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Research & Innovation, Making a Difference

Lincoln is proud to be home to world class researchers who are making profound contributions to their subject areas. From developing new medical technologies to preserving rare architectural treasures, the work of Lincoln’s academics and students makes a real difference to society. More than half of Lincoln’s research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

For example, a research team led by Professor Nigel Allinson, Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering in Lincoln’s School of Computer Science, is developing world-first medical imaging technology to provide more effective radiotherapy treatment for thousands of cancer sufferers. Proton beam therapy has the ability to deliver high doses of radiation just to a tumour site with very little radiation being absorbed in healthy tissue. It is particularly useful in treating cancer in children and tumours that are close to the body's vital structures such as in the head or near the spinal cord. The UK’s first proton therapy centres are due to open by 2020 (in Manchester and London).

Professor Allinson’s research project, called Pravda, has produced the world’s first “proton CT scans” - a major step towards improving the quality and feasibility of Proton Therapy for cancer sufferers around the world

The multi-national research project is funded by the Wellcome Trust and employs unique sensors developed in the University of Lincoln, along with detectors developed by the University of Liverpool and used in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

In 2015 a section of the PRaVDA instrument was selected for inclusion in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s new show wall at its Savoy Place headquarters celebrating 100 engineering ideas that have changed our world.

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