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The University of North Carolina invites current and potential PLUNC users to attend a reception and users meeting during the 2011 AAPM/COMP meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The meeting will be in the Coal Harbour Suite, Pan Pacific Hotel on Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 6pm-9pm.

PLUNC is an open source in-house treatment planning system from the University of North Carolina. PLUNC is freely distributed to the field of radiation oncology for research and educational use. The meeting is a great opportunity to bring developers and users together. You will get updates on recent and future software developments, ask questions about your PLUNC usage, exchange experience with other PLUNC users, and discuss potential collaborations. We will also have presentations on other in-house TPS's and on an open source image processing tool that is highly relevant to radiation oncology.

2011 Vancouver PLUNC user Meeting Agenda

Welcome and Introduction
Sha Chang, Ph.D. University of North Carolina

PLUNC - basic architecture and new features
Tim Cullip, MS, University of North Carolina

PLUNC as an educational platform for treatment planning
Eric Schreiber, Ph.D. University of North Carolina

Prototyping new technologies with PLUNC: The Duke experience
Taoran Li, Ph.D. Duke University

Research applications using PLUNC at the University of Iowa
Alfredo Siochi, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Research applications using PLUNC at Beijing Cancer College
Jian-rong Dai, Ph.D. Beijing Cancer College

The value of UMPlan In-house treatment planning system for clinical research
Marc Kessler, Ph.D., University of Michigan (tentative)

Slicer -- a powerful open source image processing tool for radiotherapy
Gregory Sharp, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Advancing radiotherapy technology using in-house treatment planning system in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Gig Megaras, Ph.D, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Open discussion -- how to improve collaboration among PLUNC users
 and the benefit of non-commercial software for radiotherapy research