Medical Physics

Unit 5

Mastering Data Science

New 10-month program to provide training in one of Canada’s fastest growing career fields A recent CBC article proclaimed data is now the world’s most valuable commodity, going so far as calling it as “the new oil.” That seems to confirm recent trends that show data scientists are in high demand and enjoy some of […]

Researchers receive UBCO Eminence Fund

Researchers receive UBCO Eminence Fund

Researchers in medical physics and statistics at UBC's Okanagan campus have been awarded funding through the Eminence Program to develop a cluster in medical physics and data analytics. Research clusters are interdisciplinary networks of researchers focused on solving key challenges facing society. Individually, the scholars are leaders in their areas expertise, and clustering enable them to […]

Quantifying brain cancer with MRIs

Quantifying brain cancer with MRIs

  A collaboration between Cornelia Laule from UBC Vancouver's Department of Radiology / Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries and Thor Bjarnason from UBC Okanagan as they co-authored a study on using quantitative T2 (qT2) MRI to characterize three different types of brain tumours. In this preliminary case study, the water microenvironments of glioblastoma, […]

UBCO research lab awarded grants to pursue critical medical imaging research

UBCO research lab awarded grants to pursue critical medical imaging research

Professor Jesse Tanguay’s research laboratory was recently awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant to pursue their research on “Medical imaging applications of next-generation spectroscopic x-ray detectors". In collaboration with medical physicists at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the Southern Interior and Interior Health, Dr. Tanguay and his students will use the NSERC funding to investigate new […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Blair Spearman

Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Friday, October 6, 2017, in memory of Dr. Blair Spearman, Professor of Mathematics in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, who passed away on October 1, 2017. Dr. Spearman earned a PhD in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University in 1981. After working for the […]

Brachytherapy Expertise Recognized in Faculty Role at 2017 AAPM Summer School

Brachytherapy Expertise Recognized in Faculty Role at 2017 AAPM Summer School

Every year, the American Association of Medical Physicists (AAPM) holds a professional development summer school for medical physicists. This year's theme was Clinical Brachytherapy Physics and was held June 10-14 in Portland, OR. UBCO's Dr. Deidre Batchelar was one of 20 faculty for the school. Dr. Batchelar led the creation of the HDR Prostate chapter for the course […]

Imaging Winter School

Imaging Winter School

Dr. Thor Bjarnason chaired the organizing committee for the eighth Canadian Organization of Medical Physicist’s Winter School, which took place last winter, February 2-5, 2017, in Montebello, Quebec. Attendees came from across Canada and the world, including medical physicists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, administrators, technologists, and government representatives and regulators. Topics included radiation safety for staff […]

Three UBC Okanagan students capture Killam Doctoral scholarships

A trio of UBC Okanagan researchers have each been awarded the UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarship, marking the first time in three years any nominee from UBC’s Okanagan campus has captured the most prestigious award available to graduate students.