2023. We encourage all ESO members to stay informed about developments in various fields of stroke and to be open to new ideas and approaches, as these can help to inspire and motivate us to achieve our goals and make a positive impact in the world.

We wish everyone a very happy 2023!

ESOC is Europe’s leading forum for advances in research and clinical care of patients with cerebrovascular diseases. ESOC 2023 will live up to its expectation, and present to you a packed, high quality scientific programme including major clinical trials, state-of-the-art seminars, educational workshops, scientific communications of the latest research, and debates about current controversies. ESOC 2023 programme is now available, and registration and abstract submission are now open.  Learn more here.