Curriculum

ICPO Academy participants have the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge and expertise in Radiomolecular Precision Oncology. Each Teaching Unit takes about 45 minutes to complete. Each Teaching Unit contains 3 teaching videos, each about 10 minutes long, and may offer additional teaching content such videos and links to external videos, animations, interviews and further readings.

After completing each Teaching Unit, the participant will take a multiple-choice test to assess whether the key learning points have been acquired. To successfully complete a teaching unit, 80% of the questions must be answered correctly. Furthermore, the teaching units offer additional and optional introductions of the lecturers, interludes in form of interviews and videos as well as links to external support material.

Radiomolecular Precision Oncology (RPO) Pillar

This pillar covers medical and scientific content targeting physicians and also complementing content of the other four pillars.

Firstly, the Neuroendocrine tumor teaching units allow to delve into the epidemiology and historical evolution of these tumours, explore their classification, and examine their pathological basis. The participant will then understand the clinical presentation and role of molecular imaging techniques such as PET/CT, as well as to learn about treatment response evaluation to peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) using SPECT/CT and the significance of biomarkers.

Secondly, in the prostate cancer teaching units, the participant will explore the epidemiology and historical evolution of the disease, examine its tumour classification, and focus on pathology and genomics. This will allow to gain insights into molecular imaging techniques, with a specific focus on PSMA PET/CT, including potential pitfalls, as well as to understand treatment response evaluation to PRRT using SPECT/CT and the significance of PSA as a tumour marker. Systemic therapy guidelines and basic principles of PRRT will be covered for both cancer types above.

Finally, radioiodine therapy and its application in thyroid cancer will be introduced.

See here the full list of lectures in RPO

Neuroendocrine Tumors

#Name of Teaching UnitLecturer
1000Epidemiology and historical evolution, and tumor classificationDr. Nicola Fazio
1010Pathological bases of Neuroendocrine NeoplasmsDr. Massimo Milione
1020Clinical PresentationProf. Dr. Christos Toumpanakis
1030Molecular Imaging – SSTR PET/CTAssist. Prof. Vikas Prasad
1040Metabolic Imaging – FDG PETAssist. Prof. Valentina Ambrosini
1050Treatment response evaluation to PRLT with SPECT/CT in Neuroendocrine TumorsDr. Heying Duan
1060Biomarkers (CgA, NETest / PPQ)Prof. Dr. Andrea Frilling
1070Systemic Therapy for GEP-NETs –Guidelines and RecommendationsDr. Angela Lamarca
1080Basic Principles of PRRTAssist. Prof. Vikas Prasad

Prostate Cancer

#Name of Teaching UnitLecturer
1120Epidemiology and historical evolution, and tumor classificationDr. Lucas Kastner
1130Pathology and GenomicsAssist. Prof. Francesca Khani
1140Clinical PresentationAssist. Prof. Jacob Orme
1150Molecular Imaging – PSMA PET/CTDr. Ashwin Singh Parihar
1151Pitfalls in PSMA PET ImagingProf. Dr. Matthias Eiber
1160Treatment Response Evaluation to PRLT with SPECT/CT in Prostate CancerAssist. Prof. Hong Song
1210PSA as Tumor MarkerDr. Daniel Childs
1220Systemic therapy for Prostate Cancer – Treatment guidelines and recommendationsProf. Dr. Oliver Sartor
1230Basic Principles of PRLTPriv.-Doz. Dr. Robert Seifert

Other Tumor Entities

#Name of Teaching UnitLecturer
1240Radioiodine Therapy (Thyroid cancer, introduction)Assist. Prof. Vikas Prasad

Medical Physics (MP) Pillar

This pillar explores diverse topics in medical imaging, nuclear medicine and Theranostics targeting an audience of physicists thereby complementing the content of other pillars. Participants may expect to understand SPECT/CT and PET/CT imaging principles, radiobiology and radiotherapy fundamentals, as well as learn about essential topics such as activity measurements, quality control, radiation safety, patient dosimetry and clinical dosimetry and discover strategies to address imaging artifacts and optimize protocols. In summary, participants will appreciate the crucial role of medical physicists in Radiomolecular Precision Oncology.

