Western Trust to link with CERN Institute for radiotherapy research

Thu, 07/03/2013 - 11:44 -- Editor

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has met with senior staff at CERN, home of the Supercollider in Switzerland that has led to an agreement for world renowned Scientist Professor Steve Myers to visit Derry and collaborate with the Health Trust on research that could be of use in the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin.

The CERN Institute, which manages the Large Hadron Collider, is perhaps most famous for the search for the elusive Higgs Boson particle, but is also very active in research to make radiotherapy treatments more effective.

Mr Ramsey said on Wednesday 6th March: “I met this morning with Professor Steve Myers who is Director of Accelerators and Technology at CERN in Geneva, who have been in the news over recent months relating to the search for the Higgs Boson. Professor Myers, who is originally from Belfast, and his team are working on the advancement of radiotherapy technology as part of their work on utilising the nuclear field for health benefits.

“Professor Myers agreed to my request for him to visit Derry to assist the Western Health Trust in research around radiotherapy which may have huge benefits for the radiotherapy centre and the patients who will use it. He will meet with Senior Health Trust officials to discuss collaboration. I am delighted that I have secured this meeting, and what could be the start of a hugely beneficial and exciting partnership that will benefit the people of the North West and beyond. "