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AAPM 2021

AAPM 2021

This year's AAPM meeting will be held virtually July 25-29. The theme is: "Creating science. Advancing medicine."

Drs. Jiang, Jia and Nguyen receive NIH/NCI award

Drs. Jiang, Jia and Nguyen receive NIH/NCI award

Dr. Steve Jiang, Vice Chair and Professor; Dr. Xun Jia, Professor; and Dr. Dan Nguyen, Assistant Professor, in collaboration with Varian Medical Systems Inc., received a $2.9M NIH Academic-Industrial Partnerships R01 grant to develop human-like AI agents for better and faster radiotherapy treatment planning. This is the second R01 grant received by three multiple principal investigators to develop AI tools for improving cancer radiotherapy.

Dr. Xiangkun Xu awarded the 2021 Spring Conference Travel Award

Dr. Xiangkun Xu awarded the 2021 Spring Conference Travel Award

Dr. Xiangkun Xu was awarded the 2021 Spring Conference Travel Award by the UT Southwestern Postdoctoral Association.

Dr. Xun Jia receives $250,000 grant

Dr. Xun Jia receives $250,000 grant

Dr. Xun Jia, Professor of Radiation Oncology, in collaboration with Dr. Anke Henning, Professor of Radiology and Director of the Advanced Imaging Research Center, received a $250,000 grant to develop a new MRI scanner that will help keep radiation focus on tumors in radiotherapy. Instead of using MRI imaging conducted days or weeks ago, the MRI Dr. Jia is developing will attach to radiotherapy equipment and show MRI images immediately before or during radiation treatment. This will help see the tumor and target the radiation. The current state-of-the-art radiotherapy uses cone-beam computed tomography attached to radiotherapy equipment to guide radiation delivery. The new MRI scanner will enable better tumor visualizations without the concern of X-ray exposure in computed tomography.

AAPM/COMP Meeting 2020

AAPM/COMP Meeting 2020

This year's joint AAPM/COMP meeting was held virtually July 12 - 16. This year's theme was Improving Health Quality. Increasing Global Impact. Our Department participated in dozens of posters and presentations.

Roberts' Prize for best published paper in 2019

Roberts' Prize for best published paper in 2019

Xiao Liang, Liyuan Chen, Dan Nguyen, Zhiguo Zhou, Xuejun Gu, Ming Yang, Jing Wang, and Steve Jiang—all part of our Department—were just awarded the Roberts’ Prize for best paper published in the journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology for 2019. Their paper is entitled “Generating synthesized computed tomography (CT) from cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) using CycleGAN for adaptive radiation therapy.”

AI can jump-start radiation therapy for cancer patients

AI can jump-start radiation therapy for cancer patients

Artificial intelligence can help cancer patients start their radiation therapy sooner – and thereby decrease the odds of the cancer spreading – by instantly translating complex clinical data into an optimal plan of attack.

Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US

Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US

Carbon ion therapy is similarly precise, but because carbon ions are heavier, they deliver more cancer-killing power than protons do. Carbon centers have reported impressive survival rates, particularly for hard-to-treat bone and soft-tissue cancers such as spinal tumors.

Machines treating patients?

Machines treating patients?

Rayfield Byrd knows when it’s time to wake up every morning. The 68-year-old Oakland, Cal., resident hears a voice from the living room offering a cheery good morning. Except Byrd lives alone.

Working smarter with AI

Working smarter with AI

Imagine a future in which the wristband you're wearing can nudge your doctor by indicating you've been in the exam room for half an hour. Or where the clinic is wired for sensors that recognize you when you walk in the door, taking your temperature and blood pressure and recording your height and weight.Far from science fiction, these clinic scenarios are real artificial intelligence (AI) projects currently being developed at UT Southwestern's Medical Artificial Intelligence and Automation (MAIA) Laboratory.

UTSW receives national recognition

UTSW receives national recognition

U.S. News & World Report just released its 2017 list of top hospitals. UT Southwestern ranks #1 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and #2 in Texas. In addition, we nationally ranked in six specialties and are noted as high-performing in four conditions, including cancer. An honor to be recognized!

A new chapter in radiation oncology

A new chapter in radiation oncology

UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation’s top destinations for patients seeking cancer treatments. Now it has a new radiation oncology building to call home that’s as sterling as its reputation.

High-tech radiation oncology building opens its doors

High-tech radiation oncology building opens its doors

UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation’s top destinations for patients seeking cancer treatments. Now it has a new radiation oncology building to call home that’s as sterling as its reputation.

New faculty members and promotions in Radiation Oncology

New faculty members and promotions in Radiation Oncology

Andrei Pugachev, Ph.D., is a new Assistant Professor in our Physics Division, while Heeyoun Bunch, Ph.D., joins the Molecular Radiation Biology Division as an Instructor.

Radiation Oncology well-represented at ASTRO

Radiation Oncology well-represented at ASTRO

With 16 abstracts, seven presentations, and one press briefing, the faculty of UT Southwestern Radiation Oncology will be well-represented at the 50th annual conference of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Jiang awarded $4m from CPRIT

Jiang awarded $4m from CPRIT

Dr. Steve Jiang, Professor and Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology and Chief of the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, has been awarded $4 million by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop new technology to treat lung cancer patients with heavy ions. A total of $9.6 million was awarded to UT Southwestern researchers by CPRIT in the latest round of funding.

Zhang wins travel award to ASTRO

Zhang wins travel award to ASTRO

First year medical physics resident You Zhang, Ph.D., is a recipient of a travel award to this year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in September. He won the category of Basic/Translational Science - Junior Investigator Radiation Physics for his abstract titled “A Biomechanical Modeling Guided CBCT Reconstruction Technique (Bio-recon).”

Grants awarded to Radiation Oncology researchers

Grants awarded to Radiation Oncology researchers

Grants totaling more than $2.6 million have been awarded to researchers in medical physics and molecular radiation biology.

Speaker roundup for July

Speaker roundup for July

Department of Radiation Oncology faculty gave invited lectures at the following events recently:

Medical Physics team heads to AAPM meeting

Medical Physics team heads to AAPM meeting

With 58 accepted abstracts and two, top-scored investigators, the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering will be strongly represented at the annual American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting July 31-Aug. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Speaker roundup for June

Speaker roundup for June

Department of Radiation Oncology faculty gave invited lectures at the following events recently:

Texans want in on cancer "moonshot"

Texans want in on cancer "moonshot"

Our heavy ion initiative was highlighted during a national summit on cancer led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Taleei wins travel award

Taleei wins travel award

Reza Taleei, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, has been awarded a 1,500-euro stipend to attend the Proton Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG) annual meeting in Prague in May. Dr. Taleei will present a poster at the conference.

Jiang delivers lecture at UT Medical Branch

Jiang delivers lecture at UT Medical Branch

In April, Department Vice Chair and Director of Medical Physics Steve Jiang, Ph.D., delivered the Martin Schneider Memorial Lectureship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Tx. The prestigious event honors that institution’s former chair of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Jiang gave a talk on “Next Generation Radiotherapy Treatment Planning”.

Department makes heavy ion grant awards

Department makes heavy ion grant awards

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center has awarded five, two-year seed grants of $100,000 apiece to Texas researchers to facilitate research related to heavy ion therapy.

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

Investigators in the Department of Radiation Oncology were awarded close to $2.7 million in the latest round of funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to study and treat childhood cancer.

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health awarded UT Southwestern a $1 million planning grant to establish the country’s first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy.

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care.