Particle therapy masterclass
1 GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Planckstraße 1, 64291 Darmstadt, Germany
2 AUTH University Campus, Administration Building, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece
3 UNSA Obala Kulina bana 7/II, Sarajevo 71000, Boznia and Herzegovina
4 DKFZ Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
5 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany
6 CNAO 642W+92 Pavia, Provincia di Pavia, Italy
7 LMU Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München, Germany
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Published online: 11 January 2022
The aim of the new Particle Therapy MasterClass (PTMC) was to develop an educational and training environment in which anyone can learn about fundamental and applied research in particle therapy. The PTMC was recently integrated into the International MasterClass 2021 online programme that attracted 1500 students from 37 institutes in 20 countries, worldwide. The PTMC focuses on the topic of cancer treatment, a particularly sensitive and socially relevant topic. The main idea is to (a) provide a basic understanding of cancer radiation therapy, (b) demonstrate that fundamental properties of particle interactions with matter, which are used for detection in physics experiments, are also the basis for treating cancer tumours; and (c) show that the same accelerator technologies are used in both, research laboratories and therapy centres. For the hands-on session, the open-source professional treatment planning software matRad is used, developed for research and training by the German Cancer Research Center – DKFZ. Ultimately, students are shown “what physics has to do with medicine” and what are the various possibilities that physics and STEM studies may open up for job opportunities in fields that are lacking expert personnel.
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