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Advanced Radiotherapy, Generated by Exploiting Nanoprocesses and Technologies

Objective

Cancer, the second most common form of death after cardiovascular disease, is a major European health concern. In 2006, 3.1 million new cases were diagnosed and 1.7 million deaths were attributed to cancer within Europe. The European Commission has a “European Partnership for Action against Cancer” (IP/09/1380) with the aim of reducing the number of cancer cases by 15% by 2020. A key challenge is to “Develop a more coordinated approach to cancer-related research across Europe”. Around 50% of patients receive radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment and it is second only to surgery in its ability to cure cancer. However, radiotherapy is limited by the effects induced in the surrounding healthy tissues strongly, which very harmful for the patients. New approaches that enhance radiosensitivity within tumours have the potential to provide a major impact on the delivery of radiotherapy to patients. Two of the most promising approaches (hadron and nanoparticles-enhanced therapies) are driven by nanoscale phenomena. This proposal brings together world-leading researchers from the academic and private sectors aim at developing hadron and NP-enhanced therapies, united by the common purpose of optimising radiotherapy by understanding and exploiting nanoscale processes induced by radiation. Such an understanding will open a new era in which radiotherapy is revolutionised to provide more successful cancer treatment with subsequent economic and ‘quality of life’ benefits for the EU population as a whole. The main objective of this intersectoral and multidisciplinary ITN is to create a new generation of researchers and experts able to create the platform on which next-generation cancer therapy will be built. The consortium aims to train a cohort of 13 ESRs to subsequently act as leaders and ambassadors in the field.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 683 525,84
Administrative Contact
Véronique Debisschop (Ms.)

Participants (9)

QUANTUMWISE A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 119 160,41
Address
Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nanna Fock (Mrs.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 739 806,38
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María ángeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
CHEMATECH SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 255 948,66
Address
Rue Du Bas De Chanot 7
21800 Chevigny Saint Sauveur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Boschetti (Dr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 483 863,03
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Colleen Spence (Mrs.)
NANOH SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 255 948,66
Address
Place De L'europe 2, Parc D'activites Gvio 2, Bat A
38070 Saint Quentin Fallavier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cedric Louis (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 255 948,66
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Christophe Coste (Mr.)
GSI HELMHOLTZZENTRUM FUR SCHWERIONENFORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 454,74
Address
Planckstrasse 1
64291 Darmstadt
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Heike Kühlen (Ms.)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 608 797,62
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Louise Thomas (Dr.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrey Solov'yov (Prof.)