Society News

April 11-15, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana

Plenary Lecturers have been announced!
- Dr. Chrit Moonen
- Dr. Damian Dupuy
- Dr. Michael Yaffe 

5th International Symposium
on Focused Ultrasound
August 28-September 1, 2016  
Washing DC Metro Area


Twelve New Investigators earned Travel Awards to the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Thermal Medicine. $600 grants were awarded based on applications and abstracts judged by a Committee of STM members chaired by Dr. R. Jason Stafford of the MD Anderson Cancer Center . The awards are funded in part by the National Institutes of Health through grant R13CA174356 from the National Cancer Institute and from sponsorship funding from the Radiation Research Society. In addition to the Travel Awards, these New Investigators receive Jr. SIT Memberships in the Radiation Research Society. The New Investigators presented their abstracts during the STM Annual Meeting in Lake Buena Vista, FL and STM Officers hosted the New Investigators at a private dinner during the Annual Meeting.

Edmond Balidemaj – Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam

“In vivo conductivity values of cervical cancer patients reconstructed with a 3T MR system”

Lindsey Shea – University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

“Increasing Energy Density with Polyprotic Acids and Polyamines for 
Use in Thermochemical Ablation”

Gerben Schooneveldt - Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam

“Thermophysical fluid modelling for loco-regional hyperthermia treatment of 
Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer”

Sri Kamal Kandala- Johns Hopkins University
“Simulation of magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia in prostate tumor models”

Taylor Ibelli - Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Center

"Photothermal Ablation of Streptococcus pyogenes using Fluorescent 
Bio-Polymeric Nanoparticles”

Tao Lu - Erasmus Medical Centre

“A novel stealth idarubicin thermosensitive liposome for ultrafast triggered release 
using mild hyperthermia”

Sergio Curto - Kansas State University
“Design and optimization of a conformal microwave antenna for a wearable breast 
hyperthermia applicator”

Mark Bucsek - Roswell Park Cancer Institute

“Destressing laboratory mice reveals new relationships between heat production, 
anti-tumor immunity and β-adrenergic receptor signaling"

Enid Choi - University of Maryland

“External thermal therapy with concurrent radiation therapy results in rapid and 
durable regression of multiply-recurrent, debilitating verrucous vulgaris: a case report”

Harishankar Natesan - University of Minnesota

Integrated micro-thermal sensor for planning and guidance of pulmonary vein ablation”

Alicia Petryk - Dartmouth College

“Fractionated nanoparticle hyperthermia and radiation improves tumor treatment efficacy”

Mustafa Sarimollaoglu - Arkansas Nanomedicine Center, University of Arkansas 
for Medical Sciences

Photothermal cancer therapy guided by in vivo photoacoustic flow cytometry”

Official Journal of STM

The International Journal of Hyperthermia
2013 Impact Factor: 2.77
5-Year Impact Factor: 2.82
Frequency: 8 issues per year



Our Mission Statement

The Society for Thermal Medicine is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization whose mission is to significantly improve patient treatment outcomes by advancing the science, development and application of Thermal Therapy.

Our Society strives to:

  • Promote new discovery in thermal biology, physics/engineering, and medicine.
  • Sponsor high quality forums for education of medical professionals in the practice of thermal medicine.
  • Advocate for increased patient access to appropriate, high quality, thermal therapies.

Get to Know Us

Founded in 1986, STM is a premier, international scientific forum for fostering interaction and innovation in the study of biological, physical and medical applications of thermal therapy for cancer and other diseases and for facilitating a greater basic understanding of the role of temperature in cellular and molecular function. A key goal of the Society is to facilitate rapid dissemination of exciting scientific breakthroughs in thermal medicine in order to expedite the translation of both basic and applied research to the clinic for the immediate benefit of patients.

The Society meets annually in the United States, (and with other international societies every 4th year) for members to exchange new research information in the areas of thermal physics/engineering, and biology and medicine, with sub-specialty interests including thermal physiology , immunology, regulation of gene/protein expression, nanoparticles and drug delivery, inflammation and metabolism, hypoxia, vascular function and the tumor microenvironment, radiation and chemotherapy sensitization by heat, thermal ablation, chemistry, and new industry development . A major emphasis at the annual meetings is placed on presentations of new translational and clinical data in thermal therapy. There are many opportunities for new investigators to present their data, and graduate students, laboratory and clinical fellows, and allied health professionals are particularly welcome at our meetings; several career development and mentor-ship opportunities are available.

Among other activities, the Society sponsors CME accredited educational events, its own outstanding journal: The International Journal of Hyperthermia, a website for scientific and informational exchange, and yearly travel awards and speaking opportunities for new investigators.

What is Thermal Medicine?

Thermal Medicine, or the manipulation of body or tissue temperature for the treatment of disease, can be traced back to the earliest practice of medicine. Cultures from around the world can point to ancient uses of hot and cold therapy for specific medical applications, including cancer. Modern research in thermal medicine aims to understand molecular, cellular and physiological effects of temperature manipulation and the “stress” response, as well as to develop effective and safe equipment for clinical application and temperature monitoring. As a result, today there are a growing number of clinical applications of thermal therapy that benefit patients with a variety of diseases. More ... 


STM Image Archive Added to the Member Center

Using the images provided by Dennis Leeper, Chair of the History Committee, we have added a STM slideshow image archive to the Member Center.

The Member Center is restricted to current members via log-in. 

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