Research Center

Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (CAMI)

Dr. Paul Gueye

The Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (CAMI) houses the first graduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in medical physics in the State of Virginia, and the only ones nationally at an HBCU. Biomedical instrumentation research at the university is currently spread around the campus, at local hospitals and medical facilities, and a new campus building is under construction for this research center. Medical physics is a profession where there is a steadily growing demand for trained individuals. Students working in this area are trained for a wide range of careers, from hospital-based medical professionals to high-tech corporate scientists. CAMI researchers are involved in a range of biomedical research activities, from developing in vivo dose measurements for cancer therapy, to the next generation of detectors for breast cancer localization, to modeling tumor killing radiation therapy. CAMI researchers hold nine patents in medical technology development, and receive support from both federal agencies and private sector companies.

The largest and most exciting effort of the CAMI center is the establishment of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI). The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) will be a genuine national resource: a state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facility, the nation's sixth and most advanced such facility. Proton therapy is widely recognized as the most advanced and effective external beam method in the selective destruction of cancer cells. Proton therapy is the most precise form of radiation treatment available for a variety of cancers, including those of the prostate, brain, breast, eye, and lung. Proton therapy patients experience drastically reduced side effects during and after treatment as compared to conventional cancer therapies. HUPTI will house a dedicated cancer research facility, as well as four patient treatment gantries, a fixed beam treatment room, the requisite cyclotron accelerator room, and a clinical wing. Construction for this ~$180M facility began July 2007, and the first patient will be treated three years from that time.