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Workshop on next-generation medical accelerators for cancer treatment

Photo: B. Jakob/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Cell, irradiated with ions



Sixty experts from all over the world met at ESI, the European Scientific Institute in France, in June to jointly explore future medical accelerators for treating cancer with ions. The workshop, “Ions for cancer therapy, space research and material science”, jointly organised by CERN, GSI and ESI, focused on possibilities to advance towards the design for a next generation medical and research facility for ion therapy in Europe. It is the second workshop of a series initiated by GSI to highlight the increasingly important interface between physics and its applications.

Cell, irradiated with ions
Microscopic image of a cell which was irradiated with ions before. Green fluorescence points mark where the DNA was damaged by ions.
Photo: B. Jakob/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH