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Prof.
Christoph Reiners
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Born28 January 1946
Mönchengladbach, Germany
NationalityGerman
EducationUniversity of Bonn

University of Vienna

University of Kiel

University of Würzburg

Christoph Reiners[edit | edit source]

Christoph Reiners (28.01.1946 in Mönchengladbach) is a German Nuclear Medicine Physician and Hospital Manager.

Life[edit | edit source]

Family[edit | edit source]

Christoph Reiners grew up in Mönchengladbach as first son of the pulmonologist Dr.med. Otto Reiners and his wife, the historian of art Dr.phil Anneliese Reiners. Christoph Reiners is married to Regine Reiners, psychologist and has two daughters and three grandsons.

Education and early career[edit | edit source]

After graduation 1965  Christoph Reiners first studied at the universities of Bonn and Vienna. After the change to Kiel, he attended as a medical student in 1968 courses in computer science. This excited him so much that he chose the university for his clinical studies, whether there was a computer. The finalized his studies in 1971 at University of Würzburg, one of at that time only five universities in Germany with computers. For his doctoral thesis Reiners went to [[Nuclear medicine |Nuclear Medicine]], where his teacher Professor Wilhelm Börner was looking for a doctoral student  with programming and computer skills. Reiners got his approbation as physician in 1973 and his recognition as a specialist for Nuclear Medicine in 1978 and in the same year his additional recognition in "Medical Informatics". In 1974 he defended his medical dissertation at the Medical Faculty of the University of Würzburg about "The use of electronic computers in bone density measurement with an I-125 profile scanner" and in 1983 he acquired habilitation at the University of Würzburg in Nuclear Medicine about "Serum thyroglobulin and thyroglobulin antibodies in thyroid carcinoma and other thyroid disorders". His academic teacher and supervisor was Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Börner (1987-1994 Director of the Clinic and Policlinic for Nuclear Medicine of the University Hospital Würzburg).

Christoph Reiners was the academic teacher of Prof. Dr. Markus Luster ([[University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg |University Hospital Marburg]]), Prof.Dr. Michael Kreissl (University Hospital Magdeburg),  Prof.Dr.med. Frederik Antonius Verburg (University Hospital Marburg), Priv.Doz.Dr. med. Jamshid Farahati (Essen), Dr. med Johannes Biko (University Hospital Würzburg), Dr. med. Andrej Lyshchik PhD  (Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA), Dr.med. Elena Shaverda PhD (Minsk, Belarus) and more than 100 doctoral students.

Professional Experience[edit | edit source]

From 1983 -1987 Christoph Reiners was Assistant Professor of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Würzburg. 1987 he became Assistant Professor and from 1989 - 1994  Full Professor and Director of the Clinic and Policlinic of Nuclear Medicine, University of Essen. 1994 he returned to Würzburg as Professor and Director of the Clinic and Policlinic of Nuclear Medicine of University until 2010. From 2001 on he became Managing Medical Director of the University Hospital Würzburg, part-time from 2001-2009 and on full-time responsibility from 2010-2015. During these periods, Christoph Reiners could contribute substantially to the structural and management reorganization of Würzburg University Hospital and its building activities. Since 2016 he is Senior Professor of the Medical Faculty of the University of Würzburg.

Among his Academic Companions are: Prof. Dr. Christoph Eilles (University Hospital Regensburg), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Becker (University Hospital Göttingen), Prof.Dr. Peter Schneider (University Hospital Würzburg), Prof.Dr. Michael Lassmann (University Hospital Würzburg), Dr. Heribert Hänscheid (University Hospital Würzburg), Prof.Dr. Samuel Samnick (University Hospital Würzburg), Prof.Dr. Ewgeni P. Demidchik (Minsk, Belarus), Prof.Dr. Yuri E. Demidchik (Minsk, Belarus) and Prof.Dr. Valentina M. Drozd (Minsk, Belarus).

Research and Scientific Cooperations[edit | edit source]

Christoph Reiners scientific focus is on diagnosis and therapy of thyroid diseases (especially of thyroid cancer), thyroid disease caused by the radiation accidents of Chernobyl and Fukushima and medical management of radiation emergencies in general.

He worked for WHO from 1992 - 1994 as member of the WHO International Program on the Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident (IPHECA), from 2003-2004 as member of the WHO-IARC Expert Group on Radiation Induced Thyroid Cancer as well as from 2003-2005 as member of the Expert Group  „Health“ of the WHO-Chernobyl-Forum.

