Role of medical physics in the era of precision medicine; Prof. Robert Jeraj, PhD

We invite you to the 18th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2017/18. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana. To read the abstract click Past colloquia are posted on


prof. dr. Robert Jeraj

University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana


Role of medical physics in the era of precision medicine

Medical physics is intimately connected with medicine, and is progressing along a similar path. General trend of medicine, particularly oncology, towards personalized treatment by in-depth profiling of the disease, gave rise to so-called “precision medicine”. However, there are severe obstacles to overcome. For example, cancers evolve in time to become harder targets to treat. Understanding treatment resistance, and its development, often connected with the highly heterogeneous nature of the disease, is another key obstacle. Use of multi-modality imaging techniques such as molecular imaging is one of the solutions that medical physics can offer. Examples from clinical trials utilizing advanced molecular imaging, highlighting intra-tumor and inter-tumor heterogeneity will be presented. New understanding of cancer treatment response dynamics will be outlined. Potential for improved patient treatment designs steaming from these novel insights will be discussed. Role of (medical) physics to contribute to advancement of treatment will be highlighted.

Cordially invited!