The Nexus of Research on Cancer, Radiation, and Supercomputing: Dawn of a Golden Age?

Houston, Texas
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Rice UniversityTexas Medical CenterHouston's Skyline


 

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
Please note: This Program was last updated on 03/17/2010.
There may be minor changes to this program.  A final program will be posted prior to the conference.

Monday, April 5

6:00-7:30 PM     Registration and Reception - Hilton


Day 1: Tuesday, April 6

7:30        Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Poster Mounting

8:30        Welcome Messages
               Pablo Yepes, Ph. D., Rice University
               Wayne Newhauser, Ph. D., University of Texas 
               
Mary C. Farach-Carson, Ph. D., Rice University 
   
9:00        Keynote Address 
               Late effects from radiation therapy
               John D. Boice, Jr., Sc.D., International Epidemiology Institute  

9:45        Morning Plenary Talks
               High Performance Computing in Biomedical Research – 
               Recent Experience Rice University 
               Vivek Sarkar, Ph. D., Rice University  

               High Performance Computing in Cancer Research – 
               Recent Experience at M. D. Anderson
               Wayne Newhauser, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

10:30      Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

Session 1 – Current Issues in Proton Therapy for Pediatric Cancers
Session Co-Chairs:  John Kalapurakal, M.D. and Lilia Loredo, M.D.

11:00     The evolving role of proton therapy in treating pediatric malignancies 
              Allan Thornton, M.D., Midwest Proton Radiation Institute

11:15     Current controversies in pediatric proton therapy:  
              Anita Mahajan, M. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

11:30     Do all children with pediatric malignancies need to be treated with protons? 
              An overview of the risk-benefit ratio for conventional radiation therapy vs. protons
              John Kalapurakal, M.D., Northwestern University 

11:45     Proton irradiation for pediatric neoplastic disorders
              Lilia N. Loredo, M.D., Loma Linda University Medical Center 

12:00     Catered Lunch
              Brochstein Pavilion

Session 2 - Current Issues in Advanced Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer
Co-Chairs:  Carl Rossi, M. D., Rebecca Howell, Ph. D.

Afternoon Plenary Talk
1:30        TBD

2:00        Advanced proton therapy of prostate cancer
               Andrew Lee, M. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  
 
2:20        Advanced photon therapy for prostate cancer
               Rebecca Howell, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

2:40        Hypofractionation and other evolutions in prostate treatments
               Carl Rossi, M. D., Loma Linda University Medical Center

3:00        Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

3:30        Medical physics aspects of clinical trials involving proton therapy
               Wayne Newhauser, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

4:00        Future of proton therapy 
               Reinhard Schulte, M. D., Loma Linda University Medical Center

4:30        Summary and Panel Discussion
               Moderator: George Coutrakon, Ph. D., Northern Illinois University    
               Panelists: Day 1 Session co-chairs and speakers

5:30        Adjournment

Optional Evening Entertainment
Board streetcar (1 block from Hotel) to downtown Houston for Astros Baseball Game
 


 

 Day 2: Wednesday, April 7

 

8:00        Continental Breakfast

Session 3 – Charged Particles in Space and Military Applications
Session co-chairs:  Jim Ziegler, Ph. D., Pablo Yepes, Ph. D.

8:30        Morning Plenary Talk
               The mission of STS-128 – An astronaut’s perspective
                John D. Olivas, Ph. D., National Aeronautics and Space Administration   

9:00        The sun and emission of solar radiation 
               David Alexander, Ph. D., Rice University 

9:30         Protecting astronauts from space radiation using microdosimetric techniques
                Tom Borak, Ph. D., Colorado State University 

10:00       Improvised explosive device (IED) counter-measures in Iraq
                James Ziegler, Ph. D., United States Naval Academy  

10:30       Coffee Break

Session 4 – Recent Advances in Radiation Epidemiology
Session co-chairs: Chris Amos, Ph. D., Carol Etzel, Ph. D.

11:00        Recent Advances in Cancer Epidemiology 
                 Chris Amos, Ph. D., M. D. Anderson Cancer Center  

11:25         Advances in radiation epidemiology 
                  Carol Etzel, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center  

11:50         Catered Lunch
                  Brochstein Pavilion

Session 5 – Advanced Computing Techniques: Perspectives from Cancer Researchers and Computer Scientists
Session co-chairs: Jan Odegard, Ph. D., Bernadette L. Kirk, Ph. D.

Afternoon Plenary Talk

1:15          Computational Radiation Transport from a Code Center Perspective 
                 Bernadette L. Kirk, Ph. D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1:35          High performance computing for proton CT
                 Kirk Duffin, Ph. D., Northern Illinois University 

1:50          Monte Carlo simulations for scanned proton beams: treatment planning
                 Uwe Titt, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

2:10          High-Speed Dose Calculations with the FDC Algorithm
                 Pablo Yepes, Ph. D., Rice University

2:30          Coffee Break

3:00          Monte Carlo charged particle transport simulation on GPUs 
                 Dragan Mirkovic, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

3:15          Panel Discussion
                 Moderator: Dragan Mirkovic, Ph. D.
                 Panelists: Session co-chairs and speakers

Session 6 – Radiobiologic, Dosimetric, and Outcomes Modeling
Session co-chairs: Allan Thornton, M. D., Markus Fitzek, M. D.

