Symposium on Small Animal RadioTherapy

3-5 March 2013, Maastricht, the Netherlands

A description of the SmART symposium is posted on Medical Physics Web.

Scope

The symposium will bring together various disciplines in the new field of image-guided precision radiotherapy for small animals. In a full 2-day program various aspects of this developing field of research will be highlighted: cancer biology, radiotherapy side effects (acute and late), novel radiotherapy strategies for cancer and other diseases, synergy of radiation with drugs, development of novel irradiation technology, novel imaging methods, pre-clinical studies, and much more…

The symposium aims to allow biologists, physicists, physicians and other scientists to exchange ideas on modern small animal pre-clinical radiation research. It will also be a forum to identify current limitations of the technology and the science. Manufacturers of modern animal irradiation and imaging equipment will actively participate in the meeting.

Who should participate

If you are a scientist working in the field of precision radiotherapy or imaging with small animals, in particular for cancer, but also for other diseases, you should consider participating in this exciting symposium to share your ideas and experience and expand your network. If you recently set up a small animal irradiation device or are considering acquiring one, you should not miss this unique opportunity. It will provide you with a wealth of useful information and facilitate the scientific exchange with other investigators in the field. Early registration is highly recommended because the number of participants is limited to 100, to stimulate discussion.  

Symposium sessions

Program
·         Novel technical developments: irradiation technology
·         Novel technical developments: imaging technology (Optical, PET, SPECT, image fusion, ...)
·         Animal models for spontaneous and radiation induced cancers
·         Advanced radiotherapy trials
·         Hypoxia, angiogenesis,: factors influencing response
·         Normal tissue effects of radiation
·         Other diseases than cancer
·         Practical research workflow
·         Translation from animals to humans
·         Future research directions
·         Treatment planning
·         New developments
Symposium confirmed speakers  John Wong, keynote address speaker (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore), Dirk de Ruysscher (University Leuven, Belgium), David Jaffray (Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada), Dick Hill (University of Toronto, Canada), Olaf van Tellingen (Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Netherlands), Kevin Prise (Queen's University, Belfast, UK), Robert Jeraj (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Philippe Lambin (Maastricht University, Maastro Clinic, the Netherlands)

Symposium organizers Frank Verhaegen, Marc Vooijs

MAASTRO – Maastricht Radiation Oncology 
GROW - School for Oncology and Developmental Biology
Maastricht University   

Registration
Please register here.

Abstract deadline: December 14th 2012 (download ABSTRACT TEMPLATE)
Early registration deadline: January 4rd 2013
Late registration deadline: February 15th 2013 

Icebreaker and onsite registration
For interested symposium participants arriving on Sunday March the 3rd, at 1:30 to 3:30 PM we have arranged to play some sports (more information).
On Sunday evening the 3rd of March we will start with an icebreaker event combined with the onsite registration at the NH hotel from 18.00h to 20.00h. Please join us for a drink. We look forward to welcoming you in Maastricht.
If you are not able to register on Sunday, you can register on Monday morning from 8.00h to 9.00h.

Location
NH Hotel Maastricht, Address Forum 110, 6229GV Maastricht, The Netherlands
Travel information 

Guidelines for speakers and posters
Speakers
: you are kindly requested to hand in your presentation materials before the start of the Symposium, either by contacting SSMARTsymposium@maastro.nl, or by handing it in during the onsite registration. Speakers are reminded that proffered talks are 15 minutes and invited talks are 25 minutes. In all cases you are requested to allow some time for discussion. You will not be able to connect your own laptop to the projection system.  
Posters: Poster boards (and expodots) will be provided at the Symposium. The maximum size of a poster is 1.50m (vertical) by 0.90m (horizontal). Your poster can be mounted at any time between the start and the end of the Symposium, including during the Sunday March 3 Icebreaker session. You are kindly requested to remove your poster by the end of the Symposium on Tuesday March 5.

Accommodation
Blockbooking has been arranged in NH-hotel (€80,-/night, incl. breakfast). To book a room please send an email to:  mtngs.nhmaastricht@nh-hotels.com regarding 'Hotelroom Maastro 13.293.612' Please do not forget
-          name
-          arrival and departure date
-          credit card details for guarantee
Sponsoring
If you are interested to sponsor the symposium please contact us via SSMARTsymposium@maastro.nl  
Contact
If you have any questions please send an email to SSMARTsymposium@maastro.nl

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