-5th RARAF Microbeam Training Course

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 (All day)




Microbeam Training Course at RARAF May 16-18, 2016

The fifth microbeam training course at Columbia University's Radiological Research Accelerator Facility (RARAF) in Irvington, New York will be held May 16-18, 2016. The course is designed to provide a “pipeline” of researchers interested in the use and development of microbeam facilities for research in biology, radiation biology, and radiation physics.
Sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the three-day course will be offered for the fourth time to a limited group of scientists, selected by an open competitive application process. Application to the program is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty with an interest in the use and development of microbeam facilities.
Both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens may apply to the program. Limited support for travel and housing will be available.
This intense program is taught by leading Columbia University biologists and physicists who are pioneers in the development and use of microbeam technologies.
Applicants are required to submit:
1.   A copy of their curriculum vitae
2.   A statement (one page or less) of how they intend to use the knowledge gained from the course and whether they will need financial support.
Applications should be sent to Course Director Marcelo Vazquez, MD, Ph.D. by  5 p.m. EST Monday, February 8, 2016.

Microbeam Training Course Agenda
Day 1: Lectures
Introduction to microbeams:  These presentations are designed to give biologists an understanding of microbeam physics and physicists an understanding of biology requirements and applications.
1. Why microbeams?
2. Physics of microbeams: from accelerator to targeting.
3. Biology of microbeams: specimens, endpoints and motivations.
  • Tour of RARAF microbeam facilities
  • Designing and building a microbeam
  • Designing a microbeam experiment
  • Day-to-day issues running a microbeam
  • Preparing cells for irradiation
Day 2: Demonstrations and hands-on experience
1.  Microbeam setup: scan the beam spot size, focus the beam, locate beam spot
2.  Imaging procedures
3.  Irradiation procedures
4.  Irradiate cells: operate microbeam for different irradiation protocols
5.  On-line/off-line analyses
Day 3: Demonstrations and hands-on experience (Cont.), discussions and final lectures
1.  Data gathering, processing and analysis
2.  Microbeam facility development
3.  User facility interactions
For questions or more information please check our website
or contact
Marcelo E. Vazquez, MD, Ph.D., Director mvazquez@llu.edu


Phone: 909.558.9490 or 516.512.2032