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HIRO: News


May 2022: 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. 2022: 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. 2022: 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. 2022: 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. 2022: 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.


Dec. 21: Visiting Scientist from Chile in Heidelberg


Since the end of 2021, Camila Rioseco Mora from Chile has been working as visiting scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy (Head: Prof. Debus) at the Heidelberg University Hospital. Her visit lasts until the end of April 2022 and is 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").

Camila Rioseco is an Alumna of the Double-Degree Master's Program "Clinical Medical Physics", hosted by the University of Heidelberg and the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago de Chile. Since January 2021 she has been working as a Medical Physicist at the National Cancer Center in Santiago de Chile; upon her return to Chile, she will continue working in this position.

Nov. 21: Successful end of virtual summer school with Thailand


Mid of November 2021, we successfully finished the Virtual Summer School 2021: Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Advanced Treatment Techniques. The summer school was hosted together with our colleagues from Thailand and Heidelberg and funded by the German Acamdemic Exchange Service (DAAD).

More information about the summer school is available here.

Nov. 21: Virtual International Day of Medical Physics


On Sunday, November 2021, the Virtual International Day of Medical Physics was hosted by the Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology (DKFZ) together with our partners from Thailand (the Chulabhorn Royal Academy in Bangkok, Thailand) as well as from Chile (Pontificial Catholic University Chile in Santiago de Chile). During the Live-Online-Event from 1 - 2.30pm (CET), our experts presented their views on the topic of the day: "Communicating the Role of Medical Physicists to the Public".

In addition to the live event, short pre-recorded video statements were recorded by different division members to show the variety of tasks of Medical Physics in Radiation Therapy.

More information about the event is available here. The pre-recorded video statements are available here.

Okt. 21: Start of the HIRO-OncoRay Lecture Series


On October 28th 2021, the first part of the HIRO-OncoRay Lecture Series (lasting from Oct. 21 until Jun. 2022) was initiated by the first live online lecture via Zoom. The Lecture Series is jointly hosted by HIRO and OncoRay from Dresden and is dedicated to employees and students of both partners as well as other DKTK members. The lecture series is not open to the public.

More information about the lecture series is available here.

Oct. 22: Virtual Courses in Particle Therapy


The Virtual Courses in Particle Therapy (3 different types) start on October 19th 2021 with the Online Phase. The Live-Online-Phase via Zoom is scheduled for end of November.

More the 30 national and international participants are going to attend the courses and we look forward to fruitful discussions.

More information is available here.

Sep. 21: "Röntgenplakette" for Prof. Schlegel


On September 18th 2021, Prof. Schlegel (former head of the Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology at DKFZ) received the "Röntgenplakette" of the city of Remscheid for his outstanding research in the field of conformal intensity modulated radiotherapy. The "Röntgenplakette" is awarded annually by the Mayor of the City of Remscheid.

The event was recorded. Please click here to watch the recording on YouTube. More information about the "Röntgenplakette" is available on the website of the Röntgen-Museum.

Sep. 21: Start of the 3rd virtual summer school


On September 06th 2021, the 3rd Virtual Summer School in Medical Physics: Applied Computational Methods for Radiotherapy starts with the online phase and more than 25 national and international participants. The summer school is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

More information is available here.

Apr. 21: Successful end of Virtual 8th MRinRT Symposium


On April 21st 2021, the Virtual 8th MR in RT Symposium 2021 as well as the Virtual Satellite Symposium were successfully finished. During four days, more than 350 participants around the globe met online to follow keynotes, highlight talks, 12 sessions and 8 interactive poster sessions. Furthermore, pre-recorded video lectures were also provided to participants as well as e-posters. Congratulations to our winners of the poster price as well as of the Young Investigator Sessions of 2020 and 2021!

Thanks to the great financial support of the sponsors as well as the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG) we could host a very successful virtual event.

More information is available here.

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