Division of Rheumatology
3rd Department of Internal Medicine
Medical University of Vienna
18-20 Währinger Gürtel, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Peter Mandl MD, PhD works as a consultant at the Division of Rheumatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria, a member of the EULAR Network of Imaging Research Centers. After graduating with honours from Semmelweis University, Budapest he completed his doctorate in functional neuroscience with honours at the Nathan Kline Institute in Orangeburg, New York and at Semmelweis University, Budapest. His major research interests include the use of imaging for diagnosing, monitoring and predicting rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, in particular the utility of ultrasound for the monitoring of inflammation and structural changes in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis. He is a member of the EULAR Standing Committee of Musculoskeletal Imaging, a prior OMERACT Fellow of the Ultrasound Taskforce, convenor of the OMERACT Working Group on Cartilage Change in Rheumatoid Arthritis and coordinated with Mikkel Ostergaard the EULAR recommendations for the imaging of SpA. Peter Mandl is associate editor of BMC Medical Imaging and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and organized and served on the faculty of several national and international musculoskeletal ultrasound courses and workshops, including the EULAR and ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Courses.
Experience within EMEUNET
Peter Mandl was chair of the Website Subgroup (now known as Social Media) and oversaw the planning, development and launch of the first EMEUNET homepage. He was the first chairman after the founding members “retired” in 2012-13. During these years, predominantly due to the homepage, EMEUNET grew from a working group of enthusiasts with a small following to the largest international organisation for young rheumatologists, more than tripling its initial membership over the year. During that time the subgroup organisation and country liaison system was extended, and a competitive annual application process was set up for those seeking entry into the Working Group which grew considerably both in number of members and national diversity.
His involvement within EMEUNET was a memorable and rewarding time, which not only allowed him to experience the development of a peer-network, but has also led to scientific co-operations and lasting friendships. Serving on the EULAR Executive and Scientific Committees provided insight into the workings of the organization and enhanced his visibility as an academic