Ratschow Memorial Medal

Since 1969, the Ratschow Memorial Medal has been awarded annually by the CURATORIUM ANGIOLOGIAE INTERNATIONALIS to particularly deserving scientists from the field of vascular medicine and related disciplines. The Curatorium (see the "Curatorium" tab) is responsible for organizing the selection process and presenting the award. Membership is restricted to scientists from the international field of vascular medicine.

The award is intended to honor Prof. Max Ratschow (see the "Max Ratschow" tab), who is considered to have established angiology as a discipline. It was his commendable pupil, Prof. Norbert Klüken, who came up with the idea for this foundation.

The scientists awarded the medal give a presentation on one of the major aspects of their work during a session at the annual conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phlebologie (German Phlebology Society - DGP). These are duly published in the "Documenta Angiologorum" by the Schattauer Verlag publishing house.

As Prof. Eberhard Rabe (President of the Curatorium) explains:

"The Documenta Angiologorum, one of various periodicals dedicated to angiology, has a particular objective. It is intended to give scientists and their work the recognition they deserve. In view of this, the articles printed in this publication are those that outline key developments in angiology and, for the most part, showcase the life's work of an internationally renowned researcher honored by the Ratschow Memorial Medal."

Bauerfeind has been a patron of this foundation for a number of years. It supports the work of the Curatorium, helps arrange the award ceremony, and covers all the associated costs.

Contact:
Dr. rer. nat. Peggy Schneider
(medical.affairs@bauerfeind.com)

2019 Ratschow prizewinner - Dr. Werner Blättler
Dr. Werner Blättler

2019 Ratschow prizewinner

Swiss specialist for internal medicine Dr. Werner Blättler from Wädenswil was awarded the 44th Max Ratschow Memorial Medal for his life's work at the 61st Annual Conference for Phlebology in Münster in late September.

Dr. Werner Blättler was one of the first physicians to engage in the outpatient treatment of thrombosis patients in the early 1990s. Now 76 years old, the physician also specializes in the long-term research of vein symptoms or sensations, such as pain and swelling, that can occur in healthy people as well as people with venous disorders. Since 1969, the Max Ratschow Medal has been awarded annually to particularly deserving scientists from the field of vascular medicine. Bauerfeind has been a patron of the foundation since 2000.

Previous laureates
Previous Ratschow Medial laureates

M. COMEL. Betrachtungen über die Angiologie der Gegenwart und der Zukunft (Reflections on angiology, present and future). 1968.

W H. HAUSS. Die Rolle der Mesenchymzellen in der Pathogenese der Arteriosklerose (The role of mesenchymal cells in the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis). 1969.

F. MARTORELL. Ulcus hypertonicum (Hypertensive ulcer). 1970.

E. WOLLHEIM. Kapillaricreislauf und Blutvolumen (Capillary circulation and blood volume). 1971.

R. FONTAINE. Die chirurgische Behandlung der arteriosklerotischen Verschlüsse der unteren Extremitäten (Surgical treatment of arteriosclerotic occlusions of the lower extremities). 1972.

G. OTTAVIANI. Allgemeine biologische Aussagen über das Lymphsystem (General biological reflections on the lymphatic system). 1973.

L. LASZT. Die Biochemie und Pharmakologie der Venenwand (Biochemistry and pharmacology of the venous wall). 1974.

0. OLSSON. Angiographie als Grundlagenuntersuchung in der klinischen Medizin (Angiography as a fundamental investigation technique in clinical medicine). 1975.

W. REDISCH. Von William Harvey zu Otfried Müller (From William Harvey to Otfried Müller).1976.

R. TOURNAY, H. R. VAN DER MOLEN. Die Entwicklung der Phlebologie in den letzten 30 Jahren (The development of phlebology during the last 30 years) (1948-1978). 1977.

