ESNR Scientific Award (formerly known as the "Lucien Appel prize of ESNR")

Rules of participation

Article 1: The three prizes reward the achievements of young scientists, under the age of 40 years on the day of application, working in the field of neuroradiology in a European centre and beeing Full, Associate or Junior Member of the ESNR (can be pending or active).

Article 2: The prizes, each to the amount of € 4000, are awarded every year at the Awards Ceremony during the annual congress of the ESNR, or during the Symposium Neuroradiologicum when the ESNR Annual Congress does not take place. The Awards Ceremony is a respected event during each congress; other simultaneous ESNR sessions are not allowed, and the ceremony may not be split in two or more parts. The Award Ceremony is conducted by the Chair of the Awards Committee, who also introduces the awardees and presents the prizes together with the ESNR President.

Article 3: The candidate must be the first author of an original work in the fields of research in neuroradiology: diagnostic or interventional neuroradiology. Applications can be placed for a scientific work that was:

a. published online or in print in a peer-reviewed scientific journal listed in SCI within the last 12 months before the date of submission, or

b. submitted, still unpublished, accepted or not yet accepted.

The candidate must not have received any other prize for the same work, and must not have received the ESNR award of the same category previously.

Article 4: All submissions must be in English and should include:

  • application letter indicating the title of the scientific paper upon which the application is based, and reporting its status if not yet published;
  • the scientific paper (unpublished or to be submitted);
  • the full Curriculum Vitae and a photo of the candidate.

These documents must be exclusively submitted, as electronic attachments, via e-mail to the address indicated below. Please note that each submitted article and its relevant images should be included in a separate attachment.

By submitting the work the author agrees, if declared the winner, to present the work at the next ESNR Annual Congress or Symposium Neuroradiologicum. Should the winner be unable to participate because of proven urgent reasons, the presentation can be made by a co-author of the same paper. If no presentation is made, the prize money will not be awarded. Payment of the prize money is made after the relevant ESNR Annual Congress or Symposium Neuroradiologicum has taken place.

Article 5: A single author can apply for more than one prize with scientific papers on clearly different topics as confirmed by the Awards Committee.

Article 6: Authors are requested to indicate to which of the three awards categories each scientific paper is addressed. If the Awards Committee considers another category to be more appropriate, the submission may be re-classified.

Article 7: A Scientific Jury will assess and rate the submitted papers. The Jury is composed of the members of the Awards Committee, plus four internationally known specialists in neuroradiology, who will rate each application independently from each other. If the rating does not give clear results, the prize-winners will be identified by consensus of all jury members.

The members of the Scientific Jury should declare not to have a conflict of interests. In case of conflict of interests, the juror is excluded from the Scientific Jury for the current year and specific prize category, and is replaced by another juror of equal scientific standing.

The Chair of the Awards Committee shall be invited as a Faculty member to the ESNR Annual Meeting or Symposium Neuroradiologicum where the award ceremony takes place.

Article 9: The ESNR will advertise the prizes by a dedicated newsletter and in the society website, as of January 1st each year. The deadline for applications is set at May 1st each year. The Award Committee will designate the laureates after receiving the evaluations of the jurors, as a rule by July 1st. Should the Award Committee decide that, in any category, no submission meets sufficient quality requirements, no prize will be awarded in that category.

Article 10: All candidates will be notified in writing of the result of their application. The laureates will be invited to give a six-minute oral presentation at the Award Ceremony during the ESNR Annual Congress, or Symposium Neuroradiologicum when the ESNR Annual Congress does not take place. The congress registration fee of the laureates is waived; the travel expenses will be reimbursed.

The names of the laureates, as well as the titles and abstracts of their scientific works, will be placed on the ESNR website and published in the society pages of Neuroradiology. In case the winning paper is still unpublished, the authors agree that "Neuroradiology”, the official ESNR journal, shall have the right of publication after peer-review.

Article 11: All possible questions and issues regarding the awarding of the Prizes shall be dealt with at the discretion of the Awards Committee and the ESNR Executive Committee. The decision of the ESNR Executive Committee is final.

Article 12: Candidacy implies full acceptance of the rules.

Please send your submissions to the attention of the

ESNR Secretary General

The object of the email should read: ESNR award submission.


