During the Young Stroke Physicians and Researchers (YSPR) session at ESOC 2023 in Munich, four early career stroke physicians and researchers will present their planned or ongoing projects and receive feedback from two renowned stroke experts, Prof Charlotte Cordonnier and Dr Bob Siegerink.

The session is open to all and will take place on Wednesday, 24 May at 8:30 in Room 13 a.

In this series of interviews, we are going to introduce the early career physicians and researchers who have been selected to present their research.

Today we introduce Jonathan Andrae .

He studied medicine at the Philipps-University Marburg where he graduated in summer 2021. Before starting his residency at the University Hospital Freiburg (Germany), he worked at a reception center for refugees. He currently works at the Stroke Unit and is part of the “neurovascular imaging” research group led by Prof A Harloff.

How did you get involved in stroke research?

I was approached by one of my senior physicians who asked me about my career plans and my interest in research, and we talked about some of his projects that sounded very interesting. A few days later, I was asked if I could imagine joining the research group and happily agreed.

Why did you choose this topic and how do you think this may have an impact on future stroke care?

Currently, most guidelines referring to stenosis of the internal carotid artery mainly focus on the degree of stenosis, although other important risk factors are also identified. Our goal is to establish a more personalized risk profile for patients, including individual biomarkers, to provide the best possible primary and secondary prevention and identify patients who will benefit from intensified care.

What helps you clear your head after a hard day’s work?

The method that works best for me is a good workout. However, sometimes you are just exhausted after a hard shift and really don’t feel like working out. In that case, 20 minutes on an acupressure mat and some music by Ludovico Einaudi work wonders as well.

What do you expect from a mentor in stroke science?

I would hope for guidance regarding structuring and funding research projects. Ideally, I can discuss my ideas with him/her and get constructive feedback. Furthermore, I would hope for a good combination of support in my clinical as well as scientific development.

What can your mentor expect from you?

I think I can provide a high level of reliability and well-structured work. I am attentive and curious. My mentor could expect a strive for clinical and scientific expertise.