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.