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GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The new ion beam cancer therapy has a much lower risk of late effects than regular radio therapy. Researchers at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung were now able to prove the significantly low probability of late effects with their experiments. Their blood tests on patients with prostate tumors confirmed the prior risk estimation. A high cure rate and minimal late effects are the core advantages of ion beam cancer therapy. Over ten years ago, the first of 440 patients received ion...



[Translate to English:] GSI-Schülerlabor
In response to the great interest shown in the laboratory for pupils at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, the lab will be open on 3 instead of 2 days per week as of February 2010. The lab allows pupils to conduct experiments on radioactivity and radiation for a day. With two additional teachers being assigned to the lab, GSI is able to extend the opening times. The personnel costs are shared evenly by the GSI Helmholtzzentrum and the Hessian Ministry of Education.



G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
On November 2nd, the Heidelberg Ion Therapy Centre (HIT) celebrated its opening. Developed at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, the novel ion beam cancer therapy is now available for a large number of patients. So far, patients had been treated solely at the GSI treatment facility. Ion beam therapy is precise, highly effective and very gentle on the patient. HIT is operated by the Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg (University Hospital Heidelberg), where a special building with a...



G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
In honor of scientist and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), the discovering team around Professor Sigurd Hofmann suggested the name „copernicium“ with the element symbol “Cp” for the new element 112, discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (Center for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt. It was Copernicus who discovered that the Earth orbits the Sun, thus paving the way for our modern view of the world. Thirteen years ago, element 112 was discovered by an...



G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The element 112, discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (Centre for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt, has been officially recognized as a new element by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). IUPAC confirmed the recognition of element 112 in an official letter to the head of the discovering team, Professor Sigurd Hofmann. The letter furthermore asks the discoverers to propose a name for the new element. Their suggestion will be submitted within...



GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen the GSI accelerator facility to assess radiation risks that astronauts will be exposed to on a Mars mission. GSI was selected because its accelerator is the only one in Europe able to create ion beams similar to those found in space. To determine possible health risks of manned space flights, scientists from all over Europe have been asked to investigate the effects of ion beams in human cells and organs. The first experiments will be launched this year...



GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
In a joint communiqué signed November 7, 2007, representatives of the partner countries have announced the go-ahead for construction of the international accelerator facility FAIR. Signing on behalf of Germany was Federal Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan and Minister-President of the State of Hesse Roland Koch. FAIR, which will be one of the world’s largest accelerator centers, is to be connected to the existing accelerator facility at GSI.



G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Horst Stöcker is the new Scientific Director and Chair of the Directorate at GSI. He succeeds Walter F. Henning, who has served in these capacities for eight years. The management change was celebrated in the context of an international symposium on "Modern Trends in Nuclear Physics" from October 18 to 20, 2007. Horst Stöcker officially assumed his new position on August 1.




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