The Host Response and Radiation Sciences program conducts research to minimize the treatment-related side effects of cancer therapies and reduce the adverse treatment-related health effects among future cancer survivors.

The main mission of the Host Response and Radiation Sciences program is to support and coordinate research into the mechanistic underpinnings of side effects after various cancer therapies and to investigate strategies by which such side effects can be prevented or ameliorated. The ultimate goal is to make cancer treatments safer, better tolerated and more effective, thus ensuring the maximal number of uncomplicated cancer cures is achieved.

The scientific goals of the program include research in all of the following areas:

  1. Basic research aimed at providing insight into the mechanisms of short- and long-term treatment-related side effects.
  2. Preclinical research aimed at developing novel interventions to prevent short- and long-term treatment-related side effects.
  3. Molecular epidemiology research to develop predictive assays and methods to identify subsets of patients that may be particularly susceptible to treatment-related side effects.

Investigators collaborate with other programs to conduct clinical trials to test interventions for preventing side effects of cancer therapy and to
conduct traditional behavioral, epidemiological, and interventional cancer survivorship research.

Program Co-Leaders

Martin Hauer-Jensen M.D., Ph.D., FACS
Martin Hauer-Jensen M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Daohong Zhou, M.D.

Daohong Zhou, M.D.