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International expertise on its way to Wirral

International experts in medical physics and cancer treatment will gather in Wirral next week to share knowledge on the latest scientific developments in radiotherapy.

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology is hosting a four day course on Radiobiology and Radiobiological Modeling in Radiotherapy – aimed at developing expertise on using radiobiological models to plan the most effective treatment possible.

Around 40 oncologists, medical physicists and university researchers will be attending the event at Leverhulme Hotel, Port Sunlight from Monday 26th March. Now in its sixth year, the course attracts interest from across Europe, the USA and Canada.

Don Chapman PhD is the former Professor of Radiobiology at the Fox Chase Cancer Centre in Philadelphia. He said: “I come from a small town in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, so I like to support the academic efforts of ‘out of the way’ places. This medical physics course could become the premier teaching event in this field in all of the UK and I applaud the people of Wirral for initiating it.

“I teach on the intrinsic radiosensitivity of tumour cells and how to use quantitative parameters in modelling tumour response to treatments. Every area of medicine requires updating and refreshing for staff. Radiation therapy is changing as rapidly as any other area of medicine. Greater prominence is needed in medical physics research in the UK and this course serves as an excellent refresher.”

Event organiser Professor Alan Nahum from Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology added: "The course provides a greater understanding about both the basis of radiation treatment for cancer and the use of radiobiological modelling in evaluating and improving treatments. This event brings together some of the world's leading experts in a specialist but increasingly important subject area - for this reason it attracts global interest. And in July 2010 the course received full endorsement from E.S.T.R.O., Europe’s leading Radiotherapy Society.”

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology has some of the most modern radiotherapy facilities anywhere in Europe. A team of dedicated physicists work alongside doctors at the centre ensuring the safe operation of the radiotherapy equipment and researching new ways of planning, delivering and evaluating treatments.

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