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SIT Newsletter: January 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020  
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January 15
Abstract Submission Deadline for Winter Workshop

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Eagleton Science & Politics Fellowship
New Jersey State Government (through Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University)
Newark, NJ
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Various Positions
IAEA at Argonne National Laboratory
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Postdoctoral Fellow- Open Positions
Rice University Dept. of Bioengineering
Houston, TX
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Postdoctoral Fellow- Neurobiology/Developmental Biology
University of Texas
San Antonio, TX
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Curriculum Fellow for Online Learning- Immunology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
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10X Genomics
Pleasanton, CA
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University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
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Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ
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Postdoctoral Position- Molecular Imaging and Therapy
University of California
San Francisco, CA
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Postdoctoral Position- Radiation Oncology
University of California
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RRS Workshop: Challenges & Solutions in the Era of Targeted Radionuclide-Based Therapy
Big Sky Resort, MT
March 4-6, 2020
Registration Open!

NCRP Annual Meeting
Bethesda, MD
March 23-24, 2020

1st International Workshop on Radiobiology of Molecular Radiotherapy
Montpellier, France
May 13-14, 2020

Particle Radiobiology in Space & Oncology - RRS and affiliates
Bethesda, MD
May 27-29, 2020
More info coming soon!
Jason Domogauer- Medicine
Jade Moore- Multidisciplinary
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology
Julie Constanzo- BioPhysics
Calvin Leung- Medicine/Biology
Rutul Patel- Pharmacology
Alexandra Taraboletti-Biology
Tien Tang- Biology

Dear SIT Community,

It is a bright time for the SIT program, and as we begin a new year I feel now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments from last year and announce our goals for 2020.

The SIT committee has created a SIT workshop that represents the diverse interests of the RRS organization. Careers in the private sector, government, science policy, and many others are an important complement to the academic field. Radiation research needs to be inclusive of all these different fields. Any path that trainees choose is an opportunity to spread and advance knowledge of radiation research. To this end, we have incorporated speakers from government, industry, and academia to our workshop, as well as providing activities to improve soft skills like effective communication. We plan to continue this trend next year, with more speakers who can discuss how they used their research background to get the job they wanted, more chances to network, and more information about what opportunities are available to graduates.

For our newsletter, we have tried to keep our members up to date on conferences, funding opportunities, as well as relevant advances in science policy. We look forward to doing an even better job ensuring all the opportunities we present are correct and current. We also try to highlight publications produced by our SIT members. One goal for 2020 is to make our SIT members more aware of this feature. So if you have a publication that gets accepted this upcoming year, please let us know so it can be included in the newsletter!

Lastly, we are always trying to improve SIT representation in the Radiation Research Society (RRS). We have been continuously advocating for SIT speaker opportunities at the RRS conferences. We are also trying to get more SIT representation in the RRS organizational meetings.

Just as this committee is reflecting on what we’ve done and how we can do better, I would also encourage you to be a little introspective. What worked for you in 2019? How can you improve in 2020? And as always, if you can apply that to the SIT committee, we are always happy to hear suggestions about how we can improve the program and your experience in it!

I wish you all success in the New Year!

Nicholas Colangelo
SIT Committee, Vice-Chair

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RRS WINTER WORKSHOP- Abstract Deadline Jan 15th!
Presenting the RRS Winter Workshop to be held over the dates of March 4-6, 2020 in Big Sky, MT. The workshop, titled “Challenges & Solutions in the Era of Targeted Radionuclide-Based Therapy,” will be held at Big Sky Resort. Workshop Chairs, Jan P. Schuemann and Rebecca Abergel have generated an exciting program that brings together well-established experts and exciting new investigators in the field of tumor metabolism.

Submitted abstracts will be blindly judged to allow for selection of 8 additional speakers. Please note- abstract submission closes next week, Wednesday, January 15th! VIEW CALL FOR ABSTRACTS & SUBMIT

The average background radiation dose which an individual receives has increased over the last few decades. In a recent report, the National Council on Radiation Protection noted that, in the United States, the average person receives 2.16 mSV from diagnostic medical imaging. The vast majority of this dose is a result of computed tomography (CT) imaging. However, the risk of cancer incidence in relation to this uptick in CT imaging is not yet known. This has presented as a contentious issue between patients and doctors. It is one reason that the effects of low-dose radiation must be fully discerned and prioritized by research societies such as the Radiation Research Society and by grant-funding agencies and organizations.

Concurrently, artificial intelligence (AI) is frequently used in the healthcare industry. AI uses computer-based technology to process, analyze, and recommend decisions based on inputted data. Extending AI to machine learning (ML) allows for AI to constantly improve its performance and behavior. AI/ML could be used in medical imaging to construct 3-D images from 2-D modalities. This has been demonstrated recently in a preclinical study at UCLA where researchers tracked individual neurons in C elegans by constructing 3-D frames from several 2-D fluorescent images of the roundworms. Furthermore, there are multiple companies harnessing AI/ML producing 3-D patient images from 2-D X-Rays and ultrasound images.

Regulating these AI/ML algorithms requires nuance and an understanding of the risks undertaken in using these technologies. Various regulatory agencies have taken different strategies in ensuring the reliability of AI/ML algorithms for use in patients. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration have published guidelines demarcating AI/ML algorithms between those that are “locked” algorithms and those that are “adaptive” algorithms. In addition, a collection of European and North American radiology societies issued a joint statement in November asserting for the medical community to develop a code of ethics and practice for using AI in medicine.

AI/ML promises a reduction in effective radiation dose to the patient, thereby reducing the risk of potential long-term complications. However, in using these emerging technologies, we as radiation researchers and medical professionals must be aware of the risks involved with AI/ML. Ultimately, we must effectively communicate these benefits and risks to patients, policymakers and fellow scientists ensuring that all parties are included in the decision-making process.

If you want a particular topic or issue addressed in this section, please feel free to reach out to Brian Canter via email at!

Sproull, Mary, Uma Shankavaram, and Kevin Camphausen. "Comparison of Proteomic Biodosimetry Biomarkers Across Five Different Murine Strains." Radiation Research 192.6 (2019): 640-648.

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France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
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Burroughs Wellcome Awards
Application Deadline: Open

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

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Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation
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Burrows Wellcome Fund
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Antibodies Travel Grants Program
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