Center for Precision Radiation Medicine (CPRM) has multiple research programs, ranging from pre-clinical radiobiology research to prospective clinical trials. Below is a summary of our various programs highlighting current focus areas.
Adaptive approaches transform the static conventional radiotherapy process where treatment is based on a single pre-treatment CT scan into a dynamic one in which treatment is adapted to changes in the tumor and patient throughout the treatment course.
Focus areas: Image Guided Adaptive RT Sim-Less Treatment Planning & Delivery
Bioinformatics research focuses on the analyzing large volume biologic data to improve patient outcomes
Focus areas: Genomics Radio-omics Metabolomics
Clinical Trials are used to test the safety and efficacy of new treatments and approaches in a prospective controlled manner
Focus areas: Head & Neck Cancers Lung Cancers Gynecologic Cancers Investigator-Initiated Trials
Education and Training Research strives to develop and test novel education tools and approaches to improve the education quality and effectiveness
Focus areas: E-Contour OPTIMUS Program Medical Physics Education & Training
Imaging is an essential component of the optimal planning and delivery of radiation therapy, given the importance of accurate staging, tumor targeting, avoidance of normal tissues, and outcome assessment.
Focus areas: CNS Imaging Body MRI Approaches
Immunotherapy is a cutting-edge cancer treatment approach whereby the immune system is activated to treat tumors using novel agents and ablative treatment techniques.
Focus areas: Basic research Translational research
Population Sciences Research analyzes “Big Data” to optimize the quality and deliver of treatment
Focus areas: Cost-Effectiveness Competing Risks Disparities Health Outcomes Normal Tissue Modeling Medical Ethics
Radiation Biology research is focused on understanding the biologic basis of interactions between radiation and cancerous/normal tissues.
Focus areas: Radioresistance Radiosensitization
Automation in radiation oncology is dedicated to two important value propositions: increasing quality and efficiency of planning and treatment.
Focus areas: External Beam Treatment Planning Brachytherapy Treatment Planning Large-scale data mining
Systems Engineering & Design research is focused on improving quality and patient safety by adapting techniques from industrial and systems engineering, as well as human- centered design and design thinking.
Focus Role Transformational Clinical Medical Physics Non-Linear Safety Modeling Process Control