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RaBBiT provides a unique approach to training and research by implementing a distinctive vision based on collaborative research and researchers with different, but complementary, scientific areas and backgrounds. Such transdisciplinary and synergetic approach helps to bridge the gap between studies at molecular level and cellular or tissue level. This is achieved by a better take on macromolecular characterization and interaction studies which can help in knowledge translation between the most fundamental molecular interactions and the higher complexity of biological systems. This all-inclusive approach is fundamental to the achievement of our objectives.


RaBBiT fosters a collaboration opportunity on radiation biochemistry and biophysics that can fulfil a gap in the current demand for advanced training with impact on different related research areas1. How can this comprehensive approach impact science and society? Modern societies are facing several clinical pathologies related to ageing, oxidative stress and cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death roughly accounting for one in every seven deaths worldwide2. To put it in perspective this is more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. In 2020 alone deaths due to cancer were 1.5x the total number of deaths due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Advanced research in radiation biology and biophysics is getting extremely relevant to help answer these problems. Ultimately, RaBBiT efforts result in applied outputs such as the development of radiobiological tools and innovative radiotherapy methodologies with impact on clinical protocols.

While cancer is the most important and impacting example3, environmental and/or occupational exposure to radiation is becoming more relevant as different professional’s awareness is increasing. These have had particular attention not only from the scientific community but also from political agents at national and European level4.

    1. For example, health (nuclear medicine and radiotherapy), environmental sciences (radiation monitoring, bioremediation), and engineering and technology (e.g. uses in material density evaluation, product sterilization, quality control, electricity generation).
    2. Data from ︎︎︎ World Health Organisation, ︎︎︎ European Cancer Information System, ︎︎︎ International Agency for Research on Cancer and ︎︎︎ American Cancer Society.
    3. As recognized in Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar of Horizon Europe and defined in EU Missions as one of current greatest challenges. ︎︎︎ Read more.
    4. Such as directives from the ︎︎︎ European Commission.