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Dr. Walter Kucharczyk
Dr. Michael Sherar
Dr. Brian Wilson
Associated Faculty:
        Dr. Ramani Ramaseshan
        Dr. Ivan Yeung

Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Paul Babyn

Kingston Regional Cancer Center
Dr. John Schreiner

London Regional Cancer Center
Dr. Jerry Battista
Dr. Jake Van Dyk
Queen's University
Dr. Randy Ellis

Robarts Research Institute
Dr. Ian Cunningham
Dr. Aaron Fenster
Dr. David Holdsworth
Dr. Ravi Menon
Dr. Terry Peters

Sunnybrook & Women's
Dr. Michael Bronskill
Dr. Curtis Caldwell
Dr. Don Plewes
Associated Faculty
        Dr. Katharina Sixel

Dr. Walter Kucharczyk Email: w.kucharczyk@utoronto.ca
Dr. Michael Sherar is Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology and a Member of The Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1989 on the development of the first high frequency ultrasound B-Scan imaging device in the 50-100 MHz range. This technology was licensed commercially for ophthalmic imaging resulting in the installation of several hundred units worldwide. In 1991 he joined the faculty of Department of Medical Biophysics at University of Toronto and the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital and has held several research and clinical leadership positions including Head of Radiation Physics at Princess Margaret Hospital. He is currently Chair of Medical Technology Innovation at University Health Network, which incorporates Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. His research interests are the development of image-guided minimally invasive therapies with an emphasis on thermal therapy. With clinical collaborators he is currently working on the development and clinical trials of microwave thermal therapy for prostate cancer, and radiofrequency or ultrasound thermal therapy for renal cancer. He also holds a patent (with collaborators) regarding the discovery that high frequency ultrasound can be used to detect apoptosis. He is Principal Investigator of Ontario Consortium for Image Guided Therapy and Surgery (OCITS) a $48 million research consortium of industry, academic and government partners. Dr. Sherar was recently selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” for 2001 for achievement in leadership. Email: sherar@uhnres.utoronto.ca
Dr. Brian Wilson is Division Head/Professor of Medical Biophysics at the Ontario Cancer Institute/University of Toronto. He is also Biomedical Program Director for Photonics Research Ontario and Thrust Leader for Health, Environment and Security for the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations. Since 1988 he has held the position of Visiting Professor at the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School. He directs a broad basic-translational-clinical research program in biophotonics that includes development of light-based techniques for clinical therapeutics, clinical diagnostics and micro-imaging. He has published over 230 scientific papers, and has trained more than 30 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. He serves on several journal editorial boards and grant review panels in Canada and the US, and holds Provincial, national and international peer-reviewed research grants. He is Chair of the External Advisory Board of biophotonics research programs at University of California-Davis, University of Pennsylvania, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and the NRC Institute of Biodiagnostics. His laboratory works closely with industry, and he is an advisor to several Canadian and US companies, Chief Scientific Advisor to Xilix Technologies Inc., BC, as well as a Director of 2 Ontario biophotonics start-up companies. Email: wilson@uhnres.utoronto.ca
Dr. Ramani Ramaseshan Email: ram@rmp.uhn.on.ca
Dr. Ivan Yeung Email: ivan.yeung@rmp.uhn.on.ca
Dr. P. Babyn Email: paul.babyn@sickkids.on.ca
Dr. John Schreiner has been a radiation therapy medical physicist since 1986. In 1997 he became Chief Medical Physicist at the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre and Associate Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Physics at Queen’s University. Over his career he has combined his former Ph.D. work in magnetic resonance relaxometry with his new career in radiation therapy through the development of three-dimensional gel dosimetry. He has also been investigating novel approaches to radiation delivery with radioactive Cobalt-60 with colleagues in Kingston; this work is funded in part through the OCITS consortium. John is particularly proud of two aspects of his career: he has introduced Canadians across the country to the field of gel dosimetry, and he has supervised over 25 trainees from the undergraduate to post doctoral/clinical resident levels, introducing them to radiation therapy medical physics. Many of these colleagues have gone on to successful careers in the field. In his spare time in the last five years he has served as President and Vice President of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine. Email: John.Schreiner@krcc.on.ca
Dr. Jerry Battista is Director of Physics Research and Education at the London Regional Cancer Centre. He is a Professor and Division Head at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his Ph.D. degree on “Compton imaging” at the University of Toronto in 1977 under the supervision of Dr. M. Bronskill. He then developed his clinical physics skills at the Princess Margaret Hospital, under the guidance of Dr. “Jack” Cunningham. He and his family moved to Edmonton in 1979 where he worked at the Cross Cancer Institute and attracted graduate students (including T.R. Mackie) to develop new ‘convolution methods’ for 3D dose computations. These methods are used today on many computerized treatment planning systems. He returned to Ontario in 1988 to become Chief Physicist of the newly constructed London Regional Cancer Centre. His current interests include conformal radiotherapy and tomotherapy, including direct 3D dose measurements using optical CT scans of radiochromic gels. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and secured major research grants with his colleagues. His students have received 9 awards as authors of high quality articles and poster presentations from Canadian, American, and Australasian associations of medical physics. Jerry is a certified medical physicist of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM 1989), and he was recently elected Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2000). He is well known internationally for his enthusiastic clear presentations. He has a unique “Feynman” teaching style and an ability to explain medical physics in “straight talk” to a wide range of audiences. Email: jerry.battista@lrcc.on.ca
