TOKYO, Japan and PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 28, 2016 Komazawa University and Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced a new advanced radiotherapy education center in Japan. Located on the Komazawa campus in Tokyo, the education center is equipped with a fully functional Varian TrueBeam™ medical linear accelerator and offers hands-on educational courses for medical professionals and students on the planning and delivery of advanced radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.
The goal of the educational courses is to enhance the knowledge and skills of health professionals on the delivery of radiotherapy using Varian technology, as well as establish standards for radiotherapy education at Komazawa University. The educational courses will utilize the TrueBeam™ system integrated with the company's suite of oncology and radiotherapy software, including Eclipse™ treatment planning system, and ARIA® oncology information system.
"With the increasing number of cancer cases in Japan, it is critical to increase the number of skilled professionals who can deliver radiotherapy treatments at a high standard," said Masao Hoshina, Professor at Faculty of Health Science. "By collaborating with Varian on this radiotherapy education center, we have the opportunity to expand the pool of qualified professionals and maximize the use of this important technology in the fight against cancer."
"We are honored to collaborate with Komazawa University on this new advanced radiotherapy education center," said Mitchell Silong, managing director Oncology Systems Japan at Varian. "The goal of the center is to help medical professionals enhance patient care with expanded educational programs on the use of radiotherapy and radiosurgery in the treatment of cancer."
Varian's TrueBeam family of medical linear accelerators incorporate numerous technical innovations that dynamically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management, and treatment delivery during a radiotherapy or radiosurgery procedure.
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiation. The company provides comprehensive solutions for radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, cables and connectors as well as image processing software and workstations for use in medical and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 7,700 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com
About Komazawa University
Komazawa University School Corporation has established two universities (Komazawa University and Tomakomai Komazawa University) and two affiliated high schools (Komazawa University Senior High School and Komazawa University Tomakomai High School), at which a fully-rounded academic program is provided and a wide array of research is undertaken. The program and research are based on an academic doctrine expressed as "Gyougaku Ichinyo", meaning "the Fusion of Study and Practice", which is a set of principles grounded in the teachings of Buddha and the spirit of Zen.
Komazawa University is a private university with over 420 years of proud history and rich tradition including an earlier period as a traditional institution of higher learning and over 130 years since its transformation into a modern university in 1882. Currently 15,500 students study in its seven faculties and eight graduate schools, including the Faculty of Health Sciences which provides training to clinical radiologists. The fundamental philosophy of the university is encapsulated in the"Gyougaku Ichinyo" doctrine, that is, "oneness of study and practice". Gyou and gaku refer to practice and study, respectively. These two elements are considered essential to academic research, as they are inseparable in high-minded Buddhist ethics, that is, it behooves the student to make efforts to develop his or her own character as well as have an unwavering commitment to academic research. The development of one's own character relies on having an acute insight into the present without unthinkingly following the trends of the times, choosing the path that is right for oneself as well as gaining knowledge and skills, while obtaining the certifications that are necessary for one's career. This unremitting effort in the development of one's own character is the ideal model of education that Komazawa University advocates. The most appealing feature of the comprehensive education that Komazawa University has to offer is that all of the school's faculties are located within the same campus, assuring the student exposure to a wide variety of disciplines and access to a broad array of research. For further details, please visit https://www.komazawa-u.ac.jp/.
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