New Cancer Research Laboratory opens at St. Luke's Hospital

The Minister of State Síle de Valera, T.D. has opened a new translational research laboratory at St. Luke's Hospital in Dublin. The new laboratory is a joint venture between DIT's Radiation and Environmental Science Centre and the Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Luke's Hospital. It is designed to be a research facility linking basic radiation research with clinical practice.

The new translational laboratory is designed to make progress in the areas of treatment techniques and protocols and is a fine example of the multi-disciplinary co-operative approach to research which will have a real beneficial outcome for patient care.

Teams from DIT and St. Luke's are already involved in pioneering research which it is hoped will minimise side effects of radiation on cancer patients. The research has demonstrated that cells in an area targeted by radiation therapy can actually send a signal to cells which have not been irradiated. This signal can influence and modify how cells in other parts of the body behave, possibly causing side effects of the treatment.

November 21 2002

NOTE:

The Radiation and Environmental Centre is an academic centre in the Dublin Institute of Technology specialising in radiation biology and environmental toxicology. The centre has extensive experience in the identification of mechanisms by which radiation and other environmental mutagens damage biological cells. The centre has made major contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms involved in radiation induced damage, along with the development of tissue culture models for human, fish, and invertebrate systems.

St. Luke's Hospital, Ireland's largest radiotherapy centre and only specialised oncology hospital in the country, has a major interest in this field also and its primary purpose is to treat patients with cancer.

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