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The 15th Acta Oncologica conference on biology-guided adaptive radiotherapy (BiGART2017) was held in Aarhus June 14-16, 2017, with an opening reception in the evening of June 13th. A total of 225 participants from 18 countries attended the meeting.

Key topics for the BiGART conference included:

  • Biology of tumours and normal tissue to guide patient selection, target volumes and dose prescription in radiotherapy and particle therapy
  • Functional imaging of tumours and normal tissues with functional imaging techniques based on MRI and PET, and the use of such images for dose painting and normal tissue avoidance in radiotherapy and particle therapy
  • Treatment planning and delivery challenges in adaptation of radiotherapy and particle therapy based on changes in tumour and normal tissue biology, anatomy and/or function
  • Clinical outcome of biology-guided and adaptive radiotherapy and particle therapy

The meeting was open for physicians, physicists, radiobiologists and other scientists with an active interest in the area. The format included invited presentations, proffered papers and discussion rounds.

Before the meeting, on June 13th, the ENLIGHT2017 plenary meeting was held at Aarhus University Hospital in Skejby, also including a visit to the emerging Danish Center for Particle Therapy. ENLIGHT training sessions attracted more than 80 participants on June 12th. More information at http://enlight.web.cern.ch/. ENLIGHT participants were invited to participate in the opening reception on the evening of June 13th.