The first International Symposium on Ion Therapy (ISIT), hosted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in November 2014 in Dallas, brought together representatives of leading heavy ion centers from all over the globe to discuss the best practices and latest advances in particle therapy treatment and technology. Sixty-seven participants representing 23 institutions from Europe, Asia and the U.S., as well as vendors and the U.S. presidential Office of Science and Technology Policy, attended this momentous event.
As the U.S. moves to build its first heavy particle therapy center the ISIT provided a context for understanding the past experience of those who pioneered this emerging field, as well as a forum to explore the future of heavy ions in patient treatment, including clinical trials, newer technology, and basic science investigating the biology of heavy particle therapy.
In an enthusiastic spirit of partnership, the attendees of the first workshop not only served in an advisory role to the nascent U.S. program but also laid a foundation for future collaboration in the years to come. Based on this response, UT Southwestern has expanded the original concept of the workshop to become an ongoing annual event. Together, through our continued, collegial involvement, we hope to significantly advance the field of heavy particle therapy for the ultimate benefit of patients everywhere.
Here is the agenda of this symposium.