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9 November 2015

A sabbatical year at IAEA to help promote nuclear medical technologies

M. Prakash HANDE, PhD, MPH

M. Prakash HANDE, PhD, MPH

Dr M. Prakash Hande, PhD, MPH, has joined the IAEA's Division of Human Health while on sabbatical from the National University of Singapore where he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology. Dr. Hande's seminal contribution to research involves understanding the role of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes, in ageing and cancer. His work, together with his team, has been instrumental in identifying the all-important role of DNA damage response/repair factors in telomere length maintenance to prevent genomic instability and cancer progression.

On his decision to spend his sabbatical year with the IAEA in Vienna, Dr Hande highlighted the Agency's excellent global cooperation network of research laboratories. "My goal is to help some of the many developing countries which aspire to exploit nuclear technologies and are interested in developing biodosimetry laboratories," he said. "It is possible to think of new therapeutical approaches to treat cancer in addition to improved radiotherapy. Mechanism-based cancer therapy is very attractive too. I am interested in updating the protocols in biological dosimetry – including newer biomarkers of radiation exposure."

Dr Hande is also noted for his interest in communicating to younger generations on the wonders of nuclear science in medicine. He recently taught a module on Radiation and Society at the National University of Singapore "to help stimulate discussion and thoughts among the youth on nuclear energy issues."

More information on Dr Hande's work and experience can be found at the following links:
medicine.nus.edu.sg/phys/Members_Faculty_Hande.html
tembusu.nus.edu.sg/people/prakash_hande.php

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