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Behnken Berger Award for Christian Graeff



Dr. Christian Graeff, GSI biophysicist, was awarded with the second Behnken Berger Award which is endowed with 10,000 euro. He receives the award for his work „Motion mitigation in scanned ion beam therapy through 4D-optimization“. The award was handed over during the conference „Dreiländertagung Medizinische Physik“ in Zurich on September 7, 2014.

Christain Graeff is head of „Medical Physics“ within the GSI biophysics department. He developped a new method to include the motions of the tumour caused by breathing in ion beam therapy by using four-dimensional CAT scans. The Behnken Berger foundation gives three promotion prizes to young academics every year. The first prize, endowed with 15,000 euro was given to Dr. Karl Zeil of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The third prize, endowed with 5,000 euro, was given to Dr. Sonja Katayama from the department Radio Oncology and Therapy at the university medical center Heidelberg. All laureates were awarded for outstanding scientific contributions in radiology.

The Behnken Berger foundation goes back to Hermann Behnken and his wife Traute Behnken-Berger. Hermann Behnken belonged to the leading pioneers of radiology in Germany. The foundation promotes science and research in radiation protection focussing on the promotion of young scientists.

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Laureate Dr. Christian Graeff.
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