These days, hadron therapy is a term appearing more and more frequently in the news and media, and has become part of the vocabulary scientists use to talk about the latest advancements bringing new hope in cancer treatment. Using hadron beams (i.e. proton and other ions), it is possible to treat various cancers with a radiation dose delivered more accurately to the specific tumour, sparing the surrounding healthy tissue and minimising side effects. This innovative technique can make cancer treatment more effective in the future.

As hadron therapy evolves, a new generation of experts needs to be trained to tackle the growing challenges and overcome the current limitations of radiation therapy.


What is CERN doing in this field?

In the framework of ENLIGHT - the European Network for Light Ion Hadron Therapy [1]- CERN is offering education and training opportunities to students from all over the world to harness the full potential of hadron therapy.

Three types of training are available, ranging from introductory training to internship opportunities. ENLIGHT training is aimed at research students worldwide studying particle therapy, who are in their final years of undergraduate studies or over. Depending on their education level, students will follow and benefit from one or more training cycles offered at CERN and/or other research and clinical facilities involved with the ENLIGHT network.


Our aspirations:

- to provide young researchers in particle therapy with an opportunity for high-level multidisciplinary education and training with the involvement of leading experts in the field;

- to establish a worldwide network of young scientists engaged in information and knowledge sharing, and reaching out to emerging countries globally;

- to reinforce the hadron therapy field with qualified experts who can further develop and diffuse the therapeutic techniques worldwide; and

- to demonstrate how fundamental research can be linked with and provide viable solutions to critical issues like cancer for the benefit of society. 


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[1] The ENLIGHT network was launched at CERN in 2002 to coordinate European efforts in hadron therapy, and today has around 700 participants from over 25 European countries. A major achievement of ENLIGHT has been the blending of traditionally separate communities so that clinicians, physicists, biologists and engineers with experience and interest in particle therapy are working together.