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Eduard F. Stange is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Robert Bosch Krankenhaus in Stuttgart, Germany.
Professor Stange studied medicine in Heidelberg and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Ulm. He spent two years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas under John M. Dietschy. Then, for eight years he was Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Lübeck. His scientific interest focused on cholesterol and bile acid metabolism.
Currently, he is involved in basic research on antibiotic peptides in inflammatory bowel diseases, improvement of immunosuppressive strategies and development of guidelines for the German Society for Digestive and Metabolic Disorders.
Professor Stange has written many book chapters and edited various books on inflammatory bowel diseases.
He is married to Angelika, a cardiologist and mother of a son and daughter. They also have a Bernese mountain dog, completing the family.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- Mere chance. Our division of metabolism in Ulm took over the division of gastroenterology and somebody had to do the work.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- John M. Dietschy. Among many other talents, he was a dedicated rat researcher. After a lengthy and boring clinical presentation he would get up and ask, "That is very nice but how does it apply to the rat?"
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- The LDL receptor concept by Goldstein and Brown.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- The compartmentalization of hepatic and intestinal cholesterol.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- I can't remember.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To find the cause of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, if it is not measles.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Not to have more time for research. The German system of 100% time expenditure on clinical daily duties, even in University hospitals, and research during leisure times is crazy.
- How do you relax?
- With my dog - he understands me.
- What is your favorite sport?
- The tennis my daughter plays.
- What is your best place in the world?
- What is your favorite film?
- "Paris, Texas" by Wim Wenders.
- What car do you drive?
- A Saab super turbo-racing edition with a big rear mirror showing all the other cars.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- A Sony digital camera
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "Ulysses" by James Joyce. I have been reading it for the last 20 years or so.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Because Roy Pounder convinced me that it's a great idea and the site is extremely informative.