October 2016

In recognition of her contribution to abdominal imaging and commitment to the advancement of radiology, Professor Valérie Vilgrain from Clichy, France, will give the Josef Lissner Honorary Lecture, titled ‘Liver imaging: where do we stand now?’ at ECR 2016.

Valérie Vilgrain is chair of the radiology department at Beaujon University Hospital in Clichy and full professor of radiology at Paris Diderot University – Paris 7, France.

She obtained her medical degree from René Descartes University in Paris in 1985. She then did a residency in internal medicine, neurology and radiology at Paris University.

Prof. Vilgrain chose to subspecialise in chest and abdominal diseases, and completed a fellowship in radiology at Beaujon University Hospital, an institution well known for its expertise and outstanding clinicians in abdominal diseases. She subspecialised in the gastrointestinal tract, with a special focus on liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases, an area that still fascinates her to this day.
Her major research interests are diagnostic and interventional imaging of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts, focusing on multidetector CT, MRI, contrast-enhanced ultrasound and functional imaging.

In addition, Prof. Vilgrain is involved in several on-going research projects, and she is the principal investigator of the SARAH trial, which aims to compare SorAfenib, the reference treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), against radioembolisation. She is also involved in a combined academic/company project on HCC, which aims to develop imaging solutions for better patient management.

She has authored or co-authored 332 articles original articles, mainly on abdominal imaging, and co-edited 30 books on abdominal imaging.

Prof. Vilgrain holds membership of many societies, including the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR).

She has served as vice-chairperson of the French Radiological Society and chairperson of the Education Programme Committee for the society’s annual meeting. She serves on several committees for the European Congress of Radiology and chairs the RSNA Regional Committee for Europe.

At ECR 2016, Prof. Vilgrain will present the Josef Lissner Honorary Lecture, titled ‘Liver imaging: where do we stand now?’