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New eContouring webinar series bears del Regato name

On April 17, 2012, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) launched a new eContouring webinar with funding provided by the Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI). The del Regato Residents eContouring Lab Webinars supported by the ROI provides resident attendees complimentary opportunities to learn the finer points of contouring with expert faculty and state-of-the-art software. Attendees have a chance to contour structures before, during and after the webinar to measure their skills in relation to the expert, their peers and their previous contours.

The webinar series was named in honor of Juan A. del Regato, MD, one of the most revered physicians in the history of American radiotherapy. The del Regato Foundation was created in 1974 by a dedicated group of individuals united in their common goal of improving communication and education about radiation oncology worldwide, as well as encouraging historical works in the field. Foundation president J. Frank Wilson, MD, FASTRO, together with Director James D. Cox, MD, FASTRO, approached the del Regato family about entering into an agreement with the newly established Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) to transfer the ownership and net assets of the foundation to the ROI, under whose care and stewardship it remains today. Renamed the ROI Juan A. del Regato Fund, it serves to preserve the identity, recognition and legacy of Juan del Regato in perpetuity.

To honor the legacy of Juan A. del Regato, the wishes of the del Regato family and administrators of the former del Regato Foundation, the ROI has agreed to identify an annual project, ideally in the area of education, that will bear del Regato’s name. The del Regato Residents eContouring Lab Webinars supported by the ROI is the first project created under this agreement and the inaugural webinar, Contouring for Gynecologic Cancers, hosted by Arno Mundt III, MD, was well attended with 170 residents registered and 111 participating. Thirty of those in attendance were international members-in-training, several of whom joined ASTRO for the specific purpose of attending the webinar. Three more webinars are scheduled for 2012.

For more information on The del Regato Residents eContouring Lab Webinars supported by the ROI, including a list of upcoming webinars, please visit https://astro.org/ARRO/Resident-Resources/Educational-Resources/Resident-Webinars.aspx.

To learn more about the ROI del Regato Fund, visit http://www.juanadelregatofoundation.org/.

The Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) foundation created in 2006 by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Board of Directors to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. ROI strategically funds research on new and existing radiation therapy treatments to identify links between best practices and improved outcomes, to evaluate the efficacy and cost-benefit of radiation therapy and to foster multi-institutional research in radiation oncology. The ROI recently launched the National Radiation Oncology Registry (NROR) pilot program to collect standardized information about patient care to help inform quality improvement initiatives and provide meaningful benchmarks for the radiation oncology field.