Fight against cancer: IRSN recognised by the IAEA as a Collaborating Centre

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On 1 February 2024, the Director General signed an agreement with the IAEA in Vienna recognising IRSN as a Collaborating Centre in the fight against cancer.  This Centre is part of the IAEA's Rays of Hope initiative. It aims to promote the safe use of ionising radiation (IR) in the medical field for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer (radiotherapy), particularly in emerging countries.

This agreement commits IRSN for three years (2024-2027). It will mobilise around twenty experts from the Institute in four areas:

  • support for awareness-raising and training in the use of IR in the medical field
  • assistance in drafting IAEA guides
  • research into radiation protection and medical physics
  • risk perception and communication on the risks associated with the use of IR in the medical field

This commitment is a further contribution by IRSN to the IAEA and the fight against cancer.

Following IRSN's designation as an IAEA Collaborating Centre (ICC) in 2021, in the field of medical management of radiological and nuclear emergencies, this new agreement represents further recognition of IRSN's expertise on the international scene and an additional contribution by IRSN to the IAEA's work in the fight against cancer.

From left to right : Najat Moktar, Lydie Evrard, Jean-Christophe Niel, Delphine Hournau-Pouëzat