NARILIS - SCK●CEN radiobiology poster in the spotlight of the 6th symposium on Medical Radioisotopes

Naomi Daems is a PhD student working in the field of radiobiology and nanomedicine. The aim of her PhD thesis is to develop a cancer theranostics platform based on the use of gold nanoparticles as radiosensitizers in therapeutic as well as diagnostic cancer applications. Naomi’s work focuses on the evaluation of the in vitro cytotoxicity of these gold nanoparticles on healthy cell types, which is crucial prior to move to clinical testing.

Her thesis work is performed in the context of a close collaboration between the Belgian nuclear research centre SCK●CEN (Dr. An Aerts - Radiobiology unit) and the University of Namur (Prof. Carine Michiels - Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Prof. Stéphane Lucas - Laboratory of Analysis by Nuclear Reaction).  

At the 6th Symposium on Medical Radioisotopes, which was held on May 11, 2017 in Mechelen in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid and Herman De Croo, Naomi Daems presented a poster communication entitled “Cytotoxicity assessment of gold nanoparticles on non-cancerous cell lines”. Her poster was one of the two posters selected by the board to be presented to the Princess Astrid! Moreover, she was awarded the First Poster Price!