News-Archiv 2017

Here you can find recent information from our staff and around our work.


On November 2nd 2017 Olga Sokol received the Giersch Excellence Award 2017. This price is awarded annually for outstanding scientific contributions of PhD students of the HGS-HIRe graduate school. Olga Sokol has analyzed in her work the radiobiological properties of ion beams for therapeutic applications. In her work recently published in Physics in Medicine and Biology and discussed in the MedicalPhysicsWeb  she has demonstrated, that in particular oxygen ions are expected to be advantageous in case of hypoxic tumors, when  compared with the currently used carbon ions.


Radon therapy research to continue New project receives €4 million in funding. A multi-year research project led by the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung has been investigating the anti-inflammatory therapeutic effect, as well as the risks, of treatment with the inert gas radon. The project has now received a green light for continuing this research. A total of €4 million will be available to it in the coming four years, with €1.9 million of that amount going to the groups working at GSI.


Professor Gerhard Kraft, the former Head of the Biophysics department of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, has been named the Honorary President of the European Radiation Research Society (ERRS). Gerhard Kraft initiated the use of ion beams for cancer treatment and founded the biophysical research department at GSI. He was named to this honorary position in recognition of his outstanding achievements, particularly in the fields of cancer research and heavy ion therapy. More


On November 16th, 2017 Lennart Volz from German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Dr. Johannes Petzoldt from the IBA group in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), as well as Dr. Kristjan Anderle from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt received the Christoph Schmelzer Award 2017. They were honored for their excellent dissertations and master Thesis on the field of tumor therapy using ion beams.


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kraft has been nominated as Honorary President of the European Radiation Research Society (ERRS). ERRS (formerly the European Society of Radiation Biology) is a European non-profit organization founded in 1959 with the aim of promoting radiation research. Within this aim, the society organizes annual meetings and since 1996 yearly presents the Bacq and Alexander award to an outstanding European researcher to recognize the achievements of the awardee in the field of radiation research. Gerhard Kraft received this prestigious award in 2006.


The article Where will oxygen ion therapy help the most? published on the community website medicalphysicsweb features our paper "Oxygenbeams for therapy: advanced biological treatment planning and experimental verification" recently published in "Physics in Medicine and Biology".


The Association for the promotion of ion therapy awards the Christoph-Schmelzer-Prize for outstanding Master- and PhD-theses related to tumor therapy with ion beams this year to Lennart Volz (DKFZ Heidelberg), Dr. Johannes Petzold (IBA-Group, Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium) and Dr. Kristjan Anderle (GSI Darmstadt). The award ceremony will take place on November 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm at GSI Darmstadt in the KBW lecture hall. More (only in German)


We are pleased to announce the workshop „Transport mechanism of radionuclides in humans and environment” to be held at GSI Darmstadt on Oct. 24th and 25th 2017. More (Only in German)


The inaugural lecture of Dr. Thomas Friedrich in occasion of the begin of his lecturer activities at TU – Darmstadt: "Strahlung trifft Leben: Wie man die Wirkung ionisierender Strahlung modellieren und vorhersagen kann?", will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. at TU - Darmstadt in the Uhrturm-Hörsaal Building S2 08 / Room 171, (Hochschulstraße 4; 64289 Darmstadt). (Only in German)


The IBER-17 proposal Workshop was held at GSI Darmstadt on September 26th, 2017. More 


We are pleased to announce the IBER-17 proposal Workshop, to be held at GSI Darmstadt on Tuesday, Sep 26th, 2017. Registration


The Association for the promotion of ion therapy accepts nominations for the 19th Christoph-Schmelzer- Award for outstanding master(diploma) theses and PhD theses related to tumor therapy with ion beams. Deadline: September 30, 2017



Collaboration of CNAO and GSI to develop a next generation ion beam therapy System

The Italian National Center for Oncological Hadrontherapy “Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica” (CNAO) and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research signed a contract to improve the technology of cancer therapy with heavy ions. Within the collaboration the established CNAO control system will be installed and further developed at GSI in Darmstadt. More


Nano-Blick auf die Reparatur von DNA Schäden

In einer Kollaboration von Forschern der TU Darmstadt, der GSI und weiterer Institute wurde eine elementare Struktureinheit der zellulären Reparaturmaschinerie im Größenbereich von wenigen hundert Nanometern identifiziert.

Auf Schäden am Erbgut, wie sie insbesondere durch Strahlung entstehen können,  reagieren Zellen mit ausgeklügelten Reparaturmechanismen um der Entstehung von Krebs entgegen zu wirken. Forscher der Technischen Universität Darmstadt und des GSI Helmholtzzentrums für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt haben zusammen mit Kollegen aus München und Berlin jetzt eine elementare Struktureinheit der Reparaturmaschinerie im Größenbereich von wenigen Hundert Nanometern identifiziert. Darüber berichten sie in der renommierten Fachzeitschrift „Nature Communications“. Mehr Informationen in einer Pressemeldung der TUD unter:

Francesco Natale, Alexander Rapp et al., Identification of the elementary structural units of the DNA damage response. Nat. Commun. 2017 Jun 12; 8:15760. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15760


Prof. Dr. Claudia Fournier has been appointed by Minister Barbara Hendricks from BMU as a member of the German Commission on Radiological Protection (“Strahlenschutzkommission”, SSK) for the period 2017-2018.

The German Commission on Radiological Protection advises the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) on issues concerning the protection from the risks of ionising and non-ionising radiation.

Membership in the SSK is an honorary personal office. The members are appointed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. They are independent and not bound by directive. As a result of its advisory activity, SSK decides on statements and recommendations. Results adopted by majority vote are published by the competent Federal Ministry and on this website.  


Dr. Thomas Friedrich received a Travel Award from the Radiation Research Society (USA)  for the 17th International Symposium on Microdosimetry MICROS 2017, on November 5 - 10, 2017 in Venice, Italy.


Ion treatments for cardiac arrhythmia

Accelerated particles as a non-invasive alternative to catheter-based surgery

At the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research was developed and tested a new method for a future treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. The research was carried by a team of biophysicists from GSI and physicians from Heidelberg University and the Mayo Clinic in the United States.  Beams of carbon ions are already used successfully to treat tumors and could represent a non-invasive alternative to the present treatment with cardiac catheters or drugs. More