Dear Colleagues,

 It is our great pleasure to announce that we are going to hold the Second International Conference on Real-time Tumor-tracking Radiation Therapy with 4D Molecular Imaging Technique in February 16-17, 2012 in Kyoto, Japan. We are truly grateful to the cabinet office, the Japanese government, and the committee of the “Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST) program” for their support and commitment to this conference. The aim of the FIRST program is to advance cutting-edge research and development that will strengthen Japan’s international competitiveness while contributing to society and welfare through the application of its results.
 Since the first “FIRST” meeting last year was so successful, we decided to hold the conference at the same place in Kyoto at the same season. This year, we will focus on four-dimensional x-ray radiotherapy and proton beam therapy, especially for tumors in moving organs and also cancers in children. We hope to exchange knowledge among world-class experts in radiation oncology, medical physics, and manufactures.
 To accomplish our ultimate goal, Hokkaido University will develop a “Real-time Tumor-tracking Proton Beam Therapy System” and Kyoto University will develop “Four-dimensional Image-guided X-ray Therapy” within four years in the FIRST program. Importance to contribute to International Standards of medical equipment in the development of these radiotherapy equipments will also be presented by world-class leaders.
 Through the conferences, we hope to discuss comprehensively various approaches to reach our ultimate goal: Successful cure for all cancer patients.
 We are very much looking forward to meeting you all in Kyoto.

Sincerely yours,

Hiroki Shirato, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Chairman
Department of Radiation Medicine
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine

Masahiro Hiraoka, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Chairman
Department of Radiation Oncology
Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine

February 16 (Thu) – 17 (Fri),
Kyoto International Conference Center
(ICC Kyoto)

Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku,
Kyoto 606-0001, Japan
Prof. Hiroki Shirato
Department of Radiation Medicine,
Hokkaido University Graduate School
of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan
Prof. Masahiro Hiraoka
Department of Radiation Oncology and
Image-applied Therapy,
Kyoto University Graduate School
of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
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