August 2020

In recognition of her amazing accomplishments and leading role in hybrid, molecular and translational imaging, Professor Katrine Riklund from Umeå, Sweden, will receive the ESR Gold Medal at ECR 2020.

Katrine Riklund, MD, PhD is full professor and senior consultant in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine and pro-vice-chancellor of Umeå University. She previously headed both the clinical department of radiology and nuclear medicine at Umeå University Hospital and was head or deputy head of the university department of radiation sciences for more than ten years.

She served as deputy dean and in various leadership roles at the medical faculty of Umeå University and was programme director of the medical school between 2011 and 2016.

Professor Riklund graduated from Umeå University in 1988 and obtained her licenses in radiology and nuclear medicine in 1994 and 1997, respectively. She defended her PhD thesis on radioimmunoscintigraphy and radioimmunotherapy in 1992.

Professor Riklund started her work in translational research between immunology and nuclear medicine by developing and evaluating monoclonal antibodies in the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancers. She continued her research in hybrid imaging in cognition, neurodegeneration and movement disorders, as well as in prostate and colorectal cancer.


To pursue all her interests, she has been using SPECT/CT, PET/CT and PET/MR extensively in oncology, also with a special focus on dopamine in cognitive decline. She has authored 130 scientific papers, five reviews, 48 meeting abstracts or proceeding papers and six book chapters. She is also the editor of one book, Nuklearmedicin, published in 2013 in Swedish.

Professor Riklund has served in many leadership roles for the European Society of Radiology (ESR) since 2009. She has been Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Education Committee and the Scientific Committee of the European Training Assessment Programme. She was the first Chairperson of the ESR Board of Directors and Executive Council from 2016 to 2017 and is the founding president of the European Society of Hybrid Medical Imaging, which later became the European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translational Imaging – ESHIMT.

Professor Riklund has made many substantial contributions to the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), serving as its President in 2016 and as a member of the Congress Committee before that.

Radiation protection in medicine is another of her interests and between 2009 and 2015, she was an ordinary member of the C3 subcommittee of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). She is still a member of Task Group 36: ‘Radiation Doses to Patients in Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine’ and the ESR Radiation Protection Subcommittee today.

Professor Riklund is the Past President of the Swedish Society of Radiology and the Swedish Society of Nuclear Medicine. She is the chairperson of the Centre for Medical Image Science and Visualisation at Linköping University, as well as the Centre for Functional Brain Imaging and the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Umeå University. She is also an ordinary board member of the national facilities SciLifeLab, MedTech4Health and the scientific board of the Swedish Drug Authority. She has served as a grant evaluator for the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, the Swedish Cancer Society and the Swedish Research Council.

She gave the Marie Curie Honorary Lecture at ECR 2018, has received honorary membership from the French Society of Radiology and the RSNA, and was awarded the Alfred Breit Price by the German Radiology Society in 2019.