ECR 2022 marked the reunion of radiologists across the world and a return to the self-contained scientific universe that we know and love. This summer for the first time we joined together for a festival of technology, science and research and a celebration of people - and it all started with our Opening Ceremony.
The Opening perfectly reflects all of our endeavours, and the efforts of faculty and companies alike, in reuniting thousands of people again in Vienna after more than three years apart. It provides true food for thought and a feast for the senses. Every expectation was met with a unique and beautiful surprise as we honoured the accomplishments of our Honorary Members and Gold Medallists and enjoyed an awe-inspiring mix of musical performances and visual spectacles.
The Opening also represents an opportunity for radiology to ‘shine’ as ECR President Regina Beets-Tan described her vision for the future of medical imaging – a future where radiologists embrace multidisciplinarity in medicine and build bridges with all partners in the healthcare continuum.
Professor Xiaoyuan Feng is an awarded Lifetime Professor of Radiology at Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, in Shanghai, PRC. He is the Honorary Chairman of the Chinese Society of Radiology and the Honorary Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Radiology.
Professor Feng obtained his bachelor degree in medicine from Shanghai Medical University in 1982 and his doctorate in 1989. He began his career as a radiology resident physician at Huashan Hospital of Shanghai Medical University (which merged with Fudan University in 2000). He then went on to train at University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, and acted as a visiting professor in Erasmus Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
He was appointed Chairman of the Radiology Department at Huashan Hospital in 2000, acted as the Dean of Shanghai Medical College from 2001 to 2011, and as the Vice President of Fudan University from 2011 to 2015.
Professor Feng is currently the Chairman of the Shanghai Society of Biomedical Engineering. He was the former Vice President of the International Society of Strategy Study of Radiology (IS3R) and a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Radiology (ISR).
His research has focused primarily on neuro-radiology and abdominal imaging. He currently devotes his time to applying artificial intelligence to integrating and analysing myriad information from clinical diagnoses, including laboratory, radiology, pathology, and nuclear medicine.
He is an honorary member of the ARRS (American Roentgen Ray Society) and an honorary member or gold medalist in Asia. He has successfully organised numerous international conferences, workshops, and symposiums in China. Professor Feng is dedicated to education and innovation in radiology in China. He was the local Chairman of the AIMS program held by ESOR and offered a lot of support to Professor Gourtsoyiannis in organising the ESOR Visiting Professorship Program in China.
Professor Feng has been a keynote speaker for more than 50 leading events, has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and six books, including Modern Radiology.
Xiao-Yuan Feng – in recognition of his outstanding, internationally-recognised achievements and leadership in the fields of neuroradiology, abdominal imaging and international relations.
Mary C. Mahoney, M.D., is the Benjamin Felson Endowed Chair and Professor of Radiology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and Chief of Imaging for UC Health. Dr Mahoney has previously served as Director of Breast Imaging at the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center, Fellowship Director for Breast Imaging, and Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Radiology.
Dr Mahoney is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University. She received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a member of its honour society, Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her diagnostic radiology residency, serving as Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr Mahoney has been active in numerous national leadership positions throughout her career. She is the past Chair and current President of the Board of Directors of the RSNA, has been a member of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Radiology, and is currently a member of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. Dr Mahoney is a fellow of both the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging and is a member of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program for women leaders in medicine.
Dr Mahoney has authored numerous publications and has given hundreds of lectures across the world. As former Vice-Chair of Research, she has been the principal investigator for many research initiatives within the College of Medicine. She has also been instrumental in building the multidisciplinary breast centre within the UC Cancer Institute and the Advanced Imaging Core Lab in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr Mahoney is a nationally-recognised proponent and staunch advocate of patient-centred radiology. She has been involved in numerous initiatives through organisations such as the RSNA and ACR, campaigning to encourage and facilitate radiologists’ meaningful engagement in the patient experience.
Mary C. Mahoney - in recognition of her outstanding, internationally-recognised achievements and leadership in the fields of radiology and patient-centred care.
Manoel de Souza Rocha is Associate Professor of Radiology at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, and former President of Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem, CBR (Brazilian College of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging).
