The Second Meeting of Eurasian Radiology Initiative

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 11:45-13:15

M4 room in the M-Building
(Access via the entrance level of the Austria Center Vienna)

PRESENT:

B. Brkljačić (incoming Chairperson of the ESR Communication and External Affairs Committee - as of March 10, 2014)
L.E. Derchi (Chairperson of the ESR Communication and External Affairs Committee - until March 10, 2014)
M. Fatehi (General Secretary of the Iranian Society of Radiology)
G. Mostbeck (Chairperson of the ESR International Relations Subcommittee) A.T. Turgut (Member of the Turkish Society of Radiology)

ESR OFFICE:

J. Knež (ESR Committee and Board Affairs Department – minutes), M. Szucsich (ESR Committee and Board Affairs Department)

NATIONAL SOCIETIES
AFGHANISTAN H. Wjhaj (President); N. Rasouly; M. Salim; M. Gholam
CYPRUS C. Tziakouri Shiakalli (President)
EGYPT T. Eldiasty (President)
GEORGIA F. Todua (President); A. Baramidze
IRAN J. Shokouhi (President); R. Sedaghat; M. Salamati; M. Pourafkari V.Adib; R. Samzadah, K. Firounia, M.R. Khoshnood
IRAQ A. Atheer (General Secretary); E. Matti; M. Al Hilli; R. Alkhayat; M.Al- Joubori; E. Aziz; T. Abdullah; A. Al-Janabi; M. Al-Okabi; H. Abdulameer; M. Al-Khalisi; A. Dnan; A. Nawfal
JORDAN W. Maaih; R. Samawi; S. Al Khulaifat
KAZAKHSTAN B. Kh. Abishev, T. B. Dautov (Vice-President), R. Rakhimzhanova
MONGOLIA D. Gonchigsuren (President); S. Enkhbold (President of the Mongolian Society of Abdominal Imaging)
PAKISTAN H. Akram (Past-President)
RUSSIA S. Ternovoy; R. Bakhtiozin; N. Serova; A. Korotaeva; D. Ustyuzhanin; A. Zubarev (Vice-President); S. Morozov
TURKEY A. Coskun (President); M.E. Sakarya; S. Gunes UKRAINE
UZBEKISTAN M. Khodjibekov (President); D. Alimov; M. Khodjibekova; Z.Mukhamedov; D. Yarmukhamedova; G. Khalibaeva
YEMEN A.K. Zabedi (President)
APOLOGISED
EGYPT S. Hanna
PAKISTAN M. Azeemuddin; Y. Husen
SAUDI ARABIA A. Radwi (President)
IRAQ A. Laith (President)
NOT PRESENT
ALBANIA A. Gjokutaj (President); K. Preza; T. Hysa
ALGERIA N. Bendib (President)
ARMENIA S. Petrosyan (President)
BAHRAIN A.H. Al Awadhi (President)
EGYPT W. Tantawy
IRAQ H. Khalid Alwash
KAZAKHSTAN Z. Khamzabaev (President)
KOSOVO I. Ahmetgjekaj
KUWAIT S. Alkandery; Abrar
KYRGYZSTAN M. Dadabaev; G. Minenkov LIBYA
LIBYA M. El Fortia
LEBANON R. Chemali (President); M. M. Haddad (Vice-President)
MAURITANIA M.O. Beddi
MOLDOVA A. Rosca
MONGOLIA S. Batzorig; O. Gankhuyag
MOROCCO M.R. El Hassani (President)
PAKISTAN N. Uddin
PALESTINE B. Ershaid
QATAR A. Omar; A. Jenaid
SYRIA S.A. Yasir (Presdient) TUNISIA
TUNISIA M.B. Hamouda (President)
U. A. EMIRATES A. Belhoul (President)

ESR OFFICE:

1. Introduction & Welcome by ESR (Lorenzo E. Derchi)

2. A report of activities since the last meeting in Vienna: Website, Working group, Logo (Mansoor Fatehi, Ahmet Tuncay Turgut)

