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HIRO: News


Aug. 22: Guests from Clínica Alemana de Santiago (Chile) at DKFZ

Chilean guests with Dr. Kurth, Prof. Jäkel and Dr. Barthold-Beß

On August 24th 2022 four representatives from the Clínica Alemana de Santiago de Chile visited the DKFZ:

Prof. Dr. Andrés Maturana, Head of the Department of Academic Development and Research
Dr. Luis Moya, Head of Clínica Alemana International Cooperation
José Manuel Munita, Director of the Institute for Research at the Medical Faculty (ICIM), Clínica Alemana Universidad del Desarrollo
Susana Dörr, Head of Continuing Medical Education and Agreements

At the beginning of the visit, Prof. Baumann welcomed the guests and they discussed the next steps of the cooperation between both institutes in the area of Radiation Therapy, Radiobiology and Education and Training. Additionally, new projects could also be identified.

The Chilean guests visited then the MR Linac at the University Hopsital as well as the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT). Further discussions and talks about "Clinical Studies at the DKFZ" (Dr. Beuthien-Baumann, (Division of Radiology) or the current 3D printing techniques for Radiation Therapy (Gernot Echner, Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology) took place at the new building "Imaging and Radiooncology", complemented by a guided tour to the PET-CT and PET-MR devices in the same building.

The visit is an important part of the long-lasting cooperation between both institutes. As one result, a scientific workshop will be jointly organized at the beginning of December 2022 at the Clínica Alemana in Santiago de Chile. More information about this event will be soon available here.

Jun. 22: Study Visit from Columbia

Study Group from Columbia with Dr. Simone Barthold-Beß

From June 22nd to June 24th 2022 Medical Physics students from the National Columbian University in Bogota visited the Divison of Medical Physics in Radiation Therapy at the DKFZ.

During the first day, the students were introduced into the research topics and areas of the division. Furthermore, they visited the research center "Imaging and Radiooncology". During the remaining days, they got an insight into the Division of Medical Physics in Radiology and the imaging techniques such as PET, CT or MRI used for research in this division. They also visited the 7-Tesla-MR-Building. Finally, an interactive session about Optimization in Radiation Therapy using the open source software matRad concluded the visit at the DKFZ.

During and after the sessions, the study group had the opportunity to meet national and international students at the participating divisions at the DKFZ and to get an idea about education and training in the field of Radiation Therapy.

May 22: Registration is open!


The registration for the Virtual Courses in the Field of Particle Therapy is open until Oct. 06th 2022. The courses are aimed to physicians and Medical Physics Experts who want to gain the "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie". Furthermore, national and international students and young scientists are welcome to register as well.

More information about the courses and the registration is available here.

Apr. 22: Final Talk about Experience at the MR-Linac in Heidelberg

Final Slide of the talk

At the end of her stay of 6 months at the Department of Radiooncology and Radiotherapy (Head: Prof. Debus) at Heidelberg University Hospital, Camila Rioseco Mora from Chile presented her final talk about her experience in the Medical Physics Group of the MR-guided Radiotherapy, led by Dr. Sebastian Klüter, online via Zoom. She finished her talk with an overview about her ideas that she would like to implement once she returns to Chile.

Her visit was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the project "Heidelberg Center Latin America" (HCLA), Center of Excellence in Research and Teaching" (project "Medical Physics").

Apr. 22: Visit from Chile

Dr. Simone Barthold-Beß, Susana Dörr, Marcel Schäfer

In April 2022 Susana Dörr (Head of the Department Furher Education and International Cooperation at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile) visited the DKFZ and the Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology (Head: Prof. Jäkel).

During her stay she met Dr. Simone Barthold-Beß and Marcel Schäfer from Prof. Jäkel's Division to discuss new teaching activities and further projects in the field of education and training in Medical Physics to strengthen the existing cooperation between both institutes. At the end of 2022 a scientific workshop is scheduled to be held as hybrid event in Chile. More information about this and other activities in Chile is available online here.

Furthermore, a guided tour to the new building "Imaging and Radiooncology" as well as to the DKFZ main building concluded the visit of Susana Dörr.

Apr. 22: Registration is open!

The registration of our 4th Summer School in Medical Physics 2022 about the topic Radiobiology and Radiobiological Modeling for Radiotherapy is now opened! The course is divided into an online phase from Sep. 05th - Sep. 25th 2022 and an attendance phase from Sep. 26th - Sep. 30th 2022 in Heidelberg. The attendance phase is designed as hybrid event. Thus all sessions are available as Live Online Phase via Zoom. Participants can decide to attend the course 100% virtually or online and on-site in Heidelberg

The summer school is dedicated to students on different levels (BSc, MSc or PhD) as well as young Post-Docs. Participation is free of charge!

More information (e.g. program and registration) is available here.

Mar. 22: Visit of Dr. Cordova from Chile

Visit of the Morszeck Preclinical Trial Unit

From March 16th to 18th 2022, Dr. Andres Cordova (Head of the Radiotherapy Department at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile) visited the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Therapy (Head: Prof. Oliver Jäkel). The goal of his visit was to discuss new research projects and workshops to be held end of 2022 in Chile as well as further topics of this long-lasting cooperation.

Two colleagues, Dr. Daniel Ernst (Haematologist) and Mirenxu Iruretagoyena (Immunologist) also visited the DKFZ together with Dr. Cordova. They are interest in a further cooperation in the area of Car-T-Cells. At the end of their stay, all guests from Chile also visited the Morszeck Preclinical Trial Unit (PCTU) together with its head, Dr. Ina Kurth from the Division of Radiooncology / Radiobiology (Head. Prof. Michael Baumann).

Feb. 22: Science in the City 2022


Two divisions of the HIRO are part of the event Science in the City (in German) in the old town of Heidelberg.

On Feb. 17th 2022 the Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology (Head: Prof. Dr. Oliver Jäkel (E040)) will be explaining the process of radiation therapy ("What happens during radiation therapy? - From therapy planning to radiation") as well as current research projects. 

On Feb. 22nd 2022 New Methods in Radiation Therapy will be presented by the Division of Biomedical Physics in Radiation Oncology (Head: Prof. Dr. Joao Seco (E041)).

Jan. 22: Registration is open


In May 2022, the next round of the virtual courses (in German only) "Virtuellen Aktualisierungskurse zum Erhalt der Fachkunde im Strahlenschutz nach § 48 StrlSchV" takes place. Registration is now open!

More information is available here.

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