The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group has invited imagers from a variety of clinical settings and areas of expertise to participate in a day-long workshop to discuss the current state of oncologic imaging research and to share ideas on how to enhance site participation in imaging trials that answer scientific questions ranging from cancer screening and early detection to therapeutic interventions and post-treatment surveillance.
The 2012 Imaging Researchers’ Meeting, the first event of its kind, will be held on Thursday, October 4th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City (Arlington, VA) The workshop is one of many outreach activities planned by ECOG-ACRIN to promote imaging research among institutions participating in federally funded cancer research sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Mitchell D. Schnall, MD, PhD, and Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD, are serving as the co-chairs for the meeting. Dr. Schnall is Group Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group and the Matthew J. Wilson Professor of Radiology and Associate Chair for Research in the Radiology Department at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Dr. Knopp is Professor of Radiology and Novartis Chair of Imaging Research; PI & Director, Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging; and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Dr. Knopp also leads the imaging core laboratory for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.
The meeting will feature separate, concurrent programs for technologists and investigators. Presenters will include imaging research experts affiliated with ECOG-ACRIN and other groups within the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN), along with NCI representatives.
The programs and tentative agendas are as follows:
Workshop for Technologists – appropriate for lead technologists (computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging)
Leadership Forum for Investigators – appropriate for radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and physicists
All participants will join together over lunch for a panel discussion on what it takes to be a successful imaging research site. Representatives from the academic setting will share perspectives on site qualification and imaging quality, collaboration, and financial considerations. Panelists from community-based sites will share their experiences on such issues as procuring internal resources, obtaining organizational buy-in, and how to effectively communicate the benefits of imaging research within a community-based group.