Interventional radiology emerged in 1964, when Charles Dotter defied sceptics and insisted that angiography, until then a purely diagnostic tool, could be used to actively treat patients.
Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, as it would later be called, was born.
Dotter’s revolutionary concept of “catheter therapy” soon sparked the development of other minimally invasive tools and techniques.
Hear Josef Roesch, a major figure in the field, recount some of the main breakthroughs:
Birth of CIRSE.
Birth of CIRSE.
Birth of CIRSE.
Two societies initially represented interventional radiologists in Europe: the European College of Angiography and the European Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.
On April 24, 1985, the societies were officially merged during a joint Annual Meeting and postgraduate course in Vienna, and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe — CIRSE — came into existence. The new society had a combined membership of around 300.
Friedrich Olbert, a key figure in CIRSE's establishment, shares his favourite memories of these eventful times:
First Steps: 1986-2005.
First Steps: 1986-2005.
First Steps: 1986-2005.
In May 1986 the first CIRSE congress and joint meeting with the American SCVIR took place in Jerusalem, followed by meetings in Porto Cervo, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, and Oslo, with steadily rising attendance figures of up to 800.
With membership numbers increasing and interventional radiology procedures impacting a growing range of medical conditions, CIRSE shifted focus, intensifying its training, education and research programmes.
A major development followed when the scientific peer-reviewed journal CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology (CVIR) became CIRSE's official journal in 1991.
In 2000, the CIRSE Foundation was established, enabling the society to further step up investments in education and clinical research.
A decade of remarkable progress ensued, with membership amounting to almost 1,500 by 2004.
Congress participation hit the 3,500 mark, and the technical exhibition and scientific programme were expanding rapidly.
That same year, Ms. Brigit Läubli, CIRSE's Executive Director since 1991, retired, and was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the society.
CIRSE celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2005.
The Executive Committee, under the leadership of Andy Adam, seized the occasion to conduct a thorough strategic review, which culminated in the decision to establish a permanent office in Vienna, sparking further growth and progress.
Opening headquarters in Vienna and hiring permanent staff marked a new era. The society’s emphasis on highly professional organisational services was soon reflected in robust congress attendance figures. Over 4,700 delegates attended CIRSE 2006 in Rome. At CIRSE 2009 in Lisbon, that number rose to 5,300. Almost 6,600 participants made it to CIRSE 2013 in Barcelona.
But mere numbers don’t tell the full story. Drawing on the expertise of several newly-established committees, including one dedicated entirely to programme planning, the scientific programme has become increasingly multi-faceted, comprehensive and clearly structured, with sessions split into six separate tracks. The society has also introduced additional, specialised conferences, such as ECIO and ICCIR, with the IDEAS seminar to debut at CIRSE 2015.
Investments in member services, including the addition of group membership, attracted practitioners from all over the globe, and encouraged increased participation by national IR societies. Membership rapidly expanded, increasing from around 1,500 in 2005 to over 6,500 today, including growing numbers from outside of Europe.
While delivering outstanding educational programmes remains CIRSE's key priority, the society has also become an important representative of the IR community in diverse contexts, including standard setting, guideline and policy development, research, and collaboration with other organisations.
When the powers of creativity and innovation merge, history is often made. CIRSE's history would not have been possible without our members’ dedication and professionalism. Thanks to visionary leadership and contributions by a committed membership, CIRSE has been able to grow successfully and continuously, bringing us to where we are today. We are also very grateful for the vital support provided by our corporate partners throughout the years.
The following section presents some of the highlights and initiatives of the past 10 years. We strongly believe that these represent only the beginning of CIRSE's story.
We do not claim to tell CIRSE's full story here, and will regularly update this site as the organisation’s history continues. In the meantime, we invite all members who would like to contribute content to this site to contact us at email@example.com.
Here’s to many more years of excellence and innovation!
Initially limited to providing palliative care, interventional procedures for treating cancer soon expanded, and interventional oncology quickly established itself as a promising subdiscipline of interventional radiology. Today, it plays a major role in cancer care, alongside radiation therapy, systemic therapy and surgery.
To meet the demand for high-quality education in this growing field, CIRSE created a new meeting: The European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO). Under the leadership of Riccardo Lencioni, Scientific Programme Committee Chair from 2008 to 2013, the first congress in 2008 was an enormous success, attracting over 1,300 participants from 65 countries. Initially held every two years, ECIO became an annual event in 2013.
The conference draws its strength from vital contributions by true leaders in the field of interventional oncology, with both faculty members and delegates representing pioneers in the subdiscipline.
To promote multidisciplinary cooperation, ECIO introduced the “Bring your Referring Physician Incentive”, welcoming other specialists, such as oncologists, hepatologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists, to the congress. It also incorporated joint sessions with other societies, such as the European Society of Medical Oncology, the International Liver Cancer Association and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology. The Multidisciplinary Tumour Boards were later added to further support collaboration. As a result, ECIO has become an ideal forum for engaging with other specialists.
Riccardo Lencioni, ECIO Scientific Programme Committee Chair from 2008 to 2013, and Thierry de Baere, ECIO Scientific Programme Committee Chair for 2014 and 2015.
Founded in 1978 by Professors Herbert L. Abrams and Eberhard Zeitler, CVIR is the oldest journal in the field and publishes peer-reviewed, original research work. In 1991 CIRSE signed a contract with the publisher Springer, making CVIR its official journal and constituting a major milestone in the history of both.
The journal’s recognition and importance flourished, culminating in 2009 when it became the most cited interventional radiology journal under the guidance of long-standing Editor-in-Chief Dierk Vorwerk (since 2003). That same year CIRSE became the joint owner, acquiring 50% of the journal.
CVIR is now the official organ of 17 national IR societies. Its global nature is also represented by its editors and editorial board comprising members from 24 different countries.
The journal’s popularity is further reflected in the sharply rising number of article submissions which amounted to 500 in 2007 and rose to 882 in 2013. The current high rejection rate of 90% coupled with the far-reaching expertise of the international editors guarantees the high quality of the journal’s scientific content.
In 2009 the eye-catching new purple cover was introduced, followed by a user-friendly and helpful website. To further facilitate mobile and fast access to the journal, and to enable a personalised custom-made CVIR reading experience, the new CVIR app was launched in 2013.
CVIR in numbers:
- Impact Factor: 2,071
- Over 177,000 full text downloads in 2014 alone
- Only 31 days from submission to first decision
- Submissions from 45 different countries
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