R. C. MAYALL. Das Hyperstomie-Syndrom, eine klinische Entität, verursacht durch einen arteriolovenulären Shunt, unter diagnostischen und therapeutischen Aspekten (Hyperstomy syndrome, a clinical entity caused by an arteriovenular shunt, in terms of its diagnostic and therapeutic aspects). 1978.

G. V R. BORN. Der Einfluß hämodynamischer Bedingungen auf die Hämostasefunktion der Thrombozyten (The influence of hemodynamic conditions on the hemostatic function of thrombocytes). 1979.

ROBERT W. WISSLER. Neueste Studien über die Pathogenese und Rückbildung der Atherosklerose (Latest studies on the pathogenesis and regression of atherosclerosis). 1980.

MICHAEL FÖLDI. Insuffizienz des Lymphgefäßsystems (Insufficiency of the lymph vessel system). 1981.

EDUARDO C. PALMA. Das postphlebitische Syndrom - operative Therapie (Postphlebitic syndrome - surgical therapy). 1982.

DIETRICH WERNER LÜBBERS. Die Sauerstoffversorgung der Warmblüterorgane (The oxygen supply of hematothermal organs). 1983.

JEAN FRANCOIS MERLEN. Die Akrozyanosen - klinische, pathogenetische und therapeutische Paradoxien (Acrocyanoses - clinical, pathogenetic, and therapeutic paradoxes). 1985.

R. J. A. M. VAN DONGEN. Heutiger Stand und Bedeutung der vaskulären Chirurgie (Current status and significance of vascular surgery). 1986.

GERD ASSMANN. Diagnostik und Therapie von Fettstoffwechselstörungen (Diagnosis and therapy of metabolic disorders). 1987.

F. COCKETT. Der Einfluß anatomischer Varietäten auf das Venensystem und seine Behandlung (The influence of anatomical variations on the venous system and its treatment).1988.

W. DOERR. Grundsätzliches zur Pathogenese der Gefäßkrankheiten (Fundamentals of the pathogenesis of vascular diseases). 1989.

E. BETZ. Experimentelle Studien zur Rolle von Gefäßwandmuskelzellen bei der arteriellen Verschlußkrankheit (Experimental studies on the role of vascular wall muscle cells in arterial occlusive disease). 1991.

CHR. M. PAPENDIECK. Zur Behandlung der Hypertension des Venensystems im Kindesalter (The treatment of hypertension of the venous system in childhood). 1992.

H. JELLINEK. Die Wirkung von Magnesiumorotat auf die Herzmuskulatur und die Koronarien bei verschiedenen Tierarten in Modellexperimenten (The impact of magnesium orotate on cardiac musculature and coronary vessels in various animal species during model experiments). 1996.

ST. KUBIK. Die Entwicklung und Bedeutung des Lymphgefäßsystems bei der Verhütung der Ödembildung unter Berücksichtigung der Struktureigenschaften (The development and significance of lymph vessel systems in the prevention of edema formation based on structural properties). 1997.

G. W. SCHMID-SCHÖNBEIN. Mechanismen und Konsequenzen der Zellaktivierung in der Mikrozirkulation (Mechanisms and consequences of cell activation in the microcirculation). 1999.

N. KLÜKEN. Vaskuläre Dys- und Hyperplasien bei Kindern (Vascular dysplasias and hyperplasias in children).  2000.

T. J. RYAN. The blood supply and lymphatic drainage of the skin. 2001.

H. PARTSCH. Die Antistase, ein vernachlässigtes Therapiekonzpet bei der tiefen Beinvenenthrombose (Antistasis, a neglected therapy concept for deep vein thrombosis of the leg). 2002.

H. K. BREDDIN. Tiefe Beinvenenthrombose: Pathogenese, Diagnostik und Therapie Was ist gesichert? Welche Fragen bleiben offen? (Deep vein thrombosis of the leg: pathogenesis, diagnostics, and therapy. What is known for certain? What questions are unresolved?) 2004.

ETELKA FÖLDI. Die Brücke vom Experiment zur Klinik: Das Lymphödem (From the laboratory to the clinic: lymphedema). 2005.

