The Department of Radiation Oncology is engaged in a wide range of research projects. By placing particular emphasis on collaborative partnerships across traditional academic boundaries, we enhance our research capacity. We do this by taking full advantage of the medical center's close proximity to the general university campus, as well as the large biomedical industry encompassed by Indiana. The state's strong ventures in supporting advanced technology further encourage the establishment of interdisciplinary links.
Our department has made connections with the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, the schools of Industrial Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, the Health Physics group at Purdue University, and the Department of Physics at Indiana University Bloomington.
Within the Indiana University School of Medicine, ongoing projects link the Department of Radiation Oncology with the Sections of Hematology-Oncology, Gynecology Oncology, Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Otolaryngology, and the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurosurgery.
Additionally, the Department of Radiation Oncology has developed numerous collaborations with many of the basic science groups in the medical school. The planned development of a medical proton facility in Bloomington allows further opportunity for research growth.
Projects within the department are funded by various institutions such as the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Clarian Values Fund, the Indiana Lions Cancer Control Fund, Inc., as well as by industrial collaborations and internal resources. The department also participates in several cooperative groups, including the Gynecology Oncology Group, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, the Children's Oncology Group, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, and the Hoosier Oncology Group.
The department supports research right down to the basic science level. Our basic science laboratories are well equipped for "state of the art" investigations at the cellular and molecular level both "in vitro" and "in vivo."
The Department of Radiation Oncology is proud of its resident participation in research, and is happy to facilitate this work. Residents have presented their results at national and international meetings, and published in many widely read journals.