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The Department of Radiation Oncology is in the new Perelman Center. Occupying approximately 80,000 square feet on the Concourse Level, the new treatment facilities includes the most advanced proton and conventional radiation treatment modalities available as well as public spaces designed for the highest levels of patient comfort.


Department of Radiation Oncology 6th Annual Research Retreat
Saturday, December 8, 2012

Schedule

7:00 - 7:30am POSTER SETUP
   
7:30 - 8:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND POSTER VIEWING
   
8:00am RETREAT COMMENCES
   
8:00 - 8:05am
Introductory Comments by Dr. Stephen M. Hahn
  Henry K. Pancoast Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology, Co-Leader of the Radiation Biology and Imaging Program, Abramson Cancer Center
   
8:05 - 8:25am "Prospective Study of Thoracic Reirradiation with Proton Beam Radiotherapy: Feasibility and Safety Analysis"
ABIGAIL BERMAN
   
8:25 - 8:45am "A Pre-Clinical Model for Response and Resistance to RadVax, The Combination of Radiation and Anti-CTLA4"
CHRISTINA TWYMAN
   
8:45 - 9:05am "Modeling Thermal Effects in Antivascular Ultrasound Therapy"
SHEP SMITHLINE
   
9:05 - 9:25am "Improving the LETd Distribution in Proton Therapy for Prostate Tumors Using a Non-Distal-Edge Patching Technique"
MARCUS FAGER
   
9:25 - 9:35am COFFEE BREAK
   
9:35 - 9:55am "Late Consequential Surgical Bed Soft TIssue Necrosis in Advanced Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinomas (OP-SCC) Treated with Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) and Postoperative Radiation (PORT)"
J. NICK LUKENS
   
9:55 - 10:15am "Risk of Fatal Cerebrovascular Accidents after External Beam Radiotherapy for Early Stage Glottic Larynx Cancer"
SAM SWISHER-MCCLURE
   
10:15 - 10:35am "Disparities in the Treatment and Outcomes of Lung Cancer among HIV-Infected Individuals"
GITA SUNEJA
   
10:35 - 10:55am "Latest Update on CTC analyses at Penn Radiation Oncology"
SANJAY CHANDRASEKARAN
   
10:55 - 11:05am COFFEE BREAK
   
11:05 - 11:25am "Sonic Hedgehod Signaling in Lung Cancer: Mechanisms of Activation and Potential Therapeutic Implications"
ILDIKO CSIKI
   
11:25 - 11:45am "Addition of Erlotinib to Photodynamic Therapy Improves Therapeutic Benefit through Multiple Mechanisms"
SHANNON GALLAGHER-COLOMBO
   
11:45 - 12:05pm "Inhibition of Hsp27 Potently Radiosensitizes Head and Neck Cancer by Inhibition of DNA Repair"
DAVID GUTTMAN
   
12:05 - 12:25pm "Gold Nanoparticles for Enhanced Imaging and Radiation Therapy of Brain Tumors"
LOVA SUN
   
12:25 - 1:30pm LUNCH AND POSTER VIEWING
 
1:30 - 2:40pm
KEYNOTE: "IMMUNOMODULATION IN CANCER THERAPY"
  DR. CHANDAN GUHA
  Professor and Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
   
2:40 - 2:55pm RETREAT AWARDS
 
2:55 - 3:00pm
Closing Comments by Dr. Costas Koumenis
  Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology, Director of the Research Division, Co-Leader of the Radiation Biology and Imaging Program, Abramson Cancer Center
   
3:00pm

RETREAT ENDS

 
 
LIST OF POSTER PRESENTATIONS:
   
   
1. "An integrated method for reproducible, accurate image-guided steretactic cranial irradiation of brain tumors using the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP)"
  Brian Baumann
   
2. "A new technology for fast two-dimensional detection of proton therapy beams"
  Derek Dolney
   
3. "Incidence and patterns of distant metastases for patients with early-stage breast cancer after breast conservation treatment: competing risks analysis"
  Abigail Berman
   
4. "Phase I randomized trial of dietary flaxseed in non-small cell lung cancer patients receiving chemoradiation"
  Abigail Berman
   
5. "New areal proton LET detector"
  Rulon Mayer
   
6. "Predicting outcomes in locally-advanced rectal cancer using pretreatment FDG-PET imaging"
  Anne Marie Fernandes
   
7. "Cardiac and Respiratory Motion Assessment with Cine-MRI in Patients with Left-sided Breast Cancer"
  Anne Marie Fernandes
   
8. "Predictive Factors for Mediastinal Nodal Failure in Locally Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Patients Receiving Definitive Chemoradiation (CRT)"
  Anne Marie Fernandes
   
9. "Incidental nodal irradiation in stage III lung cancer treated with involved field radiation: comparison between 3DCRT and IMRT"
  Sonal Sharma
   
10. "Clinical Implications of Integrated PET-CT in Accurate Staging and Delineation of Tumor Volumes in Rectal Cancer"
  J. Taylor Whaley
   
11. "A Novel Multileaf Collimator-based Photon-Proton Involved-Field Technique for Treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL) of the Neck and Mediastinum"
  Benjamin Goldsmith
   
12. "Measurement of dose enhancement from gold nanoparticles using gafchromic film with gelatin matrix"
  Samantha Mikaiel
   
13. "Gold-nanoparticle enhanced radiotherapy for sarcoma"
  Melissa Stangl/Surya Murty


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