Professor Rocha graduated from Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo and completed his residency in radiology at Hospital das Clínicas de São Paulo.
Working at the major university hospital in Brazil, he was responsible for introducing the participation of radiologists into multidisciplinary team meetings and now has daily educational activity with residents of radiology, surgery, and gastroenterology.
Professor Rocha served four years as Scientific Director and two years as President of CBR. During this period, CBR made great efforts to offer educational activities to radiologists from different regions of Brazil and to develop new methods of online education, with a particular interest in the use of social media. As President of CBR, he also took the initiative to establish closer relationships with ESR, which resulted in the event "Best of ECR" during the Brazilian Congress of Radiology 2019.
Since the beginning of his professional career, Professor Rocha has shown great interest in teaching medical students. This devotion has resulted in him receiving more than 20 Teaching Annual Awards. He is an Honorary Member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, Sociedade de Radiologia do Piauí, Sociedade de Radiologia do Ceará, Sociedade de Radiologia de Pernambuco, and was awarded with the Gold Medal of CBR.
One of the pioneers to work with CT in his country, Professor Rocha has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, 50 book chapters, and two books on abdominal radiology. He has also co-edited five books on radiology and has given more than 700 lectures in Brazil and other countries.
Manoel de Souza Rocha - in recognition of his outstanding, internationally-recognised achievements and leadership in the fields of CT, education and international relations.
Bernd Hamm is Professor of Radiology and Chairman of the three merged Departments of Radiology of the Charité (Campus Mitte, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, and Campus Benjamin Franklin) and Head of CharitéCentrum 6, which incorporates diagnostic and interventional radiology, neuroradiology, paediatric radiology, nuclear medicine, and medical physics.
Professor Hamm studied at Freie Universität Berlin and obtained his Medical Doctor degree (magna cum laude) in 1982. Following his internship and residency at this same institution, he became a German board-certified diagnostic radiologist in 1986. By 1989, he had become Associate Professor of Radiology, a position he held until becoming Professor of Radiology and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Charité, Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität, Berlin. Over the years, Dr. Hamm's responsibilities in this role have continued to grow as the various departments of radiology merged together and fell under the umbrella of his leadership.
In addition to his ongoing departmental responsibilities, Professor Hamm has held a multitude of scientific and professional positions including President of the Berlin Society of Radiology (1995-1996), Chairman of the Berlin Association of Radiologists (2000-2003) and Vice President of the German Association of Radiologists (since 2002), member of the ethics committee of the Charité (2000-2005), President of the German Society of Radiology (2003-2005), President of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (2008-2010), elected member of the German Research Foundation (2008-2012 and 2016-2020), Spokesperson of the DFG Clinical Research Group (KFO 213) “Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles” (2008-2014), Spokesperson of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1340) “Matrix in Vision” (since 2018), member of the Congress Committee (ECR) of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) (2009-2018), and President of the European Society of Radiology (2017-2018).
Professor Hamm was President of the 92nd German Congress of Radiology in 2011, President of the 27th European Congress of Radiology in 2015, and President of the 30th European Congress of Radiology in 2018. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of the Radiological Cooperative Network (RACOON) of all 36 German university departments of radiology, funded by the Federal Ministry of Health as part of the German Research Network for Figthing the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Professor Hamm's major scientific interests include MR imaging of the prostate, MRI and CT of the female pelvis, MR contrast agents, and iron oxide nanoparticles as molecular probes. He has authored 891 original papers, 98 review articles and editorials, and 14 books, and has given more than 500 invited lectures.
Bernd Hamm - in recognition of his outstanding, internationally-recognised achievements and leadership in the fields of MR imaging and international relations.
Luis Martí-Bonmatí is Director of the Medical Imaging Department and Chairman of Radiology at La Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital in Valencia, Spain. He is also the founder and director of the Biomedical Imaging Research Group (GIBI230) at La Fe Health Research Institute, which hosts both advanced clinical and experimental radiology facilities.
