Proton Beam Therapy Public Lecture

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Proton Beam Therapy Public Lecture organised jointly by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and UCL

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High energy Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a type of radiotherapy that uses a beam of high energy protons to treat specific types of cancer. Following ten years of provision under the Proton Overseas Programme, which provided treatment abroad to over 1100 patients with costs met by the NHS, PBT began in England in 2018, with the opening of the Proton Beam Therapy Centre at The Christie in Manchester. The second NHS centre will open at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) in late 2021.

This lecture, for the public, healthcare professionals and academics alike, brings together leading oncologists, medical physicists and therapeutic radiographers to present and discuss current and future aspects of PBT, including:

  • The principles and delivery of PBT
  • PBT and children
  • The future of PBT
  • Research opportunities
  • Q&A with our experts

Refreshments and networking will follow the lecture (from around 8pm).



Professor Stephen O’Connor

Immediate Past President, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)

Proton Beam Therapy – principles and delivery

Andrew Poynter

Proton Therapy Physics Lead, UCLH

Proton Beam Therapy in children

Dr Yen-Ching Chang

Consultant in Paediatric Radiotherapy and Clinical Lead for Proton Beam Therapy, UCLH

Importance of a ‘specialist paediatric’ approach

Cathy Dunlea

Paediatric & Teenage/Young Adult Radiographer, UCLH

Future perspectives of proton beam therapy technology

Richard Amos

Translational Proton Therapy Physics Lead, UCL

Research opportunities and future directions

Professor Maria Hawkins

Chair of Radiation Oncology, UCL, and Consultant in Gastrointestinal (GI) Radiotherapy, UCLH


Professor Andrew Nisbet

Head of Department, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, UCL

Networking and refreshments

More information on the speakers can be found here.

**The event will be livestreamed to international attendees only, please register as usual to gain access to this**


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Organizer UCL Cancer Domain

Organizer of Proton Beam Therapy Public Lecture

The UCL Cancer Domain underpins UCL’s distinctive cross-disciplinary approach to cancer research, bringing researchers together to advance our understanding of cancer and develop improved diagnostics and treatments.


The UCL Cancer Domain represents the broad cancer research picture across UCL’s Schools and Faculties, and brings together hundreds of investigators conducting cancer-relevant research in specialities as diverse as molecular cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, population health, child health, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, chemistry, physics, social and historical sciences, and arts and humanities. It provides a platform for strategic coordination, networking and collaboration, and engagement with partner organisations. 



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