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Medical Physics Talk
Tue 25 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Join us for a series of short talks about Medical Physics.
Physics is helping improve the quality of imaging and treatment in hospitals. Hear for researchers from the University of Surrey and the National Physical Laboratory(NPL) about some of the cutting edge research they are carrying out in this field.
Followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to ask a few questions.
Dr Izabela Jurewicz will be talking about The role of nanomaterials in tissue engineering.
Tissue engineering is an interdisciplinary field bridging the frontiers of medicine, engineering and materials science for the cure of organ failure, to repair or replace skin or a damaged body part, as well as to help test the effects of drugs. Since cancer is one of the biggest problems facing our society right now, tissue engineering can also help to improve our understanding of the biology of tumours facilitating cancer research. She will discuss the role of novel nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene in tissue engineering.
Dr Silvia Pani will be talking about X-rays in the 21st Century: still a lot to say
X-rays imaging is one of the most widespread medical imaging modalities; despite being being well over a century old, X-rays still have much to offer to medical diagnosis due to their relatively low cost and versatility.
After a historical introduction, this talk will address the emerging techniques and technologies for medical imaging based on X-rays, and discuss the current challenges and perspectives.
Dr Giuseppe Schettino from NPL will be talking about High-Z nanoparticles for cancer treatment
Nanoparticles are currently employed in several medical applications and many more have been suggested with great potential benefits for patients and medical providers. High-Z nanoparticles are ideal for boosting the radiation dose in tumours or enhance contrast of specific tissues during diagnostic imaging. However, amount and quality of the radiation effects strongly depend on physical, chemical and biological parameters in a complex manner. Models and measurements to improve our understanding of the mechanisms regulating nanoparticle radio-sensitization will be discussed.