New ROI Awards are Responsive to Practical Needs
The ROI selected five outstanding research teams to receive its 2018 Innovative Projects in Radiation Oncology awards. The new grants total more than $200,000 for projects that will address some of the challenges to ensuring that cancer patients who need radiation therapy can receive this life-saving care.
The ROI identified the priority topics for the Innovative Projects request for proposals (RFP) through feedback provided by ASTRO members attending the 2017 Annual Meeting, who were invited to answer the question, “How do we improve our ability to get radiation to the patients who need it?” After analyzing the responses, the ROI developed the Innovative Projects RFP to solicit research proposals on the following topics that emerged as important areas of need for radiation oncology: financial toxicity and cost; access to treatment and support services; awareness, education and marketing; and hypofractionation and SBRT. Applicants submitted many excellent ideas for research in these critical areas, and the ROI selected the following projects and principal investigators for the awards.
- PaRTNer: Patient Reported Outcomes and Financial Toxicity in H and N Cancer
Fumiko Chino, MD, Duke University Medical Center
- Telehealth Survivorship Care in Radiation Oncology: A Feasibility Study
Rachel Conklin, MMS, PA-C, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
- Raising Awareness and Improving Access to Prostate Radiation
Karen Hoffman, MD, MHSc, MPH, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Bridge-to-Transplantation SBRT in HCC Patients with Advanced Cirrhosis
Nima Nabavizadeh, MD, Oregon Health and Science University
- Comparison of Costs and Access to Definitive Prostate Cancer Treatment
Chad Tang, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The 2018 Innovative Projects awards embody the ROI’s commitment to funding research that is relevant and responsive to the current needs of the radiation oncology community. The ROI is unique as a funding source in that every RFP is developed to seek out the best ideas to address a specific challenge or set of challenges facing practicing radiation oncologists and their patients. As a result, the ROI supports some of the best and brightest investigators pursuing solutions that have the potential to transform practice and improve outcomes for cancer patients, including this year’s Innovative Projects award winners.
Watch for updates on the 2018 Innovative Projects awards as well as future RFPs in upcoming issues of The Visionary and on the ROI website.