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March 16th 2016

Dr. Minsun Kim Awarded Prestigious National Science Foundation Grant

The UW Department of Radiation Oncology is pleased to announce that Dr. Minsun Kim has been formally awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $299,919 to support her project investigation titled “Multi-Modality Optimal Radiation Treatments”, covering the period May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2019.

Her funded NSF project work is a game changer for how optimized radiation therapy will be delivered in the future. The work focuses on a highly personalized therapy, potentially varying daily for fraction size, intensity modulated dose distribution and measured or predicted biological response of tumor and normal tissue.

The subject of this award is an extension of Dr. Kim’s ground breaking Ph.D. thesis on spatiotemporal optimization of radiation therapy. Her outstanding scientific and mathematical work was previously recognized by the 2010 George B. Dantzig International Prize, as the best Ph.D. thesis in applied optimization published in the world that year.