June 27, 2003

Hallahan to review NIH radiology grants

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Dr. Dennis Hallahan, professor and chair of Radiation Oncology at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been named to a panel of scientific experts that reviews grant applications to the National Institutes of Health in the field of radiology.

Hallahan’s four-year term on the Radiation Study Section of the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review Center will begin July 1.

Study sections review NIH grant applications, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. Members are selected based on an individual’s research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Hallahan joined Vanderbilt in 1998 from the University of Chicago, where he served as associate professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology.

Under his leadership, Vanderbilt’s radiation oncology department has grown substantially, adding five physicians, five biologists and two physicists to more than double the size of the department’s faculty. In addition, the department has established a radiation oncology residency program, a post-doctoral fellowship program, a graduate training program in medical physics and an undergraduate program for radiation therapists. Vanderbilt is the only university in Tennessee to provide training in each of these areas. In addition, the department has extended its services into neighboring counties through the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Franklin and a partnership with Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.