October 2016

In recognition of his pioneering work in novel imaging technology and his dedication to strengthening ties between radiologists in Europe, Professor Claus D. Claussen, from Tübingen, Germany, will be awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2015.

Claus D. Claussen is professor of radiology at Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany and was chairman of the department of radiology at University Hospital Tübingen from 1988 to the end of March 2014. He has been director of metabolic imaging at the German Diabetes Center in Tübingen since April 2014.

In 1971, Prof. Claussen graduated from Heidelberg University with a degree in medicine. He later completed a residency in radiology at the University of Heidelberg and worked as a staff radiologist until 1979. During his time from 1979 until 1988 working in the department of radiology at the university hospital in Berlin (since 1990 Charité) he became vice-chairman of the department in 1984 and was promoted to professor of radiology in 1986. He moved to the University of Tübingen in 1988 and served as chairman and full professor of radiology until 2014. He also served as a visiting professor at the Mayo Clinic Rochester in Minnesota, United States.

Over the last four decades, he has been one of the pioneers in developing and introducing new imaging modalities, together with his team, into clinical practice; dynamic-CT (1980), gadolinium contrast MRI (1983), cardiac CT (1998), 3T MRI (2000), whole-body MRI (2004 ). With a particular interest in MR/PET, Prof. Claussen has been involved in the development of hybrid MR/PET imaging technology since 2006, which has major potential in the field of molecular imaging. Over the last ten years, together with Prof. Pichler, he has built up one of Europe’s largest and most successful preclinical molecular imaging laboratories in Tübingen.

He has published in a large range of highly regarded peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Medicine, Circulation, JACC, Radiology and European Radiology. He has also served as a reviewer for Radiology, European Radiology and the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Prof. Claussen also works to support international cooperation and has served as president of the German Radiological Society and the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology’s congress in 1999. At the moment he is president of the Society for Promoting Biotechnology and Medical Technology South-West Germany, Stuttgart, and chairman of the ESR’s Ethical Compliance Subcommittee.

In recognition of his work, Prof. Claussen has received numerous awards and honours, including honorary membership of the Austrian, French, and German Society of Radiology and ESGAR.

At ECR 2015 Prof. Claussen will receive the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology.