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University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers to Present Original Research at Key Radiation Conference

September 24, 2018

William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO

Radiation Science Researchers Will Gather In Chicago for the 64th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) announced that the Division of Translational Radiation Science (DTRS) will participate in the annual meeting of the Radiation Research Society (RRS) on September 23-26, 2018, in Chicago.

Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhDUMSOM supports the critical objectives of the RRS to advance radiation research in all disciplines of science and medicine, to foster collaboration within a community of radiation scientists, industry-partners, and federal sponsors, and to disseminate knowledge in radiation research to the scientific community and the public.Our participation in this conference underscores our dedication to the advancement of radiation research, from preclinical science to clinical radiotherapy applications,” said William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO, the Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UMSOM. “The research we are sharing will help push the field forward in important ways.”

‌Exhibiting this year at Booth 6, DTRS will present its expanding portfolio of services in medical countermeasure development and clinically-relevant normal tissue injury, as well as their enhanced GLP compliance program. “At DTRS, we have implemented significant improvement and progress toward meeting the challenges of regulatory compliance, including hiring quality experts, project managers, and technical staff with decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and technology-development,” said Dr. Vujaskovic. “The strength of our GLP program lies in the strong support and commitment of the institution.”

‌Isabel Jackson, PhD, associate professor of radiation oncology and deputy director of DTRS, and Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD, professor of radiation oncology and director of DTRS, will present four posters focused on models of acute radiation sickness. This work received support from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and industry partners. “I strongly believe culture starts at the top,” said Dr. Jackson. “The School of Medicine’s Test Facility Management and Quality Assurance Unit are staffed by quality professionals with more than 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and contract-manufacturing sectors. The strong institutional commitment to the mission of the DTRS and its federal and industry sponsors is critical to rapid growth of the DTRS and continued assurance that the Division’s GLP quality management system meets industry standards.”

Isabel Jackson, PhDAbout the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Commemorating its 211th Anniversary, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically-based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. The School has over 2,500 students, residents, and fellows, and nearly $520 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total workforce of nearly 7,000 individuals. The combined School and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact in excess of $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th-highest public medical school in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu/

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