DeskCAT - Photo Courtesy of Western News - April 5th, 2012 Edition


Medical Biophysics In the News

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February 2013

Dr. Blaine Chronik
Dr. Blaine Chronik

Between 50-75 per cent of patients with pacemakers will need a magnetic resonance (MR) scan over the device’s lifetime. As of right now, all will be denied that service because most standard medical devices either cease to operate, or present a danger to the patient, when within the MR environment.

Medical Biophysics Graduate Supervisor,Blaine Chronik, looks to end that through a Canadian-first program to develop MR-compatible medical devices. Read More ..... 

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February 2013

CFI Awards

Medical Biophysics Faculty Members, David Holdsworth, Ting-Yim Lee, Blaine Chronik, and Ravi Menon were part of a highly accomplished group of London imaging scientists who received $7.6 million in grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Leading Edge Fund and New Initiatives Fund. Read More .....
 

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July 2012

COMP Awards

Three Medical Biophysics Faculty Members, Aaron Fenster PhD, Jake Van Dyk MSc, and Jerry Battista PhD, received the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists Inaugural Fellow of COMP Awards at its annual scientific meeting held in Halifax from July 11 – July 14, 2012. This is the first year for the FCOMP awards which recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the field of medical physics and to COMP.

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June 2012

Dr. Ann Chambers
Dr. Ann Chambers

The prestigious science magazine NATURE takes note of Dr. Ann Chambers' resesearch. Dr. Chambers, Medical Biophysics Faculty Member, was featured in an article about breast cancer titled Metastasis: The Rude Awakening published on-line May 30, 2012.

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June 2012

Dr. Matthew Teeter
Dr. Matthew Teeter

For Matthew Teeter walking across the stage to receive his PhD in Medical Biophysics from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry caps off what can only be described as an exceptional four years. Read More .....

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June 2012

Dr. Terry Peters
Dr. Terry Peters

Medical Biophysics Professor and Robarts Research Institute Scientist, Terry Peters, and Psychology Professor John Meyer have been awarded Western’s illustrious 2012 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research. Read More  ....

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October 2012

Multiple Sclerosis research received a $50,000 boost from London philanthropist, Rob Cuddy, to support the work of Dr. Ravi Menon, Medical Biophysics Professor and Robarts Research Institute Scientist, and his team. Dr. Menon’s lab is working to view the central nervous system of MS patients for early diagnosis and monitoring of the disease. Read More  .....

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May 2012

Robarts Research Institute scientist and Medical Biophysics professor, Aaron Fenster, says it's time for Canada to reap the rewards of his research ....

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March 2012

Mini-CT Scanner Developed as a Teaching Tool

Jerry Battista, Chair of the Department of Medical Biophysics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Kevin Jordan of the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre invented the DeskCAT™ Multi-slice CT Scanner as a novel and interactive way to teach CT imaging techniques to a wide range of students. 

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March 2012

Brandon Disher, current Medical Biophysics PhD student enrolled in the CAMPEP stream, publishes his first major paper as first author in the prestigious journal, Physics in Medicine and Biology.

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January 2012

TWO MBP Faculty - Part of COMP Interactions Top 10 Cited Papers

posted January 2012

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Students Make TV News in London

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January 2012

Matthew Quinn - MBP MD/PhD Student Receives the Prestigious Vanier Scholarship


 

Mini CT Scanner Developed as a Teaching Tool


Biophysics professors at Western University have developed a CT (Computed Tomography) scanner small enough to sit on a desk.  Jerry Battista, Chair of the Department of Medical Biophysics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Kevin Jordan of the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre invented the DeskCAT™ Multi-slice CT Scanner as a novel and interactive way to teach CT imaging techniques to a wide range of students.  DeskCAT is now being manufactured, and distributed to other universities by Modus Medical Devices in London, Ontario.

