Budapest, Hungary

Research Course in Radiation Oncology

Research Course in Radiation Oncology: Edition 2

How to Develop Research/Validation Programmes when Implementing MRI Linac?

Attendants should be:

Radiation oncologists, medical physicists, RTTs interested in the implementation of new technology (MRI Linac, Hadron imaging…)

Participation of teams from the same department are encouraged 
Colleagues from small or large departments, with or without research expertise, are all welcome

Faculty

Course directors 

  • Eric Lartigau, Radiation Oncologist, Centre Oscar Lambret, Lille (FR)

Teachers 

  • Carsten Brink, Physicist, Odense University Hospital, Odense (DK)
  • Felipe Calvo, Radiation Oncologist, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid (ES)   
  • Reijer Rutgers, Radiation Therapist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL) 
  • Marielle Philippens, Medical Physicist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)  
  • Nick Reynaert, Medical Physicist, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels (BE) 
  • Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Radiologist, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg (DE)
  • Lenny Verkooijen, Methodologist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)  

Course Aim

Attendants to the Masterclass should submit a proposal or idea for a research project, or a scientific paper to be further improved under supervision of a team of internationally renowned scientists. By discussing the submitted proposals and ideas in small groups in a safe and friendly atmosphere, attendants will learn by example from their peers and the attending faculty how to turn an initial idea into a successful project with scientific output. Leading the discussions are questions such as: “What are the interesting research hypotheses and messages and how can they be improved?”, and “Why would others be interested in reading my paper?”

In addition, expert faculty members will highlight current trends and discuss important unresolved issues with future research opportunities. Some general aspects of scientific research (e.g. paper and grant writing) will also be covered by lectures. Ample time will be allotted for discussions with faculty members and fellow attendants, allowing development of new, potentially long lasting, scientific/mentorship relationships.

Course Overview

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically validate and enhance the quality of research projects concerning novelty, potential impact, urgency, feasibility and risk 
  • Effectively discuss research ideas/projects with colleagues to maximise scientific value 
  • Discuss current trends and research opportunities in new technology implement

Course content

1. Discussions on research projects submitted by participants, aiming at improving the projects, and to learn, by example from peers and the expert faculty, how to turn research ideas into a successful project

2. Lectures 

  • Trends, unresolved issues and research opportunities in MR imaging in radiotherapy (including dose painting) 
  • Tips and tricks for writing a successful grant proposal 
  • Tips and tricks for writing a scientific paper and getting it accepted 
  • Grant opportunities in Europe.

Methods of assessment

Evaluation form

Teaching methods

  • 2 days for presentation of submitted research projects, discussions and working on the improvement of projects 
  • 1,5 days of lectures.

Key words

  • New technology 
  • Research 
  • Validation 
  • Implementation

Further reading / web resources

To be provided if available

Accreditation

Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office

Anyone interested can submit a proposal or idea for a research project, or a scientific paper, etc. Proposals/ideas for research must be submitted by 1 February 2022 in pdf format with a maximum 750 words. 

The content should strictly adhere to the following format: 

1. Title

2. Name and affiliation of investigator

3. Background of research

4. Proposed research and research hypotheses

5. Expected results and conclusions/messages. 

 

The submission must be accompanied by a brief CV (pdf, max 500 words). Please send the research proposal and CV to the course manager, Karolina Kowalska (kkowalska@estro.org). Attendance will be limited to 36 participants. Selection will be based on the submitted proposals and on a first come, first served basis. If selected, the participant should prepare a 10 minute Powerpoint presentation with the format given above. The pptx will be presented at the Masterclass, and will be the basis for further improvement of the research proposal.

Membership

ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. Please note that in order to benefit from the member price, you must renew your membership for 2022 before registering to the course.To benefit from these member rates, please visit the membership page to become a member or renew your membership BEFORE proceeding with your order.

Fees

 

Flat rate

In-training members*

  450 EUR

Members

  600 EUR 

Non Members

  750 EUR

* Members with specialty RadiationTherapist (RTT) may register at the In Training fee

The fee includes the course material, coffees, lunches, and the social event.

 

Insurance and cancellation

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.

Reduced fees

Members from emerging countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro. Emerging country fee applies to individuals from low-income and lower-middle-income economies according to the World Bank listing here.

Additionally, all specialties from the following countries can benefit from this preferential rate: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.  In addition, medical physicists from Cyprus can email education@estro.org to apply for this fee.

The preferential rate of 350 Euro is granted automatically when your application is accepted and the three conditions below are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2022 are eligible (please make sure your 2022 membership is in order) 
  2. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  3. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)