CBMS810 delivers the knowledge and some of the skills required to work as a clinical Radiopharmaceutical Scientist (RPSS). The role of the RPSS is to prepare radiopharmaceuticals (RPs) for the clinic. This can include radionuclide production, labelling of the biologically active molecule, performing all of the quality control processes and maintaining the documentation required. Additionally the RPSS can be involved in the research and development of new RPs and clinical trials. In this Unit the student will learn about the processes and techniques involved in the preparation and quality control of RPs as well as how a new RP may be introduced into the clinic, its evaluation and biological and clinical assessment. A significant outcome is how this improves clinical management.
An important aspect of this Unit is that it is mapped to the Training, Education and Assessment Program (TEAP), which leads to Certification as a RPSS through the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).
The Unit demonstrates the multidisciplinary nature of radiopharmaceutical science. The student will gain knowledge and skills that enable the application of pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry, nuclear science, pharmacology, biology and radiation safety to the production of radiolabelled drugs and biological macromolecules for use in non-invasive imaging, and in therapy. The Unit demonstrates the application of drug design.
The student will also gain knowledge and skills relevant to laboratory management, in particular the quality assurance and regulatory affairs requirements that govern both the use of ionising radiation and the manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals.
The student will also gain access to a number of institutions and departments, such as public hospitals, ANSTO, and some private entities to see the application of the knowledge and skills gained from the Unit.
The Curriculum will be delivered so as to encourage directed self-learning, a skill essential to functioning as a proactive scientist in the workplace. The two hour weekly session on-campus will be run as a combination of lectures and tutorials (lectorials). Lectures will be delivered as outlined in the Unit Schedule. Additionally, specific topics will be nominated for self-study. The student is expected to come to the weekly classes prepared to participate in robust discussion on these topics.
The Practical component of the Unit aims to provide students with both practical experience of working with radioactivity, and exposure to its use, clinically and pre-clinically. To best facilitate this process, visits to various institutions that employ radiopharmaceutical scientists have been organised, thus also offering the students insight into potential career options available. Times for these will be determined in consultation with all students in the unit.