Chaudhuri and Semenkovich receive ASTRO award

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD & lead author, PSTP Fellow, Nick Semenkovich, MD, PhD, have just been selected to receive a 2023 ASTRO Annual Meeting Abstract Award, in the Clinical Category.

Their abstract is entitled “Circulating tumor DNA for early risk stratification of oligometastatic lung cancer”.

Wieczorek Villas Boas receives travel award

Cristian Wieczorek Villas Boas, PhD has been awarded a travel award from iSRS for his work titled “PET/CT Imaging of αvβ6 Integrin to Monitor Radiation-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis”. He will travel to Hawaii to present his work. Cristian is a member of the Dr. Buck Rogers Lab.

Curiel honored with award

David Curiel, MD, PhD, Professor of radiation oncology, has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year from the Washington University Office of Technology Management for his development of the Covid vaccine for nasal administration.

Earland awarded NIH F30 grant

Noah Earland, MSTP student at Washington University School of Medicine and a member of the Chaudhuri Lab in the Cancer Biology Department, was awarded an NIH F30 with a perfect score: Impact score = 15, Percentile = 1.

Zhang awarded NCI R01 grant

Jin Zhang, PhD, has been awarded an NCI R01 Research Project Grant in the amount of $1,621,283 over a period of 5 years. The title of his work is “HPV genomic structure in cervical cancer radiation response and recurrence detection”.

From first in the world to another milestone

The department of radiation oncology at Siteman Cancer Center has treated its 2,000th patient using the MRIdian, MRI-guided radiation therapy system by ViewRay. Patients treated at Siteman Cancer Center benefit from MRI on-table adaptive radiotherapy, real-time tissue tracking, and automated beam control which allows for delivering the prescribed dose to the target while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and critical structures, and results in minimizing toxicities. In January 2014, Siteman Cancer Center became the first in the world to treat patients using the MRI-guided radiation therapy system. Over the past nine years, the clinical team at Washington University has been a leader in publishing clinical evidence related to treating using the MRI-guided system. They were the first to publish prospective clinical trial data in MRI-guidance with pancreatic cancer and the first to publish prospective data on CT simulation-free MRI-guided treatment of palliative treatments. The department currently completes over 100 adaptive treatments per month.

Sixteen faculty named to Top Docs 2023 (Links to an external site)

In the most recent Castle Connolly Top Doctors edition, sixteen WashU Radiation Oncology physicians have been named to their list. Physicians can’t pay to be a Castle Connolly Top Doc. Honors are given by providing the best possible patient care, earning the respect of peers & being nominated.

Siteman South County celebrates 10 years (Links to an external site)

Siteman Cancer Center kicked off the new year by celebrating the 10-year anniversary of our South St. Louis County location. At the celebration, all staff received a symbolic T-shirt along with coffee and cookies to show appreciation for all the hard work that goes into providing exceptional care to our patients at Siteman – South […]

Lauren Pedersen, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Associate – Bergom Lab)

Lauren Pedersen in the lab

Tell me about your background. In 2012, I  received my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. After working as a physical therapy technician for two years, I decided to go back to school and complete a Masters of Science in Health and Movement Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University […]

Darafsheh recognized as outstanding reviewer

Arash Darafsheh, PhD, has been recognized by Optica Publishing Group for his outstanding efforts and indispensable contributions in the peer review process. He is one of only several referees chosen to receive this award, which is selected by the Editors-in-Chief of their core publications.

Proton therapy expansion (Links to an external site)

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is expanding proton therapy for patients by adding the latest, most innovative technology to its S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center with the addition of a second MEVION S250i Proton Therapy System® with HYPERSCAN® pencil beam scanning technology and Adaptive Aperture® pMLC.