17. What will the format of your event be?:
Short series of educational presentations followed by a food and drink reception, research poster session and tours of the PET tracer production facility
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
Leading researchers have been invited to give short (approx. 15 min) presentations outlining the sequential process of drug discovery and cancer imaging. There will be a question and answer session after the talks, followed by an opportunity to tour the radiotracer production unit. These tours will be led by enthusiastic postgraduate volunteers and researchers working within the new facility. The facility can only accommodate ten visitors at a time which is why we also intend to host a poster session, accompanied by complementary food and drink, following the talks. Groups of visitors will be escorted to the facility by students whilst the remainder of the audience congregate at the post-talks reception and poster session.
Alec Campbell Lecture Theatre
20. Venue requirements:
None. This large lecture theatre is based within the School of Chemistry, on the ground floor of the Bedson Building.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) is becoming a core component of anti-cancer drug research. This rapidly expanding mode of molecular imaging combines a radioactive element with a biologically active molecule to generate an imaging agent used to identify specific sites within the body, thereby obviating the need for surgery. How does this new technology aid our understanding of cancer? How are the drugs and the imaging agents developed? And, what impact will this have on the future of cancer research?
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Large local interest. Installation of the ‘mini-cyclotron’ system (Advanced Biomarker Technologies Biomarker Generator) used to generate positron-emitting imaging agents at Newcastle University, was made possible by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which also set-up the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research. Sir Bobby was born in Sacriston, County Durham and remains held in the highest esteem by locals and supporters of Newcastle United Football Club, with whom he enjoyed great success as a football manager, despite being diagnosed with cancer both before and during his time at the club. In the near future, the cyclotron will produce imaging agents to treat cancer sufferers across the North-East and Cumbria, thereby continuing the legacy of Sir Bobby and his charity.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
By the beginning of September, almost a year will have passed since the radiotracer production unit was officially opened. The installation of the cyclotron attracted a vast amount of both local and national press interest as, at the time, it was the first ultra-compact cyclotron in Europe and only the second of its kind in the World. Articles reporting on the official opening of the PET tracer production unit can still be found on the BBC and Sky news webpages. Events relating to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation have always attracted interest from the local media. Sir Bobby was immensely popular within the region due to his success at Newcastle United Football Club and the wonderful work of his cancer research charity.
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The event has attracted a lot of interest from within the department and prospective speakers have already been approached and provisionally agreed to present. Potential Contributors: Professor Bernard Golding Professor Roger Griffin Professor Herbie Newell Professor Ruth Plummer Dr Michael Carroll Dr Ross Maxwell
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School of Chemistry at Newcastle University and the Northern Institute for Cancer Research
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9 Marleen Avenue
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Thursday 12 September 2013