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CERN Academic Training on hadron therapy - Heavy ions radiobiology: strengths and challenges for cancer treatment (3/5)

by Dr Angelica Facoetti (CNAO Foundation)





Radiobiology is a branch of science that studies the effects of ionizing radiation on biological tissues and their cellular and molecular components. It is a key field of research for the medical use of radiation for the treatment of cancer patients. This lecture focuses on the radiobiology of heavy ions used in hadron therapy, highlighting the opportunities and challenges for cancer treatment.

Bio - Angelica Facoetti

Graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Pavia, Angelica Facoetti holds a PhD in Cell Biology. First as a post-PhD and then as a full-time researcher, she worked at the Department of Nuclear Physics of the University of Pavia where she carried out in collaboration with the Department of Biology research activities on the cellular effects of ionising radiation. In 2006 she obtained the European Master Degree in Radiation Biology at the University College of London and subsequently the title of Specialization in Clinical Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pavia. Her experimental research activity, documented by more than 50 peer reviewed scientific publications (complete list at the following link: is focused on the different aspects of cell biology applied to medicine and physics, focusing on the study of underlying mechanisms involved in the effects of various types of ionizing radiations, on tumor and normal cells. She is adjunct professor of Applied Biology at the University of Milan for the School of Specialization in Medical Physics and of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology for the master's degree in Physical Sciences at the University of Pavia. Since 2010 she is responsible for the radiobiological experimental activities at the National Center for Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO) of Pavia. Since 2021 she is Council member of The European Radiation Research Society (ERRS).


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