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(8/4/2017) Protons with a Purpose
The Roberts Proton Therapy Center at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center houses a full research beamline for protons and a personal patient care facility. “We offer access to the most unique clinical environment of proton and photon therapy capabilities, all integrated under one roof,” Neha Vapiwala, MD of the Perelman School of Medicine said. (Videos in link)

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(7/13/2017) Cancer Cells Force Normal Cells to Mimic Viruses to Help Tumors Spread, Resist Treatment
Associate Professor, Andy Minn, MD, PhD and lab member Barzin Nabet, PhD have identified how cancer cells corrupt normal cells. They force the cells into mimicking a virus, which leads to more aggressive cancer and resistance to treatment. The team now looks to potential therapeutic targets to respond to the interference.

Register Now! Fourth Annual Course on Proton Therapy, November 17-19, 2017

(7/1/2017) Penn Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology, the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, OncoLink and IBA (Ion Beam Applications SA) invite you to the Fourth Annual Course on Proton Therapy. This three-day program enables radiation oncology practitioners and administrators to learn about the applications of proton therapy to help assess the potential of incorporating proton therapy at their institution. With the increased availability and accessibility of the technology of proton therapy, there is an expanding need for qualified staff. The program features Penn Medicine experts from each specialty who will provide an insider’s perspective of the current and future potentials of proton therapy.

2017 John Yuhas Memorial Lecture and Award Ceremony

(6/27/2017) An award lecture was given by the recipient, Dr. Peter M. Glazer, Robert E. Hunter Professor and Chair of Department of Therapeutic Radiology. and Professor of Genetics, Yale University. The title of his talk was "Oncometabolities, DNA repair, and cancer therapy".


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(3/17/2017) From the Room Next Door to the Next Planet Over: New Proton Center Research Room Will Have an Impact Near and Far

Proton Research Room openingProton and SARRP Research Room Grand Opening

(3/15/2017) A ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Albert Chadwick Research Room, and to thank all who were involved in the project. Tours were given to view the facility and the SARRP. The Albert Chadwick Research Room is located in the CN level of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.


kennedy sympsiumDr. Ann R. Kennedy Symposium

(11/3/2016) The Symposium was held to recognize the many contributions that Dr. Kennedy has made in the study of space radiation medicine and radioprotection during her illustrious 28 year research career here at Penn. The symposium was opened by Dr. Metz, followed by a keynote presentation by NASA Astronaut Serena M. Aunon-Chancellor, MD, MPH, who spoke on the Medical Challenges of Working in Low Earth Orbit.  Presentations from former collaborators and lab members of Dr. Kennedy served to highlight the broad impact of their research over the span of Dr. Kennedy’s career. The evening culminated with a reception in Dr. Kennedy’s honor.

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