Prof. dr. Paul M. Parizel

Dear ESR Member, Dear Colleague, Dear Friend,

As Chair of the ESR Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to provide you with a short update of our society’s ongoing activities since ECR 2017. Our Board of Directors held its first meeting of the current working year at the beginning of April. An important item on the agenda was to follow up matters resulting from the leadership meetings with our member and partner societies, which were held during ECR 2017. The next meetings of the ESR Board of Directors and the Executive Council are scheduled for the beginning of June in Salzburg, Austria.

Since March, the ESR has been represented by high-ranking officers at a great variety of national and international congresses. A highlight was for sure the ESR’s participation in the congress of the Association of Radiologists of Ukraine, with Ukraine being this year’s ESR Support Initiative country.

The ESR is currently focusing its efforts to further strengthen our relations with Africa, with the aim to support medical imaging. Besides our representation at various meetings in the African and Arab region, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Egyptian Society of Radiology, an ESR Associate Institutional Member Society. On behalf of the ESR I have accepted with pleasure and deep gratitude the invitation to serve as Honorary President of the African Society of Radiology (ASR) for the years 2018-2021. In this role, I will do my best to further enhance collaboration and exchange between Africa and Europe, and between ASR and ESR.

In addition, I am particularly happy to point out that, in line with ESR’s focus on medical radiation protection, the EuroSafe Imaging team looks forward to collaborating with our new partners at ArabSafe, which was officially launched on May 5 during the Pan Arab Radiology Conference in Marrakech, in presence of the EuroSafe Imaging Steering Committee Chair, Prof. Guy Frija.

We are not only closely collaborating with our radiological partners, but are also committed to continuously extending our cooperation with colleagues from related disciplines. A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the ESR, ESCR (European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology), ESC-EACVI (European Society Cardiology-European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging), and EANM (European Association of Nuclear Medicine) will pave the way for future common endeavors with regard to cardiovascular imaging. 

However, aside from these positive and stimulating achievements, it is my sad duty to report the recent passing of Prof. Helen Carty, former ECR President and ESR Gold Medallist, and of Dr. Richard L. Baron, ESR Honorary Member. Both Dr. Carty and Dr. Baron were outstanding radiologists who were highly respected and admired throughout the international community. They will be sorely missed.

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Prof. dr. Paul M. Parizel

Chair of the ESR Board of Directors