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Cyclotron Trust

The Cyclotron Trust

The Trust was established in 1981 to support plans to replace an old, sub-optimal cyclotron which had treated patients at the Hammersmith Hospital in West London for 25 years. Since its foundation, the Trust has widened the scope of its interests to reflect technical developments in particle therapy.

Its current objects are “the relief of sickness by the provision of a Cyclotron or other similar equipment capable of accelerating heavy particles or any modification or development thereof at Hammersmith Hospital or elsewhere for the treatment of cancer with fast neutrons or other heavy particles and research into improved treatment techniques for cancer and the publication of the useful results of any such research”.

An annual report of activities is made for the published accounts which are filed with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

A full list of the current and former trustees can be found by clicking this link

The current trustees are:

Mr Richard Packard (Chairman), Dr Daniel Ford, Prof Stuart Green, Mr Brian Hayes, Baroness Neville-Jones, Dr Ivan Rosenberg, Professor Karol Sikora, Prof Susan Short, Dr Ed Smith and Dr Margaret Spittle.

The newly appointed trustees are:

Dr Daniel Ford:

Dr Dan Ford is a Consultant in Clinical Oncology with site specialisation in paediatric and adolescent radiotherapy and urological malignancies. He is also Clinical lead for the Pan Birmingham Cancer Research Network, Clinical Service Lead for the UHBFT Radiotherapy Department, Member of DoH National Proton Radiotherapy Panel, Member of Pan Birmingham Cancer Drug Fund and Treasurer and Trustee of Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.

Prof Stuart Green:

Prof Stuart Green is Head of the Medical Physics department of the University Hospital Birmingham, and Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy of University of Birmingham. He is also Past President of the British Institute of Radiology. Dr Green has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers as well as book chapters on various aspects of radiation measurements and on Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). He has received major grants from EPSRC and Cancer Research UK on the subjects of BNCT and on new technology for particle therapy.

Dr Ed Smith:

Dr Ed Smith is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. He has an interest in Paediatric Tumours (Radiotherapy) and has a keen interest in Particle therapy. He is currently the Clinical Lead for The Christie in potentially developing a Proton Beam Therapy service at the site, as well as being a member of the national Proton Clinical Reference Panel for referral of eligible paediatric cases for Proton treatment abroad with NHS funding.,

For more details of Trustees please go to the next page

Principal recent and current support given by the Trust:

  • Travelling fellowships for UK-based radiation oncologists and surgeons to visit neutron therapy centres in the United States (1996)
  • Sponsorship of a Fellow for three years at Imperial College London to investigate the theoretical basis of high-LET and neutron radiation therapy and to identify the clinical and radiobiological instances where such therapy might be of practical benefit (started 2002 and extended to October 2006. This led, inter alia, to a paper published in the International Journal of Radiation Biology. The Fellow, Alejandro Carabe-Fernandez was awarded a PhD in this subject in February 2008.
  • Sponsorship of a clinical Fellow at the University Hospital in Essen to support its neutron therapy programme for two years commencing April 2003. The reportsubmitted in November 2004 gives useful background to this work.
  • Sponsorship of the International Workshop held in Essen in September 2006
  • Support for UK-based clinicians and scientists to attend the International symposium on protons, carbon ions and neutrons in radiation oncology held in Munich in July 2007
  • Support for UK-based clinicians and scientists to attend the ESTRO teaching course on Ion Beams in Biology and Medicine held in Heidelberg in September 2007. Dr Andrew Eichholz from UCLH attended and produced a very well received report on the course. It is hoped that an abbreviated form of this report will be published on this site soon.

The Cyclotron Trust is registered by the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales (number 281930) with its registered office at 2 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1EY, United Kingdom

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