The amount of € 7,500 is awarded to a radiotherapy professional for research in the field of radiobiology, radiation physics, clinical radiotherapy or radiation technology, during the ESTRO Annual Congress.

In uneven years, the amount of  € 2,500 is awarded to:


  • 2020 Online Congress

S. Spampinato (IT) - Risk factors for urinary incontinence in locally advanced cervix cancer: an EMBRACE analysis

  • 2019 Milan
  • T. DIest & F. Dankers (NL) - Distributed learning on 20,000+ lung cancer patients

  • 018 Barcelona

A. Berlin (CA) - Subpathologies and genomic classifier for individualized post-prostatectomy radiotherapy

  • 2017 Vienna 
  • C. Locke (US) - Trajectory Optimization in Radiotherapy Using Sectioning (TORUS)
  • 2016 Turin 

K. Farr (DK) - Perfusion SPECT can quantify radiation-induced changes in the lung after IMRT for NSCLC

  • 2015 3rd ESTRO Forum Barcelona 

S. Bisht (IN) - Quantification of coronary artery motion: Analysis from ECG gated radiotherapy planning scan

  • 2014 Vienna 

B. Hoeben (NL) - PET imaging for characterization of head and neck tumours

  • 2013 2nd ESTRO Forum Geneva 

S. Thörnqvist (DK) - Motion simulations with a statistical deformation model to evaluate PTV margins in locally advanced prostate cancer

  • 2012 Barcelona 

P. Georg (AT) - Reporting of late rectal and urinary bladder side effects after MRI guided adaptive brachytherapy of cervix cancer

  • 2011 ESTRO Anniversary Conference London 

A. Houweling (NL) - Understanding xerostomia: The role of MRI to visualize early radiation-induced changes in salivary glands 
G. Kragl (AT) - Radiotherapy with unflattened photon beams: dosimetric accuracy of treatment planning systems

  • 2010 Barcelona 

E.Troost (NL) - Validation of PET for non-invasive characterization of head and neck tumours

  • 2009 10th Biennial Meeting on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy Maastricht 

E. Sterpin (BE) - A New Method for Output Factors Measurements/MC Computations for Stereotactic and Dynamic Jaws Tomotherapy

  • 2008 Göteborg 

P. Martinive (BE) - Consequences of Intermittent Hypoxia on the Radio - resistance of the Vascular and the Tumor cell compartments 
A. Knopf (USA) - Quantitative assessment of the reproducibility and the consistency of proton beam range verification with PET/CT.

  • 2007 9th Biennial ESTRO Meeting on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy Barcelona 

D. Thorwarth (DE) - Biologically adapted radiotherapy on the basis of hypoxia imaging with FMISO PET

  • ECCO14 / ESTRO 26 Barcelona 

D. Zips (DE) - Experimental evaluation of anti-angiogenic strategies to improve outcome after fractionated radiotherapy

  • 2006  Leipzig 

J. Jaal (DE/EST) - Pathogenesis and modification of radiation-induced urinary bladder dysfunction

  • 2005 8th Biennial ESTRO Meeting on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy Lisbon 

JJ Sonke, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Kilo-Voltage Cone-beam CT for Image-guided radiation Therapy

  • ECCO13 / ESTRO 24 Paris 

D. Vordermark, Halle, Germany - Molecular markers of tumour hypoxia 
L.R. van Veelen, Vlissingen, The Netherlands - Repair of DNA double-strand breaks in radiation induced cellular damage

  • 2004 Amsterdam 

J.F. Daisne, Brussels, Belgium - Multimodality imaging (Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography) for radiotherapy planning of pharyngo-laryngeal tumours

  • 2003 Copenhagen Geneva 

Clinical Research Award: Y. Lievens, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium - Cost and economic evaluation of radiotherapy.  Activity-based costing and modelling techniques

Biology Research Award: C. Pedersen, Dresden, Germany - Possible impact of the impairment of recovery from sub-lethal repair on repopulation in human squamous cell  carcinoma FaDu during fractionated radiotherapy

Physics Research Award: C. Thieke, Heidelberg, Germany - Multi-criteria optimisation in inverse radiotherapy planning

  • 2002 Prague 

L.P. Muren, Bergen, Norway - A contribution to improved radiotherapy for muscle invading urinary bladder cancer

S. Nuyts, U.H. Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium - Clostridium bacteria and radiotherapy: a way to target hypoxic tumours?

