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In memory of Marco Leonardi :   1944-2017

In memory of Marco Leonardi : 1944-2017

Marco Leonardi was born in Rome in 1944. He obtained his degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1967, and two years later he specialized in Radiology in Padua. He was also, for a short period, a fellow of Giovanni Ruggiero, one of the founders of European Neuroradiology, but he soon left his master to become Chief of Neuroradiology in Udine, where he stayed for 13 years. Afterwards, he moved to the University of Milan where he became Full Professor of Neuroradiology. Eventually, in 1996 he moved back to his hometown Bologna to chair the Neuroradiology Division of the Bellaria Hospital, and he retired just two years ago.

He was an innovator, a pioneer, and a curious scientist able to understand in which direction the medical world was heading. He was one of the first filmless departments in Europe, as well as one of the very first centers equipped with 3T MRI and biplane DSA.

Marco loved to teach and to transmit his enthusiasm and experience to young fellows.

He was the founder and chief editor of two international journals: “The Neuroradiology Journal” and “Interventional Neuroradiology”.

He was twice elected President of AINR (Italian Association of Neuroradiology), and held the posts of Secretary General and President of ESNR (European Society of Neuroradiology); he also was an active member of WFITN (World Federation of Interventional Neuroradiology). Furthermore, he was nominated President of both the Italian and the ESNR Annual meetings of Neuroradiology, President of the WFITN meeting, and President of the Symposium Neuroradiologicum.

He was a fully dedicated doctor and a master, with profound human skills and a strong didactic attitude, featured by actions and not only by theory. His practical sense in daily life led him to solve problems in a very rational way, simple and effective.

We lose a colleague and a master, we lose a scientist, but we especially lose the best friend one could imagine to have, ready to listen in case of need, discrete and reserved in his suggestions, a real guide.

We want to share with the whole neuroradiological world our sense of gratitude and affection to him and also to his beloved wife Adriana and son Nicola.


Thanks Marco, we will miss you, and we will preserve your legacy in our daily work!


Mario Muto and Alberto Beltramello

On behalf of ESNR



Call to applications for the 2020 annual congress

Call to applications for the 2020 annual congress

ESNR announces the opening of a call for applications to the Presidency of the 43rd ESNR Annual Meeting, 27th Advanced Course on Diagnostic Neuroradiology, and 12th Advanced Course in Endovascular and Interventional Neuroradiology that will take place in September, 2020.
Candidates must refer to the enclosed rules, and submit their applications to the attention of the ESNR Secretary General (; cc within the non-negotiable deadline of May 31st, 2017.
Applicants fulfilling the prerequisites stated in the rules will be invited to present their candidature to the ESNR Executive Committee during a meeting that shall take place in Malmö (Sweden) during the Annual Congress 2017. 
Best wishes,
Andrea Rossi, MD
ESNR Secretary General




Selection of the Venue and President of the Annual Congress of the European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR)



Selection of Congress President (CP) 

Items to be considered in the selection process:

  • Minimum “five consecutive years” of full ESNR membership (at the time of the bid) (mandatory)
  • European Board Certified in Neuroradiology
  • Active participation in the last ESNR congresses
  • Experience in meeting/courses organization and/or organizational skills
  • Frequent academic activity as moderator or speaker during neuroradiological courses and congresses
  • Holds an active working position as a neuroradiologist in an European Country (mandatory)
  • Letter of support of the National Neuroradiological Society, local (neuro-) radiology department, local university, city, etc.


Eligibility of location:

  • City geographically located in Europe
  • Easy access by plane for most of European capitals
  • Good local transportation system
  • Congress venue easy accessible from hotels (If possible, within walking distance)


Application for Congress Presidency (deadline 31st May 2017)

Application is required with a written “Proposal” containing:

  • Candidate professional curriculum
  • Information of the City
  • Detailed information of the venue:  size, rooms, exhibition space, catering and cost
  • Travel Options
  • Housing options
  • Social events options
  • Statistics
  • Weather
  • Other issues, supporting documents
  • Budget
  • preliminary budget


All applications should be send by email to the ESNR Central Office ( to the attention of the Secretary-General, with copy to the Secretary-General (


Election of the “Congress President” will be performed three years ahead by ESNR Executive Committee during a special meeting held during the Annual Congress. Each eligible candidature will have the right to present (10 minutes slot) his/her proposal.


Selection of the venue and PCO will be perform by ESNR Executive Committee, and approve by ESNR General Assembly

Any individual within this committee will loss his voting right and the right to participate in the discussion for selecting the venue and PCO, if any relevant competing interest exists



PLEASE NOTE: Registration and abstract submission for 40th Annual Meeting in Malmö, Sweden is open

PLEASE NOTE: Registration and abstract submission for 40th Annual Meeting in Malmö, Sweden is open

40th ESNR Annual Meeting, 24st Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology & 9th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology of the European Society of Neuroradiology in Malmö, Sweden 14-17/9 2017

The registration and the abstract submission for the meeting is open on the ESNR website. Please note that the abstracts submission starts earlier than previous years and also the deadline for abstracts submission which will be March 15th. Check the website for future updates.

Special for this meeting there will be a pre-meeting on idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus including clinical, diagnostic and interventional procedures on Wednesday 13/9, 2017 afternoon. Do not forget to register for this special session without any extra costs.

The meeting and course will be held at Malmö Live, located in the middle of the city just few walking minutes from Malmö railway station. The congress hotel are located in direct conjunction with the Congress Centre and several other hotels are within less than 5 minutes walking from the Congress Centre.

Malmoe is beautifully located at the sea and is known for its beautiful parks, restaurants and bars, and outdoor life. It is easy to access by flight to Copenhagen airport and express train (less than 25 minutes) to Malmö Railway station and Congress Centre Malmö Live.

More information will be presented in the website within a few weeks.

Get ready for Malmoe and ESNR Annual meeting in September 2017

ESNR Presidential Address

ESNR Presidential Address

I am honored to become ESNR’s 19th president, 47 years after the naming of its first President, Dr. George B. Ziedses des Plantes, and 12 years since another Spanish neuroradiologist, Dr. Jordi Ruscalleda, occupied this position. 

Assuming the presidency of ESNR is certainly a huge responsibility and a challenging task, and despite being a bit nervous, I am excited and full of enthusiasm for the job ahead.  The work of my predecessors, the creative input and energy of my colleagues on the Executive Committee, and the professionalism and efficiency of the ESNR staff at the Central Office will clearly facilitate my task.

ESNR is in good health. Membership in our society has grown from 315 paying members 10 years ago to almost 1300 individual members today. Moreover, more than 2800 institutional members from 25 countries are now represented in the ESNR Institutional Members Council. The Society’s financial situation is also quite sound, enabling ESNR to promote educational, scientific, and research activities among our members.

The excellent educational and certification programmes provided by ESNR are one reason for the almost exponential increase in the membership to our society. In fact, our postgraduate educational program in diagnostic, paediatric, spinal, and interventional neuroradiology is probably the best in Radiology and the envy of other European radiological societies. I believe this may be the most important achievement of the Society in the last few years, and I must acknowledge the keen vision of Professor Marco Leonardi as the founder of this great programme.

Within the educational programme, the European Course of Neuroradiology (ECNR) is our most important activity. The 14th cycle of ECNR, under the Chair of Majda Thurnher and Johan van Goethem, was initiated in October 2016, in Dubrovnik (Croatia). More than 320 students from 51 countries (88 students from 23 non-European countries) attended the first module of this 14th cycle, reflecting the high scientific level and excellent organization of the ECNR.

The ESNR has also been active in other areas. In 2008, thanks to the efforts of many members of the society, the Division of Neuroradiology was created at the UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes). Without a doubt, this achievement reflects the recognition of Neuroradiology as a radiological subspecialty with specific and well-defined characteristics. One of the objectives of my presidency is to improve our relations with the UEMS Division of Neuroradiology, as this will facilitate homogenization of neuroradiology training and practice across Europe, in both diagnostic and interventional areas. More recently, ESNR created the European Board of Neuroradiology (EBNR), presently chaired by Professor Turgut Tali, which has as its core activity organizing examinations that lead to certificates and diplomas in the field of Neuroradiology. The vital mission of EBNR is to establish the European Diploma in Neuroradiology as an internationally recognized certificate of neuroradiological excellence.

