The mission of the UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) Imaging and Radiation Sciences (IR) Scientific Program is to integrate physical and biological sciences with clinical research and practice by developing new imaging technologies and by developing targeted approaches to improve cancer diagnosis and therapy.
At UWCCC, the translation of laboratory discovery to clinical and population application is facilitated by multidisciplinary Disease Oriented Working Groups (DOWGs)/Clinical Research Groups (CRGs). The Translational Imaging Research Working Group (TIRWG) is a CRG with cancer-specific imaging expertise that facilitates intra- and inter-programmatic collaboration and interaction. Embedded in the IR Program, TIRWG is led by Robert Jeraj, PhD, and has a full complement of supporting research staff (program manager, imaging research specialists and data managers) with specific expertise in all imaging modalities (CT, MRI, PET/CT, US, IR), evaluating imaging response through imaging biomarkers, development of protocols with imaging endpoints and conducting clinical studies. While many members are from the IR Program, TIRWG also includes members from all other Scientific Programs, particularly Experimental Therapeutics, who share interest in approaching problems concurrently from the clinical and imaging perspective and using both primary clinical and imaging endpoints in clinical trials.