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DAAD Study Visit 2023

Prof. Caprile and Prof. Jäkel with Chilean Students at DKFZ

From March 13th to March 17th 2023 Chilean Students from our partner university, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC) visited our division and other partners. 

Prof. Caprile Etchart from UC applied at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for funds as a part of the call "Study Visits for Groups of Foreign Students to Germany". The application was approved and thanks to this funding, the group could stay in Heidelberg for ca. 10 days. 

During the visit, the Chilean students met experts from our own division and they learnt more about Particle Radiation Therapy or MR-guided Radiation Therapy. Therefore, a guided tour to the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT) as well as to the MR-Linac at the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiotherapy at Heidelberg University Hospital was part of the visit.

Furthermore, they had the chance to discuss the topic FLASH Radiotherapy with Prof. Joao Seco (Head of the Division of Biomedical Physics in Radiation Oncology). They also visited the 7 Tesla MR system as well as the PET-CT and PET MRI devices of the Division of Medical Physics in Radiology (Head: Prof. Mark Ladd). 

We were also very happy that the group was invited to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as well as to Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. Prof. Anke-Susanne Müller from the Institute for Beam Physics and Technology (IBPT) of the KIT offered interesting visits to the Karlsruhe Research Accelerator (KARA) as well as to the Far Infrared Linac and Test Experiment (FLUTE). 

Prof. Wiegand Poppendieck and his students from the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (BMT) of Mannheim University of Applied Sciences presented e.g. 3D printed hands which can simultaneously mimic motion of a real hand (e.g. to grap a pen).

The Chilean students were also introduced to Master's and PhD thesis, presented by students from our division. Furthermore, the Chilean guests presented their own researches to foster scientific exchange between researchers from both institutes.   

The study visit was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA).



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