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Cancer Care Manitoba - A. Berndt, Adjunct -   J. Bews, Adjunct -   I. Elbakri, Adjunct -   J.S. Lewis, Adjunct -   B. McCurdy, Prof. -   S. Pistorius, Prof. -   D. Rickey, Adjunct  
Clinical Medical and Health Physics is an exciting and expanding field of physics which applies our fundamental knowledge of physics to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of human conditions. Professional training in Medical Physics is offered through the comprehensive 2 year M.Sc. (Medical Physics) program while specialisation in any one of a number of areas within Medical and Health Physics provides opportunities for graduate research leading to a Ph.D. The Department of Medical Physics, which has 15 physicists and close to sixty staff and students, provides medical physics support to the Provincial Radiotherapy and Imaging programs and is directly responsible for the operation of the province wide Radiation Protection Program. Students have access to our well-equipped electronics and machine shops as well as to state of the art clinical equipment at both CancerCare Manitoba and the two teaching hospitals in Winnipeg. Our Department is well equipped with networked computer workstations and servers and is linked to the university network via a 155 MBps ATM link. Faculty and staff are involved in developing novel algorithms and equipment to address the many interesting problems facing the imaging and therapy communities. In radiation therapy we are looking at ways to optimise and adapt treatments to account for the complexities of treating biological systems. Our imaging research is focussed on improving the safety and efficacy of current imaging systems and we are carrying out research into advanced PET imaging systems, scatter and cone-beam CT, ultrasound and microwave radar and tomography imaging.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has received full accreditation of its Graduate Program in Medical Physics from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP)(see: www.campep.org/campeplstgrad.asp). This accreditation ensures that the graduates of our program are equipped with the appropriate skills to pursue a career in medical physics. Medical Physicists have specialized training in the medical applications of physics and work primarily in radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, and radiation protection. The graduate program is offered in conjunction with the Department of Medical Physics at CancerCare Manitoba.
Institute for Bio-diagnostics - D. Hoult, Adjunct -   H.H. Mantsch, Adjunct -   I.C.P. Smith, Adjunct -   R.L. Somorjai, Adjunct  

The Institute for Bio-diagnostics of the National Research Council has a staff of 100 dedicated to the development of physical methods for diagnosis and management of disease. Staff collaborate with medical researchers at the Health Sciences Centre and the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre. The techniques employed are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and advanced computational methods. The research currently focuses on cancer, neurological disorders, cardiology, and stroke.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Assistant Prof. M. Martin, Adjunct, Assistant Prof. C. Bidinosti
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an extremely important diagnostic tool in modern medicine. It is noninvasive and does not involve the use of ionizing radiation. MRI utilizes the weak magnetic signals that emanate naturally from atomic nuclei to provide very precise information on a wide variety of physical, chemical, and biological properties. The principles of MRI are rooted in fundamental physics, and physicists continue to be on the cutting-edge of MRI research, forging new theoretical and computational methods of analysis, developing improved diagnostic techniques and hardware, and leading clinical studies that examine the progression and cause of disease and the effects of treatments. Research facilities at the University of Winnipeg, the NRC-IBD, and the Health Sciences Centre provide access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities including 3 T, 7 T and 11.7 T scanners, surgical and behavioural suite, and computing facilities.
Positron Emission Tomography- Assistant Prof. E. Elhami, Adjunct
My research involves application of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in pre-clinical studies, where animal models of diseases are studied. The focus of my research is accurate quantification of PET images for application to in-vivo studies, e.g., cell tracking in stem cell therapy of a rat model of congestive heart failure. My goal is to develop multimodality imaging using PET and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques. PET-MR imaging provides both functional and anatomical information and can be reliably applied to in-vivo studies and better assessment of the results, e.g., the clinical outcome of stem cell therapy.
Visit physics.uwinnipeg.ca/eelhami/ for more information.