07. March 2022

Artificial Intelligence in Radiology Artificial Intelligence in Radiology

Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation supports young academy at Bonn University Hospital

Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays a very important role in medical research, diagnostics and therapy. The pursuit of individualized, targeted and thus as gentle as possible therapy requires a fast and precise evaluation of large amounts of data. The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) is intensively involved in the use of artificial intelligence methods. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Attenberger, Director of the Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, the 10th Young Investigators Academy of the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be held in Bonn in April on the topic of artificial intelligence in radiology.

Artificial intelligence in radiology
Artificial intelligence in radiology © Universitätsklinikum Bonn (UKB)/Rolf Müller
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Within the framework of DFG Young Investigators Academies, young scientists are to be prepared for the independent implementation of research projects at an early stage of their careers. "The aim of the Young Scientists Academy is to establish a cross-disciplinary platform for a close exchange of talented scientists from imaging medicine and informatics and to promote the development of joint ideas for their own research proposals," says Prof. Wolfgang Holzgreve, Medical Director and Chairman of the Board of UKB. In this context, the academy is an essential step toward scientific independence.

The Bonn-based Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation is sponsoring this event with 15,000 euros. "One of the four main topics of the Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation is finding, promoting and connecting talent. We also promote research and education in the context of science-based future technologies," says Prof. Ingeborg Henzler, board member of the Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation. "We are therefore very pleased to be able to sponsor a conference in our founder's hometown that combines medicine, the promotion of young talent and technology innovation!"

Young Scientists Academy "Artificial Intelligence in Radiology".
The 10th Academy for Young Scientists will take place from April 25 to 29, 2022 at the Fraunhofer Campus in Schloss Birlinghoven. In addition to the fundamentals of AI methodology, the program will also cover essential prerequisites for its clinical translation, such as the transfer, management and integrative processing of data. The lectures offered by renowned experts will be complemented by practical work in small groups. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS, the University Hospital Vienna (AKH) and the CIR Laboratory (Computational Imaging Research) of the Medical University Vienna.

"I am very pleased that the Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation financially supports the Young Scientists Academy 'Artificial Intelligence in Radiology' and is committed to young researchers. Twenty scientists will participate in the event. The successful long-term implementation of AI in medicine requires close cooperation between medicine and informatics as an indispensable basic prerequisite. This exchange will be strengthened by the event," explains Prof. Dr. Ulrike Attenberger, Director of the Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the UKB.

The Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology is one of the largest European clinics for diagnostics and image-guided, minimally invasive therapy. It offers a comprehensive range of radiological services, both for imaging diagnostics of diseases and for minimally invasive therapy. Among other things, Clinic Director Attenberger has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Medical Association for the specialty of radiology since August 2020, where she enriches the Advisory Board with her expertise in the specialty of radiology with a focus on tumor diagnostics.

Young Scientists Academy is funded by the DFG
The Young Investigators Academy is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The aim is to lay the foundation for interdisciplinary collaboration in research and ultimately clinical translation in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and precision medicine.

For more information about the DFG's 10th Young Investigators Academy, please visit the following link: https://www.dfg.de/foerderung/info_wissenschaft/2021/info_wissenschaft_21_72/index.html

Image above: (from left) Prof. Wolfgang Holzgreve and Prof. Ulrike Attenberger from the University Hospital Bonn as well as Prof. Ingeborg Henzler and Dr. Henning Hues from the Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation after signing the contract at the UKB.

Photo credit: University Hospital Bonn (UKB)/Rolf Müller

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To the university hospital Bonn: In the UKB per year over 400.000 patient*innen are cared for, it 8.300 Mitarbeiter*innen are employed and the balance sheet total amounts to 1.3 billion euro. In addition to more than 3,300 medical and dental students, around 600 young people are trained in other healthcare professions each year. The UKB is ranked first among university hospitals (UK) in NRW in the science ranking, has the fourth highest case mix index (case severity index) in Germany, and in 2020 was the only one of the 35 German university hospitals to have an increase in performance and the only positive annual balance sheet of all university hospitals in NRW.

Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation: The Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation continues the charitable legacy of the former HARIBO co-owner with the aim of supporting young people in shaping the future and providing them with sustainable support. Dr. Hans Riegel established a non-profit and primarily operational foundation to actively shape and realize his own projects in long-term cooperations. It was important to Dr. Hans Riegel that his foundation be an independently acting institution that can also financially support other social actors, but above all "tackles" the challenges of the future itself and brings them into the public discourse.

Source: UKB Newsroom

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