Wayne State to Use $1.6 Million Grant for Radiation Therapy Program

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The number of patients receiving radiation therapy is expected to increase by more than 20 percent over the next decade — and Wayne State University is prepared to meet those numbers head on.

With the help of a five-year, $1.6-million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, researchers at Wayne State University aim to develop an educational program integrating radiobiology with radiation physics for all oncologists. The program, which will provide training in modern, image-guided radiotherapy, will be available to researchers and clinicians new to the field as well as professionals wishing to advance their knowledge.

The project, “Integrated Course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology,” will be led by Michael Joiner, professor of radiation oncology in Wayne State’s School of Medicine, and Monica Tracey, associate professor of instructional technology in Wayne State’s College of Education.

“The program will offer participants a great opportunity to increase their knowledge on the planning and delivery of radiation therapy, ultimately improving cancer treatment for patients across the United States,” Tracey said in a statement.

In addition to a six-day workshop, lecture, and exercise-based course, the program will select three individuals each year to build their own training programs for their respective institutions.

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