Research System

One of the important roles of proton beam therapy is to be efficacious against intractable diseases for which conventional X-ray therapy is not sufficiently effective.

We believe that it is very important as a research department of a university hospital to verify biologically what kind of treatment can be performed on different kinds of lesions, from small lesions to large lesions, while ensuring safety, and to serve as a bridge to clinical practice.

Additionally, a characteristic of the University of Tsukuba is that it researches safe and secure radiation technology that can be used in clinical settings, not only with a view to medical science, but also from a physics point of view.

Main medical physics research underway

  • Research to improve the accuracy and safety of radiation and particle beam therapy
  • Development of new therapeutic technology using accelerators
  • Development of new technologies for quality control
  • Development of technology to accurately assess the radiation dose distribution in the body

Main basic research underway

  • Research on the biological effects of proton beams on cancer cells and normal cells
  • Research on the tumor immunostimulatory effect of cancer tissue irradiation.
  • Elucidation of the DNA damage caused by ionizing radiation and its repair mechanism

Main clinical research underway

  • Clinical research on proton beam therapy for prostate cancer using short-term radiation therapy
  • Safety and efficacy of proton beam therapy for large cerebral artery malformations
  • Investigation of the safety and efficacy of proton beam therapy for pediatric tumors by compiling a database of cases