HITRIplus was present at the 61st Annual Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group Conference (PTCOG 61) in Madrid, on May 12-15. An outstanding meeting that broke all records in terms of participation and number of abstracts, demonstrating the amazing growth of the particle treatment community.
On Wednesday, June 14th, in a full plenary room, a dedicated session on the European initiatives on particle therapy was scheduled. Cai Grau from the Institute of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University chaired this very interesting session and presented the PROTECT project. Damien Weber introduced the European Particle Therapy Network, Michael Taylor depicted the infrastructures of the INSPIRE project whereas Francesca Albertini illustrated the Marie Curie ITN RAPTOR. The ERC grants on particle therapy SIRMIO, MINIBEAM and BARB were introduced by Katia Parodi, Yolanda Prezado and Olga Sokol, respectively. Sandro Rossi from Fondazione CNAO described the HITRIplus project, focusing on the research and networking activities with particular emphasis on the opportunities offered by the clinical and research accesses.
Several scientific contributions signed by HITRIplus colleagues were presented. Among them, the interesting report from one of the specialized courses organized by WP5 and WP2, a 1-year retrospective analysis investigating the possible factors leading to plan adaptation, and a new way for improved spatial resolution and 3D feature detection with particle radiography through focus stacking.
We look forward to sharing more HITRIplus results at PTCOG 62 next year in Singapore!