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Distinguished Lecture Medical Physics

Martin Pomper, MD, PhD, John Hopkins Medical School

Henry N. Wagner, Jr. Professor of Radiology
Director, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Mar 22, 2018: 2:30 PM; Bryan Res. Building Auditorium



New NIH U01 Grant Awarded

(2018-03-16) Congratulations Dr. Greg Palmer (Radiation Oncology) and his colleagues for being awarded a NIH U01 grant titled “Mitigators of Radiation-Induced Endovascular Injury: Targeting Tie2 and Thrombocytopenia.” This is a Collaborative Research award, and incorporates imaging studies to be conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Greg Palmer of Medical Physics. Together with Co-PI’s Dr. Nelson Chao (Medicine) and Dr. Chris Kontos (Medicine and Cardiology), Dr. Palmer (Radiation Oncology) will investigate irradiative injury to the vascular endothelium and a promising therapeutic, AKB-9785. AKB-9785 is a VE-PTP inhibitor that acts on the Ang-1/Tie2 pathway. Tie2 regulates vascular integrity and maturation and maintains endothelial barrier function. Irradiation and other trauma downregulates Tie2, causing vascular leakiness, inflammation, and other pathological effects. Previous studies with AKB-9785 and other small molecule drugs have shown that by inhibiting VE-PTP, vascular barrier function can be normalized. Dr. Palmer’s role in this collaboration is to quantify and analyze in vivo vascular leakiness and changes in vascular morphology. In vivo optical imaging is used because it allows subcellular information to be gathered. The challenge with optical imaging is that skin and tissue heavily attenuate light in the visible spectrum. To overcome this problem, Dr. Palmer is developing a lung window chamber that will allow him to directly visualize, in high resolution, the microvasculature and fluorescent signal. Fluorescently-labeled dextran injected through the tail vein is a method for analyzing vascular leak. After irradiation, the gap between endothelial cells (i.e. the leakiness) increases, causing more dextran to accumulate in the extravascular tissue. Finally, the quantification of the extravascular dextran signal and the vessel morphology allows him to objectively compare the therapeutic effects of AKB-9785 on radiation-induced injury.



IC3DDose 2018 Conference

(2018-03-16) The 10th International Conference on 3D and Advanced Dosimetry (IC3DDose 2018) will be held on September 16-18, 2018 at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. The conference will bring together therapy/medical physicists, oncologists, chemists, and engineers to discuss the conference objectives. Conversation will center on the latest developments in 3D and advanced radiation dosimetry, the quality of radiation therapy treatments and quality assurance (QA), explore current dosimetric challenges, and synergy between advanced, 3D, and semi-3D dosimetry research and techniques. This conference has been endorsed by the AAPM, the Chinese Society of Medical Physics, the Duke University Medical Physics Program, and the Duke Kunshan Medical Physics Program. The early bird registration period ends on July 16, 2018. For more information, visit the conference website



IAEA Internship Acceptance

(2018-02-23) Congratulations to Steve Hyatt (MS 2018) on being awarded a yearlong IAEA Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section internship. During this time period, Steven will be living in Vienna, Austria. The internship is fully funded by the International Programs at Argonne National Laboratory, who administers an Internship Placement Program with the IAEA.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an international organization, committed to promoting safe, secure, and peaceful uses of nuclear technology that contribute to international peace and promote sustainable development.


MRI Linac Lecture

(2018-02-23) Jan Lagendijk, PhD, Professor and Head of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine Physics at the Universitair Medisch Centrum (UMC) Utrecht visited the Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program to deliver this month’s distinguished lecture. The talk commenced with Dr. Lagendijk discussing the limitations on present day’s radiation therapy work flow, which includes uncertainty in day-to-day positioning. He further discussed on how the MRI Linac (MRL) technology can potentially address some of these challenges and bring improvements to better tailor dose distribution in radiation therapy, such as with better tumor characterization, real-time response assessment, and continuous treatment plan adaptation. Dr. Lagendijk ended his lecture by emphasizing the importance of having radiation therapy treatment as a real time process. Immediately after the talk, he answered questions from students and faculty members during the townhall.

Martin Pomper, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Director of Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at the Johns Hopkins Medical School will deliver the last distinguished lecture for the academic year on March 22, 2018.