Very High Energy Electron Radiotherapy:
Medical & Accelerator Physics Aspects
Towards Machine Realisation

July 24-26 2017

The Cockcroft Institute, Daresbury Laboratory, UK



This workshop will explore fundamental issues associated with the development of a radiotherapy machine capable of delivering 250 MeV electrons at a high dose. The development of VHEE can be traced back to DeRosiers [1] We will explore both the dose delivery aspects, and the potential to realise a radiotherapy machine suitable for patient treatment. In the former, Monte Carlo modelling of the dose distribution will feature and will entail contrasting with extant therapy techniques —potential benefits and disadvantages will be highlights. The accelerator physics part of the workshop will address the practicalities of realising a medical radiotherapy machine —equipped with multiple linacs surrounding the patient on a fixed gantry system. High gradient linac development will feature, and the application, with suitable modification of X-band linacs already developed for linear colliders (CLIC and NLC/JLC), will be considered.

[1] C. DesRosiers et al, Phys. in Medicine and Biology, 45, 1781 (2000). Also, PhD thesis,C. DesRosiers, 2000, An evaluation of very high energy electron beams (up to 250 MeV) in radiation therapy.




Scientific Programme Committee:
Roger M. Jones University of Manchester/Cockcroft Institute, UK– Chair
Colin Baker Royal Berkshire Hospital, UK
Yong Ho Chin KEK, Japan
Colleen DesRosiers Indiana University, USA
Manjit Dosanjh CERN, Switzerland
John Allen Elekta, UK
Angeles Faus-Golfe LAL, France
Toshiyasu Higo KEK, Japan
Dino A. Jaroszynsk University of Strathclyde/CI, UK
Karen Kirkby University of Manchester/CI, UK
Ranald Mackay The Christie, University of Manchester, UK
Peter McIntosh STFC Daresbury Laboratory/CI, UK
Steve Myers ADAM S.A., Switzerland
Hywel Owen University of Manchester/CI, UK
Jiaru Shi Tsinghua University, China
Sami Tantawi SLAC National Accelerator Lab, USA
Marcel Van Herk The Christie/University of Manchester , UK
Alan Wheelhouse STFC Daresbury Laboratory/CI, UK

Local Organising Committee:
Deepa Angal-Kalinin STFC Daresbury Laboratory/CI, UK – Chair
Roger M. Jones University of Manchester/CI, UK
Nirav Joshi University of Manchester/CI, UK
Michelle Keeley STFC Daresbury Laboratory/CI, UK
Peter McIntosh STFC Daresbury Laboratory/CI, UK
Hywel Owen University of Manchester/CI, UK
Sue Waller STFC Daresbury Laboratory/CI, UK

If you have any queries please contact: ciastecevents@stfc.ac.uk

Accommodation & Local Attractions

class="lead">Rooms have been reserved at two local hotels and it is recommended that you book via the options below in order to secure the discounted rate. Transport to and from the Laboratory will be from these hotels only.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CHESTER: Please reserve your hotel room here

NEW BLOSSOMS HOTEL, CHESTER: Please use this link and select New Blossoms Hotel, and enter the code EVN to obtain the rate .


Taxis can be taken to and from the airport to hotels and are the easiest option for transport. Taxis taken directly from the airport often prove more expensive and as such, the following options are available:

Daresbury Consortium : £70 from Manchester Airport. To book, please contact ciastecevents@stfc.ac.uk stating your arrival time, flight number your name and the number of passangers.

KingsKabs: £47 From Manchester Airport. You will need to book these taxis youself by calling +44 1244 34 34 34. Please note that STFC Daresbury Laboratory cannot take responsibility for KingsKabs Taxis.

For more information about how to get to Chester, please contact Sue Waller or Michelle Keeley at ciastecevents@stfc.ac.uk

Other information on travelling to Chester can be found here.

Transport to and from the Laboratory to the hotels outlined above will be provided and information will be available nearer the time of the event.

Workshop Dinner:


There will be a workshop dinner taking place on Tuesday 25th July 2017. The cost of the dinner will be covered by the workshop and transport will be provided to and from the venue.

Local Attractions:


The Cockcroft Institute is ideally situated for visitors to the beautiful countryside of the Lake District and the fabulous mountains of Snowdonia. Also in easy travelling distance are Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster. Within walking distance of the Cockcroft Institute is the beautiful All Saints Church Daresbury which house the stained glass Lewis Carroll Memorial Windows.

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For more information, please visit the following website or contact Sue Waller or Michelle Keeley at ciastecevents@stfc.ac.uk



Please be aware that the deadline for Student Support is 5th June 2017.

The deadline for the early bird registration of £150 is 25th June 2017.
After this date, the conference fee will rise to £200



If you require a visa please email ciastecevents@stfc.ac.uk providing all relevant information that should be included in the invitation letter.

Student Bursaries:


A limited amount of student bursaries are available to assist with travel costs, accommodation and/or fee waiving. To apply, please provide a signed reference from your supervisor and a document stating why you think you should be chosen to receive a bursary to attend this conference. Along with this information, please also state the estimated cost of your travel in pounds sterling.

Students are encouraged to present a poster. This will be displayed throughout the workshop and will also be manned during a special session - in which judging will occur. A prize will be presented for the best poster.

Send your documents to ciastecevents@stfc.ac.uk



The Cockcroft Institute, Daresbury Laboratory
Sci-Tech Daresbury
Daresbury, Warrington
WA4 4AD United Kingdom


If you have any queries please contact: ciastecevents@stfc.ac.uk


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