How can Malignant Tumors be More Precisely Visualized, Characterized, and More Effectively Treated?

Some 500,000 people per year in Germany develop cancer for the first time. In order to advance the battle against cancer, it is important for researchers from diverse sectors, ranging from biology to chemistry and physics all the way to medicine, to cooperate with one another. Also relevant: The fast transfer of findings from basic research into clinical applications and back that is only possible within the frame of new cooperation models with hospitals and comprehensive cancer centers.

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Cancer Research

Cancer ResearchCancer research at the HZDR is best described with the topics imaging and radiooncology. The center focuses on several major fields: Specialized on positron emission tomography (PET), our scientists conduct research on new radioactive pharmaceuticals for the diagnosis of cancer and improve medical imaging technology. They also investigate new ways to target cancer cells with the body's own immune system and they also want to use radioactive drugs to irradiate tumor tissue from within the body. Additionally, the HZDR develops compact and cost-efficient accelerator technology for proton therapy and find innovative methods to monitor the proton beams in real-time.


  • Development and application of new technologies for the diagnosis and therapy of cancer
  • Establishment of laser-accelerated ions in radiation oncology
  • Monitoring and controlling tumor radiation in real time
  • Continued development of individualized and tolerable therapy forms


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Research on Brain Diseases

Forschungsstelle Leipzig: PET-Bild eines Probanden nach Gabe von [18F]FlubatineThe main focus of research conducted within the Division of Neuroradiopharmaceuticals at the HZDR’s research site in Leipzig, Germany, is the early diagnosis of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, or brain cancer. In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine(7) as well as the Faculty of Pharmacy(8) at Leipzig University the scientists develop radioactive tracers for the investigation of cancer-related cognitive defects.

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Steinbach
Executive Director (alternating)
Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research
Phone: +49 351 260 3170, +49 351 260 3223
Fax: +49 351 260 13170

Prof. Dr. Mechthild Krause
Institute of Radiooncology - OncoRay
Phone: +49 351 458 2095
Fax: +49 351 458 5716


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