PD Dr. med. Sönke Bartling

  • Radiologist
  • Scientist
  • Blockchain for Science

Who am I?


I´m a German board-certified radiologist, university hospital attending level trained with experiences in Neuroimaging, whole-body MRI incl. cardiac-MRI, as well as interventional radiology. I have worked in 25 different setups ranging from private practices through community hospitals, including three university hospitals in Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. I prefer the inspiring environment of a university hospital, the thrill of emergency interventions, and the interactions with residents and students over other setups. I contentiously restructure our profession's culture to adopt to the demands of Generation Y and digitization. Currently, I work part-time attending at Mannheim University Hospital. I´m member of several national and international radiological and interventional societies. 

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Blockchain For Science

I was always interested in what novel online technologies can do for research, science communication, and open science; I was involved in the early stages of the Web 2.0 revolution in science as my friends founded ResearchGate. I edited a living book on ‘Opening Science”, which became SpringerNature´s most downloaded book. And after falling down the bitcoin rabbit hole, I founded a thinktank around all Blockchain For Science and published the first full-blown paper around the potential of blockchain for research and innovation in 2016. I became a trailblazer of the decentralized future of research, creating and organizing the International conference on Blockchain For Science, Research and Knowledge Creation series. I see the blockchain revolution as a means to break with artificial and unnecessary constraints that limit the flow of information and great ideas as well as overhead reduction in the research culture. Currently, I´m passionate about kickstarting the emerging crypto-economy for research with its open and onboarding business models, and unconstrained data flows as well as new access paradigms around data and privacy. My work influenced and I consult research institutes (e.g. dkfz, KIT, CODE university), research infrastructure providers (e.g. Max-Planck Digital library), publisher/science associations (SpringerNature, science europe, Alexander von Humboldt assoc, UNESCO, NFAIS...) and companies (e.g. BASF). I´m member of the European as well as German Blockchain associations. I was invited by companies as well as well-know research institutes (e.g. IST Austria) to talk about the blockchain future of science. My interviews were featured on 3sat, Handelsblatt, WIRED, ZDF, as well as several online news channels.

Science: Basic Medical imaging research

I´m doing moonshot research, with potential high gains, but also more moon rocky roads towards the next publication and grant application. Amidst my doctoral thesis in which I researched applications of flat-panel-based Volume-CT in the head and skull base region, I discovered that the position of cochlear implants can be evaluated with respect to the basal lamina using flat-panel-CT - a method that is routinely used in clinical setups today. I discovered that there is navigatable drilling access to the cochlea and we performed the world´s first truly minimal cochleostomy in Hannover Medical school using flat-panel CT in a preclinical setup. After excursions into molecular (CT) imaging, I programmed a retrospective gating method for small-animal cardiac-CT-imaging, allowing functional analysis in preclinical studies. I realized that a continuous rotating flat-panel CT might be a great setup for intervention guidance in the future, potentially providing for the first time real 4D (3D + t) data sets. I produced very early, basic results on this potentially revolutionary prospect. After an excursion towards the world´s first multi-modal visible embolization agents, I m today working with Prof. Kachelrieß (dkfz) on making 4D intervention guidance in interventional radiology a reality in the 2020s. My tasks shifted from basic research towards guiding its integration into current interventional radiology. I wrote several patent (applications), have some high-ranking publications and won several prices and awards. I m reviewer of several journals and worked on international regulatory policy. 

I live in Berlin and love it.

Paul-Lincke-Ufer 8c

10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg


+ 49 151 X585 X85 X585