Biography Prof. Oelfke
Uwe began his career in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, gaining his PhD at the University of Hanover in 1990 and then moving to TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. Here he worked as a Post Doc, initially with the Nuclear Theory group and then moved to the Batho Biomedical Facility as a Research Associate, looking at Proton & Pion Therapy . At this stage he transferred from Nuclear to Medical Physics.
In 1997 he returned to Germany to join DKFZ in Heidelberg as a Research Associate, where he became a group leader in 2001 and received a Professorship of Medical Radiation Physics from Heidelberg University in 2004. During 15 years in Heidelberg, his research was focused on Adaptive and image-guided radiation therapy, treatment planning and modelling and Hadron therapy.
He firmly believes that Medical physics research on cancer imaging and therapy is an essential component to improve the clinical outcomes of radiation oncology. ICR and RMH, as a world leading comprehensive cancer centre, now initiates the next generation of radiotherapy treatments by combining the most recent developments in cancer biology, cancer therapeutics and medical physics in a truly interdisciplinary approach.
For this reason he moved to the UK and joined the ICR in April 2013, as Head of the Joint Department of Physics, combining functional diagnostic imaging with new forms of image-guided radiation therapy to predict how tissues will react to radiotherapy treatment.