"The work displayed by the awardees in their winning submissions shows the exemplary efforts of these researchers in the field of radiation oncology," said K. Kian Ang, M.D., Ph.D., ASTRO President and a radiation oncologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The ASTRO Poster Recognition Award helps promote excellence in research in the field of radiation oncology. It recognizes the top one percent of posters accepted for viewing at ASTRO's Annual Meeting.

Dr. Harsolia is a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. His poster demonstrating a decrease in clinical toxicities with the use of intensity modulated radiation therapy compared to conventional wedge-based radiation therapy for breast cancer won in the clinical category. Harsolia received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2001.

Dr. Hunjan is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Physics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Hunjan's poster on the accuracy of external markers for predicting tumor positions during breath-hold CT won in the category of physics. He received his Ph.D. in Advanced Radiological Sciences University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1999.

Dr. Zhang is a post-doctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Radiosensitivity at Institute Gustave Roussy in France. His poster on caspase-independence of radioinduced cell death in human colorectal tumor cell lines won in the biology category. Zhang earned his medical degree at Najing Medical College in China in 1985 and his Ph.D. of molecular and cellular biology at the Seventh University of Paris in France in 1999.

MEDICA.de; Source: American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO)