Radiation Oncology Research
Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful cancer research process. Studies are done with cancer patients to find out whether promising approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are safe and effective. Click the link above to find out more about Radiation Oncology clinical trials.
Section of Radiation Biology
Research in the Radiation Biology section is focused on utilizing interdisciplinary advances in cell and molecular biology as well as translational research to develop novel therapeutic approaches that will enhance our ability to treat cancer. Areas of ongoing research include the role of oxidative stress/inflammation in radiation-induced normal tissue injury, interventional approaches to modulate radiation-induced late effects, and anti-tumor approaches including radiosensitization, modulation of angiogenesis and the tumor microenvironment, and gene targeting for cancer.
Section of Radiation Physics:
o Bioanatomic Imaging and Treatment Program
The Bioanatomic Imaging and Treatment (BAIT) Program is a clinical and research program at North Carolina Baptist Hospitals and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The program was initiated in the late 1990s with a grant from the NCBH Developmental Technologies grant program, with additional industrial funding from Varian Medical Systems and GE Healthcare. Facilities aspects of the program include dedicated PET-CT and 3.0T MR Simulators in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the new WFUBMC Outpatient Comprehensive Cancer Center.
TRADONC Research Fellowship
The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC is currently funded by the NCI to institute a novel, interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program in translational radiation oncology called TRADONC. The mission of TRADONC is to equip basic scientists, radiation oncologists and other cancer specialists with the background and expertise required to work efficiently and effectively together and be successful in obtaining peer-reviewed funding in translational radiation oncology, biology and physics research.
o Physics Research
The Department of Radiation Oncology supports graduate students through the VT/WFU School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences program. Current research thrusts include IMRT resolution studies, PET imaging threshold analysis, and shape-based problem solving.