It is a tremendous honor and a genuine privilege for all of us at Miami Cancer Institute to invite you to Miami for what we hope will be a tremendously successful 60th edition of our annual PTCOG meeting. Miami is widely regarded as one of the most cosmopolitan and international of all North American cities, a true melting pot of cultures from all over North America, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as Europe, and increasingly now from Asia.
This melting pot culture of Miami is emblematic of our own evolution in PTCOG, with a truly multinational flavor infusing a branch of medicine that is growing robustly in large measure due to international influences and collaborations, much like Miami, the city that will host this 60th edition.
The theme of PTCOG 60 is “Optimization of Radiotherapy Modalities”, reflecting our transformation from a nascent esoteric technology to a mainstream modality with a much better-defined use case. This is now permitting us to move on from dosimetric evaluations, case studies, and retrospective reports, to well-conducted prospective clinical trials, large and robust database analysis incorporating vast numbers of patients and producing real-world evidence, demonstrating not only clinical benefit efficacy, but also cost-effectiveness. We are no longer a therapy that is available to an extremely tiny minority of well-selected patients, but much more mainstream, and genuinely integrated with advances in surgical approaches, the development of targeted and immunotherapeutic agents, and entwined with other radiotherapy modalities.
Miami Cancer Institute (MCI), with its uniquely comprehensive range of all major radiotherapy modalities as well as its integration into a truly multidisciplinary clinical-trial oriented cancer matrix, is representative of this robust integration of proton therapy into mainstream cancer management. In this context, our special emphasis at MCI, includes the very interesting and widely pursued research arenas of FLASH and Dynamic Arc, but also on developing unique capabilities such as pulsed reduced dose rate proton therapy, proton GRID, combining proton therapy with other external beam approaches for an idealized total therapy plan, unique and novel approaches to collimation, dual energy CT, developing a more robust voxel-level understanding of dose distribution and resultant normal tissue morphometric change, etc. Ultimately, such accomplishments will determine the broader success and implementation of our modality.
We look forward to inviting you to Miami to enjoy a truly comprehensive and scientifically exciting program at this year’s PTCOG meeting. Also, come prepared to have some fun in the sun. The ocean is our neighbor, the beaches are our playgrounds, fine dining and night life abound. Check out our wonderous gardens, unique, and renowned the world over. For the connoisseur, we have fine dining, the arts, theatre, and music; There is truly something for everyone. Come prepared to expand the horizons of your mind, entertain your senses, surprise your palate, build new friendships, and renew prior acquaintances. We are planning a superb gala event, as well as a Proton Center tour. So, keep your schedules open for those events as well.
On behalf of PTCOG, Baptist Health of South Florida, Miami Cancer Institute, and the PTCOG60 Local Organizing Committee and the wonderful people of Miami, welcome! We are excited to invite you to a wonderful event on your 2022 academic calendar.
With warmest regards,
Dr Minesh Mehta
Miami Cancer Institute
Key Conference Dates
Abstract Submission Opening
December 17, 2021
Abstract Submission Deadline
February 28, 2022
Notifications Sent to Authors
March 16, 2022
Author Registration Deadline
March 24, 2022
Early Bird Registration
April 27, 2022
Final Program Announced
May 29, 2022
PTCOG 60 & PTCOG -NA 8 Begins
June 27, 2022
Dear PTCOG Membership,
On behalf of the PTCOG Executive Committee I am pleased to let you know that we are planning for PTCOG 60 to be a physical in-person meeting! PTCOG 60 will be held in beautiful Miami, Florida, from June 27 – July 2, 2022. The conference, this year will include two days of education with parallel sessions and 3 days of multi-session scientific reports with plenty of time for subcommittee meetings in between. Take care to plan your beach days before or after the meeting since there will be a lot of exciting content during the conference. We are working with the Miami Baptist local organizing committee to plan an event to properly welcome all of you back together after such a long time physically apart. The virtual meetings have been tour-de-forces, indeed, but it will be good to see you and have a beer with you, enjoy welcome receptions, a gala dinner and tours.
There is much new in particle therapy and the conference will bring together an international representation of what is evolving in the five continents of the world. This results in PTCOG having an increased responsibility, as an organization to do its part to help ensure the highest standards of particle radiation therapy. PTCOG has grown from a meeting of chatting in the corridors to helping identify consensus standards, education and development. Indeed, it is our shared vision to provide the best care for patients worldwide.
On a more personal note, having served as your Chair for a few years now, as I mentioned during previous PTCOGs, it is time to begin another transition as we will vote for a new Chair in Miami to whom the Chairs responsibilities will transition in the following months. This causes me to pause and consider what we’ve accomplished together in the last years. We have grown the topical subcommittees to about 14 now with all the disease sites covered and with productive and valuable contributions from these subcommittees. We have transitioned to a PTCOG managed annual meeting with the help of a professional conference organizer C-IN. We have grown our budget to begin modest funding of some research projects, outreach educational sessions and began our contributions to the credentialing process. We have grown the Educational subcommittee and the growth of the Publications subcommittee has begun which will help develop an on-line web community for coordinated sharing of PT development. This growth reflects the broadening of PTCOG with over 4000 members and the expansion of Particle Therapy to over 100 facilities and increased need for professional discourse and dissemination of information. The role of our sponsors continues to evolve, and we have tried to provide a consistent and useful experience for both vendor and all attendees. I don’t have the space to provide a full account of the accomplishments of our various committees, subcommittees and dedicated membership, but it fills my heart with pride to have been part of this.
I look forward to your participation and spending time with you in Miami and hope you will grow from the meeting, and take time to enjoy the local flavor and hospitality.
We look forward to welcoming you to PTCOG 60 & PTCOG-NA 8 in Miami, USA