The European Commission has awarded over two million euros in funding to the Trace’nTreat project within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) of the 7th Framework Programme. The coordination of the project will be the responsibility of the Radiation Science and Technology department of the TU Delft, the Netherlands. The aim of the network is to train young researchers in nuclear diagnostics and radionuclide therapy. The project duration is 4 years starting from the 1st of October 2012. During this period young researchers will be trained at different academic institutions and private companies, each with their own specific expertise, which will enable them to develop new, pioneering products and treatments all contributing to the fight against cancer.

High-quality multidisciplinary education programme

The Marie Curie Initial Training Network offers funding to train researchers, often in the framework of a PhD research. The aim of the ITN Marie Curie programme is to provide high-quality, multidisciplinary education programmes to young, highly motivated researchers. The Trace’nTreat fellows will be trained in various disciplines, including nuclear imaging, targeted radionuclide therapy, soft matter, and nuclear-, polymer- and radiopharmaceutical chemistry with the goal of reducing the number of deaths caused by cancer. The programme focuses on the entire health care cycle, from prevention to diagnostics and from treatment to monitoring.

Cooperation of leading European institutes

The Trace’nTreat network is a cooperation of a number of leading European institutes and industrial partners: Erasmus MC, MILabs, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Ghent University, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Institute Charles Sadron, IDB Holland, Urenco Nederland, Institute of Transuranium Elements and TU Delft. The variety of expertise within this network ensures the PhD candidates will receive multidisciplinary training considerably improving their career perspectives in the health sector.

Network of professionals

In addition to training future professionals in multidisciplinary competencies in one of the most important areas of health care, the programme aims to create a network of professionals from a range of different scientific backgrounds, who are committed to improve and develop nuclear molecular imaging and radionuclide therapy. A total of eight PhD positions are available within this project.

For more information:

Dr. ir.  Antonia Denkova (project coordinator) – [email protected] – +31 (0)152784471