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Growing In Harmony and Community, The Future of Radiation Medicine

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Growing In Harmony and Community, The Future of Radiation Medicine

UST-Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences Campus

The discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895 opened a new frontier in the treatment of cancer, a disease that had long been seen as incurable. With the efforts of scientists around the world, radiation therapy has developed in leaps and bounds, being used as a core component of cancer treatment alongside surgery and anticancer drugs, due to its applicability regardless of disease stage or location. Researchers continue to work on radiotherapy technologies to improve their precision and mitigate side effects, and the UST-Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS) Campus is one of the key institutes in Korea for the field.

“Standing at the Crossroads Between Theory and Practice”

The Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS) is a specialized research facility with a long history, founded in 1963. Since introducing radiation oncology treatment to Korea over half a century ago, it has been leading developments in diagnostics and treatment methods using the most advanced technologies of the time. The two main arms of KIRAMS are the Research Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences and the Korea Cancer Center Hospital. While the Research Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences conducts research on effective diagnostic and treatment methods, the Korea Cancer Center Hospital puts them to practice in the actual treatment of cancer patients, forming a close-knit bond between basic research and clinical medicine.

Representative professor Jeong Jae-hun explains, “As a research institute standing at the crossroads between theory and practice, clinically implementable research and interdisciplinary convergence is a crucial part of KIRAMS.” He adds, “a wide range of on-site research with comprehensive coverage of not just medicine but biology, physics, chemistry and engineering is being conducted to train experts in the field of cancer research.”

Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of radiation oncology through collaborative teaching by professors from various majors, as well as guest lectures by medical practitioners who share their experiences from actual clinical practice. Professor Kang Chang-mo, who is a radiogenomics researcher, stresses that the KIRAMS campus is where “new fields of study keep emerging at the intersection between radiology and other sciences.” Student researchers with undergraduate majors ranging from biology to physics, pharmacology, medical science, clinical pathology, bioinformatics, electronic engineering, and nuclear engineering, gain firsthand experience in advanced research, combining radiology with cell biology, molecular oncology, immunology and pharmacology to prepare for future careers as cancer researchers.

Collaborative Lectures and Joint Research Create Community

According to Professor Kim Kwang-seok, there are two main directions of research at KIRAMS: the first is the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through radiation and molecular imaging, the second is the mitigation of side effects. Both of these require collaborative research between experts in various fields. Professor Kim, whose expertise is in vascular aging, is currently working with Professor Jeong Jae-hun, who studies DNA damage signals during radiotherapy, and Professor Kang Chang-mo who tracks bioresponse changes to radiation, to develop prevention for brain diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s caused by vascular damage from radiotherapy and anticancer drugs.

With such frequent collaborations in research and teaching, members of the various majors and departments at UST-KIRAMS end up spending a lot of time together. This creates a unique camaraderie and sense of belonging, evident in the easy laughter and banter between professors and students gathered under an unassumingly heartwarming powerpoint banner, a last minute improvisation to welcome our interviewers.

This atmosphere of community, unburdened by status or age, was also echoed during an interview with a student who said, “The best thing is being fully respected as a member of the workforce, just like other people of my age, while studying in a great environment for research.” This is precisely the unique value that UST presents, as it forges a new path in education with a harmonious blend and convergence of theory and practice, education and work.