Health Services Research (HSR) and Health Economics in Radiation Oncology (HERO)  

Online Course - starting date 

  • 7 November: release of the pre-course recorded lectures
  • 21 November: Live virtual session consisting of three panel sessions
    • 13.00-14.00 CET – Access to Radiotherapy
    • 14.00-15.00 CET – Costing in Radiotherapy
    • 15.00-16.00 CET – HTA and VBHC in Radiotherapy

Course directors

Y Lievens (BE) Course Director

E Zubizarreta (AT) Course Director

A Aggarwal (UK)

M Barton (AU)

H Blommestein (NL)

JM Borras (ES)

N Defourny (UK)

C Grau (DK)

D Rodin (CA)

Course aim 
The general objectives of healthcare are to ascertain quality, availability, accessibility and efficiency of care. In an era of tight healthcare budgets, all these aspects are more than ever relevant. Besides the slow transition of clinical evidence into daily practice due to patient and physician factors, the limited availability of resources - often consequence of socio-economic factors - may be limiting access to healthcare, especially to innovative treatments that typically come with a higher cost. Accurately estimating the cost of new radiation treatments remains a challenge but it is required as a first step to determine their cost-effectiveness (i.e. efficiency), hence acceptability, from a societal perspective. To do so, economic evaluations are performed, balancing their additional costs to their expected clinical benefits, compared to standard-of-care. In addition, budget impact analyses define whether the introduction of new interventions in daily practice is affordable, now, and in the future. Value also weighs costs and outcomes, however, puts the patient, and the outcome most favoured by the patient, in the centre of the equation.  

All these aspects are part of a broader health technology assessment program that should endorse the uptake of established and valuable new interventions by the healthcare system, hence support their reimbursement. 

Learning Objectives 
To provide understanding of: 

  • The availability and accessibility of radiotherapy services and resources; 
  • The needs of radiotherapy, both in terms of number of treatments delivered as of resources required to deliver these treatments; 
  • How radiotherapy resource costs are calculated; 
  • How costs relate to reimbursement and how the reimbursement system can drive practice; 
  • Economic evaluations, with a focus on the context of radiotherapy; 
  • Budget impact analysis, with a focus on the context of radiotherapy; 
  • How investment cases can be developed for radiotherapy; 
  • What value-based healthcare means for radiotherapy; 

To facilitate: 

• Networks between radiation oncology professionals interested in different aspects of health services research 

Who should attend 
Radiation oncologists, medical physicists, RTTs with an interest of how health services research impacts the way we can deliver care to our patients; health economists and health services researchers with an interest in oncology and radiotherapy. 

Available here

Deadline registration  
Registration will close on 20 November 2020 (23:30 CET)

Interaction between the tumor ecosystem (microenvironment) and radiation

Online Course - Starting date 

  • 2 November: pre-recorded lectures releasing
  • 16 November: 
    • 13.30 – 15.00 CET: 1h Webinar + Q&A
  • 17 November: 
    • ‚Äč13.30 – 15.00 CET: 1h Webinar + Q&A

Course Directors
J. Bussink (NL), U. Gaipl (DE) and Heidi Lyng (NO)

Course aim
To become acquainted with how radiation impacts the tumor and its microenvironment and the subsequently responses

Learning objectives
Participants will obtain knowledge on cellular and molecular processes in tumor cells and cells of the tumor microenvironment that are jolted by radiation. Also, the consecutive direct or indirect modulation of the tumor microenvironment and systemic responses and the final consequences for anti-tumor immunity and immune modulation as well as tissue side reactions will be reviewed.

Who should attend?
Radiobiologists, Clinicians, Physicists, Technicians

Available here. 

Deadline registration
Registration will close on 15 November 2020 (23:30CET) 



Research for RTTs

Online course - Starting date 

  • 2 November:  Release of pre-course recorded lectures
  • 9 November:  Part One of the live virtual session
  • 16 November: Part Two of the live virtual session

Course directors
A Duffton (UK) Course Director

Y Tsang (UK) Course Director

S Faithfull (UK)

E Hall (UK)

I Kristensen (SE)

M Leech (IE)

M Mast (NL)

J McCrossin (AU)

A O’Donovan (IE)

H Probst (UK)

M Rossi (NL)

W Tran (CA)

Course aim
The course is directed at RTTs and professionals either interested in developing research expertise, or/and leading research teams. Aspects covered will include study design, through to analysis and dissemination of projects. The course will allow networking with other RTTs research active in research and encourage future collaborations. This pre-meeting course aims to enable attendants:

  • To learn how to develop and lead an initial clinical research idea into a successful project, with scientific output.
  • To evaluate the current trends of radiotherapy research and discuss potential challenges and bottlenecks for future research opportunities.
  • To adopt a critical approach of how to dissertate research findings (such as manuscript writing and research grant applications).

Learning objectives
By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the quality of radiotherapy research concerning novelty, feasibility, potential impact and clinical relevance.
  • Effectively discuss research ideas/projects with colleagues to maximise scientific value.
  • Discuss current trends and research opportunities in radiotherapy/related technical fields.

Who should attend?

  • RTTs who are early starters in research (including MSc students). Possibly, but not necessarily, they have relevant clinical experience outside research.
  • RTTs who want to develop research skills
  • RTTs who want to be more involved in research.

Available here

Deadline registration
Registration will close on 8 November 2020 (23:30 CET)