Seed Grants in Particle Therapy

Following a competitive review, the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in early 2016 awarded five two-year seed grants of $100,000 apiece to facilitate research related to heavy ion therapy. The Department is in the process of building a heavy ion therapy facility and plans to establish the National Particle Therapy Research Center (NPTRC) based on this facility. These seeds grants are part of the effort to launch the NPTRC.

The selected projects include:

  • “Exploiting hadron therapy differential DNA damage for radioprotection and radiosensitization”
    Gabriel O. Sawakuchi, M.D., Ph.D., M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 
  • “Analysis and Preprocessing of Single Proton/Ion Tracks for Clinical Imaging”
    Keith Schubert, Ph.D.,  Baylor University
  • “Prompt gamma imaging for range verification and dose monitoring of carbon ion therapy”
    Mingwu Jin, Ph.D., UT Arlington
  • “Preliminary study of PET image-based on-line beam range-verification and delivery”
    Yiping Shao, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center 
  • “Neutron detector array for monitoring neutrons generated during heavy ion therapy”
    Bruce E. Gnade, Ph.D.,
    UT Dallas

Each of the funded pilot projects represents a highly innovative approach to:

  • Stimulate and facilitate research activities related to heavy ion therapy within the state of Texas.
  • Promote and form research collaborations in the field of heavy ion therapy among institutions within the state of Texas.
  • Generate preliminary data to support future grant applications to establish the NPTRC.