Professor Martí Bonmatí received his medical degree from the University of Valencia in 1983. He completed his residency in radiology in 1987 and earned his PhD in 1991. He started working in the first university hospital equipped with an MR system in Spain, Dr. Peset University Hospital, where he later became chief of the MRI section. In 2009 he took on his current role at La Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital, the reference centre for advanced treatments and complex diseases in the Valencian Community. That same year he was designated Radiology Coordinator of the Catholic University in Valencia, and two years later became Professor of Radiology at the University of Valencia. To date, he has supervised 50 doctoral theses and end-of-career projects.
From 1997 to 2021, Professor Martí-Bonmatí headed the radiology department at Quirónsalud Hospital, Valencia, where he integrated biomedical engineering directly into the reading rooms and the entire radiological innovation process.
Professor Martí-Bonmatí's main interests are computational imaging radiomics and biomarkers, image processing, imaging biobanks, and clinical innovations in medical imaging and artificial intelligence. He has authored over 600 publications, and his numerous research collaborations continue to facilitate joint efforts between different specialities and significantly improve the development and validation of imaging biomarkers.
Professor Martí-Bonmatí is actively involved in several European initiatives, including coordinating the PRIMAGE and CHAIMELEON Horizon 2020 projects on medical imaging, artificial intelligence, image repositories, and predictive models with observational studies. He is also a co-founder of Quibim, a widely known MedTech company that spun-off from La Fe. Quibim mines medical images to extract imaging biomarkers as critical and often evasive health indicators, unveiling the human body to detect disease signatures and monitor biological systems with the highest resolution. Professor Martí-Bonmatí's footprint is clearly evident in Quibim's mission to improve human health through AI-guided precision medicine and apply advanced computational models to boost discoveries and innovations.
Professor Martí-Bonmatí is a full academic member of the Spanish Royal National Academy of Medicine, representing radiology, and a member of the Spanish National Radiology Commission, advising the Spanish Ministry of Health in advanced speciality education. He has served as the president of scientific societies such as the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), the Spanish Society of Radiology (SERAM), the Spanish Society of Abdominal Radiology (SEDIA), and the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR). He is also a former president of the SERAM and ESGAR annual meetings and has received the Gold Medal of the SERAM, SEDIA, and ESGAR.
Professor Martí-Bonmatí was a member of the ESR's Executive Council from 2010 to 2013, serving as director of the Research Committee and initiating the Imaging Biomarkers Subcommittee, and represented radiology in the European Council for Health Research at the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe. He is now a member of the ESR eHealth and Informatics Subcommittee.
Professor Martí-Bonmatí has received an honorary fellowship from the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics (EuSoMII), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the Most Effective Radiology Educator award from Aunt Minnie Europe. He is currently the proud Editor-in-Chief of Insights into Imaging, achieving a 3.579 impact factor last year and positioning the journal in the first quartile of medical imaging journals.
Luis Martí-Bonmatí - in recognition of his outstanding, internationally-recognised achievements and leadership in the fields of biomedical imaging and artificial intelligence.
Professor Laura Oleaga received her medical degree from the School of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She completed her training in radiology at the Hospital Donostia in San Sebastian and then trained as a Research Fellow in magnetic resonance imaging at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Radiology. She then went on to serve as a specialist in magnetic resonance imaging at the Hospital of Basurto, Bilbao.
Professor Oleaga obtained her PhD in medicine from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, in 1998. Since 2008, she has worked as a neuroradiologist at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and served as a Professor of Radiology at the University of Barcelona. In 2009 she was appointed Chair of the Radiology Department at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona.
Professor Oleaga is an active member of many scientific societies and organisations. She served as Vice President of the Spanish Radiological Society (SERAM) from 2002 to 2006 and as Chair of the Scientific Committee of SERAM from 2006 to 2008. She was Chair of the Education Committee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) from 2015 to 2018 and has been the Scientific Director of the European Diploma in Radiology since 2018.
Professor Oleaga’s research focuses primarily on clinical imaging applications in brain and head and neck tumours. She has always striven to combine scientific research with clinical work throughout her career. She has authored and co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and ten book chapters.
Laura Oleaga Zufiría - in recognition of her outstanding, internationally-recognised achievements and leadership in the fields of neuroradiology, head and neck radiology and education.