Dr. Holger Stephan
Radionuclide Theragnostics
Phone: +49 351 260 - 3091
Fax: 13091, 3232

Latest Publication

M. Patra, K. Zarschler, H.-J. Pietzsch, H. Stephan and G. Gasser

New insights into the pretargeting approach to image and treat tumours

Chem Soc Rev. 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00784D

Upcoming Events

NanoTracking Seminars

November 2016 double pack

November 8, 3 p.m. @ HZDR

Prof. Leonard F. Lindoy talking about "Metallo-Supramolecular Strategies for Assembling Nanoscale Molecular Structures"


November 3, 3 p.m. @ HZDR

Prof. Raymond S. Norton talking about "Transforming Toxins into Therapeutics: Pharmaceutical Development of Venom-Derived Peptides"


This project is funded by the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association (VH-VI-422).

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News / Events / Outreach activities

You'd like to know about the latest events? Every year, we organize several meetings, seminars, workshops and other events to present our work. Here you can keep up to date with the topics of greatest interest, the latest conferences and Outreach activities.


  • NanoTracking Seminar "Metallo-Supramolecular Strategies for Assembling Nanoscale Molecular Structures" by Prof. Leonard F. Lindoy from the The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (November 8, 2016 at HZDR)
  • NanoTracking Seminar "Transforming Toxins into Therapeutics: Pharmaceutical Development of Venom-Derived Peptides" by Prof. Raymond S. Norton from the Monash University, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Melbourne, Australia (November 3, 2016 at HZDR)
  • Final Meeting of NanoTracking (October 5 to 7, 2016 in Dresden, Germany) // During the meeting, an overview on five years of NanoTracking was presented and invited talks regarding nanomedicine in Europe were given by Martin Hruby (Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic), Carlos Lodeiro Espiño (Departamento de Química, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal), Luca Prodi (Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy), Wolfgang Parak (Research group Biophotonics, Department of Physics, Philipps University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany) and José Luis Capelo Martínez (Departamento de Química, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal). Moreover, Silke Gundel from the Brussels Office of the Helmholtz Association as well as several members of the NanoTracking consortium reported on EU funding opportunities and experiences, achievements, suggestions and setbacks related to EU funding.
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Group picture with the particpants of the final NanoTracking meeting held in October 2016 in Dresden, Germany
Foto: Kristof Zarschler
  • Summer Talks (July 2016 at HZDR) // Invited speakers: Prof. Carlos Lodeiro Espiño, Prof. Luca Prodi and Prof. Eléna Ishow // Update: Poster now online!
  • NanoTracking Seminar "Selection and application of protein based binders for biological and non-biological targets" by Dr. Purvi Jain from the Institute of Biosciences and Medical Technology (BioMediTech), University of Tampere, Finland (June 30, 2016 at HZDR)
  • Invited Talk "Radio-labelled nanomaterials for cancer diagnostics and treatment" by Dr. Holger Stephan at the kick off meeting of ICARO (Colloidal Inorganic Nanostructures for Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy), June 10, 2016 at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Sestri Levante (Genua), Italy
  • NanoTracking Seminar "Emerging possibilities of polyoxometalates to act as hosts for radionuclides" by Prof. Ulrich Kortz from the Department of Life Sciences & Chemistry, Jacobs University Bremen (February 19, 2016 at HZDR)
  • Congratulations to our PhD students Garima Singh and Kritee Pant on winning the "Excellent Poster Presentation Award" and the "Excellent Shotgun Presentation Award", respectively, at the 2nd International Symposium on Nanoparticles/Nanomaterials and Applications (ISN2A 2016)


