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College joins forces with Prostate Cancer UK to fund major research award

04 August 2014

The College of Radiographers (CoR) has joined forces with Prostate Cancer UK to award a Clinical Training Fellowship worth over £180,000. Ashley d’Aquino

This year’s Fellow will be Ashley d’Aquino, a Lecturer Practitioner in Radiotherapy at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

The Prostate Cancer UK/CoR Doctoral Fellowship will enable Ashley to develop a method to determine more accurately the amount of radiation received by the tissues surrounding the prostate during the course of radiotherapy.

Her method will use volumetric treatment images which have been acquired daily, so are a more accurate representation of the position of the prostate and organs at risk.

This will enable further investigation of the relationship between dose received and side effects experienced by the patient. The information can then be used to develop and evaluate dose escalation strategies.

Ashley commented: “I am thrilled to have been awarded the Prostate Cancer UK and College of Radiographers Joint Clinical Research Training Fellowship.

“This fellowship is a unique opportunity for me to develop the skills required for quality research and will benefit men receiving radiotherapy for prostate cancer.”

She continued: “The collaboration between Prostate Cancer UK and the College has resulted in investment in health care professionals, such as therapeutic radiographers, who are able to undertake patient centred research and contribute to the quality of radiotherapy treatment. 

“I am very much looking forward to undertaking this fellowship so generously supported by Prostate Cancer UK and the College of Radiographers.”

Last year, radiographer James Stirling became the first research fellow under the joint programme. Based at the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, James’ research looked at the technology used in identifying further treatment for men with recurrent prostate cancer.

SCoR Acting Professional and Education Manager Rachel Harris commented: “This is a massive award and will result in another Doctorate for radiography as a profession. We are really pleased that both therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers have received the Fellowship.

“The College would especially like to thank Prostate Cancer UK for its generous support of radiographers.”
Ashley will be presenting her work at the CoR’s Annual Radiotherapy Conference in Bristol on 30 January - 1 February 2015.

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England andWales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 2653887

Notes for Editor

The Society of Radiographers is the trade union and professional body for radiographers and all non-medical members of the workforce in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy in the UK. It is responsible for their professional, educational, public and workplace interests. It has 26,000 members and represents more than 80 per cent of the radiography workforce. For further information, please contact Dominic Deeson on 0795 784 5238.

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