New international postdoc investigates how the corona crisis affects stroke incidence, management and outcome of patients

The word has spread within the scientific community that a new research centre on vascular ageing has started in Innsbruck. So the Dutch early-career researcher Annemieke ter Telgte came across VASCage when she was looking for an exciting new place to work abroad. She was especially attracted by the keywords stroke, epidemiology and public health, filed an application and now she is employed as a postdoc at VASCage.

‘ What I really enjoy here is the pioneering spirit. It is a very special, a thrilling atmosphere when a new research centre is being built up. You can learn a lot from working with professionals from different backgrounds. There is a lot of ambition to be successful together as a team. It is amazing to be part of it!‘

Annemieke ter Telgte, PhD, will be working with Prof. Dr. Stefan Kiechl, and collaborate closely with assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Knoflach and Dr. Lukas Mayer (Department of Neurology at the Medical University of Innsbruck). She will analyse comprehensive hospital data sets to provide solid scientific evidence on how stroke care has been impacted in Tyrol and Austria by the COVID-19 crisis and its attendant governmental containment strategies.

Austria and Tyrol is Ms. ter Telgte’s third experience abroad after a master internship in Germany (Munich) and a PhD internship in the United States (Boston). She studied psychology as a bachelor in Utrecht followed by a master in Neuroscience & Cognition and a PhD in Nijmegen. After starting her scientific career in the field of Alzheimer’s disease she soon focused on cerebral vascular disease. The young scientist used high resolution MRI scans to detect silent brain infarcts and studied their histopathological nature. With experience in imaging and histopathology she is now especially interested in statistical epidemiological research. Annemieke ter Telgte is now convinced that she has found the perfect place for her next scientific career step at VASCage.

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