  • 2001 Lisbon - Seville 

Clinical Research Award: C.M. Nutting, Royal Marsden HNS Trust, Sutton, UK - Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for tumours of the head and neck, pelvis and thorax: pre-clinical evaluation and implementation

Biology Research Award: A. Dasu, Umea University, Sweden - Modelling the impact of two forms of hypoxia on novel radiotherapy approaches

Physics Research Award: M. Alber, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany - Enhanced biological planning and expedited delivery of IMRT

  • 2000 Istanbul 

Clinical Research Award: J. Bussink, Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Impact of hypoxia modification on the tumour microenvironment

  • 1999 Vienna 

Clinical Research Award: 1st Prize I. Hojris, Danish Cancer Society, Aarhus, Denmark - Late morbidity following systemic treatment with or without post-mastectomy irradiation in patients with breast cancer

2nd Prize: C. Vrieling, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, NL - The cosmetic results, and the influence of age on local control in the EORTC "boost versus no boost" trial

Physics Research Award (Göttingen): I. Ferreira, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France - Determination of the dose perturbations produced in thermoluminescent dosimeters and ionisation chambers irradiated with high energy photon beams

  • 1998 Edinburgh 

Clinical Research Award: K. Skladowski, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute, Gliwice, Poland - Continuous accelerated irradiation in head & neck cancer

Biology Research Award: A.E. Kiltie, Cookridge Hospital, Leeds, UK - A correlation between residual radiation-induced DNA double-strand breaks in cultured fibroblasts and late radiotherapy reactions in breast cancer patients

Physics Research Award: M. Karlsson, Umea University, Umea, Sweden - Advanced electron beams for external radiation therapy

  • 1997 Hamburg 

Clinical Research Award: M. Nordsmark, Danish Cancer Society, Aarhus, Denmark - Experimental and clinical studies of polarographic oxygen electrode measurements and 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy as predictive assays in radiation therapy

Biology Research Award: M. Verheij, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, NL - The role of the sphingomyelin signal transduction pathway in radiation-induced apoptosis

Physics Research Award: D. Corletto, Hospital San Raffaele, Milano, Italy - Dose calculation and dosimetry tests for clinical implementation of 1D tissue-deficit compensation by a single dynamic absorber

  • 1996 Vienna 

Clinical Research Award: K. Haustermans, U.H. Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium - The applicability of Tpot as a predictive test for treatment outcome

Biology Research Award: B. Dubray, Institut Curie, Paris, France - Estimation of radiobiological parameters for rodent rectum, human lung and on heterogeneous patient population

Physics Research Award: A. Tilikidis, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden - Microdosimetric description of beam quality and biological effectiveness in radiation therapy

  • 1995 Paris 

Clinical/Radiobiological Research Award: A. Safwat, Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt - The clinical, physical and radiobiological aspects of total body irradiation

Physics Research Award: M. Essers, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, NL - CT-based dose calculations and in vivo dosimetry for lung cancer treatment

  • 1994 Granada 

Clinical Research Award: L.J. Boersma, Antoni van Leeuwenhoekhuis, Amsterdam, NL - Radiation damage of the lung as a function of dose and volume: a clinical study

Biology Research Award: M. Smeets, Antoni van Leeuwenhoekhuis, Amsterdam, NL - The effect of radiation on G2 blocks, cyclin B expression and CDC2 expression in human squamous carcinoma cell lines with different radiosensitivities

Physics Research Award: A. Neal, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, UK - CT planning for tangential breast irradiation - II: correlation of breast dose inhomogeneity with breast size using dose-volume histograms

