Paul M. Parizel

Chair of the ESR Board of Directors

Dear ESR Member, Dear Colleague, Dear Friend,

Welcome to this summer edition of [email protected]! With the recent opening of the ECR 2018 abstract submission, the ESR’s activities are in full swing. It is my great pleasure to update you on our recent endeavours and to provide a brief outlook on the upcoming events.

The members of the ESR Board of Directors and Executive Council met in Salzburg at the beginning of June and we had a fruitful and constructive meeting (see photos). Among other issues, the ESR Support Initiative was on the agenda. I am happy and proud to report that, together with the ESR Board of Directors, I have selected Armenia as our Support Initiative Country from March 2018 until March 2019. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation with the Armenian Association of Radiology. The ESR Support Initiative, which was launched in 2014, is our social responsibility project, through which we aim to improve access to radiological training and educational resources for aspiring physicians and scientists in less affluent regions in Europe. Armenia is the fourth country to benefit from this initiative after Bulgaria (2015-2016), Romania (2016-2017) and Ukraine (2017-2018).

As announced separately in this issue of [email protected] and via various other ESR media channels, Prof. dr. Yves Menu was appointed as incoming Editor-in-Chief of our flagship journal European Radiology. We feel very fortunate that such an outstanding and well-respected leader and friend of the ESR will take over from Prof. dr. Maximilian F. Reiser, who will step down from the position in late 2017 and whom I would like to sincerely thank for his excellent work. And there is more good news, since European Radiology has received a new Impact Factor (2016) of 3.967. Compared to last year, this is an increase of 0.327 (+9%).

The ESR Working Group on Value Based Imaging, which was set up by the ESR Board of Directors one year ago with the aim of demonstrating the value and enhancing the visibility of the radiologist and protecting the radiologist profession, has finalised its Value-Based Radiology – ESR concept paper, which was also shared with all institutional member societies to include their comments. The paper is to be published soon in Insights into Imaging.

Regarding our international and inter-professional relations, the ESR leadership was represented at various national congresses and international meetings in the first half of this year. This process will continue at the same pace during the second half. I wish to thank everyone involved for having made these important encounters possible.

Apart from these very positive updates, I also need to share with you some sad news. Following the passing of Prof. Helen Carty, former ECR President and ESR Gold Medallist, on April 23, and the sudden death on May 4 of Dr. Richard Baron, the RSNA's immediate past president, I am sad to inform you that George Schuyler, former RSNA Director of Scientific Meetings and Educational Material, passed away at the age of 89. Not only did he play a crucial role in the evolution of the modern RSNA, but he also had a huge part in establishing the structure of the ECR under the leadership of Prof. Lissner and later Prof. Baert. In recognition of his enormous contribution, he received a special Distinguished Service Award at ECR 2004.

I take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to all of our members, who are collaborating with our society, for your ongoing interest and unwavering support. You are the lifeblood of our society, and I am greatly appreciative of your commitment to ESR. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or the ESR blog. I also invite you to get in touch with the editorial team at [email protected] if you have any topic suggestions for [email protected]

Last but not least, I wish you wonderful summer holidays! I hope that you will have the opportunity to find some rest and relaxation, so that you can recharge your batteries, and get ready for all the exciting activities in autumn.

Prof. dr. Paul M. Parizel
Chair of the ESR Board of Directors