Jointly organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Council on Isotopes (WCI) and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), The course was designed to transfer crucial knowledge and practical skills to technical professionals in the radiopharmaceutical field, to enable the participants to improve their skills and laboratory capabilities, but also build the leadership skills needed to manage, in their home countries, radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.
The Secretariat of WCI received a total of 55 nominations from 22 countries. Ten trainees were selected from: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Vietnam. All are professionals, specialized in the area of radiopharmaceuticals.
The course curriculum included an overview of radiochemistry, radioisotopes, and radiopharmaceuticals with theoretical lectures and practical demonstrations, including hands-on experience of appropriate techniques. Information was also provided on the application of relevant guidelines and quality assurance systems, GMP, control strategies and related legislation aspects. Topics and specific issues of importance to the participants were also discussed. The trainees showed a keen interest in the subject matter and participated fully in the program.
The training was structured to not only include theoretical principles and methodology but also “hands-on” laboratory and facility visits (HANARO Reactor, Samyoung Unitech, KAERI ARTI, Seoul National University Hospital, & Asan Medical Center). This equipped participants with scientific and theoretical knowledge and exposed them to routine practical procedures associated with the production of radiopharmaceuticals and its therapeutic applications.
At the end of the 10-day training course, trainees were given certificates of completion.
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