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The Nuclear Physics Division of the EPS awards the IBA-Europhysics Prize in Applied Nuclear Science and Nuclear Methods in Medicine.


   The IBA-Europhysics Prize is sponsored by the company IBA Group. It was first offered in 2004 and thereafter every odd year.

Prize winner 2015

The winner of the 2015 IBA-Europhysics prize for Applied Nuclear Science and Nuclear Methods and Nuclear Methods in Medicine is Prof. Mehran Salehpour (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden).

Mehran Salehpour
Prof. Mehran Salehpour

Prof. Salehpour has been awarded the price "in recognition of the considerable impact he has made in the field of biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometry by facilitating routine analysis of ultra-small DNA samples in the microgram range. This has brought forth new fundamental information about human physiology: A cell regeneration map of the human brain, heart and other critical organs."

The 2015 IBA-Europhysics Prize will be presented to Prof. Salehpour at a ceremony during the 3rd European Nuclear Physics Conference, 31 August - 3 September 2015 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Prize winners of previous years

2013 - Prof. Marco Durante (Director of the Biophysics Department at GSI Helmholtz Centre, Darmstadt, Germany)

"For his outstanding and seminal contributions to research topics in the field of radiation biophysics, including work in clinical and space radiobiology, particle genetic damage and therapy, and his valuable activities in the scientific community."

2011 - Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto (Radiocarbon Dating and Cosmogenic Isotopes Laboratory, Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science Weizmann Institute of Science and Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department, Bar Ilan University, Israel).

"In recognition of her significant contribution to the development of precise quality controlled radiocarbon dating and the application of accelerator mass spectrometry". The Prize was awarded at the 2011 ARIS Conference on Advances in Radioactive Isotope Science held 29 May - 3 June 2011 in Leuven, Belgium.

2009 - Prof. Pier Andrea Mandò (Department of Physics, University of Florence and INFN).

"For outstanding and seminal contributions to the application of the Ion Beam Analysis techniques in the field of Cultural Heritage studies, favouring the birth of a new interdisciplinary research area that bring together scientific and humanistic skills". The Prize was awarded at the 2009 Ion Beam Analysis Conference held 7-11 September in Cambridge, UK.

2007 - Dr. Dieter Schardt (GSI, Germany) and Prof. Wolfgang Enghardt (Center for Radiation Research in Oncology, Medical Faculty, Technical University Dresden).

"For outstanding contributions to the development of tumour therapy with heavy ions, providing detailed information on the interaction of ions with biological tissues and novel techniques for treatment quality assurance". The 2007 IBA Prize was presented during the 9th ECAART (European Conference on Accelerators in Applied Research and Technology) in Firenze, Italy, 3-7 September 2007.

2005 - Werner Heil (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany) and Pierre Jean Nacher (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, ENS Paris, France).

"For the development of spin polarized 3He targets by optical pumping and their applications in nuclear science and medicine: nuclear physics, neutron low temperature physics and medicine".

2004 - Guy Demortier (Laboratoires d'Analyses par Réactions Nucléaires, Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium.

"For outstanding and innovative research in many and various fields of applied nuclear physics namely in new materials, catalysts, biological material, archaeology and nuclear medicine and, most notably, resulting in ways to improve PET-scans".

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