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(Vienna, 22 September 2010) At the 17th European Symposium on Urogenital Radiology in Bruges, Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Gertraud Heinz from the Clinical Division of General Radiology and Children's Radiology of the Department of Radiology at MedUni Vienna was nominated President of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR).

Since its foundation in 1990 ESUR has made itself a name as a professional organisation for radiologists with particular interest in the field of urogenital radiology and contrast media research in Europe and is dedicated to the further development of this subspecialty and to research and teaching in these fields. In this work it cooperates closely with the American Society of Uroradiology (SUR) and now boasts members from over 40 countries in Europe, America, Asia and North Africa.
As well as coordinating experimental research in urology, ESUR also acts as a forum for presenting and discussing basic scientific topics in this field and aims at promoting cooperation between scientists and the clinical staff.

Says Heinz about the presidency: "It is a great honour and pleasure for me to be able to take over the presidency of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology. I will make every effort to keep up the Society's achievements and, jointly with my international Board members, foster ESUR's further development regarding research and the provision of knowledge in the field of urogenital radiology and contrast media safety. We have already taken one very important step in this direction with the setting up of the ESUR Global Educational Programmes on the safe use of contrast media. Another goal of my presidency is the promotion of an international network of uroradiologists for the mutual exchange of specialist expertise and, last but not least, for the creation of international friendships."

Short biography:
Born in 1964, Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Gertraud Heinz finished her medical studies in Vienna (1982-1988). Between 1991 and 1996 she trained to be a specialist in radiodiagnostics at the Department of Radiology in Vienna with the scientific focus on urogenital radiology. In March 2000 she was conferred the Venia docendi. The topic of her habilitation was the cysts and cyst diseases of own kidneys and transplant kidneys. In 2005 she completed two research stays at Charité Berlin.
Gertraud Heinz has been a staff member of the Department of Radiology since 1996 and heads the area of uroradiology and contrast media safety. Her other clinical areas of focus include breast diagnostics and breast intervention. She is the head of the working group on uroradiology of the Austrian Radiological Society. In 2002 Heinz was appointed to the Board of ESUR and on 11 September 2010 she was appointed President.