We have also strengthened our relations with other societies, and in particular with the European Society of Radiology (ESR), whose current president, Professor Paul Parizel, is a neuroradiologist and past president of ESNR. We are collaborating with ESR in several educational, scientific, and professional activities, with the main purposes of defending neuroradiology, both diagnostic and interventional, as a unified radiological subspecialty, and in promoting education and research in our field.  

Our current relationships with other scientific societies, such as the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR), American Society for Paediatric Neuroradiology (ASPNR), and European Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ESHNR), are focussed on learning from each other. To facilitate this goal, we are organizing joint sessions with some of these societies in our Annual Meetings. Recently, we created a Latin American-European Course of Neuroradiology (LATAM-ECNR) in collaboration with the Sociedade Paulista de Radiologia, which will be organized in Sao Paolo (Brazil) over the next four years.  The objective of these efforts by ESNR are to promote Neuroradiology across Europe and in other areas of the world, and to take the lead in education, science, and the professional issues that affect our specialty.

The most important activity of our society is our ESNR Annual Meeting. Another important task of my presidency is to increase the attendance and scientific level of this meeting, and to improve its organization. To accomplish this, we have established new, more transparent rules for organizing the Congress, which have the purpose of objectively selecting the most appropriate venue and Congress president, and providing a highly attractive scientific programme.

This coming year, the ESNR Annual Meeting will take place in Malmo, Sweden (13-17 September, 2017) under the presidency of Professor Pia Sundgren. Professor Sundgren and the members of the ESNR Scientific Programme Committee have worked hard to provide a compelling programme. They have succeeded in putting together an excellent scientific programme and I expect a high attendance, not only of ESNR members but also of other specialists interested in neuroradiology.

Finally, I would like to briefly comment on the situation of our official journal, Neuroradiology. Professor Guido Wilms has been the Editor-in-Chief for the last 6 years. He did an excellent job, in particular at this difficult time when there is a great deal of competition from other journals and other types of publishing resources. At the same time, I would like to welcome the new Editor-in-Chief, Professor Rüdiger von Kummer, a well-known neuroradiologist with an outstanding scientific background and previous experience in editorial tasks. One of the objectives of the new Editor-in-Chief is to make Neuroradiology a real challenger to other neuroradiological journals by increasing the number of editorials on hot topics, pros-and-cons debates, and state-of-the-art reviews. By continually alerting the radiologic and neuroscience community to new publications in Neuroradiology, the visibility of our official journal will improve. The final goal is to increase the scientific quality of the journal, and attract young and senior neuroradiologists from all over the world to publish their research there. We cannot ignore that a significant percentage of the research currently performed in neuroradiology is led by professionals other than neuroradiologists and published in non-radiological journals. The only way to reverse this situation is to promote research activities among our members and increase the quality of our journal and Annual Congress.

Let me conclude this presidential address by inviting all ESNR members to participate in our activities and in the organization of our society. It will be a pleasure for me and for all ESNR executive members to receive any suggestions you consider relevant.

With your support and active participation, I am fully convinced that we will be able to further improve our already successful society.


Prof. Àlex Rovira

5th International Day of Radiology

5th International Day of Radiology

Please remember: on November 8, 2016 we are celebrating the 5th International Day of Radiology.
Changes in the ESNR EXCOM after the Annual General Assembly held on September 18, 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Changes in the ESNR EXCOM after the Annual General Assembly held on September 18, 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia.

·        Àlex Rovira (Barcelona, Spain), new President 

·        Johan Van Goethem (Antwerp, Belgium) elected new Vice-President 

·        Cem Calli (Izmir, Turkey) elected new Treasurer 

·        Pedro Luis Ferro Vilela (Lisbon, Portugal) elected new Secretary of the Institutional Council 


Prof. Àlex Rovira is the new President of ESNR. After serving as officer of the executive committee of the Society for more than 8 years, he became during the ESNR Annual Meeting that took place in Belgrade, the new president of ESNR after being elected as Vice-President two years ago. Àlex Rovira is Head of the Section of Neuroradiology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona and Professor of Radiology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is specialised in diagnostic neuroradiology, and head and neck radiology, with particular interest in demyelinating diseases, stroke, neuro-oncology, hepatic encephalopathy, and head and neck tumors. Prof. Rovira has authored or co-authored more than 300 papers, 25 book chapters or monographs, and more than 420 invited conference presentations.


