Sunday, June 20
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maryland Ballroom Foyer
Join us at the ITART 2010 Welcome Reception for appetizers and beverage. Registration and Exhibits will be open during the Reception. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and catch up with your colleagues before heading off to dinner.
Items of Interest
On-Line Evaluation System is Closed
Abstract Dispositions now available!
Register by May 19 in order to take advantage of the discounted registration fees!
Deadline for Group Rate extended until June 9th!
The first biennial meeting to focus on quantitative imaging in radiation therapy
June 21-22, 2010
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
On behalf of the organizing committee it is my pleasure to invite you to join us for the exciting ITART meeting, the first and only meeting of its kind!
The next significant advance in cancer therapy will occur with the paradigm shift from a population-based to a personalized patient-based prescription. In radiation therapy this paradigm shift will require, not only adjustment of the total radiation dose prescribed, but also a shift from the current standard of uniform dose prescription to a non-uniform dose prescription, which will be tailored to the spatial distribution of biological properties in the tumor. Incorporation of comprehensive patient- and tumor-specific information will enable design of more effective therapies. Furthermore, monitoring of the treatment response through the treatment will provide grounds for treatment adaptation if necessary. Rapid developments of imaging, particularly adoption of molecular imaging offer unprecedented opportunities for achieving these goals. Unfortunately, several roadblocks, particularly related to inadequate image quantification prevent full exploration of these strategies.
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ESTRO), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) have come together to establish a biennial forum for basic and clinical researchers, practicing clinicians, industry and regulatory bodies to review what has already been achieved, brainstorm about needs and opportunities, and discuss strategies on how to most effectively overcome the roadblocks. The meeting forum has been christened ITART 2010, an acronym for Imaging for Treatment Assessment in Radiation Therapy. While radiation therapy is a specific focus, many of the topics will be of general interest to researchers involved in quantitative imaging applications. The meeting will feature a combination of renowned invited speakers and proffered content. Topics selected for the first meeting are:
(1) Imaging for target definition
(2) Imaging for treatment assessment
(3) Image quantification
(4) Industry and regulatory issues
See you in June 2010!
Topics to include:
- Imaging for target definition: How do we define the treatment target? How do we image the treatment target? How are we going to define the treatment target in 20 years?
- Imaging for treatment assessment: What can anatomical treatment assessment tell us? What can biological treatment assessment tell us? Are we forgetting normal tissue?
- Image quantification: How important is image quantification? How can we improve image quantification? What are broader coordinated initiatives to improve image quantification?
- Industry, regulatory issues: What is industry perspective on imaging as a biomarker? What are regulatory issues to qualify imaging biomarkers?