The United States department of energy and national institutes of health collaboration: medical care advances via discovery in physical sciences

Author: Cynthia Keppel1, Andrew Weisenberger1, Tatjana Atanasijevic Contractor2, Shumin Wang2, George Zubal2, Jeffrey Buchsbaum3, Martin Brechbiel Emeritus3, Jacek Capala3, Freddy Escorcia3, Ceferino Obcemea3, Amber Boehnlein4, Graham Heyes4, Philip Bourne5, Simon Cherry6, Eric Colby7, Georges El Fakhri8, Jehanne Gillo9, Robert Gropler10, Paul Gueye11, Georgia Tourassi12, Steve Peggs13, Craig Woody14
1 Experimental Nuclear Physics, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Virginia, USA.
2 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Maryland, USA.
3 National Cancer Institute, Maryland, USA.
4 Computational Sciences & Technology, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Virginia, USA.
5 School of Data Science, University of Virginia, Virginia, USA.
6 Biomedical Engineering/Radiology, University of California, Davis, California, USA.
7 Department of Energy, Office of High Energy Physics, Washington, DC, USA.
8 Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts, USA.
9 Department of Energy, Office of Isotope R&D and Production, Washington, DC, USA.
10 Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, USA.
11 Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA.
12 Director of the National Center for Computational Sciences and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA.
13 Collider Accelerator Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, USA.
14 Physics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, USA.
Conference/Journal: Med Phys
Date published: 2023 Jan 27
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1002/mp.16252. , Word Count: 181

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 the findings of the collaborative workshop and introduces the goals of the next one. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Keywords: department of energy; inter-agencycollaboration; national institutes of health.

PMID: 36705550 DOI: 10.1002/mp.16252