Prof. Johan Van Goethem, after having served the ESNR as Treasurer for 9 consecutive years, was elected as Vice-President of the European Society of Neuroradiology on September 18 at the ESNR General Assembly in Belgrade. Johan Van Goethem is Professor of Medical Imaging at Antwerp University, Belgium, Departmental Head at the Antwerp University Hospital and senior staff member at the General Hospital AZ Nikolaas, both in Belgium. Prof. Van Goethem is an active researcher in the field of neuro-imaging, especially spinal imaging, and he is author or co-author of over 100 manuscripts in neuroradiology. He also co-edited the book Spinal Imaging. He is a distinguished speaker and has delivered more than 300 invited presentations at different international meetings and courses.


Prof. Cem Calli

Prof. Cem Calli, serving as the Chair of the ESNR membership Committee, has been elected as the Treasurer of ESNR in the General Assembly which took place in Belgrade. Prof. Calli is the Head of Neuroradiology Section in the department of Radiology at Ege University Hospital. He has served as Executive Committee member at the European Society of Emergency Radiology (ESER), at Turkish Society of Radiology, and at Turkish Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and he is currently the Secretary General of Turkish Society of Neuroradiology. He is specialized in diagnostic neuroradiology, with particular interest in advanced imaging techniques. He gave more than 150 invited lectures in meetings and courses.


Dr. Pedro Vilela

Dr. Pedro Vilela has been elected as the Secretary of the ESNR Institutional Council.  He is the current President of the Portuguese Society of Neuroradiology (SPNR), and he has served for six years at the Portuguese Medical Association as a member of the Neuroradiology College. Dr. Pedro Vilela is Head of the Neuroradiology Service at Hospital Beatriz Angelo, and is also senior consultant for Diagnostic and Interventional neuroradiology at the Hospital Garcia de Orta and Hospital da Luz.

Dr. Pedro Vilela has served as member of the Interventional Neuroradiology Committee of ESNR and as Chairman of the Membership Committee of ESNR. He is a distinguished speaker and has delivered several invited presentations at different international meetings and courses. Dr. Pedro Vilela´s main research interests include the vascular disorders with a special interest in brain perfusion and cerebrovascular reactivity.





Marco Leonardi (Bologna, Italy) and Paul M. Parizel (Antwerp, Belgium) awarded Honorary Member at ESNR Annual Meeting in Belgrade

Marco Leonardi (Bologna, Italy) and Paul M. Parizel (Antwerp, Belgium) awarded Honorary Member at ESNR Annual Meeting in Belgrade

1,000 places for ECR 2017

1,000 places for ECR 2017

Invest in the Youth application NOW OPEN! 1,000 places available



This year ECR is expanding his popular Invest in the Youth programme to offer 1,000 young trainees the chance to attend the ECR free of charge. The programme is open to young trainee radiologists, radiographers and physicists who are ESR members for 2016, and successful applicants will receive free registration for ECR 2017 as well as hotel accommodation for the duration of the congress. 

Click here for full criteria and application info. 


Interview with Tatjana Stosic-Opincal, President of the 39th Annual Meeting of the ESNR

Interview with Tatjana Stosic-Opincal, President of the 39th Annual Meeting of the ESNR

Interview with Tatjana Stosic-Opincal, President of the 39th Annual Meeting of the ESNR. 

As a member of the ESNR Social Media Committee, Dr. Yelda Ozsunar interviewed Prof. Dr. Tatjana Stosic- Opicnal, the president of the 39th Annual Meeting of ESNR. The neuroradiology meeting will start on 15th of September and will last till 18th of September 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia.

To inform neuroradiologists about the details of this meeting, Dr. Ozsunar asked the following questions to Prof. Dr. Tatjana Stosic- Opincal.

Y. Ozsunar: It will be very interesting to land on Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia for the purpose of ESNR meeting. Can you tell us how you feel about Nikola Tesla as a Serbian scientist?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Electrification was called “the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th Century” by the US National Academy of Engineering and Nikola Tesla had a central role in this tremendous achievement. As one of the greatest inventors of his time, he also experimented with all kinds of contemporary apparatus, including his observations regarding X rays at the same time as Roentgen did his experiments. This could make him in the broadest sense of the word, one of the pioneers in radiology. As we are in the exciting new era of diagnostic and interventional radiology, I am sure that Tesla, if he was alive today would be participating in this rapid development of the machines that could look inside a body in details, and treatment of the patients using the vessels as highways.