See here the full list of lectures in MP

#Name of Teaching UnitLecturer
2000Medical imaging, Nuclear medicine and theranostics – A primerProf. Dr. Elif Hindie
2010Radioisotopes and TransformationProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
2020SPECT(/CT) Imaging – BasicsDr. John Dickson
2030PET(/CT) Imaging – BasicsProf. Dr. Thomas Beyer
2040RadiobiologyDr. Yaser Gholami
2050Radiotherapy – Basics Dr. Andreas Renner
Assist. Prof. Nicole Nesvacil
Dr. Petra Trnkova
2060Activity MeasurementsDr. Ana Denis-Bacelar
2070Quality ControlIng. Ivo Rausch, PhD
2080Radiation SafetyDr. Søren Holm
2090Basic Patient DosimetryDr. Ana Denis-Bacelar
2100Quantitative Imaging for Dosimetry: SPECTDr. Kathy Willowson
2110Quantitative Imaging for Dosimetry: PETProf. Dr. Dale Bailey
2120Clinical Dosimetry (Dx and Th) – Part 1Dr. Manuel Bardiès
2130Clinical Dosimetry (Dx and Th) – Part 2Dr. Manuel Bardiès
2140Imaging Artifacts and Optimized Protocols 1Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sattler
2150Imaging Artifacts and Optimized Protocols 2Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sattler
2160PACS, Data Handling 1Dr. Markus Diemling
2170Clinical Routine and EthicsPriv.-Doz. Dr. Harun Ilhan
2180Inter-Domain Communication in Clinical RoutineRoy Sheppard
2190The Medical Physicists

Radiochemistry (RC) Pillar

Addressing chemists and being a great complement to other pillars, this pillar is a strong primer on radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry, exploring the composition of atomic nuclei as a mixture of nucleons, as well as the structure and characteristics of stable and unstable atomic nuclei. Participants will understand the rationale of unstable atom nuclei and the philosophy of nuclear transformation pathways and kinetics. This pillar gives an opportunity to delve into the various emissions specific to individual transformation pathways, in particular relevant to Theranostics. Participants will finally become familiar with radionuclide production processes at nuclear reactors, cyclotrons and generators.

See here the full list of lectures in RC

#Name of Teaching UnitLecturer
3000Radiochemistry / Nuclear Chemistry – A PrimerProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3010The Stable Atomic NucleusProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3020The Atomic Nucleus: a Mixture of NucleonsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3030The Atomic Nucleus – Nucleon ShellsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3040The Rational of TransformationProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3050Transformation KineticsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3060The Rational of Beta Minus TransformationProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3070Beta Plus Transformation & Elementary ParticlesProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3080Excited Nuclear StatesProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3090The Rational of Alpha TransformationProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3100Secondary TransformationsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3120Post-effects & the Origin of 511 keV Annihilation PhotonsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3130The Emissions Relevant to TheranosticsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
Ing. Ivo Rausch, PhD
3140Radionuclide Production – A PrimerProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3150Radionuclide Production MechanismsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3160Radionuclide Production at Nuclear ReactorsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3170Radionuclide Production at CyclotronsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch
3180Radionuclide Production via Radionuclide GeneratorsProf. Dr. Frank Rösch

Nursing and Patient Management (NP)Pillar

This pillar offers nurses and in general clinicians interacting with patients to acquire basic knowledge and essential skills to effectively support patients in Radiomolecular Precision Oncology. Indeed, nursing plays a crucial role in patient care, thus learning effective patient communication strategies to address their decisions, answer their questions and meet their needs is a major component of the Academy for Theranostics. Moreover, this pillar content explores various therapy video samples to enhance the understanding of procedures and protocols.

See here the full list of lectures in NP

#Name of Teaching UnitLecturer
Nursing – Basic KnowledgeLinda Gardner
Therapy Information – Therapy Video SamplesLinda Gardner
Patient Communication – Patient Decisions, Questions and CommunicationJosh Mailman