September Webinar

September Webinar

Advancing Cancer Treatment: Exploring the Potential of Very High Energy Electron (VHEE) Therapy

7 September at 17:00 – 18:30 CET


Our Chairs:

Manjit Dosanjh
Emma Snively

Manjit Dosanjh is the former senior advisor for medical applications at CERN and Visiting Professor at University of Oxford. She is the Project Leader for STELLA (Smart Technologies to Extend Lives with Linear Accelerators) for ICEC and coordinator of the ENLIGHT (European Network for Light Ion Hadron Therapy) Network. She holds a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the UK and her professional efforts in the fields of cancer and medical applications of physics spanning more than 30 years, during which she has held positions in various academic and research institutions in Europe and the U.S., including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) in Italy. She joined CERN in 1999, where she was instrumental in application of technologies developed at CERN to the medical field. Her recent research has focussed on developing robust cheaper Linacs for developing countries with project STELLA (Smart Technologies to Extend Lives with Linear Accelerators) which is addressing the lack of access to cancer treatment in LMICs (Low- and Middle-Income Countries). She is also the pillar coordinator of HITRIplus as well as working on VHEE (Very High Energy Electrons) technologies for FLASH therapy.

Dr. Snively is an Associate Scientist in the RF Accelerator Research Division of the Technology Innovation Directorate at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Dr. Snively’s research has focused on the development of next generation high-gradient accelerators and precision beam manipulation, with an emphasis on medical accelerator applications. Dr. Snively is currently leading projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Accelerator R&D and Production (ARDAP) to develop compact systems for Very High Energy Electron (VHEE) therapy and RF-based high speed pencil beam scanning for hadron therapy. These programs seek to deliver therapy machines with high dose rate capability sufficient for FLASH treatments that could be readily adopted in existing clinical infrastructure. Dr. Snively’s research interests include high frequency accelerator design, pushing beyond the RF frequency range of conventional beam manipulation to enable more compact, high rep-rate, high efficiency structures, and to find new applications for THz science.

Meet Our Speakers:

Lucy Whitmore
Pierre Korysko
Magdalena Bazalova Carter
Chris Barty

Presentation Title: “VHEE TPS”

Presentation Title: “CLEAR VHEE BEAM”

Presentation Title: “VHEE in Canada”

Presentation Title: “Paths to Compact VHEE FLASH”

Lucy Whitmore is an upcoming Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiation Physics in Emil Schuler’s group at MD Anderson, with a focus on FLASH radiotherapy. Lucy recently completed her PhD at the University of Manchester with the title “VHEE Radiotherapy: Focused Dose Delivery and Image Guidance”, in collaboration with the Cockcroft Institute and the Christie Hospital. Lucy’s research work to date has included Monte Carlo simulations and beam optics work on focusing VHEE beams, to reduce the entrance dose and allow for targeted dose delivery. This work was used the basis for focused VHEE dose studies Lucy conducted at the CLEAR facility at CERN. Lucy’s work has also explored image guidance requirements for VHEE, including feasibility simulation studies for VHEE MR-guided radiotherapy.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiation Physics

Schuler’s group at MD Anderson

University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Pierre Korysko is a physicist at the University of Oxford Department of Physics and the CERN Beams Department working at CLEAR, the CERN Linear Electron Accelerator for Research user facility. He received his DPhil degree from the University of Oxford working on Wakefield Effects in Linear Colliders. His current research interests include radiotherapy studies using very high energy electrons at ultra high dose rate, development of dosimetry methods, radiation to electronic studies, research on beam instrumentation for future linear and circular colliders, radiation hardness of electronics for aerospace and high energy application.


Department of Physics

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

CERN Beams Department – CLEAR

Geneva, Switzerland

Magdalena Bazalova-Carter is an Associate Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Medical Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She received her PhD degree at McGill University and postdoctoral training at Stanford University. Her current research interests include Monte Carlo simulations and experiments of x-ray fluorescence and photon-counting CT imaging, low-cost radiotherapy and FLASH radiotherapy. She is the recipient of the 2018 John S. Laughlin Young Scientist Award awarded by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and a Deputy Editor of Medical Physics.

Affiliation: University of Victoria, Physics and Astronomy Department, Victoria, Canada

Prof. C. P. J. Barty is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the cornerstone hire of UCI’s Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative (COSI). At UCI he has affiliations with the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center He is also the co-founder, executive director and chief technology officer of Lumitron Technologies, Inc of Irvine, California. Prior to his arrival in Southern California in 2017, he had served as the chief technology officer for the $0.5B/annum, National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prof. Barty received his Ph.D. and M.S. in applied physics from Stanford University and B.S.’s in chemistry, physics and chemical engineering, each with honors, from North Carolina State University. He is a fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, OSA/Optica, SPIE and APS and recipient of SPIE’s Harold E. Edgerton Award and OSA’s R. W. Wood Prize.  His present research efforts aim to enable transformational laser-based, x-ray systems and compact electron beam systems for the precision detection and treatment of disease, novel x-ray studies and nuclear photonics as new scientific discipline.

Affiliation: University of California, Irvine, Physics and Astronomy Department, Irvine, United States of America

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