Dr. Sébastien Penninckx awarded at the Nanomedicine 2019 conference

Sébastien Penninckx defended his PhD thesis in physics and biology at the UNamur in February 2019. In the course of his doctoral work, he has built bridges between nanotechnology and cancer radiotherapy. This highly transdisciplinary work is the result of a close collaboration between the research groups of Prof. Stéphane Lucas and Prof. Anne-Catherine Heuskin (LARN), and Prof. Carine Michiels (URBC). Sébastien Penninckx studied cancer cell response to X-ray and proton irradiation after uptake of gold nanoparticles (GNPs). His research evidenced that GNPs increase the effectiveness of radiation on cancer cells. Two recent publications are shedding light on the mechanisms responsible for this radiosensitizing effect induced by GNPs: Penninckx et al., 2019 and Penninckx et al., 2018.

On May 20-21, 2019, Sébastien was invited at the 4th International Conference on Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology in London to present his research. At this occasion, he was awarded a "Certificate of recognition for a phenomenal and worthy oral presentation" for his communication entitled “The role of thioredoxin reductase in gold nanoparticle radiosensitization effects". Read abstract