Research Group Heavy Ion Therapy (E409)
Translational research for planning and verification of ion beam therapy
Our research group focuses on further exploiting and developing the potential of proton and heavier ion beams in radiotherapy and to translate the basic knowledge that has been gained in research projects into successful clinical applications. Our primary research partner is the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Facility (HIT) at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
HIT is the first European hospital based facility for scanned proton and heavy ion radiotherapy and has started its operation in November 2009. The group has gained extensive experience with this treatment modality within a pilot project at the German heavy ion research center Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI) in Darmstadt between 1997 and 2008.
While our close cooperation with the Department of Biophysics at GSI is being continued, other projects involve the cooperation with the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPI-K), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Czech Technical University in Prague, the Aarhus University Hospital (AUH), the Risø DTU National Laboratory, and the Japanese National Institute of Radiological Sciences as well as other partners.