ERC Consolidator Grant for Thomas Cocolios

We are pleased to announce that Prof Thomas Elias Cocolios (KU Leuven), PRISMAP Dissemination Manager and Leader on Education & Documentation, is among this year's recipients of an ERC Consolidator Grant. 

How does the interaction within atomic nuclei create the complex structure of atoms? Are there limits to the number of protons or neutrons in an atomic nucleus? How and where in the universe are the chemical elements produced?

Professor Thomas Elias Cocolios's NSHAPE project will attempt to answer these key questions by testing the most advanced nuclear models with highly sensitive, high-resolution and hyper-accurate measurements of the shape of atomic nuclei. The result will be a better understanding of the strong forces at play in the nucleus.

In particular, NSHAPE will investigate octupole-deformed nuclei (which are pear-shaped, with more matter on one side than the other) and proton-unbound systems (the nuclear force cannot hold the last proton any longer).

NSHAPE will use similar techniques to those employed in PRISMAP to produce the radioisotopes that will be studied. The experimental work will take place on the premises of other PRISMAP Consortium Members, namely CERN, GANIL, and PSI.

WiN IAEA: Event on women's health in breast and cervical cancer care

On the occasion of the world cancer day, the IAEA group of "Women in Nuclear" (WiN) organises an event dedicated to the awareness of women's health in breast and cervical cancer care. You will hear the highlights about numerous programmes underway that address and implement the innovative progress made to close the gap in cancer care. Additionally, the event will focus on advancements in global technological programmes in nuclear medicine and radiation therapy that made great strides in science for cancer care as well as the importance of self-care and early detection and support places in Austria.

When: Monday, 6 February, 2023, 16:00 (CET)

Where: IAEA Vienna, M-building, room M3 and online (WebEx)

Excellent review results

We have just received the reults of the recent PRISMAP review which covered the first 18 months of the project. The project was exceptionally well evaluated: 

"Considering the specific constrains related to isotopic radiopharmacology in terms of transport and logistics, the consortium has put a strong initial effort on this question and has even already tested the delivery of isotopes from a production site to a not-too-far centre involved in biomedical testing. The consortium has a very professional approach and has proved its capacity to address all pertinent questions (some deliverables are very impressive documents). It put the stress on communication and the website and portal for external users are of excellent quality, covering all necessary aspects in a very didactic way. Some interesting scientific results have already been produced. ... PRISMAP is collecting information from (potential) users and plans to adapt its offer to the expectations. This feed-back process appears very flexible and proves that the partners are really committed to reach PRISMAP objectives."

Congrats and big thanks to all who contributed! Many thanks also to the EC's review team for a very constructive and pleasant review day!

Do not miss: two open positions!

KU Leuven has opened 2 new positions:

You can apply for this job via the online application tool (deadline January 31, 2023)

You can apply for this 20% position via the online application tool (deadline January 31, 2023)

For more information, contact Thomas Cocolios or Katerina Chrysalidis. if you are interested!

PRISMAP successfully reviewed!

Yesterday’s PRISMAP review meeting was very constructive, pleasant - and a real success! Our activities and achievements were well received by the reviewer and our (incoming and outgoing) project officers and the discussion lively and interesting. Many thanks and congrats to all!

First report submitted!

PRISMAP turned 18 in October and we have just submitted the report on the first 18 months of the project! A summary of our activities and achievements can be found on our Outcomes page. 

Thierry Stora at the Euro-imaging #VirtualPub this Friday, Dec 2 @ 13:00 CET

Our coordinator, Thiery Stora (CERN), will speak about "PRISMAP, The European Medical Radionuclides Programme", at the Euro-imaging #VirtualPub this Friday, Dec 2 @ 13:00 CET.

Don't miss it!

Registration is free & open to all!

Another successful PRISMAP public event!

With over 100 participants, our PRISMAP public event "What's next?" on November 23, 2022 was a great success!

On this occasion, we had live testimonials from PRISMAP user projects and we gave some hints of what is in the pipeline for the next PRISMAP calls.

We also had the participation of other related European projects that presented their latest developments.

Thank you all for your participation!

Join our PRISMAP User Forum to receive information about our next events and newsletter:

PRISMAP Workshop on Emerging Infrastructures and Technical Developments

PRISMAP Workshop on Emerging Infrastructures and Technical Developments on 22/11! It was full of fruitful discussions and new insights into targets and ion sources that will help us continue to produce more novel radionuclides for medical applications

2 open positions at KU Leuven: educational developer and laser post-doc

KU Leuven has opened 2 new positions:

You can apply for this job no later than January 31, 2023 via the online application tool

You can apply for this job no later than December 21, 2022 via the online application tool

Don't hesitate and contact them if you are interested!

PRISMAP participates at the ICRI 2022 Side Event | Long-term sustainability of small and mid-scale distributed Research Infrastructure projects

Our colleague Thomas Elias Cocolios (KULeuven) is presenting today the PRISMAP infrastructure at the ICRI 2022 side event "Long-term sustainability of small and mid-scale distributed Research Infrastructure projects".

Join us at 35th Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM'22)

Join us at 35th Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM'22), where several PRISMAP members are participating!

Stay tuned to our social media (LinkedIn and Twitter) for more details about our presentations!

First PRISMAP School on Translational research of radiopharmaceuticals (March 2023)

This unique course touches upon the radiobiological, radiochemical and dosimetric aspects in the development of radiopharmaceuticals.

The training course will be organized at SCK CEN (Mol, Belgium) from 20 to 24 March 2023.

For more information visit the SCK CEN website.

Our colleague Sarah Baatout participates in a TEDx event

We are pleased to share with you the TEDx conference that Sarah Baatout (SCK CEN) recently gave in Namur under the title “Mon rayon: la radiorésistance”, in which she presented SCK CEN's main research in the field of medicine, radiopharmaceuticals, and space. Enjoy!

The second call for user projects is now open!

We are pleased to announce that our second call for user projects is now open, and for this call we have added 7 new radionuclides to our portfolio.

The current cut-off date is 30 September 2022. Hearings with all user projects passing the eligibility threshold will take place on 2 November 2022.

The project application consists of two parts:

  • Part A - is completed through the application form. It includes the request for radionuclides and application services, a project overview and administrative information.
  • Part B - contains a description of the proposed scientific user project, to be uploaded as a PDF file. It will be submitted together with the application form.

For practical information on preparing and submitting a proposal for the PRISMAP user calls, please refer to our guide for applicants.

You can also find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about PRISMAP services in our FAQ page.

And do not hesitate to contact us through our Helpdesk if you want to discuss the feasibility of your project.

We look forward to receiving your projects!

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