Welcome Words by the EANM Congress Chair

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

On behalf of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, it is my great pleasure and honour to cordially invite you to the 30th Annual EANM Congress in Vienna, Austria in October 2017. Over the 30 years since our first congress, nuclear medicine has made significant strides. Overall usage of nuclear medicine procedures is expanding rapidly, and this trend is especially evident with respect to new imaging technologies. 

We can affirm that the revolution of tomographic hybrid imaging within the nuclear medicine landscape is now a matter of fact, spurred by evidence-based medicine. Our discipline’s next step is the integration of genome-specific targeted theranostics, utilising in vivo whole-body assessment of tissue morphology, physiology and biochemistry. The ultimate goal is to design personalised, super-selective therapies and to identify more precise means of monitoring response to treatment in routine clinical practice.

The annual EANM Congress has become the world-leading meeting in nuclear medicine. In order to maintain the high level of excellence of our Congress, the 2017 meeting will build on the traditions that are highly appreciated by all attendees, with expansion of the newer features introduced by the former Congress Chair. A specific educational track, implemented in collaboration with the European School of Multimodality Imaging and Therapy, will include up-to-date Teaching Sessions, enriched by Pitfalls & Artefacts and Continuous Medical Education (CME) sessions. In all these “active learning” sessions, attendees will have the possibility to enhance their knowledge of multimodality imaging. With similar pedagogic intent, numerous multidisciplinary joint symposia organised by EANM Committees and our sister societies will offer an integrative approach to various topics relevant to the state of the art in our discipline. I take this opportunity to make a special appeal to young specialists: please join in and benefit from these academic sessions. You represent the future of our discipline and it is you who should begin to shape your knowledge in ways that will contribute to a brighter tomorrow for our community!

All these learning sessions will not impact adversely on the predominant role of the entire Congress, which is to enable the presentation of oral papers and posters about the latest achievements in clinical nuclear medicine, science and technology. On the contrary, the Rapid Fire sessions, for example, will be enriched. The spirit of such sessions is to draw attention to the most highly rated abstracts in specific areas: a panel of top-level presentations is followed by extensive discussions, providing attendees with an integrated and coherent view on a wide variety of topics. Furthermore, featured oral sessions with one invited speaker in combination with “regular” presentations will broaden the perspectives on all topics. The now well-established tracks M2M – Molecule to Man (basic and translational science) and Do.MoRe (radionuclide therapy and dosimetry) will promote high-quality research through interaction between basic and translational clinical scientists and allow presentation of the latest achievements and developments in the fields of clinical molecular imaging and nuclear medicine therapy. During the plenary lectures, distinguished speakers will address state of the art science together with new developments in clinical and allied sciences, covering a broad range of topics with the goal of promoting the best possible care for our patients. At the end of the meeting, two eminent lecturers, Prof. Stefano Fanti from Bologna, Italy and Prof. Clemens Decristoforo from Innsbruck, Austria will present the traditional Highlights Lecture.

The Congress will take place in Vienna, Austria, where the EANM Executive Office is also based. The city – located in the heart of Europe, on the banks of the river Danube – is world famous for its imperial heritage, its cultural attractions and its culinary highlights. To quote the slogan of the city: Vienna awaits you!

For all these reasons, I cordially invite you to the EANM’17 Congress and to actively participate in our 30th anniversary. Meet and interact with friends and colleagues from all over the world, break away from the daily routine and enjoy Vienna’s hospitality.

Francesco Giammarile
EANM Congress Chair 2017-2019