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IAEA-NIRS, QST Training course on heavy ion radiotherapy, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology

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IAEA-NIRS, QST Training course on heavy ion radiotherapy

The training course is addressed to medical physics and radiation oncology professionals who are either working in a heavy ion particle radiotherapy centre, or involved in the planning and design of a new heavy ion particle radiotherapy infrastructure. With deductive lectures and enhanced practicals, the training course will focus on the Medical physics aspects of heavy ion radiotherapy and will include a review of the relevant quality assurance programme.

The training course will cover:

  • basic lectures covering: Introduction to carbon-ion radiotherapy, Introduction to Radiation Biology, Clinical Cases and Situations, Characteristics of Ionizing Radiations through Matter, Accelerators, Instrumentation for Treatment, Treatment Planning, Dose Measurement and Calibration, Quality Assurance, Radiation Protection Medical, Flow of Treatment
  • Practical session on Patient positioning and medical imaging simulation
  • Practical session on treatment planning
  • Conducted tour to biology and physics experiments at HIMAC
  • Tour to the radiotherapy treatment room

It is expected that the participants will acquire a good understanding of the main medical physics and clinical aspects which are important for heavy ion radiotherapy. At the end of the training course, participants should be able to understand the:

  • radiobiological mechanisms
  • basic accelerator components
  • main characteristics of instrumentation used in heavy ion radiotherapy
  • radiation dose determination and treatment planning procedures
  • main elements of a quality assurance programme and radiation protection programme
Training course Title: Heavy ion radiotherapy
Venue (Institute, City, Country): NIRS
Address: 4-9-1, Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 263-8555 Japan
Dates: 27 November - 4 December 2016
Number of Participants: 1 people
Deadline for Nominations: 1 November 2016
Organizers: The National Institute of Radiological Sciences , National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (NIRS, QST) in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Language: The training course will be conducted in English.
Purpose: To provide the basic knowledge and skills in medical physics aspects of heavy ion radiotherapy.
Scope and Nature: The training course is addressed to medical physics and radiation oncology professionals who are either working in a heavy ion particle radiotherapy centre, or involved in the planning and design of a new heavy ion particle radiotherapy infrastructure. With deductive lectures and enhanced practicals, the training course will focus on clinical and medical physics aspects of heavy ion radiotherapy and will include a review of the relevant quality assurance programme.
Expected Output(s): It is expected that the participants will acquire a good understanding of the main medical physics and clinical aspects which are important for heavy ion radiotherapy. At the end of the training course, participants should be able to understand the:
  • radiobiological mechanisms
  • basic accelerator components
  • main characteristics of instrumentation used in heavy ion radiotherapy
  • radiation dose determination and treatment planning procedures
  • main elements of a quality assurance programme and radiation protection programme
    The workshop will cover:
  • basic lectures covering: Introduction to carbon-ion radiotherapy, Introduction to Radiation Biology, Clinical Cases and Situations, Characteristics of Ionizing Radiations through Matter, Accelerators, Instrumentation for Treatment, Treatment Planning, Dose Measurement and Calibration, Quality Assurance, Radiation Protection Medical, Flow of Treatment
  • Practical session on Patient positioning and medical imaging simulation
  • Practical session on treatment planning
  • Conducted tour to biology and physics experiments at HIMAC
  • Tour to the radiotherapy treatment room
Background Information: Conventional radiotherapy based on the use of photons and electrons has rapidly developed in the last decade. Particle therapy using protons, helium and carbon ions, has also gained wide interest. The primary advantage for the use of heavy ions is the sharp increase of dose in the Bragg peak zone and a rapid dose reduction beyond that maximum. Heavy ions can offer an improved dose conformation and potentially better sparing of healthy tissue near the target. In addition, there are some radiobiological advantages of high energy transfer radiation in radiotherapy.
At present, there are only a few heavy ion radiotherapy facilities in the world. However, new facilities are being built or designed in some countries and the trend is expected to continue in the near future.
Participation: The participants should be physicists or medical doctors specialized in radiation oncology with a post graduate degree education at the level of a Master degree or PhD.
Participants' Qualifications: Applications from medical physicists or medical doctors working in radiotherapy departments and actively involved the planning and design of new radiotherapy facilities with a heavy ion component will be considered.
Nomination Procedure: Nominations should be submitted to the National Institute of Radiological Sciences as follows:
  1. Complete a given form (ApplicationForm.doc[Wordファイル/53KB]) by typing
  2. Print out the completed form
  3. Sign the form
  4. Create a PDF file of the form by scanning
  5. Email the created PDF file as an attachment to kokusai@nirs.go.jp
    Or send the completed form physically to the following contact point by post so that it will reach us by the deadline.

    Heavy-Ion Radiotherapy Promotion Unit, Research Planning and Management Office, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology
    Address: 4-9-1, Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 263-8555 Japan
    Telephone: +81 (0)43 251 0796

Administrative and Financial Arrangements:
  • Nominated candidates will be informed in due course of the names of the candidates who have been selected and will, at that time, be given full details of the procedures to be followed with regard to administrative and financial matters.
  • The participants should be available on a full time basis throughout the training course.
  • A certificate will be offered to all the participants who successfully complete the training course.
  • The participants will be requested to be well insured against medical expenses and accidental death.
  • NIRS will bear the following expenses for the participants.
    1. Economy class tickets for both outbound and homebound trips
    2. Transportation between airports and NIRS
    3. Hotel room charge
    4. Daily Subsistence Allowance