The United States Department of Energy and National Institutes of Health Collaboration: Medical Care Advances via Discovery in Physical Sciences

Cynthia Keppel, Andrew Weisenberger, Tatjana Atanasijevic, Shumin Wang, George Zubal, Jeffrey Buchsbaum, Martin Brechbiel, Jacek Capala, Freddy Escorcia, Ceferino Obcemea, Amber Boehnlein, Graham Heyes, Philip Bourne, Simon Cherry, Eric Colby, Georges El Fakhri, Jehanne Gillo, Robert Gropler, Paul Gueye, Georgia TourassiSteve Peggs, Craig Woody

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Abstract

Over several months, representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and National Institutes of Health (NIH) had a number of meetings that lead to the conclusion that innovations in the Nation's health care could be realized by more directed interactions between NIH and DOE. It became clear that the expertise amassed and instrumentation advances developed at the DOE physical science laboratories to enable cutting-edge research in particle physics could also feed innovation in medical healthcare. To meet their scientific mission, the DOE laboratories created advances in such technologies as particle beam generation, radioisotope production, high-energy particle detection and imaging, superconducting particle accelerators, superconducting magnets, cryogenics, high-speed electronics, artificial intelligence, and big data. To move forward, NIH and DOE initiated the process of convening a joint workshop which occurred on July 12th and 13th, 2021. This Special Report presents a summary of the findings of the collaborative workshop and introduces the goals of the next one.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e53-e61
JournalMedical physics
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2023

Keywords

  • Department of Energy
  • National Institutes of Health
  • inter-agency collaboration

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