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Roberts Proton Therapy Center

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New Research
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A Never-Ending Quest for New Knowledge
Future Collaborations


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Collaborative Research Effort with U.S. Military

Collaborations for the Future

Listen to James Metz, MD, speak about The Future of Cancer Care

No facility as complex and as sophisticated as the Roberts Proton Therapy Center exists in a vacuum — it's part of a network of other institutions and organizations all over the world that share common goals and purposes. The Roberts Center has forged alliances with a number of other entities, both to fight cancer and to expand knowledge.

Two of these partnerships are dedicated directly to treating patients. The Roberts Center is closely tied to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to improve the treatment of children with cancer and conduct clinical studies to help physicians better understand pediatric cancers and to develop new treatments.

Another partnership, with the U.S. Department of Defense — which has provided significant development support for the Roberts Proton Therapy Center — and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center, aims to benefit active duty U.S. military members and their families, who might otherwise have difficulty getting access to the unique benefits of proton therapy.

The Center's cyclotron and beamline also provide a vital resource for research in other aspects of biology and physics. The Center features a special research room dedicated to pure scientific research, in collaboration with several government agencies and other academic institutions.

Perhaps the most unexpected ally of the Roberts Center is NASA. The space agency is concerned about cosmic radiation hazards for astronauts on long-duration spaceflights to Mars and beyond. Scientists working at the Roberts Center will be able to use the facilities to simulate and study the radiological hazards that future space travelers will have to face.


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