From 1998-2002 Christoph Reiners participated in a screening project of thyroid status in children exposed to ionizing radiation in utero and at the first year of life after the Chernobyl accident together with Prof. Valentina Drozd from Minsk and from 1994 up to now, he organized German scientific and humanitarian projects on treatment of advanced thyroid cancer in children and young adolescents from Belarus after the Chernobyl accident. In this context, he founded in 1994 the German association "Medical Aid for Chernobyl Children e.V." and in 2004 he cofounded together with Valentina Drozd the International Belarusian-German fund “Help for patients with radiation-induced thyroid cancer Arnica”.

A specific focus of Christoph Reiners research is the use of stable iodine to prevent radiation induced thyroid cancer. He worked from 2003-2005 as an expert of the Potassium Iodide Working Group of the National Academy of Science, USA and from 2013-2017 as chairman of the WHO Guideline Development Group for Iodine Thyroid Blocking and from 2016-2018 as member of the WHO-IARC Expert Group on Thyroid Screening after Nuclear Accidents.

From 2005-2017 he was coordinator of the National Collaboration Center within the WHO Network for Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN).

From 1996-1998 Christoph Reiners was chairman of the Commission for Radiation Protection at the German Ministry for Radiation Protection and Protection of the Environment and from 2011-2015 member of the Protection Commission of the Federal Ministry of Interior. He works until today in different bodies of the Commission for Radiation Protection as e.g. in a working groups on Thyroid Blocking and on Medical Radiation Emergency Management.

Membership of Scientific Societies[edit | edit source]

Honorary Appointments[edit | edit source]

Christoph Reiners was from 1989-1995 executive secretary and from 1990-1996 chairman of the Association of German Physicians for Radiation Protection in Medicine. He was from 2009-2011 chairman of the Bavarian Society of Nuclear Medicine.  He worked for several years as chairman of the Thyroid sections of the German Society of Endocrinology of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine. He was from 2013-2015 member of the Board of the Association of German University Hospitals and chairman of the IT-working group.

He is member of the advisory board of Hanns-Langendorff Foundation for Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection, Freiburg since 1990 and member of the Institute for Radiation Protection, German Employers Liability Association, Cologne since 1994.

Christoph Reiners is member of the supervisory board, University Hospital Halle/Saale since 2013 and chairman of the supervisory board of the University of Music, Würzburg since 2015. In 2015 he became scientific speaker of the platform “Health/Medicine” of the state Center for Digitalization, Bavaria and in 2016 member of the scientific advisory board for the National Library of Medicine, Cologne.

Professor Reiners has recieved the 8th Takashi Nagai Memorial Nagasaiki Peace Award for his accomplishments and devotion to the study of nuclear medicine. The 8th Award Profile of the Recipient.

His full list of accomplishments can be found at The German Society for Nuclear Medicine

Honors and Awards[edit | edit source]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Christoph Reiners authored or co-authored more than 500 articles and 40 books or book chapters.

Books (selection):[edit | edit source]

  • Reiners C: Serum Thyreoglobulin und Thyreoglobulin Antikörper. Thieme Stuttgart 1983, ISBN 3-13-466301-5.
  • Hüfner M, Reiners C: Thyroglobulin and Thyroglobulin Antibodies  in the Follow-up of Thyroid Cancer and Endemic Goiter. Thieme Stuttgart 1987, ISBN 3-13-6-698101 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN.-4.
  • Reiners C, Geworski L: Qualitätskontrolle nuklearmedizinischer Meßsysteme. Schattauer Stuttgart 1995, ISBN 3-7945-1693-1.
  • Reiners  (ed.): Konferenz über die menschliche Schilddrüse 1997, de Gruyter Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-11-016327-6.
  • Reiners C, Drozd V, Cherstvoy ED, Demidchik EP, Nerovnya AM, Luster M: Ultrasonography of the thyroid in children an adolescents. Schattauer Stuttgart  2000, ISBN 3-7945-2024-6.
  • Büll U, Schicha H, Biersack HJ, Knapp WH, Reiners C, Schober O: Nuklearmedizin. Thieme Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-13-1281123 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN.-5.
  • Eckardt J, Geworksi L, Lerch H, Reiners C, Schober O: Empfehlungen zur Qualitätskontrolle in der Nuklearmedizin. Schattauer Stuttgart 2009, ISB 978-3-7945-2572-0.
  • Reiners C, et al: Diagnostik, Therapie und Nachsorge des Schilddrüsenkarzinoms. UNI_MED Bremen 2010, ISBN 3-89599-662-10.
  • Reiners C (ed.):b Strahlenschutz in Forschung und Praxis Vol. 36-50, Gustav Fischer Stuttgart-Jena-New York  1995-2009. ISBN 0081-5888 ff.

