The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK CEN, created in 1952, is a Foundation of Public Utility with a legal status according to private law under the tutorial of the Belgian Federal Minister in charge of Energy.
SCK CEN develops, gathers and spreads its knowledge through education and communication, and its available know-how and installations are also used for services to the nuclear industry, the medical sector and the government. Next to the various research facilities related to nuclear reactor technology and development, SCK CEN is equipped with laboratories related to radiation protection research. The laboratories for Radiation Protection Dosimetry and Calibration and Low-level Radioactivity Measurements evaluate the internal contamination of employees and operators of the nuclear industry and the contamination of the territory and the food chain. SCK CEN has specialised laboratories for up-to-date research in Radiobiology, Microbiology and Radioecology (e.g. genomic platform, bioreactors, growth chambers and greenhouses). The laboratories for reactor dosimetry, for material testing and for radiochemistry support the research reactors and other labs and provide services to external partners and clients.
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Ghent University attracts over 41,000 students, with a foreign student population of about 4,100. In 2015, the University invested over 242 million Euros in research projects on behalf of public and private partners, and employed around 6,600 academic staff members. The University has participated in more than 200 research projects in the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006), in 260 projects in the Seventh Framework Programme and more than 100 projects under Horizon 2020.
The conducted research of the Division of Medical Physics of the Ghent University focuses on patient-specific dosimetry in x-ray applications and nuclear medicine, image quality assessment in diagnostic imaging, evaluation of biologic effects of low doses of ionizing radiation and biomarkers for treatment optimization in radiotherapy.
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