  • Fourth Annual Meeting (September 23 to 25, 2015 at Lipari, Italy) // During the meeting, PhD students, post docs and principle investigators of the NanoTracking consortium reported on the scientific progress achieved within the last year. Moreover, invited talks were given by the members of the scientific advisory board Silvia Jurisson and Roger Alberto and plans for the remaining months of the project funding as well as new funding opportunities were discussed. In a tutorial subsequent to the annual meeting, Teresa Pellegrino (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy) and Fabian Kiessling (ExMI – Experimental Molecular Imaging, Aachen, Germany) presented very interesting lectures regarding their scientific studies.
  • Welcome to our new Swedish PhD student Anne Nsubuga, who will work on upconverting nanoparticles.Official photo angiobodies meeting Madrid
  • Summer Talks (July 2015 at HZDR) // Invited speakers: Prof. Gilles Gasser, Prof. Silvio Aime, Prof. Nicholas Westwood // Update: Poster now online
  • Welcome to Dr. Massimo Sgarzi from the group of Prof. Luca Prodi at University of Bologna!
  • Welcome to our new Indian PhD student Garima Singh! She will continue the work on ultrasmall silicon nanoparticles.
  • NanoTracking Seminar "Hybrid organic-inorganic light-harvesting antennae" by Prof. Paola Ceroni from University of Bologna, Department of Chemistry, Bologna, Italy (April 9, 2015 at HZDR)
  • HPLC Workshop Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der HPLC in den Lebenswissenschaften (March 11, 2015 at HZDR)


  • Third Annual Meeting (December 5 to 8, 2014 at Gold Coast and Brisbane) // Subsequent to AsBIC7, the 2014 Annual Meeting of was held at Gold Coast and in Brisbane. During the meeting, two invited talks were given by Allan Sherry (Advanced Imaging Research Center, UT Southwestern, Dallas) and Rajiv Bhalla (Centre for Advanced Imaging, The University of Queensland, Brisbane) and the outcomes of the mid-term evaluation were discussed. Furthermore, PhD students, post docs and their principle investigators of the cooperating scientific groups reported on the scientific progress achieved within the last year. The annual meeting also included a very informative tour of the Centre for Advanced Imaging at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. This year’s NanoTracking annual meeting was excellently organized by the Monash group and represented an outstanding platform for fruitful discussions and an active exchange of ideas.Mid-term evaluation HVI NanoTracking
  • Australia is calling! Several NanoTracking fellows including early-stage researchers presented excellent contributions at the 7th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC7) held at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Besides keynote lectures, invited lectures and oral presentations, the HVI was represented by six high-quality posters, whereof three were chosen for the poster slam. In this competition Andreas Haderspeck from the Herten group clinched first place. Moreover, Nadia Licciardello from the De Cola group was awarded with a poster prize.
  • Summer Talks (July and August 2014 at HZDR) // Invited speakers: Prof. Luisa De Cola, Prof. Wolfgang Parak, Prof. Serge Muyldermans, Prof. Phil Andrews // Update: Poster now online

  • Successful mid-term evaluation for NanoTracking! The Helmholtz Virtual Institute NanoTracking passed successfully the mid-term evaluation, which was held on 2 July 2014 at the Berlin office of the Helmholtz association. A team of eight delegates (Luisa De Cola, Nadia Licciardello, Karina Pombo-Garcia, Louise Rocks, Nils Cordes, Peter Comba, Holger Stephan, and Kristof Zarschler) presented the project to the evaluation panel and answered their questions.
  • Fourth Workshop Molecular Imaging in Lifescience (June 26, 2014 here at HZDR) // Invited speakers in the Nanomaterial session: Dr. Guillermo Orts-Gil, Dr. Teresa Pellegrino, Dr. Eugene Mahon, Dr. Kristof Zarschler
  • NanoTracking Seminar "Polymer-Supported Radiopharmaceuticals" by Dr. Martin Hruby (March 6, 2014 at HZDR)
  • NanoTracking Seminar "Scrutinizing nanoparticles by scattering methods: advantages and drawbacks of DLS" by Dr. Guillermo Orts-Gil (January 30, 2014 at HZDR)




  • Kickoff-Meeting (October 6 to 7, 2011 in Dresden) // Official poster and program


Dr. Holger Stephan
Radionuclide Theragnostics
Phone: +49 351 260 - 3091
Fax: 13091, 3232