iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS), a national research facility managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), will be celebrating 30 years of operations with the Separated Sector Cyclotron (SSC), an accelerator which produces particle beams for nuclear physics research, particle therapy research as well as for the production of radioisotopes. The event will take place on Friday, 13 October 2017 in Cape Town.

The 30-year-old SSC has played a pivotal role in positioning iThemba LABS as a key contributor to the creation of knowledge and human capacity in the area of accelerator based sciences.

Radioisotope production at iThemba LABS is a celebrated example of research supporting innovative and societally relevant solutions. iThemba LABS has over the years developed a global reputation for the production of high grade radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. Through these production activities, the facility has been able to meet a specific need in the local radiopharmaceuticals and radionuclide market. 

The particle beams from the SCC at iThemba LABS have also been used for the treatment of cancer patients with neutrons and proton therapy. In 1993, iThemba LABS, then known as the National Accelerator Centre, was the first centre worldwide to offer both these modalities on the same site.

The deputy director general of the department of Science and Technology, Dr Thomas Auf der Heyde, will be in attendance and will be speaking at the event. 

All media are invited.  

Details for the event: 

Date:               Friday, 13 October 2017

Time:              08h30 for 09h00 until 12h00

Venue:            iThemba LABS Auditorium, Old Faure Road, Faure, Cape Town

For media enquiries, interviews and RSVP, please contact:  

Palesa Mokoena

National Research Foundation

Tel: 012 481 4058

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