Claus-Christian Glüer

Professor of Medical Physics, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Kiel, Germany

Date of birth
November 12, 1956, Hamburg/Germany

Sektion Biomedizinische Bildgebung, Klinik für Diagn. Radiologie, Universitätsklinikum
Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
Am Botanischen Garten 14 (MOIN CC), 24118 Kiel, Germany
phone: +49-431/880 5831, fax: +49-431/880 5852
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Academic appointments

1982 Physics diploma, University of Hamburg, Germany
1982–1986 Research Assistant, Dept. Exp. Physics II, University of Hamburg, Germany
1986 Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), University of Hamburg, Germany
1987–1988 Assistant Visit. Professor, Dept. Radiology, Univ. of California, San Francisco
1989–1990 Inst. Funktionsanalyse i.G. Hamburg Project Director, Hospital Consulting
1990–1995 Ass./Asso. Adj. Professor, Dept. Radiology, Univ. of California, San Francisco
1992 German certification for medical physics, DGMP
1995– Prof. Medical Physics, Dept. Diagn. Radiol, University of Kiel, Germany
2011– Head, Section Biomedical Imaging, University of Kiel, Germany

Professional activities


President, DAdorW (German Academy of Bone and Joint Disorders)

2003–2006 Secretary, Dachverband Osteologie DVO e.V.
2013–2015 President, DGO (German Society for Osteology)
2014– President, ECTS (European Calcified Tissue Society)
  • Member, Committee of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation
  • Memberships in 15 professional societies
  • President of two international, one national conferences (2000, 2002, 2007)
  • Associate Editor Osteoporosis International
  • Member of Editorial Board of 4 professional journals, reviewer for > 25 professional journals


Development of innovative parametric imaging techniques and their quantitative evaluation; development of bone densitometry, quantitative ultrasound and high resolution computed tomography approaches; developing multimodal methods for molecular imaging with applications in oncology, inflammation, and skeletal research; coordination of several multicenter studies including OPUS, a European project on epidemiology and optimised diagnostic assessment of osteoporosis. Founding and managing MOIN CC (Molecular Imaging North Competence Center).

Selected recent publications:

Tiwari S, Schem C, Lorenzen AC, Kayser O, Wiese C, Graeff C, Pena J, Marshall RP, Heller M, Kalthoff H, Jonat W, Glüer CC. Application of ex vivo micro-computed tomography for assessment of in vivo fluorescence and plain radiographic imaging for monitoring bone metastases and osteolytic lesions. J Bone Miner Metab 2012; 30 (3): 373-380. [Epub 2011 Dec 2]

Borggrefe J, Graeff C, Nickelsen TN, Marin F, Glüer CC. Quantitative computed tomographic assessment of the effects of 24 months of teriparatide treatment on 3D femoral neck bone distribution, geometry, and bone strength: results from the EUROFORS study. J Bone Miner Res 2010; 25 (3): 472–481.

Barkmann R, Dencks S, Laugier P, Padilla F, Brixen K, Ryg J, Seekamp A, Mahlke L, Bremer A, Heller M, Glüer CC. Femur ultrasound (FemUS) – first clinical results on hip fracture discrimination and estimation of femoral BMD. Osteoporos Int 2010; 21 (6): 969-976.

Krebs A, Graeff C, Frieling I, Kurz B, Timm W, Engelke K, Glüer CC. High resolution computed tomography of the vertebrae yields accurate information on trabecular distances if processed by 3D fuzzy segmentation approaches. Bone 2009; 44 (1): 145–152.

Glüer CC. A new quality of bone ultrasound research. IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control 2008; 55 (7): 1524–1528.

Barkmann R, Laugier P, Moser U, Dencks S, Klausner M, Padilla F, Haiat G, Heller M, Glüer CC. In vivo measurements of ultrasound transmission through the human proximal femur. Ultrasound Med Biol 2008; 34 (7): 1186–1190.

Barkmann R, Laugier P, Moser U, Dencks S, Klausner M, Padilla F, Haiat G, Glüer CC. A device for in vivo measurements of quantitative ultrasound variables at the human proximal femur. IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control 2008; 55 (6): 1197–1204.

Scholz-Ahrens KE, Delling G, Stampa B, Helfenstein A, Hahne HJ, Acil Y, Timm W, Barkmann R, Hassenpflug J, Schrezenmeir J, Glüer CC. Glucocorticosteroid-induced osteoporosis in adult primiparous Gottingen miniature pigs: effects on bone mineral and mineral metabolism. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2007; 293 (1): E385–E395.

Graeff C, Timm W, Nickelsen TN, Farrerons J, Marin F, Barker C, Glüer CC. Monitoring teriparatide-associated changes in vertebral microstructure by high-resolution CT in vivo: results from the EUROFORS study. J Bone Miner Res 2007; 22 (9): 1426–1433.

Glüer CC, Scholz-Ahrens KE, Helfenstein A et al. Ibandronate treatment reverses glucocorticoid-induced loss of bone mineral density and strength in minipigs. Bone 2007; 40 (3): 645–655.


DE 102004029902: Barkmann R, Laugier P, Moser U, Padilla F, and Glüer C C. Vorrichtung zur Bestimmung der Knochendichte mittels Ultraschall. Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (Germany). 2006.

DE 3517101: Graeff W, Dix WR, Glüer CC: Vorrichtung zur digitalen Subtraktionsangiographie im Energiesubtraktions-Modus. April 30, 1986.

US 4,736,398: Graeff W, Dix WR, Glüer CC: Apparatus for the digital subtraction angiography in energy subtraction mode. April 5, 1988.