The ICTR-PHE medical conference kicks off

CERN's Director-General Fabiola Gianotti speaks at the ICTR-PHE conference (Image: CERN)

The ICTR-PHE 2016 conference starts today in Geneva, Switzerland. Held every other year, it is an opportunity for specialists from a wide variety offields to meet and work together towards a common objective: the quest for innovative healthcare solutions, particularly in the fields of cancer therapy (hadron therapy and radiotherapy) and medical imaging.

Over five days, experts in detectors, particle accelerators and nuclear medicine, radiochemists, biologists and IT professionals will present their latest work, exchange ideas and share their knowledge and technologies with a view to advancing research in the field.

CERN is the co-organiser of the event, and some of the talks will be given by its experimental physicists who are involved in medical research. They will be joined by scientists from all over Europe, as well as from the United States, China and Japan, guaranteeing an exciting week – take a look at the programme – which you can follow each day on the conference blog

On Tuesday, 16 February at 6.30 p.m, Domenico Vicinanza, a physicist from the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, will give a public lecture entitled “Sound for Health – from Astronomy to Biomedical Sciences: Music and Sound as Tools for Scientific Investigation”. This event is not to be missed and you can follow it live via webcast at the link: http://webcast.web.cern.ch.

Highlights of ICTR-PHE 2016, co organized by CERN, aims to develop new strategies to better diagnose and treat cancer, by uniting biology and physics with clinics. The scientific programme offers the delegates the opportunity to discuss, in a friendly atmosphere, the latest progress in physics breakthroughs for health applications. The third edition of this conference took place at CICG (Centre International de Conférence Genève) from 15 to 19 Feb 2016. (Video: CERN)