AN agreement between the University of Newcastle, Calvary Mater Newcastle and Thailand’s Princess Chulabhorn Royal Academy hopes to foster new avenues for research and academic collaboration in the field of medical physics with a view to improving radiotherapy in other countries. The Academy was set up to help improve the health outcomes of Thai people under the guidance of Her Royal Highness, Princess Chulabhorn, who has a doctorate in science and is a strong supporter of medical research.
This new agreement would also facilitate the exchange of students between the facilities.
Professor Peter Greer said the agreement would provide Calvary Mater Newcastle and the University of Newcastle with the perfect opportunity to expand and increase their research capacity, together with their international profiles.
“The students will contribute to research and development at Calvary Mater Newcastle by assisting to develop our magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) radiotherapy program, as well as our research projects to improve quality assurance of patient treatments and to improve computer planning of patient treatments,” he said.
The first student from the academy is now based in Newcastle waiting to commence his PhD.