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CNAO research activities

CNAO research activities

CNAO research activities


High Technology Research

In a Centre of Hadrontherapy- an avant-garde radiotherapy technique to treat tumours-, it is essential to carry out research activities by implementing projects in all the scientific sectors in which the Center is involved, with the strategic objective of continuously improving the treatments.

Diagnostic and medical instrumentation requires continuous development in order to optimise treatment results.

Given the complexity and interdisciplinary aspect of the Centre's facilities, research applying the most advanced technologies in all sectors is fundamental to keep the Centre's high technology at the forefront.

Clinical research

Following-up of the different categories of patients, treated at the Centre as well as all any other Hadrontherapy Centres around the world helps determine how effective the therapy is. This knowledge will be then reflected in therapeutic protocols, and will also impact on technology.

CNAO and INFN together for Hadrontherapy Research

The National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the National Center of Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO) of Pavia have signed an important agreement for a joint research project at the CNAO.

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Dr Marco Pullia introduces the Synchrotron

Our supporters

  • The CARIPLO Foundation, which is one of CNAO's private supporters, deserves a special recognition for having always believed in the project and for the generous funds contributed. They first took part in our projects in 2003 for the construction of the building. More recently, as part of the emblematic regional contributions of 2010, the CARIPLO Foundation financed the CNAO-MED project, aimed at purchasing imaging equipment (Magnetic Resonance and CT/PET) and the control system of the accelerator and computerised patient management system.
  • In 2006-2007, Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation supported the CNAO Foundation in the contract for purchasing the magnets for the synchrotron.
  • In 2005, Enel Cuore Onlus contributed to purchase the power supply unit for the dipole magnets of the synchrotron.

Donate to research

Via the "5x1000" tax or a standard donation, you can contribute to the progress of therapies and technology at CNAO.


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Scientific research

CNAO is also a research centre. We are engaged in projects and experiments in all the scientific fields in which the Centre is involved. Our strategic goal is the continuous improvement of therapy.

  • Azienda con sistema di gestione per la Qualità Certificata
  • Centre registered with QuESTIO, the mapping of players actively operating in the field of research and innovation
  • Lombardia Life Sciences
  • ESTRO Institutional Member 2019