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From particle physics to medicine

Spend a fascinating evening discovering how the technologies of particle physics are driving progress in medicine

Friday, 23 February 2024

Poster with abstract shapes green and black with the title of the conference From particle physics to medicine

Did you know that particle accelerators are also used to treat cancer? That medical imaging has taken great leaps forwards thanks to the crystals and chips developed for particle physics? And that CERN is home to a facility that develops isotopes for medical research?

Ever since X-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895, physics and medicine have been closely intertwined. Medical imaging and cancer treatments have benefited from developments in particle physics over the years, and the innovations continue today, including in collaboration with CERN.

As part of CERN’s 70th anniversary celebrations, doctors, biologists and physicists will walk you through how the collaboration between fundamental physics and medicine is leading to innovative treatment methods and diagnostic techniques. One special patient – a researcher, writer and populariser of science – will share with us his experience of being treated for cancer in one of the four European centres for hadron therapy.

Entrance to the event is free, but registration is mandator. Click here to register.

This is the second in a series of events being organised to mark CERN’s 70th anniversary.

From the big questions in physics today to the machines of the future and the human adventure of scientific collaboration without borders, CERN invites you to discover the many facets and benefits of its research through lectures, debates and artistic performances.

Have your diaries at the ready. Consult the full programme of events on the CERN at 70 webpage.