Previous Prize Winners:

  • 2005, XXX ESNR Annual Meeting and 14th Avanced Course, Barcelona, Spain
    • Dr. Martin Bendzus, Würzburg, Germany, "Assesment of nerve degeneration by Gadofluorine-enhanced MRI"

  • 2006, XXXI ESNR Annual Meeting and 15th Advanced Course, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Letterio Salvatore Politi, Milano, Italy, "In vivo magnetic resonance imaging of intravenously injected neural stem cells in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis"
  • 2007, XXXII ESNR Annual Meeting and 16th Advanced Course, Genova, Italy
    • Andreas Joachim Bartsch, Würzburg, Germany, "Manifestation of early brain recovery associated with abstinence from alcoholism"

  • 2008, XXXIII ESNR Annual Meeting and 17th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 1st Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Cracow, Poland
    • Sashikan Geibpraset, Thailand. "Dural arteriovenous shunts: a new classification" and “ Clinical characteristics of dural arteriovenous shunts in 446 patients of three different ethnicities”

  • 2009, XXXIV ESNR Annual Meeting and 18th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 2nd Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Athens, Greece
    • Johanna Pekkola, Helsinki, Finland, "Perception of matching and conflicting audiovisual speech in dyslexic and fluent readers: an fMRI study a 3T”

  • 2010, Symposium Neuroradiologicum, Bologna, Italy
    • Stefan Roosendaal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, “ Resting state networks change in clinically isolated syndrome.”

  • 2011, XXXV ESNR Annual Meeting and 19th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 3rd Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Antwerp, Belgium
    • Sven Haller, Heidelberg, Germany, “Individual prediction of cognitive decline in mild cognitive impairment using support vector machine-based analysis of diffusion tensor imaging data”

  • 2012, XXXVI ESNR Annual Meeting and 20th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 4th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Mirko Pham, Heidelberg, Germany, “Dying distally or proximally? Imaging of diabetic polyneuropathy”

  • 2013, XXXVII ESNR Annual Meeting, 21th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 5th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Frankfurt, Germany
    • Lajos Rudolf Kozák, Budapest, Hungary, “Investigating the need of triggering the acquisition for infant diffusion MRI: A quantitative study including bootstrap statistics”

  • 2014, XXth Symposium Neuroradiologicum, Istanbul, Turkey
    • Meike Willemijn Vernooij, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, “Changes in normal-appearing white matter precede development of white matter lesions” and “Cerebral microbleeds are related to loss of white matter structural integrity”

  • 2015, XXXVIII ESNR Annual Meeting, 22th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 6th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Naples, Italy
    • Jennifer Kollmer, Heidelberg, Germany, “In-vivo detection of nerve injury in familial amyloid polyneuropathy by magnetic resonance neurography"

  • 2016, XXXIX ESNR Annual Meeting, 23rd Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 8th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Belgrade, Serbia
    • Omid Nikoubashman, Aachen, Germany, “Prospective Hemorrhage Rates of Cerebral Cavernous Malformations in Children and Adolescents Based on MRI Appearance"

  • 2017, XL ESNR Annual Meeting, 24th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 9th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Malmö, Sweden
    • Domenico Tortora, Genua, Italy, “Variability of Cerebral Deep Venous System in Preterm and Term Neonates Evaluated on MR SWI Venography"

  • 2018, 41st ESNR Annual Meeting, 25th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 10th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    • Grant Mair, Edinburgh, UK, “Effect of IV alteplase on the ischemic brain lesion at 24-48 hours after ischemic stroke"
  • 2019, 42nd ESNR Annual Meeting, 26th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 11th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Oslo, Norway
    • Michael Breckwoldt, Heidelberg, Germany, “Correlated MRI and Ultramicroscopy (MR-UM) of Brain Tumors Reveals Vast Heterogeneity of Tumor Infiltration and Neoangiogenesis in Preclinical Models and Human Disease"

  • 2020, 43rd ESNR Annual Meeting - Live Online Edition
    • Wolfgang G Kunz, München, Germany, “Public Health and Cost Benefits of Successful Reperfusion After Thrombectomy for Stroke"

  • 2021, 44th ESNR Annual Meeting, 27th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 12th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Giuseppe Pontillo, Napels, Italy, "Unraveling Deep Gray Matter Atrophy and Iron and Myelin Changes in Multiple Sclerosis"

  • 2022, 45th ESNR Annual Meeting, 28th Advanced Course in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, 13th Advanced Course in Interventional Neuroradiology, Lisbon, Portugal
    • Philipp Vollmuth, Heidelberg, Germany, "Artificial intelligence (AI)-based decision support improves reproducibility of tumor response assessment in neuro-oncology: An international multi-reader study"