A-SAIL Researcher scoops prize in Geneva


Dr Pankaj Chaudhary, facing right, with Prof Kevin Prise, centre, at the ICTR-PHE conference in Geneva. Photograph: © Salvatore Fiore

Early-stage researcher Pankaj Chaudhary of Queen’s Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) was awarded a prize at International Conference on Translational Research in Radio-Oncology, Physics for Health in Europe (ICTR-PHE) in February. 

Chaudhary’s poster presentation, on Laser accelerated ultra high dose rate protons induced DNA damage under hypoxic conditions, was one of five selected from a field of 102 posters by the judges at the conference.

The poster outlined experiments carried out by the A-SAIL team on the effects of laser accelerated ions on cells under normoxic and hypoxic conditions.  Using the Vulcan laser at RAL, the team were able to irradiate cell samples contained in a specially developed compact hypoxia chamber at ultra-high dose rates.  By measuring the resulting DNA damage and comparing it to existing data the team were able to assess the biological effects of this cutting edge technique.

For more on these experiments see 'Biology and Physics brought together at Vulcan'.

ICTR-PHE aims to bring the best research in physics, biology and medicine together to improve healthcare - and is thus a perfect fit for the A-SAIL Project.  This year’s event, organised by CERN, took place in Geneva, and drew delegates from across the globe – including A-SAIL’s Prof Kevin Prise, who co-chaired the first scientific session, on radiobiology.

Full details of the International Conference on Translational Research in Radio-Oncology, Physics for Health in Europe (2016) can be found here

 

26 February 2016