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Translational Lung Research Center Heidelberg

Jürgen Biederer, M.D.

Professor of Radiology
Head of the Section Pulmonary Imaging
Head of the Division Imaging in the Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Heidelberg University Hospital
Im Neuenheimer Feld 110
69120 Heidelberg

Phone:+49 6221 56-35640
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Research Interests:

  • advanced imaging strategies for thoracic diseases with multi-slice detector CT and magnetic resonance imaging for diagnostics and motion-adapted radiotherapy
  • establishment of Lung MRI in clinical practice
  • experimental ex-vivo systems for thoracic imaging based on ventilated and perfused porcine lung explants inside a dedicated MR-compatible chest Phantom




Short CV

1989-1995Medical School of the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel
1996Thesis: ”Differenzierung der elektrophysiologischen Merkmale cerebellärer Körnerzellen in der Ontogenese: Patch-Clamp-Untersuchungen an Primärkulturen aus Hühnerembryonen” (grade: ”magna cum laude”)
1995-1996Neurosurgery at Paracelsus-Klinik Osnabrück
1997-2005Residency and Fellowship at the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the University Hospital Kiel
1997German Full License to Practice Medicine
1998United States Medical License Examinations
2001Board certification in „Diagnostic Radiology”
2003Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology
2005-2006Fellowship in the Department of Radiology at German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) of the Helmholtz-Society (Heidelberg)
2005-2006Head of the Emmy-Schmidt-Group „Image guided individual therapy of chest disease“ at the DKFZ, Heidelberg
2005-2006Project Manager DIRO-Lung as part of the strategic alliance between DKFZ and Siemens Medical Solutions
2007Head of the radiology section of the 1st Medical Hospital of University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
2007Associate Professor of the Medical Faculty in Kiel
2007-2012Vice Director of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology in Kiel
Since 2011Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Faculty Kiel
Since 2012Head of the Section Pulmonary Radiology and Head of the Division Imaging in the Department of Internal Medicine (as part of the Department Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Heidelberg)
Since 2012Principal Investigator (PI) of sub-project 7 (Imaging) within ASCONET/COSYCONET
Since 2013Principal Investigator of the Translational Lung Research Center Heidelberg (TLRC) and the German Center for Lung Research (DZL)



Honours & Awards

1991-1995Scholarship of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
2002German patent No. 101 21 159.7. Künstlicher Thorax.
2003Inventors Award of the German Radiologic Society for „Artificial Chest for Diagnostic Radiology“
2004-2007Four congress poster prizes awarded to the supervised groups
2007Felix-Wankel-Tierschutz-Award 2007 of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich




  1. Opens external link in new windowASCONET/COSYCONET: Sub-Project 7 (Imaging)

  2. MRI of the lung at 1.5 and 3 Tesla: Development and clinical implementation of protocols (in collaboration with German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, University of Würzburg, University of Mannheim, National Jewish Health in Denver, Co. and Siemens Medical Sytems)

  3. Non-contrast enhanced and contrast enhanced functional MRI of the lung

  4. 4D-CT, 4D-PET-CT and dynamic MRI of respiratory mechanics


Scientific staff

Dr. med. Bertram Jobst (Co-Investigator)

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Dr. med. Monika Dadrich

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Technical Assistant

Julia Schliebus

Selected Publications

  1. Biederer J, Dinkel J, Bolte H, Welzel T, Hoffmann B, Thierfelder C, Mende U, Debus J, Heller M, Kauczor HU (2007) Respiratory gated helical CT of the Lung: Reproducibility of small Volumes in an ex-vivo Model. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 69:1642-1649.

  2. Biederer J, Schnabel A, Gross WL, Heller M, Reuter M (2004) Correlation between HRCT-findings, Pulmonary Function Tests and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Cytology in Interstitial Lung Disease associated to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Eur Radiol 14: 272-280.

  3. Biederer J, Both M, Graessner J, Liess C, Jakob P, Reuter M, Heller M (2003) Lung morphology: Fast MR imaging  assessment with a volumetric interpolated breath-hold technique: Initial experience with Patients. Radiology 226: 242-249.

  4. Biederer J, Heller M (2003) Artificial Thorax for MR Imaging Studies in porcine Heart-Lung Preparations. Radiology 226: 250-255.

  5. Biederer J, Reuter M, Both M, Muhle C, Grimm J, Graessner J, Heller M (2002) Analysis of artefacts and detail resolution of lung MRI with breath-hold T1-weighted gradient echo and T2-weighted fast spin echo sequences with respiratory triggering. Eur Radiol 12: 378-384.
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