Y. Ozsunar: Why did you choose Belgrade as a meeting venue in Serbia?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Belgrade is the capital of the Republic of Serbia and is, as such, the country`s largest city. It is in the center-point of the Balkans as it lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and has a long history. It is easily approached by all means of transportation, and it is renowned as a business center and a tourist destination. 

Y. Ozsunar: Can you describe us the importance of this meeting for Serbian, European and other neuroradiologists from other countries in terms of neuroradiology, sharing knowledge and extending friendships?

T. Stosic-Opincal: ESNR annual congress is an important event for the exchange of new scientific knowledge and for the professional training, especially for the young physicians seeking education. This congress will devote considerable time to education and training and will cover the latest developments in the imaging of interventions. Our wish is to make the congress varied educational and enjoyable experience for all the participants.

Y. Ozsunar: Can you, as a radiologist and neuroradiologist, explain to us the state and the problems of radiology in your country? Do you have any proposals for improving the situation?

T. Stosic-Opincal: As I mentioned before, we are living in an exciting era of radiology and neuroradiology. There is an enormous increase in diagnostic and interventional cases. Educating and training young neuroradiologists has become a fundamental issue, and we are making a considerable effort to bridge this problem. Also, together with the government, we are trying to provide good working conditions to keep young, freshly educated, colleagues in the country in spite of growing tendency of emigrating of all kinds of medical staff.

Y. Ozsunar: Could you tell us about notable features, novel or highlighted topics of the scientific program in this ESNR congress?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Topics of lectures will be current, interesting and inspiring. We will try to make congress more interactive, through case show and open discussion. Special attention will be given to young radiologists in whom we want to incite the interest for neuroradiology. We have invited experienced doctors to encourage younger colleagues to write papers and posters that will be exhibited during the congress and the best ones will be presented orally.

Y. Ozsunar: Is there any interesting social program? Have you planned any interesting social events that will make this meeting memorable for the visitors?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Along with professional training and learning, this meeting will provide a lot of invaluable interpersonal contacts and will develop understanding, professional relationships and a sense of belonging.

We have prepared a lot of social events, and I am sure that the participants will be pleased with our choice. Also, they are welcome to make their own arrangements and explore Belgrade by themselves since the city offers different ways of spending leisure time and is gladly revisited.  

Y. Ozsunar: Could you please tell us what will make the meeting in Belgrade special? What do you recommend to attendees to visit and enjoy in Belgrade?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Belgrade city center is not too big and sightseeing can easily be done on foot. Various styles of architecture dominate the city. Visitors have the opportunity to visit the wide range of old churches, museums and galleries. There are countless bars, lounges and dining places with local or various European and Asian cuisine. The city is well known for its nightlife on the banks of the rivers illuminated by the nightclubs and restaurants. Most importantly, the people are known for their hospitality. They are friendly, and most of them speak English well enough to give, at least, basic information to a foreign visitor. In a nutshell, Belgrade is appreciated as the leading tourist destination in Southeast Europe and a must-see destination.


Y. Ozsunar: I would like to thank you very much for this interview. We wish the 39th Annual Meeting of the ESNR to be a joyful and a beneficial congress for all of us.


Free Brain MRI Quantification for ESNR members

Free Brain MRI Quantification for ESNR members

ESNR members can upload their brain MRI datasets and get a free quantitative analysis on:

MSmetrix is CE labeled software that gives ESNR members free access to reliable measurements on the two main manifestations of MS in the brain. In an online report, the patient’s brain volume and lesion load are summarized and compared to the values of a healthy population. MSmetrix is offered as a service and makes use of a secure online platform where you can upload your MRI images and download the reports.

Getting started

1 Go to

2 Click on the tab Create Account

3 Fill in the required fields

4 Use the ESNR member code as follows:

How do you plan to use msmetrix?  #ESNR-2016


After you verified your email address, Icometrix will process your account request and grant access.

Once you received access, you can start uploading scans! This is done by dragging and dropping a .zip-file that contains a 3D T1 and a 3D FLAIR sequence of the same scan session of the same patient.


For more info or to integrate MSmetrix with your hospital system (PACS), contact: