ASRT Foundation Honors Two With International Speakers Exchange Award

Jan. 18, 2018
Erin Wittland and Melanie Dempsey

Erin J. Wittland, B.S., R.T.(T), and Melanie C. Dempsey, Ph.D., R.T. (R)(T), CMD, have been selected as the 2018 recipients of the ASRT Foundation's International Speakers Exchange Award.

Wittland will present “On-Table Treatment Adaptation and Motion Management Using MR-guided Radiotherapy: 4 Years of Clinical Implementation” at the 2018 United Kingdom Radiological Congress in Liverpool, England, in July. “It is such an honor to be selected for this award,” Wittland said. “I feel very proud to work with such an amazing team in the advancement of the promising new treatment modality of MR-IGRT.” Wittland is a senior radiation therapist at Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Dempsey will present “Evaluating Secondary Thyroid Dose in Total Breast Irradiation” at the 2018 Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists Annual General Conference in Montreal, Canada, in September. “I am excited to have been selected to present in Montreal as part of the International Speakers Exchange program,” Dr. Dempsey said. “Any time radiologic science professionals gather, there is both a formal and informal exchange of information that creates a greater sense of global community. I look forward to this opportunity.” Dr. Dempsey is radiation therapy program director at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

For more than a decade, the ASRT Foundation has funded radiologic technologists to participate in the ISEA program. It promotes global cooperation through the sharing of research, best practices and professional development in the radiologic sciences. It also provides speakers the opportunity to forge important professional connections with international colleagues. The award includes conference registration, travel and lodging expenses, and a stipend to cover related costs.