From particle physics to medicine

Physics to medicine

As part of the celebrations for CERN’s 70th anniversary, From particle physics to medicine will be held on Thursday, 7 March 2024, at 19.30, at CERN Science Gateway. This event offers a unique opportunity to explore the various applications of particle physics instruments and tools in hospitals and medical research. Medical doctors, biologists and physicists will guide you on a captivating journey, providing insights into the future of therapy and imaging.

The event will cover three areas in which particle physics is contributing to the development of new medical technologies: 

“Accelerators to treat cancer” 
From radiotherapy for cancer treatment to radiopharmaceuticals,: tens of thousands of particle accelerators are used in medicine. New therapies have been made possible by the innovative technologies developed for frontier instruments, like the Large Hadron Collider.

“Looking inside the human body”
Since the discovery of X-rays, medical imaging and physics have advanced hand in hand. Sophisticated particle detectors, which are at the heart of modern imaging devices, enable doctors to provide early and accurate diagnosis of many diseases.

“The digital health revolution” 
Machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies play a crucial role in particle physics, which is rapidly embracing these tools to advance research. Collaborations with medical doctors, epidemiologists and researchers are leading to game-changing developments that help to preserve or improve our health.

The event,  bringing together renowned specialists, will be moderated by Professor Antoine Geissbuhler, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Director of Teaching and Research and Head of the Division of e-Health and Telemedicine, HUG.

Entrance to the event is free, but registration is mandatory. Click here to register.

The Big Bang Café will exceptionally be open until 19.30, offering a range of food and drinks.

The event is in English with simultaneous interpreting into French.