The LINAC at the London Regional Cancer Program


Medical Physics & Radiobiology in Cancer Treatment & Research

Our group applies physical principles and new technologies to clinical problems arising from treatment of cancer using radiation therapy. While the research often has immediate applications, we emphasize the understanding of the fundamentals of radiation therapy and imaging physics to solve these clinical problems. We have established strong links with the Robarts Research Institute to encourage collaboration in imaging research as it applies to radiation therapy. We have also established strong commercial links to turn our ideas into clinically usable products.

The laboratories are located within the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) at the Victoria Campus of the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). While the research laboratories are located on the fourth floor, students have access to equipment located throughout the facility.

The irradiation facilities include: 
(a) radio-isotope machines (60Co)
(b) small radionuclide seeds (137Cs, 192Ir, 198Au)
(c) low-energy X-ray sources (40-125 kVp)
(d) and linear accelerators which produce X-ray and electron beams with energies up to 20 MeV

Computer resources include a cluster of workstations (SUN, PC's) and special software packages (e.g., EGS4 Monte Carlo code) for the modelling of interactions of radiation with matter.

Radiation dosimetry equipment includes:
(a)  ionisation chambers
(b) semi-conductors
(c) film, radiochromic gels, scintillators, thermoluminescence detectors, and calorimeters

Specialized radiation sensors such as a high purity germanium spectrometer are also available. London, Ontario has a long-standing research tradition in radiation therapy. Cobalt-60 was first used in London for cancer treatment in October 1951. We helped develop a new Ytterbium-169 brachytherapy source. The world's first treatment of a patient using this source took place in London in October 1990.

Tomotherapy Unit

Stereotactic radio-surgery has been developed as a facility to localize and irradiate small brain lesions with narrow X-ray beams. In February 1991, we became the third Centre in Canada to adopt this technology. We are one of the first centres in the world to begin using tomotherapy, treating tumours in 3-D. In addition, our students and staff have won several awards, including a prize for the "best poster" at the national meeting of The Canadian Organization of Medical Physics (1996) and several Canadian and American awards for "Best published paper in Medical Physics" (1989, 1992) 


 

 
Dr. Brandon Disher
Dr. Brandon Disher
First Graduate of the  

PhD Med Biop Clin MSc
CAMPEP Accredited Program

In 2007, Brandon Disher enrolled in the Medical Biophysics PhD program. In 2010, he was the first student offered admission to the PhD Med Biop Clin MSc CAMPEP accredited Program which prepares students for the role of medical physicists and he was the first graduate of the program at Western's Fall 2013 Convocation. Brandon is now a medical physics resident at the London Regional Cancer Centre and will write his certification examination after two years of hands-on post graduate training.

 

 
Michael Jensen Medical Biophysics PhD Student
Meet Medical Biophysics PhD student, Michael Jensen, a member of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT).


Invited doctoral students from Western, such as Michael, are part of the RIOT volunteers who offer to educate the London community about the significant advances made in cancer research from the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside. 

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In his YOU TUBE VIDEO, Michael describes the current clinical technologies to treat cancer offered at the London Regional Cancer Program.

 
Timothy Yeung

Meet Medical Biophysics PhD student, Timothy Yeung, another member of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT).

In his YOU TUBE VIDEO, Timothy describes his doctoral research which uses different imaging technologies to track tumour metabolism and blood flow as well as the changes in tumours after drug therapies.



Our faculty and their graduate students conduct research in partnership with globally recognized faculty supervisors and clinicians at state-of-the-art facilities located at The University of Western Ontario, London Regional Cancer Program, Lawson Health Research Institute, Robarts Research Institute, and the London Health Sciences Centre. After graduation, students find rewarding careers in the healthcare sector, biomedical industry, and academia; others pursue further training in professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, or business. 

If you have a 4 year Honours Degree (or M.Sc.) in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Medical Sciences or a related field, and are interested in biomedical research, you are invited to apply to our graduate program.


Apply to Our Graduate Program On-Line
 

Medical Biophysics Graduate Supervisors 
whose Medical Physics and Radiobiology Research Groups
are located at the 
London Regional Cancer Program 
 

(last updated November 8th, 2013)



Faculty Member

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Under the names of the faculty members listed below, the term Graduate Supervisory Privileges infers that s/he has an active research program which may include graduate recruitment for admission during the Fall Term of any given academic year.
The term CCPM certified member infers that the faculty member is clinically certified (FCCPM or MCCPM) to serve as a primary or joint supervisor or an advisory committee member for a student enrolled in the CAMPEP accredited PhD Med Biop Clin MSc Program.


