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Prof. Vogl appointed Congress Ambassador 2022 of the City of Frankfurt am Main

Appointment of Frankfurt Convention Ambassadors 2022. The people are from left to right: Prof. Wolfgang Miesbach (Frankfurt University Hospital, Goethe University), City Councillor Stephanie Wüst, Prof. Thomas J. Vogl (Frankfurt University Hospital, Goethe University), Eva Klinger (Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH), Prof. Erhard Seifried (German Red Cross Blood Donor Service Baden-Württemberg - Hesse), Jutta Heinrich (Frankfurt Convention Bureau), Martin Süß (Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce), Romina Gowin-Becker (Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH) - © IHK Frankfurt am Main; Photographer: Jochen Müller

On Wednesday evening, the Head of the Department of Economic Affairs of the City of Frankfurt am Main, Councillor Stephanie Wüst, honoured three new congress ambassadors for their commitment to promoting Frankfurt as a leading conference and congress destination.

Since 2011, the City of Frankfurt am Main has been honouring committed executives from various sectors of the economy who work voluntarily to attract congresses and conferences to the metropolis on the Main.

At the 13th official nomination on Wednesday evening at the Jewish Museum, Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas J. Vogl, Director of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Frankfurt University Hospital, Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Erhard Seifried, Director of the Frankfurt Institute for Transfusion Medicine and Immunohaematology and Medical Director of the German Red Cross Blood Donor Service Baden-Württemberg - Hesse, and Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Miesbach, Head of the Haemostaseology/Haemophilia Centre at the Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Frankfurt University Hospital.

"I am pleased that we have been able to win over three new ambassadors who are personally committed to our Main metropolis as a conference location. All three are personalities who have their centre of life, work and have an impact here in Frankfurt," says Head of the Economic Affairs Department Stephanie Wüst and adds: "The ambassadors play an important role in promoting congresses - and do so on a voluntary basis for our congress location. The economic importance of the meeting and congress business is great: before Corona, around five million visitors came to our city because of meetings and congresses. Our goal is to regain and further develop this strength. We want to sustainably establish congresses in Frankfurt and attract new topics here."

The Frankfurt Convention Ambassador Programme was initiated by Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main with its Frankfurt Convention Bureau, Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH and IHK Frankfurt am Main. Since the beginning, the aim has been to join forces to further develop the prospering congress and conference market in Frankfurt and to strengthen it for scientific congresses in the long term.

The newly appointed ambassadors have already had success with congress applications for Frankfurt. Prof. Thomas J. Vogl is in charge of various national events organised by the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. This includes the Frankfurt Interdisciplinary Symposium for Innovative Diagnostics and Therapy, which will be held this year for the 23rd time from 18-19 November 2022 on the grounds of the University Hospital in Frankfurt. Prof. Erhard Seifried and Prof. Wolfgang Miesbach have been able to secure the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Thrombose- und Hämostaseforschung e.V. (GTH) for Frankfurt, which will be held at Messe Frankfurt from 21-24 February 2023. In addition, Prof. Erhard Seifried will be the congress president of this annual conference.

With the three physicians, the number of Frankfurt congress ambassadors rises to a total of 30.

Pioneering technology to explore an immense COVID-19 database

In addition to its size, the project's degree of innovation is a special feature. RACOON offers an end-to-end solution in imaging research, i.e. a comprehensive machine learning concept. The focus is on the development of artificial intelligence with which radiological image material can be automatically analysed. The spectrum of possible applications is wide. The modular concept allows for increasing expansion. The broad positioning of the partners provides the project with instruments at the highest technical level, even in international comparison.

RACOON creates an unprecedented data basis for research into COVID-19 and other representative and comparable lung diseases. For this purpose, reporting standards have been created that include a comprehensive image glossary, detailed documentation materials, interactive workshops and teaching units. Everything serves one central goal: high-quality, comprehensive structured data collection. The RACOON cohort was built on this basis, consisting of over 14,000 CT examinations and over 3,000 X-ray examinations including machine-readable, structured findings. This is a representative, Germany-wide data set for collaborative image data research with currently more than 6.6 million findings items. RACOON thus enables innovative collaboration. The commitment of the radiological community has succeeded in creating a collaborative - rather than competitive - environment. More than 30 collaborative research projects have already been prepared and more are planned.

Highest radiological award in Germany

The Hermann Rieder Medal is the highest award of the German Radiological Society. It is awarded in recognition of outstanding services in the field of theoretical or clinical radiology in science and practice. The last award took place in 2017. In the past, the medal was awarded to pioneers of groundbreaking innovations such as Willi Kalender, who invented the spiral CT, which is now used worldwide as a standard. It is therefore all the more remarkable that two doctors, Dr Andreas Bucher and PD Dr Tobias Penzkofer, were appointed as award winners early in their careers, making them the youngest recipients of this award. This illustrates the special significance of the networking project, which sets new standards in the field of networking research infrastructure. So far, there is no comparable project in this dimension and functionality worldwide.

The presentation of the Hermann Rieder Medal: Dr Andreas Bucher, PD Dr Tobias Penzkofer, Univ.-Prof. Dr Thomas J. Vogl, Univ.-Prof. Dr Bernd Hamm and Prof. Dr Barkhausen (f. l.)
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