GEC ESTRO Marie Curie Award

The 2016 Marie Curie Medal is awarded to:

Richard Pötter, MD

Richard Pötter started his professional career after graduation in 1975 in medicine from the University of Münster, Germany, with training in surgery and internal medicine (4 years) and became diagnostic radiologist and radiation oncologist. He obtained his academic degree on imaging in radiotherapy in 1989 which included "MRI simulation," with first pioneer work also on MRI in brachytherapy.

In 1993, Richard Pötter became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical University of Vienna, in the New Vienna General Hospital. With his team he promoted numerous developments in different areas of radiation oncology, with his main interest in image guided radiotherapy including particle therapy. He succeeded in implementation of MRI in brachytherapy in Vienna in 1998 with developing MRI based gynaecologic and prostate brachytherapy and EBRT. He was also active in endovascular brachytherapy in coronary and peripheral arteries with a consecutive series of 8 Vienna clinical trials.

For Richard Pötter MRI guided gynaecologic brachytherapy has finally become his major area of research and development, in Vienna and also in international networks, mainly through GEC ESTRO. In parallel to the development of MRI guided technology (including intracavitary and interstitial techniques) and its clinical implementation, a major breakthrough was the introduction of the adaptive target concept, the DVH reporting and the use of bio-effective modelling into gynaecologic brachytherapy together with Erik van Limbergen, Christine Haie-Meder, Christian Kirisits (GEC ESTRO Recommendations in 2005/2006). He coordinated the Gyn GEC ESTRO network since 2005, first with Christian Kirisits and then with Kari Tanderup. Together with Jacob Lindegaard this was the initiating team of the EMBRACE study (2008-2015) ( EMBRACE has become a strong clinical study and research group and recently started EMBRACE II. The Vienna group and various other groups including EMBRACE and RetroEMBRACE collaborators have provided growing methodological, technological, dosimetric and clinical evidence for Image guided adaptive brachytherapy through numerous publications.

Richard Pötter has been continuously involved in training and education in Vienna and also abroad, for radiation oncology, for general brachytherapy (ESTRO Teaching Courses (1993-2008), GEC ESTRO Handbook of Brachytherapy 2002, 2014 ( and gynaecologic brachytherapy (ESTRO Teaching Courses since 2004). Many fellows were trained, in particular in image guided gynaecologic brachytherapy and regular hands-on gynaecologic workshops have been set up in Vienna and abroad. He coordinated the committee for the "ICRU GEC ESTRO Report 89" on "Prescribing, Recording and Reporting Brachytherapy for Cancer of the Cervix" (1998-2016), since 2009 with C. Kirisits.

He was president of the European Brachytherapy Group GEC ESTRO (1999-2003), clinical editor in "Radiotherapy and Onocology" 2006-2014 and chairman of the ESTRO School 2006-2016 (ESTRO Education Committee).