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Nuclear Medicine – Radiation Biophysics

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Welcome to the Radiation Biophysics Division of iThemba LABS

The Radiation Biophysics Division has a long-standing expertise in medical research projects related to proton and neutron therapy. After the closure of the clinical program, the activities were redirected to Research & Development (R&D) in medical physics and radiobiology,  with a strong focus on translational research for clinical applications.

The Division consists of a Medical Physics Section and Radiobiology Section, which results in a close interdisciplinary collaboration between biologists, physicists, medical scientists and chemists. We are equipped with infrastructure to provide beams of different radiation types and qualities, and have access to several radioactive sources and radioisotopes.  We also have expertise in the development of novel instrumentation and techniques, typically designed and optimized in-house. Much of this infrastructure and expertise are also available to the wider scientific community for research, as well as for education and training purposes.

For more information on the Radiation Biophysics research facilities at iThemba LABS, please consult our Infrastructure page. If you want to use the  beams of our separated-sector cyclotron (SSC) for your research project, visit the iThemba LABS SSC beam time application website

For enquiries to make use of our facilities and potential collaborations, please contact Dr Charlot Vandevoorde.

What’s New

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hard Science with a Soft Touch:
Breast cancer awareness month is an annual campaign aimed at raising an awareness about the disease, but also celebrating the survivors and the many people who devote their lives to the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
One such dedicated person is Dr Charlot Vandevoorde who heads up the Radiobiology Laboratory at iThemba LABS in Cape Town.

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Radiation Biophysics Research