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November 2020.


Newsletter #1


A message from the Communication Task Force.

Hey, BNCT community! We hope you are doing well in this particular time. It is our pleasure to announce the release of our first newsletter, among different communication materials. We are the Communication Task Force, a group of young researchers devoted to contributing to communication and outreach of BNCT. We come from different research groups, but we represent the ISNCT. The final idea is to bring the ISNCT members closer together and (why not?) to spread BNCT all over the world.
On October 8th we obtained approval and support from the Executive Board of the ISNCT. During the last months, we have met virtually at strange hours (from 7 am to 9.30 pm!), organised between us and worked a lot! Today we still continue working on our website, now supported in Wordpress. We are actually developing a nice repository of bibliography. Our social media accounts are now available (come and visit us on facebookinstagram and twitter) and our youtube channel is waiting for your subscription! There, you can find our first interviews.
We are growing in ideas but we need collaboration to gather informations, collect news, etc. So you are very welcome to cooperate with us! You can find us via our social media or you can write to news@isnct.net.

In this first newsletter we focused on some important meetings held this year and on the congresses to come, hopefully with the end of the pandemic. Please, read us!

IAEA BNCT technical meeting.

By Naonori Hu in collaboration with Valeria Monti.
 
Some of us had the privilege to attend the technical meeting on advances in boron neutron capture therapy organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Due to Covid-19, the meeting was held virtually between 27-31 July 2020.

Over 100 participants across 20 countries joined this meeting to share their personal experience and expertise in aid to review and update the current TECDOC-1223. Majority of the participants submitted an abstract, whereby the co-chairs for each session presented a summary of the abstracts. Some of the key points addressed at the meeting were:
  • Standardisation of calculation and reporting for BNCT treatments.
  • An overview of the current accelerator and their targets.
  • Need of beam characterization and discussion on beam requirements.
  • An overview of the boron compounds.
  • A guideline to produce inter-comparable radiobiological data are required to feed computational models to design accurate procedures for treatment planning and dosimetry.
  • Regulatory considerations that cover radiation safety.
The speciality groups will proceed with the drafting of the new sections of the TECDOC and a review will be held in approximately one year. Thereafter, a consultants’ meeting may be held to finalise the document.

The full report of the meeting can be found here. The full draft is expected to be ready before june 2021. 

The 59th Annual Conference of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group.

By Andrea Monti Hughes.
 
The Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit worldwide organization of scientists and professionals interested in proton, light ion and heavy charged particle radiotherapy. The mission of PTCOG is to promote science, technology and practical clinical application of particle therapy. PTCOG promotes education and global activities in the field of particle radiation therapy, organizing scientific meetings and educational sessions. In 2019, in Manchester UK, BNCT was included in the PTCOG international conference programme with parallel oral and poster sessions. In this meeting, the PTCOG BNCT working group was created and the first meeting was held with several members for ISNCT that were present. In 2020 the second PTCOG BNCT working group meeting (on September 11th) was held virtually, in which the President and more ISNCT members participated. This PTCOG BNCT working group is open to anyone who would like to participate.

The PTCOG 59 meeting was virtually organized due to COVID pandemia. It was held on September 13th and 14th, 2020. The congress consisted on Educational sessions, Plenary sessions (keynote sessions), Sponsor pitches and sessions. In this virtual congress, BNCT was also present with 10 presentations (between oral and poster presentations). 

Taiwan-Japan Neutron Capture Therapy Academic Conference of Elite.

by Po-Shen Pan and Chiara Magni.
 
The second Taiwan-Japan Neutron Capture Therapy Academic Conference of Elite (TJNCTACE) was held on 31 October 2020, in Taiwan. The congress was originally planned in March, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It took place in New Taipei City, the most populous city of Taiwan. Attendants from Taiwan gathered at the Tamkang University campus, while participants from Japan, Singapore and China connected via a video conferencing platform. The meeting is held every year between Taiwan and Japan’s BNCT research groups and focuses on any topics related to recent developments of BNCT. 
This year, the topics included: 
  • Innovative boron drugs for BNCT
  • Clinical studies of BNCT
  • Recent development of BNCT in Taiwan, Japan and China.

All-Russian Conference and School of Young Scientists on Boron Neutron Capture Therapy.

by Alexandr Makarov and Chiara Magni.

The first and the second All-Russian Conference and School of Young Scientists on Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (RuBNCT) were held in Novosibirsk in October 2019, and then a year later in October 2020. Lectures for young scientists and students were presented, among others, by recognised professors. 
Photos from the 1st RuBNCT Conference are available here, while the programs of the 1st  and 2nd conferences are available here and here.

Upcoming international BNCT meetings.

by Chiara Magni in collaboration with Pablo Torres and Alexandr Makarov.
 
As many of you know, both ICNCT and YBNCT have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the following, you can find a summary with all the information currently available regarding the upcoming congresses.
 

19th ICNCT.

September 5th -10th  2021. Granada, Spain.
 
The next Mayor Congress (19ICNCT) will be held in Spain, on September 5th-10th, 2021 (NEW DATES). It will take place in Granada, the capital city of the Granada province in the autonomous community of Andalusia, located between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Mediterranean coast.
The Congress will be hosted by the University of Granada, the University Chair "Neutrons for Medicine" and the ISNCT. The venue will be the Granada Congress Palace, located near the historic city centre. Dates for abstract submission and registration deadlines will be notified soon. A social program including a Gala dinner at "Palacio de los Cordova" in Granada city centre, and a private visit to the Alhambra Monument (first photo, UNESCO World Heritage site along with Albaicín district, second photo) will be scheduled, taking into account the security measures related to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. More detailed information, including instructions about registration and abstract submission, is available on the Congress website.
 

11th YBNCT.

July 2022. Novosibirsk, Russia.

The next Young Meeting will be held in July 2022, in Russia. It will take place in Novosibirsk, the third-most populous city in Russia, located in the southwestern part of Siberia, on the banks of the Ob River. The Meeting will be organised by the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Novosibirsk State University. The congress venue will be in the educational and scientific centre of Siberia Akademgorok, part of Sovetsky district of Novosibirsk city, near the river, 30 km from the city center. More information will be released as soon as possible.
That's all for now!
We hope you enjoyed this first communication.

For the next release we'll deal with Jounal's Special Issues devoted to BNCT, among others. Have you got your PhD during 2020? Please write us to news@isnct.net and will announce your achievement in this newsletter.

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