Happy New Year!

 

The year of 2018 has come to an end and I would like to wish all of you a happy and healthy new year. I would like to thank the stars of my lab, the students! Thank you for the hard work, enthusiasm and engagement you show in your work. I am very proud of each and every one of you, especially in your willingness to share ideas with your colleagues and help each other. You inspire me every day. Thank you for letting me share your success and join you for a short while on your journey through life.
Thank you clinical colleagues at McGill University Health Centre and Jewish General Hospital and to local, national and international collaborators. Without you very little would have been done.

2018 was a successful year. Three new PhD candidates: Marc Morcos, Yuji Kamio and José Fragoso Negrín, five new MSc candidates: Julien Mégrourèche, Liam Carroll, Joseph DeCunha, Peter Kim and Ximeng Mao, five undergraduate research students: Majd Antaki, Alania Bui, Mira El-Irani, Tristan Shoemaker and Sam Thibodeau and the programming and medical physics loving MD, Harry Glickman joined the lab.

Julien, Joseph, Liam, Tristan and I visited Uppsala University in Sweden for two months during the summer. Thank you professors Anders Ahnesjö, Mark Lubberink and Filip Heijkenskjöld for hosting us.

We have filed several patents and published four peer reviewed articles in Physics in Medicine and Biology, Brachytherapy, Radiotherapy and Oncology as well as International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. Two additional manuscripts were tentatively accepted in International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics and one new manuscript was submitted. One of our published papers was selected as the Issue Highlight by the editor of Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Gabriel Famulari’s project AIM-Brachy was selected as one of the 5 finalists out of 42 projects in McGill Clinical Innovation Competition and Hakim Family Prize. Vincent Turgeon’s abstract was selected as one of the best abstracts to compete in the joint scientific meeting, Young Investigator Symposium at CARO-COMP-CAMRT. Gabriel Famulari’s abstract was selected as one of the five abstracts out of the numerous submitted abstracts to the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) conference to highlight the type of innovative science presented in an area and was published in the conference report. Julien Mégrourèche competed in the Cooperathon open innovation challenge launched by the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training at the research institute of McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). Of the 104 teams participating, Julien´s team was one of the four that made it to the Finals held on November 1, 2018. Paolo Tulino, defended his MSc thesis at University of Pisa with a highest achievable mark, 110/110! An internship at IAEA in Vienna is hopefully the next step. Vincent Turgeon started his medical physics residency at the Jewish general hospital. Best of luck to Paolo and Vincent.

Together with my co-applicants and collaborators, I was awarded with the CHRP - Collaborative Health Research Program (NSERC+CIHR) grant for the project "Novel Delivery System for High Dose Rate Intensity Modulated Brachytherapy with Yb-169 as a Radiation Source" and 1er appel à projets de coopération Québec-Conseil nordique des ministers, "Innovation dans le domaine de la détection de radiation ionisante". Joseph DeCunha was awarded with a MSc award in ”2019 RI-MUHC Studentship Competition”. Yuji Kamio was awarded with NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral award. Gabriel Famulari was awarded with NSERC - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. In addition, Gabriel received Canadian Cancer Society travel award to present his research results at ESTRO (Barcelona, Spain). José A. Fragoso Negrín was awarded with Emerging Leader of America Scholarship from Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada.

In collaboration with Dr. Joanne Alfieri I supervised five graduate students (engineers (software, biomedical, electrical) MBA and MD) from McGill and Concordia University in clinical innovations. You will read about their innovation in 2019!