Dr. Jake Van Dyk is Professor of Oncology, with a cross appointments in Medical Biophysics, Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario. He is Manager of the Clinical Physics group at the London Regional Cancer Centre. He has more than 30 years of experience in radiation oncology medical physics. His research includes two major areas: (1) the implementation of new radiation therapy procedures and technologies into clinical practice and (2) the assessment of normal tissue response to radiation treatment both in the laboratory and clinic. He was involved in the early (1970s) implementation of CT scanning for radiation therapy planning. This project evolved into research which generated human dose-response data for lung and has further progressed into assessing dose, time, fractionation, and volume effects in both animals and humans. He has been involved in various national and international task groups developing recommendations for radiation treatment related activities. He serves as reviewer for various journals and granting agencies. He is the author of over 130 publications including multiple book chapters. In 1999, he published a major textbook (1072 pages) on The Modern Technology of Radiation Oncology. In 1997, he was elected Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine for his “contributions to the field of medical physics”. He has served as the President of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine and he has also participated on the boards and task groups of various professional organizations. Email: jake.vandyk@lrcc.on.ca
Dr. Randy Ellis is a Professor in Queen's University at Kingston. His primary appointment is in the School of Computing, and he is also appointed as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as a Professor in the Department of Surgery. He has worked with surgeons in Canada, the USA, Italy, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia on ways to improve surgical procedures with computer assistance. He is the Project Leader of a large multidisciplinary group that investigates advanced health-care delivery for the coming decade. Currently he is a Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), a Visiting Scientist at MIT (Cambridge, MA), and a Visiting Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA). The work he leads is jointly funded by the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (which is a Federal Network of Centres of Excellence), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Challenge Fund, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council with both a Discovery Grant and a Strategic Project Grant. His work involves close collaboration with industrial partners, including Northern Digital (Waterloo, Canada), SUN Microsystems, and especially with General Electric Medical Systems. In addition to more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, his work has recently been reported on CBC radio and television, CTV, and numerous trade journals and newspapers (including the Globe and Mail and MacLean's). Email: Ellis@cs.queensu.ca
Dr. Ian Cunningham Email: icunning@imaging.robarts.ca
Dr. Aaron Fenster Email: afenster@imaging.robarts.ca
Dr. David Holdsworth Email: david.holdsworth@imaging.robarts.ca
Dr. Ravi Menon is Canada Research Chair in Functional Neuroimaging at the Robarts Research Institute and Professor of Medical Biophysics, Diagnostic Radiology, Physics and Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario, where he is also a member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. He has been a member of the CIHR Neuroscience ‘A’ and Behavioural Science ‘A” panels, the only non-US based Chair of an NIH panel, and a committee reviewer for the CFI and the Canada Research Chairs program. He also has held grants from a broad spectrum of agencies; CIHR, NSERC, NIH, McDonnell-Pew, Human Frontiers, ORDCF, CFI, OIT and an Ontario-NCE. He was in the first round of recipients of a Premiers Research Excellence Award, a Canada Research Chair and an Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award. Additionally, he plays major roles as a member of 2 internationally renowned group grants in neuroscience, The CIHR Group for Action and Perception based at UWO (Director Mel Goodale) and the recently funded Human Frontiers group on ‘Dynamic tuning in visual motion and depth processing’ centered at University of California, Davis (Leader Ken Britten). In 2002, an international jury charged by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research named him one of Canada’s Top 20 researchers under the age of 40 and awarded him the Young Explorer’s medal. With two other members of his lab, he has established XL Resonance as a technology commercialization vehicle for basic engineering physics research in his laboratory. Technology developed under grant support is commercialized by XL Resonance and utilized in laboratories throughout the world, from RIKEN in Japan, to Oxford in the UK, from UCSD, Harvard and Berkeley in the USA to the University of Alberta in Canada. Email: rmenon@imaging.robarts.ca
Dr. Terry Peters received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 1973, where his research topic was “Image Reconstruction from Projections” (or CT as we now know it). He worked as a medical physicist at Christchurch Hospital for 5 years in diagnostic radiology, where he was responsible for the development of the first clinical CT scanner used in NZ. He was also an advisor to the Government on the introduction of CT scanning to NZ. In 1978, Dr. Peters moved to Montreal, to join the staff at the Montreal Neurological Institute, where he was an active member of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, and a Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at McGill University. At McGill he developed a research program in image-guided neurosurgery. He moved to Robarts Research Institute in London Ontario in 1997 to join the Imaging Research Laboratories as a Scientist, where he is continuing his work with image-guided surgery applied to the brain an the heart. His work is supported by grants from CIHR, HSFC, NSERC, ORDCF, CFI and the IRIS NCE. He is a Professor of Radiology and Medical Biophysics, and an adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. He is also an Adjunct Professor at McGill where he maintains several collaborations. Email: tpeters@imaging.robarts.ca
Dr. Michael Bronskill is a Senior Scientist and Director of Imaging Research at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. He is also a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medical Biophysics, cross-appointed to the Departments of Physics and Medical Imaging. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, mainly on MRI techniques and their applications in biophysics and medicine. His current research focuses on the uses of MR image guidance for interventional procedures, particularly for thermal therapies. Specific topics are: 1) Interstitial Ultrasound Probes for Conformal Thermal Therapy of Tumours 2) MR Microcoils and Techniques for Interventional MR Imaging 3) MR Techniques to Guide Stem Cell Therapies
Email: michael.bronskill@swchsc.on.ca

Dr. Curtis Caldwell Email: curtis.caldwell@swchsc.on.ca
Dr. Don Plewes Email: don.plewes@swchsc.on.ca
Dr. Katharina Sixel Email: katharina.sixel@tsrcc.on.ca

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