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Recent News

Fifth ISIT meeting will be held in Saga, Japan

November 10-11, 2018

in 2018, the Symposium's fifth year, the event will be held in Japan. The Symposium will gather the world's leading medical professionals, researchers, technologists, and corporate representatives in industry and academia to exchange ideals and latest advances ion therapy.

 

 

Fourth ISIT meeting held in Dallas, USA

November 2-3, 2017

The International Symposium on Ion Therapy 2017 was held November 2-3 in the new facility of Department of Radiation Oncology University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The event included presentations by leaders of heavy ion facilities in Europe and Asia, as well as experts in heavy ion clinical research, basic science research, physics and technology. ISIT in its fourth year has assumed an important role in bringing together thought leaders at the intersection of science and cancer care, as a precursor to the development of a national heavy ion center in the U.S.

 

 

Third ISIT meeting held in Italy

November 3-4, 2016

The International Symposium on Ion Therapy 2016 was held November 3-4 in Milan, Italy. The event included the presentations by leaders of heavy ion facilities in Europe and Asia, as well as experts in heavy ion clinical research, basic science research, physics and technology. ISIT in its third year has assumes an important role in bringing together thought leaders at the intersection of science and cancer care, as a precursor to the development of a first national heavy ion therapy and research center in the U.S.

 

 

Second ISIT meeting held in U.S.

October 16, 2015

The second International Symposium on Ion Therapy (ISIT) sponsored by UT Southwestern was held October 15-16 in Grapevine, Texas. Attendance included 192 participants representing 70 institutions from 13 countries. The session opened with remarks from the very first individuals worldwide to develop a program to treat cancer patient with heavy ions:  William Chu, Ph.D., and Eleanor Blakely, Ph.D., of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Also included in the opening session was Hirohiko Tsuji, M.D., Ph.D., a fellow of Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), whose pioneering institution launched the first heavy ion medical facility now in use today. The two-day symposium included sessions on the physics, biology, and clinical applications of heavy ion therapy.

 

 

Carbon-ion cancer therapy shows promise

June 1, 2015

Particle beams offer benefits over conventional photon radiation for the treatment of many tumors. Currently, 49 facilities worldwide— including 14 in the US—are producing proton beams, and another 29 are under construction. But carbon-ion therapy, which can benefit patients with deepseated or radiation-resistant tumors, remains in relative infancy, with eight centers operating and four under construction as of 1 April.

February 10, 2015

Today, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced several new research awards to advance particle beam therapies for the treatment of cancer.

UTSW Receives Heavy Ion Center Planning Grant

February 10, 2015

CA183639-01A1 National Particle Therapy Research Center. This proposal aims to design and plan a National Particle Therapy Research Center (NPTRC) at the Texas Center for Advanced Radiation Therapy (TCART), which will be comprised of photon, proton, and heavy ion radiation facilities.

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center also issued a press release. It can be seen on the following page: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/news-releases/year-2015/feb/heavy-ion-radiation-therapy-research.html.

February 16, 2015

A landmark type of cancer treatment has found a home in Dallas. UT Southwestern Medical Center has been charged with developing the country’s first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy. 

 

As part of KERA’s Breakthroughs initiative, Dr. Hak Choy with UT Southwestern joins us to talk about what this means for North Texas.

February 19, 2015

Plans are now underway in Texas to build a center for a cancer treatment that may give better outcomes than proton therapy – using heavy ion radiation.

 

At present there are just eight facilities worldwide that provide this form of care. None of them are in the U.S., but that may soon change.

UT SOUTHWESTERN Plans to Build the First National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy in US

February 13, 2015

UT SOUTHWESTERN and a Texas consortium plans to establish the country’s first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy, targeted for completion in 2021. NCI awarded UT Southwestern a $1 million planning grant to develop research proposals for the center.The consortium consists of researchers from UT Southwestern, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Baylor College of Medicine, The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, The UT Medical Branch at Galveston, and NASA, in addition to national and international collaborators. Hak Choy, chair and professor of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern, is principal investigator for the award. Eight operational heavy ion radiation therapy centers exist in Japan, Germany, Italy and China. Ten additional centers are in development, according to UT Southwestern. Building costs for the center are estimated at $200 million to $250 million, and would need a combination of federal, state, and private funding for construction and ongoing research.

February 12, 2015

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of two institutions in the country to receive a $1 million federal planning grant to develop the country’s first research facility for ion radiation therapy.

HIMAC International Symposium 2015

January 19-20, 2015

This symposium took place as a special international event to commemorate the 20-year

anniversary of the initiation of heavy ion therapy at NIRS-HIMAC.

 

Place: Akiba Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

 

The first ISIT took place in Dallas, USA

November 12-14, 2014

The inaugural International Symposium on Ion Therapy (ISIT) took place in 2014, bringing together leaders from established carbon therapy centers all over the world to strategize advancements in the field.

 

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