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Using radioactive epoxy lesions in phantoms

Presentation by our fantastic co-op student, Roberto Fedrigo, to the UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC), with title, “Phantom-guided optimization of prostate cancer PET imaging using radioactive epoxy lesions”:

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New opening for post-doc fellow in PET/CT imaging

We have an opening in our team for post-doc fellow in PET/CT imaging. Please see announcement.

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Roberto Fedrigo awarded the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship by AAPM

Congratulations to Roberto Fedrigo who has been awarded the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). Roberto, an undergraduate student at UBC Physics & Astronomy, has been a very active member of our team since September of 2019. The awarded fellowship is a 10 week summer program designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility.

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New visiting PhD student

We welcome Mohammad Salmanpour, who has been working with us closely since 2017 (from Tehran Polytechnic), now staying with us as exchange PhD student. Mohammad focuses on improved prediction of outcome in Parkinson’s disease (PD) using machine learning algorithms.

Here are two of his recent papers with us, one on prediction of cognitive outcome (2019):
https://rahmimlab.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/salmanpour_cbm19_moca_prediction_pd.pdf
And one just published (2020) on prediction of motor outcome in PD patients:
https://rahmimlab.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/salmanpour_physmed20_pd_motor_prediction_ml.pdf

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Prospective Students

Graduate Students

We actively recruit talented MSc and PhD students from the University of British Columbia Physics, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. If joining via the Physics or Medical Physics Program, please see Graduate Program Financial Information page, including information on salary. However, please note that our student RA salaries are substantially higher, set at minimum of $24,000 annually, in addition to standard TA pay for both MSc and PhD as well as tuition remission for PhD students.

Undergraduate Students

We also actively recruit undergraduate students. This includes co-op students which have been an important part of our team, with a variety of projects that are hands-on/experimental as well as computational. It also includes students pursuing honours theses projects, e.g. UBC’s Phys 449.

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Last day with Wenbing Lyu

Today we bid farewell to the incredible Wenbing Lyu, visiting PhD student for the past year from Southern Medical University, Guangzhu, China. Wenbing has led significant efforts towards robust radiomics analyses, including PET-CT “fusion radiomics”, for prediction of outcome in head & neck cancer patients.

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Visiting PhD Candidate from University of Munich

We are excited to have Julia Brosch visiting us from LMU (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich). Julia obtained her BSc (physics) in 2014 (thesis: multi-phase tracer kinetics in Lutetium-177-DOTATATE therapy of NETs for optimized kidney dosimetry) and MSc (medical physics) in 2017 (thesis: dosimetric approaches for Yttrium-90 SIRT based on quantitative SPECT and PET images). Julia started her PhD in November 2017, and is part of the research training group GRK2274. Her overall research involves Monte Carlo based dosimetry for radionuclide therapy with focus on Lutetium-177-PSMA therapy. During her stay with us, she aims to learn how to use GATE for simulation of 3D dose distributions for Lu-177-PSMA, and to investigate differences in doses to organs at risk using different dosimetric approaches. We are already very impressed by Julia’s enthusiasm and depth of knowledge.

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This is the way we do science …

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Saeed Ashrafinia awarded the 2018 Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship

Congratulations to Saeed Ashrafinia who has been awarded the 2018 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship!

Saeed, an Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD candidate in the lab, is actively pursuing research in quantitative PET and SPECT imaging. The awarded fellowship, entitled, “Radiomics Analysis of Clinical Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Images to Identify Subclinical Coronary Artery Disease” proposes to translate radiomics analyses (which has been largely absent in SPECT) to the domain of clinical cardiac imaging.

Bradley-Alavi Fellows are named in honor of the late Stanley E. Bradley, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a prominent researcher in the fields of renal physiology and liver disease, and Abass Alavi, M.D., Professor and Director of Research Education at the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dissertation Proposal

Saeed Ashrafinia has defended his proposal entitled: “Optimized Quantitative Nuclear Medicine Imaging Incorporating Resolution-modeled Image Reconstruction and Texture (Radiomics) Analysis”.