The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to become an IAEA Collaborating Centre.
The two organizations aim to improve radiation oncology, radiation physics, radiology, nuclear medicine, and nutrition globally. MD Anderson said it will be the first IAEA Collaborating Centre in the U.S. focused on healthcare.
The IAEA has six decades of experience helping countries take action against cancer and also cooperates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies within the United Nations system.
MD Anderson will expand its existing support of the IAEA through a jointly developed work plan that includes the following:
- Training and educational activities in radiation oncology, radiation physics, radiology, nuclear medicine, and nutrition
- Technical expertise and assistance in expanding scientific and technical capabilities in radiotherapy and radiology
- Research collaborations such as quality assurance of dosimetry auditing methodologies
- Collaboration in the Rays of Hope initiative of the IAEA through Anchor Centres
- Participation in the cost-free experts program of the IAEA by providing technical experts