ISMRM Senior Fellowship Award
Paula Foster PhD, Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Molecular Imaging program and the Magnetic Particle Imaging Lab and Co-Director of the Translational Imaging Research Facility at Robarts Research Institute, has been awarded a Senior Fellowship from ISMRM in recognition of her achievements in cellular and molecular imaging. Paula has been closely involved in the activities of the ISMRM, teaching educational sessions and organizing workshops for both cancer imaging and molecular and cellular imaging. She also served as Chair of both the ISMRM Molecular and Cellular Imaging study group and the Cancer Imaging study group.
She is one of only 10 Canadians to ever receive this honour. Congratulations!
MRM Highlights Magazine
Udunna Anazodo is an Assistant Professor at Western University and an Imaging Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute and was featured as a rising MRI Canadian scientist.
Interview can be found HERE
NSERC Grant Success
ImNO 2021 Awards
Impact of COVID-19 on the brain
INOVAIT Spring 2021 Funding Round
John Ronald (co-applicant with Michael Boffa (PI) and David Hess): “Development of a novel therapy to prevent breast cancer metastasis: modulation of TAF1, a master regulator of extracellular proteolysis”.
Congratulations to Qin (Daisy) Sun, PhD candidate, on receiving a third place award from the Molecular Imaging in Nanotechnology and Theranostics Interest Group (MINT IG) at the World Molecular Imaging Congress 2020 for her presentation titled "Developing magnetic resonance reporter gene imaging: trajectory analysis of co-expressed magnetosome genes mamI and mamL".
January 4, 2021
Welcome to Medical Imaging
Dr. Amir Awwad (Diagnostic Radiologist) – Dr. Awwad is a Cardiothoracic Radiologist who joins the Department of Medical Imaging as an Assistant Professor.
November 3, 2020
2020 Dean’s Awards of Excellence – Faculty Research
October 28, 2020
EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) Research in Partnership with CIHR
Congratulations to Dr. Udunna Anazodo (Canadian partner, site PI) and Dr. Justin Hicks (co-applicant) on their recent grant award. The project, titled DEBBIE, is to develop a non-invasive biomarker for early blood-brain barrier breakdown in Alzheimer's. The project was one of 12 that were recommended for funding by an independent, international Peer Review Panel based on scientific excellence with input from the JPND advisory board on patient and public involvement
Welcome to Medical Imaging
Dr. Jaron Chong (Diagnostic Radiologist) – July 17, 2020 - Dr. Chong is a Body Radiologist who joins the Department of Medical Imaging as an Assistant Professor.
Dr Leandro Cardarelli Leite (Interventional Radiologist) – August 21, 2020 - Dr. Leite is a Vascular Interventional Radiologist who joins the Department of Medical Imaging as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Harry Marshall (Diagnostic Radiologist) – September 1, 2020 - Dr. Marshall is a Body Radiologist who joins the Department of Medical Imaging as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Vishal Kalia (Diagnostic MSK Radiologist) – November 1, 2020 - Dr. Kalia is a Musculoskeletal Radiologist who joins the Department of Medical Imaging as an Assistant Professor
July 23, 2020
LRCP Chief Medical Physicist
Dr. Stewart Gaede, PhD. Associate Professor in the Departments of Oncology, and Medical Biophysics with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University has been named Chief Medical Physicist at LRCP effective July 31st, 2020.
July 23, 2020
Robarts Research Acting Director
Robert Bartha, PhD, has been appointed as Acting Director, Strategy and Scientific Integration at Robarts Research Institute, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry effective July 27, 2020.
HSF Bridge Grants
May 14, 2020
Western Research Catalyst Grant Success
Co-investigators: Ravi Menon, Corey Baron, Doug Fraser, Elizabeth Finger, Stephen Pasternak, Michael Silverman, Marko Mrkobrada, Michael Jurkiewicz, Erin Spicer, Don Welsh. Additional Investigators Contributing to project: Luciano Sposato, Anthony Tang, Megan Devlin
Co-investigators: Gord Campbell, Ana Luisa Trejos, Christopher DeGroot, James Lacefield, Christopher Harle, Marat Slessarev
April 27, 2020
Congratulations to BIRC researchers on their NSERC Discovery Grant Success!
April 22, 2020
Joint study on PTSD treatment for first responders gets $1M in funding
A joint study between Western and McMaster universities is looking at a new approach to treating public safety personnel (PSP) such as nurses, doctors, and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Western advanced manufacturing medical face shields for fight against COVID-19
Western University is supporting production of low-cost, substantively effective medical face shields that could be in hospitals for healthcare workers (HCW) within days if not hours.
First magnetic particle imaging paper in Canada published by Robarts Cellular and Molecular Imaging GroupIn a first-in-Canada study led by Olivia Sehl and Dr. Paula Foster, magnetic particle imaging (MPI), together with iron-based magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorine-based MRI, was used to demonstrate quantitative monitoring of mesenchymal stem cell engraftment and the resulting inflammation over time. This is the first paper to combine these imaging technologies to study the fate of two different cell populations (MSCs and macrophages) simultaneously in vivo. This is also the first publication to feature MPI data acquired at a Canadian institution, after the installation of an MPI system at the Robarts Research Institute in August of 2019.
CIHR Grant awards
Medical study aims to better detect breast cancer through 3D imaging
Dr. Anat Kornecki, Lawson scientist and radiologist at St. Joseph's, London, Ontario leads the medical study to better detect cancer through 3D imaging
Western University lung imaging studies challenge assumptions about asthma
Two studies led by Rachel Eddy and Dr. Grace Parraga show that hyperpolarized MRI reveals unique and permanent patterns in ventilation defects in lungs of people with asthma.
Study looks at how to slow progression of dementia
Dr. Michael Borrie is leading a study using PET scans to slow the progression of dementia....
Alavi-Mandell Award 2019
The award is given to individuals who were the first author of a paper published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, were trainees at the time the published work was carried out and made a major contribution to the completion of the work.
500 Women Scientists
BIRC is proud to support equity, diversity, and inclusion in science and excited to see the founding of a 500 Women Scientists pod in London, Ontario.
BIRC members Jessica Rodgers and Dr. Aaron Fenster were recently featured in the news highlighting their work on a 3D ultrasound system for gynaecological cancer therapy. Read about it here: https://bit.ly/2ZhYYDd