3. Open discussion of country representatives

4. Selection of the Logo for the initiative (Group Discussion)

5. Selection of the executive committee and chair(s) of the initiative

6. The first Eurasian Congress of Radiology (Group Discussion)

7. Future prospects for Eurasian Radiology Initiative (Group Discussion)

8. Other issues

1.INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME BY ESR (LORENZO E. DERCHI)
L.E. Derchi welcomed everyone to the second meeting of the Eurasian Radiology Initiative. In his function as chairman of the ESR Communication and External Affairs Committee of the ESR, which had provided the premises for the launch of this initiative at the ECR 2013 and for the follow-up meeting now, he congratulated M. Fatehi and A.T. Turgut on their work so far and wished them all the best.
2.A REPORT OF ACTIVITIES SINCE THE LAST MEETING IN VIENNA: WEBSITE, WORKING GROUP, LOGO (MANSOOR FATEHI, AHMET TUNCAY TURGUT)
M. Fatehi welcomed everyone to the meeting. He presented the registered domain and website www.earad.org The website contains useful information and will be updated regularly. One of the most precious data is the contact list of the potential member societies. He further presented the article on the initiative which was published in ECR Today at the last ECR in 2013. The Eurasian initiative was also mentioned in the ESR Communication and External Affairs Committee chapter of the ESR Annual Report 2013 as an opportunity for the ESR to meet countries from the Eurasian region. A.T. Turgut commented that there is a need for a prominent society in the Eurasian part of the world. He emphasised that the Eurasian Regional Initiative is a civil platform which has emerged from the growing awareness for the need to develop collaboration between radiologists in various countries located within the geographical region of Eurasia. The distances are shrinking between continents and countries due to globalization, causing all countries to find ways to solve problems on a regional or global rather than a local scale. In spite of several challenges related to geographic and social extremes, regional politics and global economics, Eurasian countries are showing impressive developments in the field of radiology. The Silk Road, having been a good example of the international exchange and interaction over long distances for thousands of years by connecting Asia, Africa and Europe through Middle East in ancient times, has been a strong inspiration to establish a platform aiming to further foster ties between the radiology communities in this part of the world. This initiative should aim at improving health in Eurasian countries through research, training and clinical practice in radiology. The ultimate goal is to improve the standards of radiology practice by promoting the scientific and professional activities in the field of radiology in the region.
3.OPEN DISCUSSION OF COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES
Everyone introduced themselves and raised their opinion on the establishment of such an initiative; the feedback was positive.
4.SELECTION OF THE LOGO FOR THE INITIATIVE (GROUP DISCUSSION)
Samples of a possible logo were presented to the attendees. Two artists from Iran and Turkey had worked on the different samples. [Note: B. Brkljačić commented that the logo ’ESR’ cannot be used as this acronym stands for European Society of Radiology]. The attendees were asked to rate the logos indicating their preference on the sheets they were provided with. The sheets were returned to M. Fatehi and A.T. Turgut who will evaluate them together with the executive committee.
5.SELECTION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND CHAIR(S) OF THE INITIATIVE
The Executive Committee of the Eurasian Radiology Initiative should consist of nine members. M. Fatehi and A.T. Turgut, founding co-chairs, should automatically be members of the executive committee; therefore 7 more members were elected who are not representing Iran or Turkey. Each country received a voting card and had a single vote in the meeting to select the executive committee members. The following representatives were elected into the Executive Committee of the Eurasian Radiology Initiative: Mansoor Fatehi (Iran), Ahmet Tuncay Turgut (Turkey), Hamid Akram (Pakistan), Ramzi Samai (Jordan), Chrysa Tziakouri Shiakalli (Cyprus), Bakhyt Abishev (Kazakhstan), Volodymyr Rogozhyn (Ukraine), Sergey Ternovoy (Russia), Tarek Eldiasty (Egypt).
6.THE FIRST EURASIAN CONGRESS OF RADIOLOGY (GROUP DISCUSSION)
It was discussed that the first Eurasian congress of radiology might be held in Kish which is a 91.5-square-kilometre (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It has an estimated population of 20,000 and about 1 million people visit the island annually. Valid travel permits are stamped for 14 days by the airport and the Kish port police officials. A.T. Turgut also proposed Istanbul and Antalya as potential venues for the congress. He noted that Istanbul, being easily accessible from all over the world, has been accepted to be an attractive congress destination and has hosted many international scientific meetings in recent years. Alternatively, Antalya has been proposed as a potential venue because it has inherent advantages such as lower costs and being a very well-known touristic destination. It was agreed that the final decision would be made by the Executive Committee.
7.FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR EURASIAN RADIOLOGY INITIATIVE (GROUP DISCUSSION)
Meetings of the executive committee should be held quarterly. Every national society will be asked to introduce a focal contact person besides the president.
8.OTHER ISSUES
M. Fatehi suggested asking the European Society of Radiology for the possibility to use its online meeting facilities for the initiative’s online meetings. [Note: the feasibility would have to be checked by the ESR office and the request brought forward to the ESR Executive Council]
  • EARAD website to be updated regularly
  • Initiative: to aim at improving health in the Eurasian countries and improve standards of radiology practice
  • Logo: ESR acronym not suitable as the acronym European Society of Radiology is ESR
  • Logo ‘ESR’ cannot be used as this acronym stands for the European Society of Radiology
  • M. Fatehi and A.T. Turgut to evaluate the logo rating sheets together with the executive committee
  • Executive C. to consist of 9 members; M. Fatehi and A.T. Turgut automatically members of the executive committee
  • Suggestion: first Eurasian congress might be held in Kish (island in Persian Gulf)
  • Meetings of the executive committee to be held quarterly; every society to introduce a focal contact person
  • M. Fatehi to ask the ESR to use their GoToMeeting facilitates [to be discussed in the ESR Executive Council]