Val Murray Runge

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Val M. Runge
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Born (1956-08-28) August 28, 1956 (age 61)
Austin, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater Stanford University, Stanford University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Scientific career
Fields Radiology
Institutions University Hospital Zurich

Val Murray Runge (born August 28, 1956 in Austin, Texas) is an American professor of radiology and the editor-in-chief of Investigative Radiology.[1] Runge was one of the early researchers to investigate the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).[2]


Runge was born in Austin, Texas and attended Stanford University obtaining a bachelor of science degree in 1978 with honors. He subsequently received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine in January 1982. Following completion of a diagnostic radiology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in December 1985, Runge was appointed as assistant professor and chief of service of magnetic resonance at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1986. He was promoted to associate professor in 1988. In 1990 he was appointed professor of diagnostic radiology and biomedical engineering, Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center, and the Rosenbaum Endowed Chair of Diagnostic Radiology, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. In 2002, Runge was appointed the Robert and Alma Moreton Centennial Chair in Radiology, Scott & White Memorial Hospital, and professor of radiology at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. In 2010 he was appointed the John Sealy Distinguished Chair and Professor of Radiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. In 2011, he received an additional appointment as a visiting professor at Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, Central China. Runge then spent two years in Zurich, Switzerland as a visiting professor at the University Hospital of Zürich (2013-2015). Runge lives currently in Bern, Switzerland with a long term appointment as a member of the faculty at Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern.

Scientific career[edit]

Runge is an early pioneer in MRI, known for his work in 1982-1984 demonstrating for the first time the potential as well as early diagnostic utility of intravenous contrast media in MRI, specifically the gadolinium chelates.[2][3][4][5]

He is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers published in the scientific literature. He is also the editor for eighteen medical textbooks,[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] with several of these translated into other languages, including German,[13][14] Chinese, Polish and Turkish. His most recent textbooks are Neuroradiology - the Essentials with MR and CT[15], Imaging of Cerebrovascular Disease,[16] and The Physics of Clinical MR Taught Through Images[17], all published by Thieme (with copyrights of 2015, 2017 and 2018). He has given more than 600 scientific and invited presentations at national and international meetings and medical schools across North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea and China over the past 25 years.

Runge holds a U.S. patent (#4615879), together with Jeffrey A. Clanton, for particulate NMR contrast agents.[18][19]

Current activities[edit]

Since 1994, Runge has been editor-in-chief of Investigative Radiology. He has also been a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging since their respective inceptions, in 1991 and 1988. He remains active in research and development of MRI contrast agents and advanced MRI imaging techniques. Runge maintains an educational website, for which international experts in MRI provide insights on imaging techniques and strategies.

Awards and membership[edit]

In 2011, Runge received the Harry Fisher Medal for Excellence in Contrast Media Research from the Contrast Media Research Society.[20]

Other academic honors include the Executive Council Award from the American Roentgen Ray Society (for research in MRI and multiple sclerosis), the Dyke Memorial Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology (for MR contrast media research),[21] and a Magna Cum Laude Award (for the best scientific exhibit) from the Radiological Society of North America. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology (1986).

Private life[edit]

Runge has two daughters and currently resides in Bern, Switzerland's capital.


  1. ^ "Editorial Board". Investigative Radiology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b Runge VM, Schoerner W, Niendorf HP, Laniado M, Koehler D, Claussen C, Felix R, James AE; Schoerner; Niendorf; Laniado; Koehler; Claussen; Felix; James Jr (1985). "Initial clinical evaluation of gadolinium DTPA for contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging". Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 3 (1): 27–35. doi:10.1016/0730-725x(85)90006-2. PMID 2987640. 
  3. ^ Runge VM, Clanton JA, Price AC, Wehr CJ, Herzer WA, Partain CL, James AE; Clanton; Price; Wehr; Herzer; Partain; James Jr (1985). "The use of Gd DTPA as a perfusion agent and marker of blood-brain barrier disruption". Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 3 (1): 43–55. doi:10.1016/0730-725x(85)90008-6. PMID 3923292. 
  4. ^ Runge VM, Clanton JA, Foster MA, Smith FW, Lukehart CM, Jones MM, Partain CL, James AE; Clanton; Foster; Smith; Lukehart; Jones; Partain; James Jr (1984). "Paramagnetic NMR contrast agents. Development and evaluation". Investigative Radiology. 19 (5): 408–15. doi:10.1097/00004424-198409000-00013. PMID 6439672. 
  5. ^ Runge VM, Clanton JA, Herzer WA, Gibbs SJ, Price AC, Partain CL, James AE; Clanton; Herzer; Gibbs; Price; Partain; James Jr (October 1984). "Intravascular contrast agents suitable for magnetic resonance imaging". Radiology. 153 (1): 171–6. doi:10.1148/radiology.153.1.6433402. PMID 6433402. 
  6. ^ "Clinical MRI / Edition 1 by Val M. Runge | 9780721680361 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Thieme Medical Publishers | The Physics of Clinical MR Taught Through Images". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Thieme Medical Publishers | The Cerefy Atlas of Cerebral Vasculature/CD-ROM". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  9. ^ "Thieme Medical Publishers | Essentials of Clinical MR". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  10. ^ "Thieme Medical Publishers | Clinical 3T Magnetic Resonance". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  11. ^ Runge, Val M (1992). "Magnetic resonance imaging: Clinical principles". ISBN 9780397510955. 
  12. ^ Runge, Val M (1994). "Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain". ISBN 9780397512447. 
  13. ^ "Praxiskurs MRT - - Thieme Webshop" (in German). Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Essentials der klinischen MRT - - Thieme Webshop" (in German). Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
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  18. ^ "Patent US4615879 - Particulate NMR contrast agents for gastrointestinal application - Google Patents". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  19. ^ Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Shining Stars | Impact Newsletter: November 1, 2011 | UTMB". 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  21. ^ "ASNR's Gornelius G. Dyke Memorial Award". ASNR. Retrieved 2013-10-13.