Hamburg’s core knowledge in nuclear medicine has seen the city welcome around 5,500 international specialists in the sector for the 28th Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

The event, which took place at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), 10-14 October, 2015, incorporated renowned speakers discussing state-of-the-art technology and the most recent developments in clinical and related sciences within nuclear medicine, which covers the diagnosis, treatment, research and prevention of disease through the use of open radioactive substances and characteristics of stable nuclides in medicine.

The event aligns with Hamburg Convention Bureau’s strategic focus to acquire international congresses that are relevant for the city’s economic clusters. Thorsten Kausch, managing director of the Hamburg Marketing GmbH and the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH, said: “The economic value added and scientific expertise to be generated by this event for the location is very significant. Conferences of this kind strengthen academic exchange in the city and shine the spotlight on Hamburg as an international knowledge hub. We are particularly pleased that this medical discipline is already represented at one of the city’s research institutions: the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.”

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), is one of Europe’s most modern hospitals, linking top-class medicine, research and teaching. With a staff of more than 9,400, its 14 departments boast more than 80 clinics, policlinics and institutes which work together on an interdisciplinary basis. Its Department of Nuclear Medicine includes eight doctors and an eight-member nursing staff supported by two scientists, one information scientist and eight medical technicians. It specialises in multimodal imaging and the nuclear medicine diagnostics of diseases of the central nervous system. Its primary research goal is to improve the diagnostics of neurological diseases, like dementia and Parkinson’s disease, and tumour detection, for instance of lung tumours.

Professor Susanne Klutmann, Professor of Nuclear Medicine at the UKE and local Ambassador to EANM 2015, also sponsored a full-day pre-congress symposium on prostate cancer and a symposium during the meeting on PET/MRI on behalf of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Wim J.G. Oyen, EANM Congress chair 2014–2016, added: “We are very pleased to be able to hold this congress in Hamburg. Hamburg is a very attractive city to both our members and trade visitors, and, with institutions such as the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, the city has great expertise in the field of nuclear medicine.”

Featured image: University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, via Wikimedia Commons