1.The first PTCOG-NA inaugural meeting will be hosted by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center from Monday, October 27 to Wednesday, October 29th, 2014. Address is the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center Hotel, 6580 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas. Please see the official announcement from the PTCOG-NA . The preliminary meeting agenda is attached. Please fill out the registration form and fax it to 713-563-2331 or email it to Linda Atkins at PTCOGNA2014@mdanderson.org. Please submit the abstract with this link. Vendors' sponsorship is available at this meeting. Any questions, please contact Linda Atkins at 713-563-2302 or 800-228-9290 (phone).

2. "The 54th international PTCOG conference of 2015 will be in San Diego, California, USA from May 18, 2015 to May 23, 2015.. This meeting will be hosted by Scripps Proton Therapy Center, University of California at San Diego and University of Maryland. Please mark your calendar. More detail is coming soon. Please contact giap.huan@scrippshealth.org for questions/suggestions. The theme for this meeting will be "The Modern Era of Particle Beam Therapy: Widening The Therapeutic Window For Better Patient Outcomes" .



Announcement of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group - North America Chapter (PTCOG-NA)

Particle Therapy Cooperative Group - North America (PTCOG – NA) is a new North American chapter of  the international PTCOG. This non-profit professional society has been created in January 2013 to enhance collaboration between its members, create a platform for scientific exchange, and develop treatment guidelines, education, and training initiatives for particle therapy. The society will take steps towards establishing a particle therapy clinical trial collaborative group, as well as instituting representation in industry technological; innovations, involvement in health care politics (as it pertains to particle beam therapy), and improving relationships with other professional societies in radiation oncology. It is also among the goals of in collaboration with PTCOG International to establish a new International Journal of Particle Therapy.

The officials for the PTCOG-NA are: President - Eugen Hug, M.D.; Vice-president - Hesham E. Gayar, M.D.; Secretary: Anita Mahajan, M.D.; Treasurer: Carl J Rossi, M.D.


New Open Access Journal on Particle Therapy
Monday, June 2, 2014

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Particle Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG) is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of its open-access journal, the International Journal of Particle Therapy (IJPT). The IJPT will be released quarterly and provide a venue for discussion of all issues related to particle therapy, including physics, biology, treatment planning, technology development, socioeconomic, and ethical concerns in proton therapy, carbon ion therapy, and their impact on cancer. The inaugural summer issue of IJPT includes original articles and expert reviews as well as proceedings from PTCOG’s 52nd annual meeting. The fall issue of IJPT will focus on particle therapy for pediatric malignancies.

Dr. Nancy P. Mendenhall, Medical Director of the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute, is the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and Dr. William M. Mendenhall, also of the University of Florida, is its Operating Editor.

To read the latest research on particle therapy, learn more about IJPT, or submit a manuscript to IJPT, visit the official website of IJPT at www.theijpt.org or contact IJPT at editors@theijpt.org.

You can also follow IJPT on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/theijpt) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/theijpt).

PTCOG is an international non-profit organization comprised of physicians, physicists, and dosimetrists interested in the therapeutic use of particle therapy. The chair of PTCOG is Dr. Eugen Hug of ProCure Proton Therapy Centers, and the Secretary of PTCOG is Martin Jermann, MSc, of the Paul Scherrer Institute.


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