Röntgen Award Winner 2018
Pfeiffer Vacuum and Schunk Group promote young scientists
The Justus Liebig University Giessen is awarding its Röntgen Prize this year to PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel. The Röntgen Prize is awarded each year at an academic award ceremony at the Justus Liebig University Giessen for outstanding work on basic research into radiation physics and radiation biology.
It is named in memory of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a professor in Giessen from 1879 to 1888. The € 15,000 prize is donated by Pfeiffer Vacuum and the Dr. Erich Pfeiffer Foundation and the Ludwig Schunk Foundation.
This year’s award winner, PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel, is a senior physician at the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital rechts der Isar, part of the Technical University of Munich. She is receiving the award for her dedication to basic research to improve clinical imaging with X-rays. Particularly outstanding is PD Dr. med. Münzel’s theoretical and practical knowledge of all areas of radiology. The scientific dedication of the Röntgen Award winner addresses a wide range of issues: work on CT (computer tomography)-based angiography and the development of CT to improve the imaging quality and reduce the radiation dose. In the course of her intensive research during the period she spent at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, she focused on the clinical potential of dual-energy CT and spectral CT with photon counting detectors.
Statement from Manfred Bender, Chairman of the Management Board of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG, when congratulating the prizewinner: “Vacuum technology also plays a part in the generation of X-rays. We are therefore particularly pleased that this year we have a prizewinner, PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel, who has researched multiple areas of radiology in the course of her scientific work."
On November 23, the day before the prize was awarded at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, PD Dr. med. Münzel visited the sponsoring company Pfeiffer Vacuum and reported on the results of her research.