Frequently cited papers (selection):[edit | edit source]

  • A comparison of recombinant human thyrotropin and thyroid hormone withdrawal for the detection of thyroid remnant or cancer. Haugen BR, Pacini F, Reiners C, Schlumberger M, Ladenson PW, Sherman SI, Cooper DS, Graham KE, Braverman LE, Skarulis MC, Davies TF, DeGroot LJ, Mazzaferri EL, Daniels GH, Ross DS, Luster M, Samuels MH, Becker DV, Maxon HR 3rd, Cavalieri RR, Spencer CA, McEllin K, Weintraub BD, Ridgway EC. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1999 Nov;84(11):3877-85.
  • Radioiodine ablation of thyroid remnants after preparation with recombinant human thyrotropin in differentiated thyroid carcinoma: results of an international, randomized, controlled study. Pacini F, Ladenson PW, Schlumberger M, Driedger A, Luster M, Kloos RT, Sherman S, Haugen B, Corone C, Molinaro E, Elisei R, Ceccarelli C, Pinchera A, Wahl RL, Leboulleux S, Ricard M, Yoo J, Busaidy NL, Delpassand E, Hanscheid H, Felbinger R, Lassmann M, Reiners C. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Mar;91(3):926-32.
  • Iodine biokinetics and dosimetry in radioiodine therapy of thyroid cancer: procedures and results of a prospective international controlled study of ablation after rhTSH or hormone withdrawal. Hänscheid H, Lassmann M, Luster M, Thomas SR, Pacini F, Ceccarelli C, Ladenson PW, Wahl RL, Schlumberger M, Ricard M, Driedger A, Kloos RT, Sherman SI, Haugen BR, Carriere V, Corone C, Reiners C. J Nucl Med. 2006 Apr;47(4):648-54.
  • Comprehensive clinical assessment of 740 cases of surgically treated thyroid cancer in children of Belarus. Demidchik YE, Demidchik EP, Reiners C, Biko J, Mine M, Saenko VA, Yamashita S. Ann Surg. 2006 Apr;243(4):525-32.
  • Comparison of radioiodine biokinetics following the administration of recombinant human thyroid stimulating hormone and after thyroid hormone withdrawal in thyroid carcinoma. Luster M, Sherman SI, Skarulis MC, Reynolds JR, Lassmann M, Hänscheid H, Reiners C. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2003 Oct;30(10):1371-7
  • Changing trends of incidence and prognosis of thyroid carcinoma in lower Franconia, Germany, from 1981-1995. Farahati J, Geling M, Mäder U, Mörtl M, Luster M, Müller JG, Flentje M, Reiners C. Thyroid. 2004 Feb;14(2):141-7.
  • Diagnosis of thyroid cancer in children: value of gray-scale and power doppler US. Lyshchik A, Drozd V, Demidchik Y, Reiners C. Radiology. 2005 May;235(2):604-13.
  • Characteristics of differentiated thyroid carcinoma in children and adolescents with respect to age, gender, and histology. Farahati J, Bucsky P, Parlowsky T, Mäder U, Reiners C. Cancer. 1997 Dec 1;80(11):2156-62.
  • Systematic ultrasound screening as a significant tool for early detection of thyroid carcinoma in Belarus. Drozd V, Polyanskaya O, Ostapenko V, Demidchik Y, Biko I, Reiners C. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Jul-Aug;15(7):979-84.
  • Twenty-five years after Chernobyl: outcome of radioiodine treatment in children and adolescents with very high-risk radiation-induced differentiated thyroid carcinoma. Reiners C, Biko J, Haenscheid H, Hebestreit H, Kirinjuk S, Baranowski O, Marlowe RJ, Demidchik E, Drozd V, Demidchik Y. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Jul;98(7):3039-48.

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