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Q&A with ESR president, Prof. Boris Brkljačić

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | February 14, 2020

HCB News: What are you most looking forward to for this year’s congress?
BB: The programme offers superb educational sessions in all fields of radiology, suitable for beginners and very advanced professionals, from the basic knowledge to the new horizon sessions. With more than nine thousand abstracts for research presentations submitted, there are too many things to list. Instead, let me focus on some of the prime highlights of ECR 2020.

After last year’s great success, the “In Focus” program is returning and putting children and their healthcare issues in the spotlight. Additionally, for the third year in a row, the Cube will present Interventional Radiology in a novel and very exciting way, never seen before at any other meeting.

As every year, the opening ceremony will be the centerpiece of the congress, in 2020 accompanied by a closing ceremony called “Grand Finale” on Sunday, which will feature a colorful fusion of inspirational talks, musical performances and visual spectacles with plenty of surprises along the way. The highlights of the session will come from three extraordinary young speakers sharing their thought-provoking personal stories.

Last but definitely not least, I am very proud to announce that we will welcome three extraordinary plenary speakers at ECR. Namely Ralph Weissleder, James Thrall Professor of Radiology and professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Bernd Montag, CEO of Siemens Healthineers and Nenad Sestan who is the professor of Neuroscience, Genetics, Psychiatry and Comparative Medicine at Yale University, and executive director of the Yale Genome Editing Center.

HCB News: As the majority of our readers are in the U.S., can you talk about the value of an ESR membership for an American radiologist?
BB: First of all, I would like to tell your readers that ESR membership is completely free of charge if you reside outside of Europe. Despite being free of charge, the membership still comes with an array of benefits and discounts for ESR services. Being a member guarantees you the lowest fee available for the European Congress of Radiology, while giving you access to all ESR educational offers and journals.

For instance, members also receive free access to European Radiology, Europe’s flagship radiology journal with an impact factor of 3.962. In terms of educational offers, ESR members can access EURORAD, the largest peer-reviewed online teaching database of radiology, free of charge and also get a substantial discount on the annual subscription of Education on Demand, the ESR’s e-learning platform, which features options to earn CME credits.

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