Press Release 080/2009

Magnetism and Medicine Linked Closely

Symposium of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences at the KIT
Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
Since 1920, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences has been having its office at the former Grand Duke’s Palace below Heidelberg castle on Karl’s Square. (Photo by: Akademie/Jessen Oestergaard)

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences is organizing the interdisciplinary symposium “Magnetism and Medicine”. It will take place within the framework of the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM 2009) organized by the Universität and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Journalists are cordially invited to attend the symposium on Tuesday, July 28, 18 hrs, at the Tulla-Hörsaal (building 11.40, Englerstraße 11, campus of Universität Karlsruhe).    

The symposium will illustrate how closely linked physical research activities in the field of magnetism and medicine are. Examples are latest developments in magnetic resonance imaging, the investigation of brain functions with highly sensitive sensors (SQUIDs) for the precise measurement of extremely small magnetic fields caused by brain waves as well as applications of magnetic nanoparticles in medical diagnosis and therapy.   

18.00 hrs Opening
Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler
President of Universität Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann H. Hahn
President of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Prof. Dr. Jens Frahm
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
“Magnetic Resonance Imaging – an Ongoing Success Story”  
Prof. Dr. Hans Koch
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Berlin
“SQUID Applications in Medicine”  
Prof. Dr. Matthias Taupitz
Charité Berlin
“Magnetic Particles for in-vivo Imaging”  
Scientific Management
Prof. Dr. Hilbert v. Löhneysen
Universität Karlsruhe and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe  

The Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities founded in 1909 is the scientific academy of the state of Baden-Württemberg and one of the eight German academies of sciences. In 2009, it is celebrating its 100th anniversary. As a non-university research institution, it is presently in charge of 20 research projects with about 220 scientists involved. The about 180 elected members of the Heidelberg Academy are excellent representatives of their disciplines and meet regularly for interdisciplinary discussion. The Academy organises scientific meetings as well as public presentations. With the establishment of a group of young researchers (WIN-Kolleg) in 2002, the organisation of “Academy conferences of young scientists”, and the granting of research awards, it supports excellent young researchers.  

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

lg, July 17, 2009


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