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Study of Innovative Cancer Radiation Response Blood Test Opens at UF

While radiation is required by 70 percent of cancer patients, there is currently no reliable methodology for determining its adverse effects during treatment. A clinical study at UF is aiming to change this. Blood specimens are being collected and analyzed from up to 500 patients undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer…

Jessica Kirwan Receives UFHCC, College of Medicine Awards

The achievements of Jessica Kirwan, Assistant Director of Research for the UF Department of Radiation Oncology, were recognized by both the College of Medicine and the UF Health Cancer Center (UFHCC) in January and February. During the UFHCC annual Cheers to the New Year online ceremony on January 12, 2021,…

New Maverick Study Examines Outcomes for Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients

The UF Department of Radiation Oncology has opened a new clinical trial aimed at testing whether the use of brain scans alone – instead of brain scans plus preventive brain radiation – affects lifespan in patients with small cell lung cancer. Sponsored by the Southwest Oncology…

Rodney R. Million, MD, Renowned UF Radiation Oncology Pioneer, 92

Rodney R. Million, M.D., renowned radiation oncology pioneer, Professor Emeritus, and former Chair of the UF Department of Radiation Oncology, died January 29, 2021 in Gainesville. He was 92. Born in Idaville, Indiana, on April 3, 1929, Dr. Million received his M.D. from the Indiana University Bloomington (IU) in 1954…

UF Health Experts Build Confidence in the COVID-19 Vaccine with Outreach Efforts

UF Health has produced brief video-recorded answers to commonly asked questions featuring UF Health experts, including Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D., joint professor in radiation oncology, pharmacotherapy and translational research. Dr. Odedina’s research focuses on the predictors of health disparities and cost-effective, community-based behavioral interventions to improve the health among minority and…

A 52-Year Journey to Diversity at UF

A recent article on the topic of diversity within the UF Department of Radiation Oncology has earned the attention of other institutions seeking to affect change in their own residency programs. Published ahead of print on December 4, 2020 in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, “Journey…

Dr. Nancy Mendenhall Joins NAPT Physician Advisory Committee

Nancy P. Mendenhall, MD, FACR, FASTRO, Associate Chair and Medical Director of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, has been selected by the National Association for Proton Therapy to serve on its newly created physician advisory committee. The committee will provide advice on topics such as…

Dr. Vidyasagar Receives the UF Innovate Invention of the Year Award

Associate Professor Sadasivan Vidyasagar, MBBS, PhD, and his industrial collaborator, Stephen Gatto, CEO of Entrinsic Bioscience, Inc., were honored on September 22 with a UF Innovate Invention of the Year award during UF Innovate | Tech Licensing’s Standing InnOvation virtual event. The team was recognized for the…

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