Medicina Clinic and Lomonosov Moscow State University signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of science and education


26.12.2016

Medicina Clinic and Lomonosov Moscow State University signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of science and education

Moscow, December 2016 - Medicina Clinic and Lomonosov Moscow State University signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of research, education, science and organizational activities. Undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Medical Physics Department, Faculty of Physics of Moscow State University, will consolidate their theoretical knowledge in practice at the Radiation Therapy Department of Medicina Clinic’s Sofia Oncology Center.

“The main areas of our cooperation include joint research, implementation of major scientific projects and work on joint innovative projects,” says Grigory Roytberg, President of Medicina JSC. We plan to arrange the delivery of joint presentations at conferences by medical physicists of the Radiation Therapy Department of Medicina Clinics Sofia Oncology Center, undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University, as well as to conduct scientific seminars, both at the clinic and at the Moscow State University.

Professor Nikolai Sysoyev, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University, and Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, commented on the joint project: For us, educational activity is important, within the framework of which we will coordinate the work on the development and implementation of training curricula and master's programs, and exchange educational and methodological materials. Of particular value in our cooperation with Medicina JSC is the delivery of training courses, professional development courses and practical training in using the equipment of the Radiation Therapy Department of Medicina Clinics Sofia Oncology Center, as well as joint supervision of undergraduate and master students when they write their term papers and graduation theses.

The outcome of cooperation between Medicina JSC and Lomonosov Moscow State University will include patents resulting from joint research and joint scientific and practical work, reports on joint research, as well as publications based on data collected in the process of joint research.

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The Radiation Therapy Department at Sofia Oncology Center, Medicina Clinic,has two linear accelerators, new revolutionary TrueBeam models designed by Varian (USA), with innovative tables having 6 degrees of freedom, which enables the delivery of radiation therapy with a guidance accuracy of up to 0.75 mm. The department applies the latest methods. For example, prostate cancer is treated with 5 sessions of large-fraction remote radiation therapy, while lung cancer therapy can be delivered in 1 session with exposure to a single high dose of radiation.

The Radiation Therapy Department of Medicina Clinic successfully treats breast cancer, head and neck tumors, lung cancer, prostate cancer, cerebral tumors, colon cancer, and distant metastases of various localizations. The department is located at a depth of 8 meters and has a floor area of 748 m2.

Medical physics deals with the planning of radiation therapy that, in its turn, is used to treat cancers. Radiation therapy planning is an important and complex task, as it is necessary to achieve acceptable coverage of the target (tumor) at the lowest possible dose to the surrounding healthy tissues. Various technologies are used to address this task, such as 3D-conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy(VMAT).

In 2016, medical physicists of the radiation therapy department of Medicina Clinics Sofia Oncology Center successfully passed an audit conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and were highly appraised.

Mikhail Dyachenko, a medical physicist working at the department, was included in the TOP 10 medical physicists in the world, following an international contest, in which 420 professionals from different countries took part. The aim of the contest was to compare, using strict scientific methods, different methods and mechanisms of radiation therapy planning and identify the most advanced ones.