R. V. CLUZAN. Peripheral lymphoedema treatment. 2006.

Sir N. BROWSE. 50 years of phlebology. Advance or standstill? 2007.

U. SCHULTZ-EHRENBURG. Prospective epidemiological study on the beginning of varicose veins. Bochum study I-IV. 2008.

L. VILLAVICENCIO 2009

W. HACH. 2010

PROF. H.A. MARTINO NEUMANN 2011

PROF. WALDEMAR L. OLSZEWSKI 2012

DR. MICHEL R. PERRIN 2013

DR. RAMELET 2014

PROF. DR. MED. SYLVIA HAAS 2015

PETER GLOVICZKI, M.D. 2016

PAOLO PRANDONI, M.D., PH.D. 2017

PETER MORTIMER, M.D., PH.D. 2018

Curatorium
President
Prof. Dr. N. Klüken (1969-1999)    
Prof. Dr. K.U. Tiedjen (1999-2006)   u.tiedjen@t-online.de
Prof. Dr. E. Rabe (since 2006)
eberhard.rabe@ukb.uni-bonn.de

Scientific Council

R. Bauersachs Darmstadt gefaesszentrum@klinikum-darmstadt.de
E. Betz Tübingen  
J.M. Coget Lille  
M. Comel Pisa  
U. Dembowski Wiesbaden
 
E. Földi Hinterzarten foeldi@foeldiklinik.de
R. Fontain Strassburg  
W. H. Hauss Münster  
M. Jacquet Paris  
H. Jellinek Budapest  
M. Jünger Greifswald dermatologie@uni-greifswald.de
J. Kuiper Nijmwegen  
P. Langeron Lille  
M. Müller Santiago de Chile   
R.C. Mayall Rio de Janeiro  
J. Merlen Lille  
E. Mian Pisa  
M. Neumann Rotterdam h.neumann@erasmusmc.nl
C.M. Papendieck Buenos Aires cmpapendieck@angiopediatria.com.ar
H. Partsch Wien hugo.partsch@meduniwien.ac.at
T.J. Ryan Oxford  
G.W. Schmid-Schönbein  San Diego  
M. Stücker Bochum m.stuecker@derma.de
L. Widmer Basel  
M. Zabel Recklinghausen zabel@hautzentrum-re.de

activ / deceased

Max Ratschow
Max Ratschow
Max Ratschow

(* August 7, 1904 - † †November 8, 1963)

Prof. Max Ratschow is considered to have established the specialist discipline of angiology, the youngest branch of internal medicine, which is concerned with diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. Having studied medicine at Rostock, Freiburg, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, and Breslau between 1924 and 1929, he qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1930 at the University of Breslau, before being awarded his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in 1936 at the Kiel University Institute of Physiology. From 1939 to 1952 Max Ratschow worked at the University Hospital of Halle, where he was a full Professor of Pathological Physiology from 1948. He settled in the former West Germany in 1952 with a view to setting up a research clinic for vascular diseases. From 1953 to his death in 1963, Max Ratschow was Director of the Medizinische Klinik Darmstadt and Professor of Internal Medicine. While in this role, he set up the first research center for angiology (opened in May 1963). This was later named after him, becoming the Max-Ratschow-Klinik für Angiologie am Klinikum Darmstadt.  

The rapid development of the new specialist discipline can be attributed to Max Ratschow's special commitment to the scientific investigation and treatment of vascular diseases and circulation disorders. Angiology was finally recognized as a branch of internal medicine at the German Medical Assembly in Cologne in 1992. Two scientific prizes bearing his name are testament to his work in establishing the discipline. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Angiologie (German Angiology Society) has been awarding the Max Ratschow Prize for outstanding work in the field of vascular medicine since 1968. The Curatorium Angiologiae Internationalis has been awarding the Ratschow Memorial Medal to scientists for their life's work in the field of vascular medicine since 1969. The foundation for the Memorial Medal was started up by Ratschow's pupil, Prof. Norbert Klüken.