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M. D. Anderson Mathematician Recognized for Radiology Contributions

M. D. Anderson Mathematician Recognized for Radiology Contributions
M. D. Anderson News Release 11/20/01

Dr. Howard D. Thames, chairman ad interim of the Department of Biomathematics at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, recently received the 2001 Gold Medal Award from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). 

The Gold Medal Award, ASTRO's highest honor, is presented each year to one or more outstanding contributors to the development of therapeutic radiology and oncology.

Dr. Thames discovered the alpha/beta ratio in the early 1980s, a formula which allows radiotherapists to predict the response of normal and malignant tissue to changes in radiation doses. The formula has been the basis for clinical trials in radiation therapy worldwide since its discovery.

Dr. Thames specializes in mathematical problems for theoretical and experimental radiobiology, the science of how radiation therapy interacts with normal and malignant tissues.  His mathematical models assist in quantifying radiation biology and radiation therapy.

Dr. Thames joined M. D. Anderson in 1970 and has published 250 papers, written numerous book chapters, and co-authored the book Fractionation in Radiotherapy.

11/20/01


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