13th Seminar of HITRIplus – the EU-RAPTOR project

July 11, 2023

Registration is now open for the 13th Seminar of HITRIplus – “The EU-RAPTOR project“, scheduled for July 20 (from 17:00 to 18:00) and chaired by Francesca Albertini.

Francesca Albertini graduated in Physics and obtained her Master of Science (MSc) in Nuclear Physics from the University of Milan in 2002. During her postgraduate studies in Medical Physics, she started her internship in Nuclear Medicine at the National Institute for Tumours in Milan. In 2004 she moved to Switzerland where she completed her training in radiotherapy at the Proton Therapy Centre of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

She was fortunate to be able to combine a PhD on the evaluation and estimation of the impact of uncertainties in active scanning proton therapy with her work as a clinical medical physicist at PSI. Since 2011, when she completed her PhD in physics at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich, she has coordinated the further development of the in-house developed treatment planning used clinically at PSI for 5 years. Her research then focused on advanced approaches to treatment planning, proton therapy workflow and quality assurance.

For 7 years she has been the principal investigator of national and international grants on online adaptive proton therapy. She is now the scientific coordinator of the European consortium H2020-MSCA-ITN RAPTOR (Real-time Adaptive Particle Therapy Of canceR), which aims to bring online adaptive therapy into the clinic.

The EU-RAPTOR (Real-time Adaptive Particle Therapy Of canceR) project is a European H2020-MSCA-ITN grant that aims to advance particle therapy by incorporating online/real-time adaptation techniques to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients.
Traditional radiotherapy relies on static treatment plans based on pre-treatment imaging, assuming that the patient’s anatomy remains unchanged throughout the course of treatment. However, anatomical changes and uncertainties during treatment can compromise treatment efficacy. The RAPTOR project aims to address this challenge by developing and implementing real-time adaptive PT strategies.
The RAPTOR project brings together leading experts in the field of particle therapy from different institutions across Europe. Through close collaboration and knowledge sharing, the consortium aims to accelerate the translation of advances in online adaptive therapy into clinical practice.
The main objectives of the RAPTOR project are:

  • to enable on-board volumetric image guidance for online adaptive PT planning;
  • to streamline the adaptive planning procedures through automated and rapidly adaptable treatment plan optimisation;
  • to develop methods for independent verification of the adapted treatment plans.

The presentation will outline the overall structure of the project and present the main achievements to date.

For more information: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1305381/

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