NPL Radiation Biology and Modelling Course

Monday 4 May 2020 to Thursday 7 May 2020
Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11 0LW

Practical and theoretical course on radiobiology and modelling offered by the National Physical Laboratory to support clinical/research staff working in radiotherapy and related fields.

The course will consist of lectures and three practical sessions over 4 days

Lectures cover:

Basic radiobiological concepts

Cell death/survival, DNA damage and repair processes

Tumour Control and Normal Tissue Complication Probability (TCP – NTCP) models

Clinical radiobiology, radiation response of tumours and normal tissues

Radiobiological aspects of charged particle therapy

Biological basis for current radiotherapy approaches including novel fractionation schemes, IMRT, modification of hypoxia, hadron therapy, combined radiotherapy/chemotherapy.

Practical sessions:

Techniques for experimentation in radiation biology, led by experts from the pre-clinical dosimetry team and covering areas such as kV QA & dose determination in radiobiological cabinets and small animal irradiators

Hands-on PC-based session using the (freely available) Biosuite software for TCP- & NTCP-based treatment-plan optimization

Demonstration of state-of-the-art biological optimization for treatment planning using RayStation.


Dr. Miriam Barry (NPL)

Prof. Neil Burnet (The Christie NHS Foundation Trust)

Prof. Anthony Chalmers (University of Glasgow)

Prof. Roger Dale (Imperial College)

Dr. Charles Deehan (formerly of Guys and St. Thomas’)

Dr. John Fenwick (University of Liverpool)

Dr. Claudio Fiorino (Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan – Italy)

Dr. Peter Julyan (The Christie NHS Foundation Trust)

Prof. Alan Nahum (formerly of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre)

Prof. Andy Nisbet (UCL)

Dr. Hugo Palmans (MedAustron, Wiener Neustadt)

Prof. Kevin Prise (Queens University Belfast)

Dr Tiziuana Rancati (Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan – Italy)

Prof. G. Schettino, University of Surrey (NPL)

Dr. Marco Schwarz (Proton Therapy Institute, Trento – Italy)

Dr. Ileana Silvestre-Patallo (NPL)

Dr. Navita Somaiah (Royal Marsden)

Dr. Anna Subiel (NPL)

Contact details

For any queries relating to this event please contact:

Prof. Giuseppe Schettino
National Physical Laboratory
Hampton Road
TW11 0LW
United Kingdom