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Royal Marsden Hospital oncologist receives 2008 CARO-Elekta Research Fellowship

Elekta : 10 September, 2008  (Company News)
The Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology (CARO), together with international medical-technology group Elekta, has awarded the 2008 CARO-Elekta Research Fellowship to Radiation Oncologist, Dr Scott Carlyle Morgan.
The fellowship provided by Elekta, will enable Dr Morgan to conduct research with the Uro-Oncology Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, England with Professor David Dearnaley. The research will revolve around a newly emerging approach to treating prostate cancer that involves the delivery of very precise radiation treatment only to regions of the prostate gland that harbour cancer. He is scheduled to begin his research in November 2008.

This is the second year that the CARO-Elekta Research Fellowship Program has been awarded. The fellowship will provide research and salary support to Dr Morgan for a period of one year, with the potential to renew for a second year. The research is endorsed by both CARO and Elekta as being relevant to the current and future practice of radiation oncology.

“We are thrilled that CARO is able to offer this fellowship in conjunction with Elekta for a second year,” said Dr. Michael Milosevic, president of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology. “This fellowship program enables deserving individuals such as Dr Morgan to conduct significant research and further their training and development in radiation oncology.”

The first ever CARO-Elekta Fellowship was awarded in 2007 to Dr Jason Pantarotto. The award allowed him to conduct research at the Vrije University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands associated with new technologies being used in the treatment of lung tumours. He worked on a number of projects related to 4-dimensional radiotherapy, and earlier this year, he presented an abstract on adaptive Radiotherapy planning for lung cancer at the European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Pantarotto completed his research earlier this summer. He will be presenting three papers arising from his fellowship work at the forthcoming Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal, September 1 to 13, 2008.

This year’s fellowship will provide Dr Morgan with the opportunity to work at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, England. The overall goal of his research will be improving the probability to control tumours within the prostate gland without increasing the side effects of radiation treatment. During the course of the fellowship, his team will conduct a clinical trial involving new imaging techniques for identifying prostate cancer within the prostate gland and precisely targeting these regions of cancer with radiation treatment.

“The Uro-Oncology Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital has an impressive track record in clinical trials,” said Dr Morgan. “Many groundbreaking randomised trials in urological radiation oncology have been led by their investigators. The opportunity to work with and learn from such a talented group of oncologists and trialists is exciting. I am grateful to CARO and Elekta for the opportunity to pursue the fellowship.”

Dr Morgan holds degrees in engineering physics (UBC, 1999) and medicine (Queen’s University, 2003) and completed his residency at the University of Ottawa and obtained his fellowship in Radiation Oncology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June 2008.
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