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MCW Radiation Oncology researchers receiving numerous awards at 2019 ASTRO Annual Meeting

Several researchers in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin will be recognized for various research awards at the 2019 ASTRO Annual Meeting being held September 15-18, 2019 in Chicago, IL. ASTRO is the foremost radiation oncology society in the world, with over 10,000 health care professionals of all disciplines specializing in treating patients using various radiation therapies.

Robert Fain, III, MD, PGY 4, was awarded a Resident Recognition Award in the Clinical Category for his abstract “Dose Preoperative Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma Impact Post-Operative Wound Complications?” Out of several hundreds of submissions, 12 residents receive this award.

Annual Meeting Abstract Travel awards in Biology and Physics were awarded to William Hall, MD for his abstract “Characterization of the Host Immuno-Inflammatory State in Response to Radiation Therapy and Correlation with Patient Reported Toxicities in Prostate Adenocarcinoma, A Prospective Observational Trial”, Xiaojian (Victor) Chen, PhD for his abstract “Effective Volume of Parotid Glands for Assessing Radiation Injury during Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer” and Haidy Nasief, PhD, for her abstract “Improving Treatment Response Prediction Using a Combination of Delta-Radiomics and Clinical Biomarkers”. Abstract awards are given to the top scoring 1-2% submissions. Forty-four winners were chosen out of more than 3,000 abstract submissions.

Back row: L-R: Robert Fain, III, MD, William Hall, MD, Xiaojian (Victor) Chen, PhD. Front: Haidy Nasief, PhD

Three researchers received Best of ASTRO awards in the Physics category. Each year only seven abstracts are selected to be presented in the Best of Physics session out of 446 abstracts submitted. Ying Zhang, PhD will be presenting her abstract “Improving Deformable Image Registration and Segmentation using a Combined Preprocessing Pipeline and Multiple Input Strategy for MRI-Guided Online Adaptive Radiotherapy”. Nikolai Mickevicius, PhD will present his abstract “First Clinical Use of 4D-MRI for Online Adaptive MR-gRT on a High Field MR-Linac” and Xiaojian (Victor) Chen, PhD will present his abstract “Effective Volume of Parotid Glands for Assessing Radiation Injury during Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer”.

L-R: Nikolai Mickevicius, PhD, Ying Zhang, PhD, Xiaojian (Victor) Chen, PhD