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Welcome

The effect of radiotherapy as a trade-off between tumor control and normal tissue complication probability. Widening the therapeutic window by using modern treatment techniques increases the probability of tumor control without complications.

After three very successful summer schools in Medical Physics on different topics since 2017 (see www.dkfz.de/medphys_edu), we are very happy to announce our 4th Summer School in Medical Physics about Radiobiology and Radiobiological Modelling for Radiotherapiy, to be held in September 2022. The course is organized under the auspices of the Heidelberg Institute of Radiation Oncology (HIRO) in close cooperation with our partners (see below).

The course is subdivided in an online phase of about four weeks and an attendance phase of one week, following the hybrid mode, so all sessions of the attendance phase are additionally available online as Live Online Phase via Zoom. Thus, participants can decide to follow the course online and on-site or 100% virtually.

During the online phase, the biological background, biological modelling and the dose-volume effects will be introduced. The attendance phase or Live Online Phase will deepen the knowledge on high-LET radiation and hypoxia and the impact of oxygen. Furthermore, devices for small animal imaging and irradiation as well as special techniques such as FLASH and Mini Beam Radiotherapy will be discussed.

National and international speakers from The Netherlands, France and Denmark contribute to our course to offer interesting sessions and discussions.

Participation is free of charge, but limited. We are happy to receive your application!

Please feel free to download and share our flyer to tell your colleagues!

Dates and Program

Application: April 01st until July 01st 2022

Online Phase: Sep. 05th - Sep. 25th 2022

1st Online Test (Multiple Choice): Sep. 16th - Sep. 25th 2022 (During this period participants can do the online test whenever they have time.)

Live Online Session via Zoom (taking place during the online phase):

  1. Tue. Sep. 06th 2022, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  2. Fri. Sep. 16th 2022, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  3. Mon. Sep. 19th 2022, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  4. Tue. Sep. 20th 2022, 4 - 6pm (CEST)

Attendance Phase in Heidelberg or Live Online Phase via Zoom: Sep. 26th - Sep. 30th 2022

2nd Online Test (Multiple Choice): Sep. 30th - Oct. 05th 2022 (During this period participants can do the online test whenever they have time.)

Teaching Language: English

Description of Online Phase

Our summer school starts with an online phase of about four weeks. During this period, participants get access to the virtual learning platform Moodle which provides all learning materials such as pre-recorded video lectures and lecture notes as PDFs and further short tasks. Furthermore, mandatory Live Online Sessions via Zoom with experts from Heidelberg and other international experts are scheduled within this online phase (days and times see program).

The online phase is terminated by the first mandatory online test consisting of Multiple-Choice questions about all topics taught during the online phase. The test can be done during the last two weeks of the online phase whenever participants have time and its successful completion (50% of points indicated) is a prerequisite to participate in the attendance phase or the Live Online Phase.

Please also download and read our technical requirements to attend our virtual summer school.

Description of Attendance Phase and Live Online Phase

New Building Imaging and Radiology at DKFZ
© DKFZ/J. Jung

The attendance phase in Heidelberg is scheduled at two venues (see "Venue"). The whole attendance phase is also available as Live Online Phase to those who attend online only!

Lectures by our national and interantional experts are scheduled during the morning sessions. Interactive sessions like Journal Club, Pro-Contra-Discussions, Panel Discussions and interactive Discussion Rounds take place during the afternoon to strengthen active participation and to initiate scientific exchange between experts and participants.

The whole summer school is terminated by the 2nd online test about all topics taught during the attendance phase or Live Online Phase (duration see "Dates and Program").

Our networking activities such as Get Together, Guided Tours (e.g. to the new building "Imaging and Radiology" at the DKFZ or to the Heidelberg University Hospital) or Dinner are only available to on-site participants.

Once the application is accepted, on-site participants will get a code to book a room at special rates in a hotel in Heidelberg.

Venues

Communication Center on the left-hand side at the DKFZ Main Entrance
© DKFZ/T. Schwerdt

The attendance phase takes place at two venues:

Sep. 26th - 28th 2022

Marsilius-Kolleg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1
DE-69120 Heidelberg

The Marilius-Kolleg lies obliquely opposite the main entrance of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

How to get there

Sep. 29th - 30th 2022

German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
DE-69120 Heidelberg

How to get there

  • Sep. 29th 2022: Lecture Hall, ground floor of the Communication Center
  • Sep. 30th 2022: Seminar Room K1/K2, first floor of the Communication Center

Target Group and Certificate

Our summer school is dedicated to national and international young scientists and graduates (BSc or MSc or PhD students) with a degree in Physics, Medical Physics, Radiation Therapy or similar. BSc students should be at the end of their studies. Young Post-Docs are also welcome if the PhD degree is awarded after Sep. 01st 2021.

Furthermore, all participants should have good mathematical background and knowledge in Radiotherapy Physics.

Once successfully completed, participants will get a certificate of attendance including supplement with 4 ECTS points, issued by the German Cancer Research Center and our partners.

Application

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Application procedure:

Participation is free of charge but limited to 20 participants attending online and on-site as well as to 20 participants attending online only. Application is open until July 01st 2022. All applications will be reviewed and the decision will be made by the beginning of August 2022.

Application Documents:

  • Copy of your degree as one PDF (including diploma supplement and/or transcript of records)
    BSc students: please upload a formless letter from your professor that you are writing your bachelor's thesis
  • Certificate of Enrollment (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung) as one PDF (if currently having a student status)
  • Tabular CV, including publications, if applicable  (one PDF)
  • Motivation letter (one PDF)
  • Recommendation letter (one PDF)

Contact

Anna Moshanina, Marcel Schäfer, Simone Barthold-Beß, PhD
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Please feel free to contact us by email to symposium.medphys@dkfz-heidelberg.de if you have any further questions.

Local Organizing Team

Anna Moshanina, Dr. Simone Barthold-Beß, Marcel Schäfer
Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
DE-69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49-6221/42-3481
Please note: our team is currently working from home. So please contact us by email. Thank you!

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