Proton Beam Therapy Research with Imperial High Energy Physicists
Researchers from the Department of Physics at Imperial College London partnered with proton beam company City Proton in 2016 to work together on a new £11.7 million collaborative programme to investigate and improve proton beam technology,
City Proton are currently constructing one of London's first proto beam treatment centres. This will be among the first high-energy Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) facilities in the UK. There are over 50 such facilities in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world. The centre is due to open in late 2018/early 2019, when 12 years of collaboration with Imperial will begin in earnest, including consultancy and collaborative research.
The partnership includes access to facilities and a dedicated research team for Imperial physicists, who will investigate the propertoes of the proton beam, how the energy of the beam is distributed in biological samples, and how to most eddectively target the beam for treatment. This could form a better understanding of how PBT offers an improvement on traditional radiotherapy treatment, allowing researchers to develop the next generation of devices, potentially leading to a reduction in the cost of treatment and wider adoption of the technology.
Professor Jordan Nash, Head of the Department of Physics, and Professor Mark Glaser, Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, will lead the research collaboration on Imperial's side.
Any intellectual property arising from the research will be commercialised by Imperial Innovations, the College's technology commercialisation partner.