Clinical CT or CAT (Computed Axial tomography) scanners are large enough to handle a patient and occupy a large room.  The donut-shaped scanner rotates a narrow fan beam of x-rays around the region of the body to be visualized.  The x-rays are then detected and analyzed by a computer to create detailed images of the body part in thin slices, which can be stacked together to form a three-dimensional (3D) image.The DeskCAT scanner was invented out of educational necessity.  “Teaching the basics of a CT scanner is very complicated.  Usually you end up filling a board with equations, and students get lost,” explains Battista.  “It’s hard to get access to a clinical scanner for a more practical explanation because of the heavy clinical workload.  So basically, we miniaturized a CT scanner to bring it into the classroom.”

Rather than using x-rays, the DeskCAT educational scanner uses visible light rays to form multiple views of a transparent specimen.  The mathematical method of reconstructing the 3D picture of the specimen's interior from many views through the object  is identical to that used in the full-scale clinical x-ray system.  “The advantage of using light instead of x-rays for teaching is that the scanner can be brought into the classroom or laboratory without the hazards of x-ray exposure,” adds Battista.  “Another advantage is that students can ‘see the light’ passing through the specimen whereas x-rays are invisible to the human eye. This provides unique insight!” 


Disher et al

Brandon Disher (upper far left), current Medical Biophysics PhD student enrolled in the CAMPEP stream, published his first major paper as first author in the prestigious journal, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Volume 57, March 2012 Edition. READ MORE .......




  

COMP Interactions
Hall of Fame Papers
in
Canadian Medical Physics


Two Medical Biophysics Faculty Members'
Publications Cited a Combined Total
of 2,091 Times 

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COMP Interactions: Intro to Most Cited Papers

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the TOP 10 HALL of FAME PAPERS

COMP Interactions - Top 10 Most Cited Papers

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TOP 10 HALL of FAME PAPERS


Drs. Terry Peters and Jerry Battista
made the
prestigious COMP Interactions
Top 10 Most Cited Papers 


Of the approximate 10,000 published
Canadian medical physics papers,
each of the papers listed to the left
are in the top 0.1%







Matt Quinn - Vanier Scholarship Recipient


Meet Matthew Quinn, Medical Biophysics MD/PhD Candidate
Recipient of the Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship created by the federal government to attract & retain world-class doctoral students 



 

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Graduate Research Videos

The presentations below were part of a series presented on a London TV news channel about the exciting biomedical research at Western.

Part of the Department of Medical Biophysics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, PhD students Kimberley Blackwood and Eric Sabondjian are involved in stem cell therapy to address a long term solution for repair of damaged cardiac tissue due to a heart attack.

Tom Appleton is in an combined degree program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, where students earn their MD and PhD over a seven-year timeframe. His research involves the early identification of osteoarthritis and the identification of new drug targets for prevention.

PhD student, Elizabeth McLachlan researches proteins called connexins, which form 'gap junctions' or groups of channels between two neighboring cells that allow them to communicate through chemical and electrical signals. Her research is aimed at understanding why cancers, including breast tumors, have little or no gap junctional intercellular communication.

Jennifer Boeckner, MSc student in the Clinical Anatomy Graduate Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, is developing a 3-D model of the heart.

Sarah Francis, PhD student in the Graduate Biochemistry Program, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario studies the retinoblastoma (pRB) protein and its effects on cell division and cancer.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Important News for 2014 Graduate Applicants

In Your Statement of Intent, 
please indicate in which area(s) of graduate research you are interested & why your academic and research background has attributes relevant to your intention to pursue a graduate degree in Medical Biophysics.

If you are a domestic applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.

If you are applying to the PhD Med Biop Clin MSc CAMPEP Accredited stream of the Medical Biophysics graduate program - START HERE

If you are an international applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.



MUST READ: Graduate Chair's Notes for All MBP Students

The Top 10 Things A MBP Graduate Student Needs To Know (presented by Baraa Al-Khazraji, senior PhD student)

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Western's Learning Skills Services for Graduate Students offers excellent advice and counselling about balancing the challenges of conducting research, writing your dissertation, and maintaining a personal life. An effective example of their services is tips on time management


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