Within the framework of events dedicated to the 65th anniversary of Obninsk, a short-term course “Medical applications of nuclear and radiation technologies and related educational programmes” was held in the Train-The-Trainers format from July 19 to July 30 at Rosatom Technical Academy. The training program was aimed at faculty members of universities from ROSATOM partner countries and represents a series of courses implemented to support transfer of nuclear education.
Rector of Rosatom Technical Academy, Yuri Seleznev noted that “Obninsk is the place of concentration of scientific and technical competencies and material resources in the field of power and non-power applications of nuclear technologies. Rosatom Technical Academy at its Obninsk campus has developed a specialized training course in cooperation with leading scientific and technical organizations and universities of Russia. The program is aimed at developing the potential of national education systems and specialists responsible for the implementation of nuclear programs in the partner countries of ROSATOM in the field of medical applications of nuclear and radiation technologies. ”
The training was attended by 16 participants from 10 countries developing nuclear programs in non-power applications, including medical radiology. Rosatom Tech’s experience of conducting short-term courses online, gained due to epidemiological restrictions, allowed the organizers to hold the event in a mixed format: part of the trainees group was able to participate remotely.
“Undoubtedly, nuclear and radiation technologies play an irreplaceable role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015”, – said Vera Upirova, Senior Project Manager of ROSATOM, in her greeting. – “Through conducting short-term courses in the “Train-The-Trainers” format, ROSATOM provides a direct transfer of Russian nuclear education to partner countries in the interests of their national programs for the development of nuclear and radiation technologies and establishes a stable system of communication between Russian and international universities within the framework of joint educational programs.”
The key experts from ROSATOM, JSC Rusatom Overseas, JSC Rusatom Healthcare and the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University delivered welcoming remarks and keynote lectures at the opening of the course.
Irina Svyato, Advisor to the Director General of JSC Rusatom Healthcare said that “Today there is a shortage of qualified personnel in the field of nuclear medicine and the demand for this direction of training is obvious. It is especially important to conduct a course on such topic in Obninsk, a city that has historically been the holder and driver of a wide range of competencies in the field of nuclear and radiation technologies. JSC Rusatom Healthcare is currently developing a project to create a modern plant for the production of radiopharmaceuticals in Obninsk. The products will be supplied to the Russian and foreign markets. Cooperation with the Technical Academy in terms of training personnel for projects in the field of nuclear medicine is strategic ”
“The use of radionuclides in medical imaging and therapy, especially in oncological diseases, has become a standard in many countries, – said Dean of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, radiochemist Stepan Kalmykov. – Radiopharmaceuticals are in many ways superior to the capabilities of any other imaging and treatment methods, and their introduction into everyday practice can dramatically improve and even save the lives of many people. Unfortunately, potential patients are afraid of the prefix “radio-“ itself. We, scientists-radiochemists, like no other else understand the mechanism of action of radiopharmaceuticals. We are able to train specialists who can convey to people the benefits of using ionizing radiation.”
During the two-week training program, in addition to Rosatom Tech’s faculty, invited experts from National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Ural Federal University acted as lecturers. At the technical tours organized for the trainees, specialists from the A. Tsyb Medical Radiological Research Center and the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering also shared their experience.
As part of the events dedicated to the celebration of the anniversary of the Obninsk, the course participants attended an international forum “Obninsk – the Center of International Nuclear Education and Science.” The trainees were also able to send postcards to their relatives abroad from city’s Belkinsky Park.
Summing up the results of the course, Vice-Rector – Director of the Department for International Cooperation and International Business Development Pavel Zhuravlev expressed hope for further cooperation. “We are waiting for you again in the Russian Federation, at Rosatom Technical Academy, to work together on Rosatom projects. During this time, we have become not only partners, but also friends. We will continue to communicate to help each other. Thank you for your social media stories about your short stay here. I am sure that many people now know more about Russia, about nuclear technologies, about our joint work and friendship”, – he addressed trainees at the closing ceremony.
“The Course has generally been excellently delivered and appreciatively received by participants like myself. The organization of the course covered the needs of developing countries like Ghana. The delivery of nuclear knowledge in medical applications of nuclear and radiation technologies and its related educational programmes, was effectively organized. In the process, consideration was given to the understanding of basic nuclear physics and isotope production for medical purposes. The contribution of the major stakeholders and practice-oriented training in the field of non-energy applications using high-tech hardware systems was dealt with in detail. Several technical tours to various manufacturing infrastructural sites contributed to the overwhelming revelation of the medical benefits of non-power applications being utilized to save humanity. I am a proud beneficiary of this course and I will encourage all my colleagues to partake in it whenever the opportunity avails itself again.” – Amoah Paul Atta
“I am pleased to be one of the participants in this promising training, especially in medical field which is of interest to scientists around the world during the pandemic situation, I found there in Obninsk Rosatom Academy mass knowledge relevant to physicist, chemist, and mathematician that is in direct contact with medical applications to recover tumors and cancers. I would like to thank all organizers and lecturers staff for this knowledge that will help us to wide our scientific vision for better life quality.” – Abdelrahman Abdelmagid
“The pandemic has shown us the need to use an interdisciplinary approach to address various problems. In accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed by Serbia and Russia with the participation of Rosatom a decision was made to build a research reactor for its use in the field of nuclear medicine within the framework of the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology in our country. As part of the course we were able to get acquainted with the basics of building educational programs for training specialists in the field of high-tech medicine. The knowledge that we receive at the Rosatom Technical Academy is further used in the course of teaching students of our university who will work at the research reactor. We would also like to say thank you for the leadership of the Technical Academy for the invitation to participate in the events organized in honor of the anniversary of Obninsk.” – Kristina Bikit-Sreder
Courses in the “Train-The-Trainers” format are held by the Rosatom Technical Academy on a regular basis within the framework of the ROSATOM project “International Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Education”. This course is part of educational activities that cover a wide range of topics: from electricity generation at nuclear power plants, including SMRs, and the production of modern radiopharmaceuticals at research reactors to the irradiation of medical materials and agricultural products and imaging and treatment of cancer. The courses support the transfer of nuclear education, which means the transfer of competencies in teaching students in nuclear and radiation technologies, to partner countries.