An overview

For the first time seven European institutions from the academic sector have come together with industry to form a network for Radiation Innovations for Therapy and Education (RADIATE).

The RADIATE network is a European Union wide research project to advance our understanding of radiobiology, to open novel routes for effective therapeutic intervention, to improve the outcome of cancer treatment.

For this purpose the RADIATE network comprises of top-level radiobiologists, clinicians and scientists who bring expertise in complementary areas in radiobiology and in translating research into the clinic. Moreover, the RADIATE team integrates fourteen young scientists who were offered a PhD fellowship to develop individual research projects that merge radiobiology and clinical research and are open to industry participation.

Cancer research

Radiotherapy matters

Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays (ionising radiation) to destroy cancer cells and is the treatment of choice for the majority of people who suffer from cancer. Importantly, this treatment is conservative as it eradicates the tumour enabling organ preservation and has little impact on body image. Although patients treated with radiotherapy largely experience good outcomes, for some the treatment will fail. This, together with the fact that more than 33% of the European population is at risk of developing cancer, calls for better, innovative solutions for radiotherapy, which only a multidisciplinary approach can bring.

RADIATE researchers

Our approach

The RADIATE network responds to this challenge by supporting a new generation of researcher,s offering them an oriented education that integrates scientific concepts from different fields of research. During their three year training, the RADIATE young researchers will benefit from scientific and technical training in radiobiology, at workshops and meetings organised by the RADIATE partners. The training is also designed to create networking opportunities and boost collaborations between academia, industry and the healthcare sector in order to develop better strategies for cancer treatment with radiotherapy. Furthermore, this network is also contributing, with a variety of technological platforms, to develop effective therapeutic strategies to combat cancer, such as screening platforms, methodology for preclinical cancer therapy and novel radiation and tumour imaging technologies. These methodologies and techniques are available to all network partners and will add research value to early stage reseacher individual projects.

By fighting a major death-related disease in Europe, the RADIATE network has the potential to improve health and bring long-term benefits to the European and international community.

Research lab

RADIATE objectives

Provide oriented education to a new generation of researchers, encouraging career development in the public and private sector.

Embed future leaders in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment with end-users of research, as a means to finding novel approaches in cancer research.

Produce scientific knowledge in radiation biology for better radiotherapy strategies.

Communicate RADIATE research results to academic, clinical and industrial organisations, as well as to the general public.

Bring novel capacities to cancer research both at the scientific and educational level, and establish a long-lasting research community in radiation biology.

RADIATE man objectives

Representation of the Main Objectives for the RADIATE Network