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(Vienna, 10 September 2010) At the 29th Annual Congress of ESTRO, Univ. Prof. Dr. Richard Pötter, Head of the Department of Radiotherapy at MedUni Vienna, will be presented with the Emmanuel van der Schueren Award; he was already conferred the title "Honorary Physicist" as early as 2007.

This prize has been awarded since 2004 in remembrance of the co-founder of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), Prof. E. van der Schueren from Leuven; in European radiooncology the prize is one of the highest awards for outstanding work in research and teaching and the general development of the subject radiooncology.

Prof. Pötter will be honoured for his outstanding work regarding the development of radiotherapy at the European and international levels. This applies in particular to his scientific work and developments in the field of "image guided adaptive radiotherapy/brachytherapy" as well as his commitment to training and further education. Here Pötter demonstrated a high level of dedication especially when setting up the European School of Radiotherapy and Oncology and in promoting the subject, in particular "European Brachytherapy", at the Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie (GEC ESTRO).

This year's Annual Congress of ESTRO will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from the 12 to the 16 September 2010, and on the 13 September Prof. Pötter will deliver the "honorary lecture" with the title "Linking research and education: gynaecologic brachytherapy as template for future ESTRO activities".

Short biography:
Born in 1948, Univ. Prof. Dr. Richard Pötter finished his medical studies in Münster, Germany, and then specialised in the field of diagnostic radiology and radiological oncology. Following his qualification as a professor (habilitation) in 1989 Pötter's work focused on the radiological aspects of cancer in children, in gynaecology and prostate carcinomas. In 1993 he became head of the Department of Radiotherapy at MedUni Vienna, and he has held this position since; here he works intensively on the possible applications of modern imaging in radiotherapy.