4:00         Advances in calculating radiation effects: variations with dose, fractionation and particle type
                Robert Stewart, Ph. D., Purdue University  

4:15         Radiotherapy treatment planning with prediction of clinical outcomes
                Nikos Papanikolaou, Ph. D., University of Health Science Center, San Antonio

4:30         Estimate of the uncertainty in relative secondary cancer risk calculations following proton therapy relative to
                intensity modulated x-ray therapy
                Jonas Fontenot, Ph. D., Louisiana State University 

4:45         Developments in micro- and nanodosimetry for proton therapy
                Andrew Wroe, Ph. D., Loma Linda University Medical Center

5:00         Clinical applications of Monte Carlo dose algorithms for treatment planning
                 Nick Koch, Ph. D., Medical University of South Carolina 

5:15         Shielding calculations for proton therapy treatment rooms 
                 Yuanshui Zheng, Ph. D., Washington University

5:30         Adjournment

6:30         Reception (cash bar)
                Hilton Hotel

7:00         Symposium Banquet 
                Hilton Hotel


Day 3: Thursday, April 8

7:30         Continental Breakfast

Session 7: Imaging and Informatics
Session co-chairs: Stuart Swerdloff, Ph. D., Reinhard Schulte, M. D.

8:00         Morning Plenary Talk
                Integrating the Healthcare Environment – The IHERO initiative
                Stuart Swerdloff, Ph. D., SJS Targeted Solutions   

8:45         Data collection and submission for a multi-institution clinical trial
                Walter Bosch, Ph. D., Washington University 

9:30         Proton Computed Tomography  
                Reinhard Schulte, M. D., M. S., Loma Linda University Medical Center 

10:00       Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

10:30       Current status of the first proton CT scanner for proton therapy 
                Victor Rykalin, Ph. D., Northern Illinois University 

10:50        Proton CT – Software 
                 Bela Erdelyi, Ph. D., Northern Illinois University  
 
11:20        Predicted risk of radiogenic second cancer after proton radiotherapy for liver cancer
                 Phillip Taddei, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

11:40        The NIU proton therapy facility:  an introduction to the technical features 
                 George Coutrakon, Ph. D., Northern Illinois University     

12:00        Catered Lunch 
                 Brochstein Pavilion

Session 8 -  Young Investigators’ Symposium
Session co-chairs: George Coutrakon, Wayne Newhauser
Judges:  Bernadette L. Kirk, Stuart Swerdloff, George Starkshall, and Shine Chang, Ph.D.

1:10         Translational Cancer Research: Training and Mentoring in the 21st Century
                Shine Chang, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  

2:10         Advances in Monte Carlo Simulations of External Beam Photon Therapy
                Sharmalee Randeniya, Ph. D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

2:22         Prediction of second cancers following proton therapy
                Rui Zhang, M. S., The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  

2:34         Prediction of late effects following proton therapy
                Angelica Perez-Andujar, Ph. D., The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

2:46         Accurate dose per monitor unit predictions for prostate and lung cancer treatments
                Annelise Giebeler, M. S., The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

2:58         Evaluation of an improved MCS model in MCNPX
                Laura Broaded, B. S., The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical 
                Sciences

3:10         Coffee Break

3:30         Radiation late effects following Hodgkin Disease
                Sarah Scarboro, M. S., The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

3:42         Fast dose calculations for lung cancer patients receiving proton therapy
                Jessie Huang, Rice University

3:54         Investigation of proton treatment techniques for prostate cancer 
                Tim Jones, Abilene Christian University 

4:06         Break Adjournment

4:20         Young Investigator AND POSTER Award Ceremony

4:30         Adjournment of the Symposium
                General co-chairs

5:00         Organizing committee’s debriefing and dinner

7:00         Board shuttle bus for Proton Therapy Center

8:00         Tour of proton therapy center 

9:00         Board shuttle for Hilton Hotel


FREEDOM FROM CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The goals of this symposium are to provide balanced topical reviews, to present recent research results in science and technology, and to promote the exchange of ideas and information between the participants.  To achieve these goals, the symposium will be conducted with considerable attention to the avoidance of conflicts of interests.  Specifically, the presenters are predominantly from academic, research, or medical institutions; presenters from industry will be excluded (with one exception that deals with interoperability of software from mulitple vendors).

All presenters are required to attest their freedom from conflict of interest.  The symposium is supported from registration fees and from sponsorship by non-profit organization; no support will be accepted from private sector organization.

The goals of this symposium are to provide balanced topical reviews, to present recent research results in science and technology, and to promote the exchange of ideas and information between the participants.  To achieve these goals, the symposium will be conducted with considerable attention to the avoidance of conflicts of interests.  Specifically, the presenters are predominantly from academic, research, or medical institutions; presenters from industry will be excluded (with one exception that deals with interoperability of software from mulitple vendors).All presenters are required to attest their freedom from conflict of interest.  The symposium is supported from registration fees and from sponsorship by non-profit organization; no support will be accepted from private sector organization.



 

 

 

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