Biophysics News

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


Prof. Claudia Fournier has been appointed to the commission on radiological protection by the BMU for another two years.


On November 22th, 2018 Dr. Patrick Wohlfahrt (OncoRay, TU Dresden), Tabea Pfuhl (Goethe-Univ. Frankfurt) and  Dr. Christian Möhler (DKFZ Heidelberg) received the Christoph Schmelzer Award 2018. They were honored for their excellent Thesis on the field of tumor therapy using ion beams.


Dr. Olga Sokol wins the Giersch Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis 2018


The Association for the Promotion of Ion Therapy awards the 20th Christoph-Schmelzer-Preis for outstanding Master- and PhD-theses related to tumor therapy with ion beams this year to Tabea Pfuhl (Univ. Frankfurt), Dr. Christian Möhler (DKFZ Heidelberg) and to Dr. Patrick Wohlfahrt (Oncoray, TU Dresden). The award ceremony will take place on November 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm at GSI Darmstadt in the KBW lecture hall.


Dr. Andreas Maier receives a CONCERT Travel Award to attend the HEIR Meeting 2018 in Paris.


Marco Durante nominated Associated Editor of the International Journal of Radiation Biology


The Publication Identification of the elementary structural Units of the DNA damage response Natale F., Rapp A., Yu W., Maiser A., Harz H., Scholl A., Grulich S., Anton T., Hörl D., Chen W., Durante M., Taucher-Scholz G., Leonhardt H., Cardoso M.C.  reveived from GBS (Gesellschaft für Biologische Strahlenforschung) a prize fot the "Best Paper of the Year"


The GSI biochemistry professor Gisela Taucher-Scholzhas received this year’s Ulrich Hagen Award of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Strahlenforschung (German Society for Biological Radiation Research – GBS).The award presentation ceremony was held as part of the annual GBS congress at the Klinikum Frankfurt on September 17, 2018. The award certificate and a medal were presented by the President of GBS, Professor Michael Hausmann.


Tabea Pfuhl won at the DGMP conference  (19.–22. September 2018, Nürnberg) an Award for an outstanding poster in the area of dosimetry in medical of radiation physics.


Radon - Hazardous radiation in everyday life; "TV - Broadcast Planetwissen" from 5.9.18. A very interesting TV report about radon, with Prof. Dr. Claudia Fournier and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kraft. (only in German)


20th Christoph-Schmelzer-Award. The Association for the promotion of ion therapy accepts nominations for the 20th Christoph-Schmelzer-Award for outstanding master (diploma) theses and PhD theses related to tumor therapy with ion beams. Deadline: September 30th, 2018. More


20 years of tumor therapy: Clinical studies began in 1998

Twenty years ago, researchers at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung began to conduct clinical studies of an innovative cancer treatment that used accelerated carbon ions. In August and September 1998, the first patients were treated with a complete course of carbon therapy for a period of three weeks. It was a starting point of a success story

that has led from fundamental research to a widespread medical application. More


Carina Barentreceives a Scholars-in-Training (SIT) Travel Award to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society in Chicago, USA.


Ellen Janiel receives a Travel Award to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the GBS in Frankfurt.


Carina Barent receives a Travel Award to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the GBS in Frankfurt.


Tabea Pfuhl riceived on June 29, 2018 from Walter-Greiner Gesellschaft zur Förderung der physikalischen Grundlagenforschung e.V.a prize for the best degree results in the faculty of physics in 2018.


Dr. Thomas Friedrich receives the Early Career Investigator (ECI) Travel Award to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society in Chicago, USA.


Susanne Tonnemacher's poster at Young Scientists' GSI-FAIR Poster Colloquium was awarded as best poster. She received the award on May, 8th  2018at the beginning of the GSI-FAIR Colloquium.


Christian Graeff wins this year’s Günther-von-Pannewitz-Preis of the German Society for Radiooncology. The award is given for his work on the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia with ion beams, and the experiments conducted to this end at GSI. The prize will be awarded on the occasion of DEGRO Annual Congress in Leipzig on June 21, 2018 from 5.30 pm in the hall of the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL).


Kick-Off meeting for “3D-PATH”: Very fast ion beam treatment with 3D printed Modulators"

On May 27th the Kick-Off meeting for the project “3D-Path” took place at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum in Darmstadt. 3D-Path is a consortium funded by the AiF (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen) with approx. 1.1 Mio €. Three companies (PORTEC GmbH Zella-Mehlis, MedCom GmbH Darmstadt and messtronic GmbH St. Georgen-Langenschiltach) and three research institutes (Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Ernst-Abbe Hochschule Jena and GSI Helmholtz-zentrum) started a common project for the development of a new medical product for ion-beam therapy. 3D-printed filters with very fine structures will enable treatment of small and medium-sized tumors in a very short time of typically 1 second. This could be a break-through for the treatment of e.g. smaller lung tumours where organ movement makes the irradiation very difficult. The key of this technology is the high-precision 3D-printing and optimization of the individually shaped filigree needles of the filter.

GSI biophysics under the coordination of Uli Weber is developing a technique for measuring high resolution dose distributions produced by the new filters. Beam times for the tests of the filters will be conducted together with the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen at the Marburg ion-beam therapy facility (MIT).


The article ‘Systematics of relative biological effectiveness measurements for proton radiation along the spread out Bragg peak: experimental validation of the local effect model’ by Rebecca Grün et al. (Phys. Med. Biol., 62(3):890-908) has been selected as part of the Physics in Medicine & Biology Highlights of 2017. The Highlights are selected by the Editors and celebrate the quality and diversity of the papers that were published in 2017. A reflection of the most influential research published in PMB, the articles span some of the most cutting-edge areas of biomedical physics


GSI/FAIR Press release

The Universe in the Laboratory: ESA and FAIR form partnership for researching cosmic radiation

One of the key questions that need to be addressed regarding the future of human spaceflight as well as robotic exploration programs is how cosmic radiation affects human beings, electronics, and materials. The detailed investigation of this topic is one of the main tasks that must be accomplished in order to provide astronauts and space systems with effective protection. To achieve this goal, the European Space Agency (ESA) will be cooperating closely in the future with the international accelerator center FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research GmbH), which is currently being built at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt. On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the two partners signed a corresponding cooperation agreement at the GSI and FAIR campus in Darmstadt.

By signing the agreement, ESA Director General Professor Johann-Dietrich Wörner and the FAIR Management Board, consisting of the Scientific Managing Director Professor Paolo Giubellino, the Administrative Managing Director Ursula Weyrich, and the Technical Managing Director Jörg Blaurock, sealed an international partnership that will open up far-reaching opportunities for new scientific findings. For example radiation is a showstopper for human missions to the Moon and Mars as well as for scientific missions to the depths of space. Also present was ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter, one of the initiators of the cooperation.



Members of the Work Package 6 „Radiobiology“ of the European Particle Therapy Network (EPTN), an ESTRO Task Force, will meet at GSI on February 8/9 to enhance the collaboration amongst the EPTN members and to discuss proposals for joint experiments and accompanying research activities.