Radioactivity and radiation

From research to patient care – Challenges and prospects

by Thomas Cocolios 

As part of the 2021 lecture series in the framework of the 'Chair Roger Van Geen' Thomas Cocolios talks about the challenges and prospects of getting radioiosotopes to the clinic and using them to treat patients. The lecture covers the rules and regulations for packaging and transporting radioactive material across Europe (5:18 - 37:55), radiochemistry to separate the radioisotope from the substrate so it can be used for downstream applications (37:55 - 53:47) and licensing of new radioisotopes (53:47 - 1:01:11). It finishes by illustrating the challenges faced by researchers in producing radioisotopes that are usable in the clinic based on the example of 225Ac (1:01:20 - end). 

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Resources of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The International Atomic Energy Agency is the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field. It works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

They offer a range of educational resources: On the Nuclear Explained pages in the resources section, they have articles and short videos and podcasts with easy-to-understand explanations of major topics in nuclear science and technology. These include Energy, Health, Environment, Water, Food and agriculture, Industry and Nuclear science.

For example:

If you are looking for more advanced training tools, you might find their online courses interesting:
You need to create a login, but the resources are available for free. The 'E-learning for Nuclear Newcomers' interactive e-learning series explains the IAEA's Milestones approach to introducing a nuclear power programme. This approach is based on three phases and covers the 19 infrastructure issues that need to be addressed, and brings decades of expertise to life. Both newcomers and those expanding their nuclear power programmes may benefit from the e-learning series. The target audience includes students, academics and researchers in the nuclear field so they may better understand the "big picture" of developing nuclear power programmes. This resource is quite technical, but includes information on nuclear safety infrastructure, construction of nuclear power plants, the legal framework, safeguards and emergency planning, radioactive waste management and more.

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