  • 1993 Jerusalem 

1st Prize: P. Lambin, U.H. St. Rafaël, Leuven, Belgium - Low dose radiation response of human tumour cell lines of different intrinsic radiosensitivity

2nd Prize: I. Bravo, Institute Portugues de Oncologia, Porto, Portugal - Response of carcinoma of the uterine cervix to radiotherapy: practical value of cell cycle analysis and proliferation index in the identification of prognostic different subgroups

  • 1992 Malmö 

1st Prize: G. Leunens, U.H. St. Rafaël, Leuven, Belgium - Monitoring of quality of the treatment process in a radiotherapy department by in vivo dosimetry

2nd Prize: S.J. Whitaker, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK - The quantification of ionizing radiation induced DNA double-strand breaks in polymine depleted cells

3rd Prize: N.G. Burnet, The Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey, UK - The relationship between cellular radiation sensitivity and tissue response to radiotherapy may provide the basis for individualising radiotherapy schedules.

  • 1991 Florence 

1st Prize: M.E.A. O'Connell, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, UK - Treatment outcome and radio-iodine dose-response in differentiated thyroid carcinoma

2nd Prize: V. Grégoire, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA - Therapeutic gain by boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT): an experimental study

3rd Prize: M.D. Leslie, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, UK - Salivary gland function and radiotherapy: the reduction of late damage by altered fractionation

  • 1990 Montecatini 

1st Prize: G. Stüben, Universitätsklinikum, Essen, Germany - Comparison of low dose-rate and fractionated high-dose rate irradiations in identical overall treatment time: role of capacity and kinetics of repair

2nd Prize: S. Powell, Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey, UK - Clonal variation of DNA repair in a human glioma cell line

3rd Prize: (ex aequo) R. van der Maazen, Institute of Radiotherapy, Nijmegen, NL - Radiosensitivity of glial progenitor cells of the perinatal and adult rat optic nerve studied by an in vitro clonogenic assay

  • 1989 London 

1st Prize: N.P. Rowell, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, UK - The effects of single dose oral hydralazine on blood flow through human lung tumours

2nd Prize: L.G.J. Letschert, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, NL - Dose-volume correlation in radiation-related late small-bowel complications, a clinical study

3rd Prize: D. De Ruysscher, U.H. St. Rafaël, Leuven, Belgium - Mechanisms involved in the differential recovery of CD4 and CD8 T-lymphocytes after local irradiation

  • 1988 The Hague 

1st Prize: M. van Herk, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, NL - A matrix ionisation chamber imaging device for on-line patient set-up verification during radiotherapy

2nd Prize: E. Van Limbergen, U.H. St. Rafaël, Leuven, Belgium - Breast conserving treatment for mammary cancer. Assessment of local control and quantitative measurements of late fibrosis: influence or radiation dose & fractionation schedules

  • 1987 Lisbon 

1st Prize: G. Duchesne, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, UK - The biology of  lung cancer: experimental observations and a review of current concepts

2nd Prize: P. Scalliet, U.H. St. Rafaël, Leuven, Belgium - Investigations of repair characteristics in early and late reacting tissues. Comparison of fractionated and low dose rate experiments

3rd Prize: C. Grau, University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark - Effects of cancer chemotherapy on the hypoxic fraction in a solid tumour measured using a local tumour control assay

  • 1985 Stockholm 

1st Prize: P.M. Price & P.J. Hoskin, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton Surrey, UK - Prospective randomised trial of single and multifraction radiotherapy schedules in the treatment of painful bone metastases.

2nd Prize: M.S. Zaghoul, National Cancer Institute, Cairo, Egypt - Normalization of multiple fractions per day and conventional daily fractionation treatment of painful bone metastases

3rd Prize: L. Vanuytsel, U.H. St. Rafaël, Leuven , Belgium - The effect of the combination of bleomycin and irradiation on the mouse lip mucosa