Keywords
Describing Faculty Members' Research Expertise
and
Their Geographical Locations 
at Research Institutes in London



Refer to this Map 

Medical Biophysics in London
Phone No.
(519 Area Code)  

and
E-Mail Address
Jerry J. Battista
Professor and Department Chair


Graduate Supervisory Privileges

Co-ordinator for the
PhD Med Biop Clin MSc
CAMPEP Accredited Program
 
Radiation Therapy Biophysics
London Regional Cancer Program

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Department of Medical Biophysics
Western University 

Keywords

Radiobiology of DNA damage
and repair, radiation dose
computations, dosing
for brachytherapy
 
LRCP

685-8300
x 53613

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UWO

661-2111
x 86552
Glenn Bauman
Professor

Graduate Supervisory Privileges

London Health Science Centre
Victoria Hospital
A4-901B
London Regional Cancer Program

Keywords

Central nervous system
malignancies, radiation treatment
delivery,brain tumors,
prostate cancer

685-8600
x 53177
glenn.bauman@lhsc.on.ca
Ann F. Chambers
Professor

Graduate Supervisory Privileges

Experimental Oncology
(cell/molecular biology of metastasis)
London Regional Cancer Program

Keywords

Dormant cancer cells,
intravital video microscopy,
cancer cell extravasation
and intravasation
685-8652
Ann.Chambers@lhsc.on.ca

Jeff Chen
Assistant Professor

(associated with Dr. Battista's
Radiation Physics group)


Graduate Supervisory Privileges

CCPM certified member
Radiation Therapy Biophysics
London Regional Cancer Program
685-8300
x 53305
Jeff.Chen@lhsc.on.ca

Aaron F. Fenster

Professor

Graduate Supervisory Privileges

CCPM certified member


Imaging Research
Robarts Research Institute
Western University 

Keywords

Image guided prostate cancer
therapy, carotid
atherosclerosis, MRI,
3D carotid ultrasound imaging
663-3834
afenster@robarts.ca

Stewart Gaede
Assistant Professor
(web page not available)

Graduate Supervisory Privileges

CCPM certified member

London Health Sciences Centre
Victoria Hospital - A1-112
London Regional Cancer Program

Keywords

Respiratory motion
management in
image-guided radiation therapy
(IGRT)
685-8600
x 53144
stewart.gaede@lhsc.on.ca

Kevin Jordan

Assistant Professor

Graduate Supervisory Privileges


Radiation Therapy Biophysics
London Regional Cancer Program

Keywords

Development and synthesis
of efficient plastic
scintillators for real-time
point dose measurements
in medical linear accelerators,
photodynamic therapy
and optical biopsies
to selective cell destruction
685-8300
x 53145
Kevin.Jordan@lhsc.on.ca
 

Scott Karnas
Assistant Professor
(web page not available)

CCPM certified member
 LHSC-VH
Room A1-113
London Regional Cancer Program
 685-8300
x 54050

scott.karnas@lhsc.on.ca 
 
Craig Lewis
Associate Professor
(web page not available)

CCPM certifed member
LHSC-VH
Room A1-111

London Regional Cancer Program
 
685-8600
x 53345
 craig.lewis@lhsc.on.ca
 
Stephen Sawchuk
Assistant Professor
(web page not available)

CCPM certified member
 LHSC-VH
Room A1-117
London Regional Cancer Program
 685-8600
x 53143

ssawchuk@uwo.ca


Physicist and RSO
Diagnostic Imaging
London Health Sciences Centre
Victoria Campus

Keywords

Image processing with
application to nuclear
medicine, 3D in vivo cell
tracking, DNA damage
and repair, ionizing radiation,
nanotechnology,
computer modeling
of biological systems
685-8500
x 64657
Rob.Stodilka@lhsc.on.ca

Jacob Van Dyk

Professor
(retired)

CCPM member certified

Professor Emeritus
Radiation Therapy Biophysics
London Regional Cancer Program

685-8607
Jake.VanDyk@lhsc.on.ca


Aaron Ward
Assistant Professor

Graduate Supervisory Privileges
 

Radiation Therapy Biophysics
London Regional Cancer Program

Keywords

medical image segmentation,
registration, cancer imaging,
image-guided diagnosis
and therapy
 685-8500
x 56846
aaron.ward@uwo.ca
Eugene Wong
Associate Professor 


Graduate Supervisory Privileges

CCPM member certified



Radiation Therapy Biophysics
London Regional Cancer Program

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Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Keywords

Adaptive radiotherapy
with intensity modulated
arc therapy, treatment planning
using Monte Carlo
dose calculations,
brain lesions



685-8600
pager 13146
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661-2111
x 80419
ewong4@uwo.ca
Yartsev, Viatcheslav (Slav)
Assistant Professor

Graduate Supervisory Privileges

Radiation Therapy Biophysics
Rm A1-116
London Regional Cancer Program

Keywords

Clinical and pathophysiological features
of acute radiation dermatitis in patients
receiving tomotherapy,
tomotherapy planning of
small brain tumors, adaptive
radiotherapy planning on
decreasing gross tumor volumes
685-8300
x 53171
Slav.Yartsev@lhsc.on.ca
 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 




 

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.



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