BIRC Trainees Receive Awards for Lung Imaging Research

Two PhD candidates in Medical Biophysics have been honoured for their research in pulmonary imaging.

 Damien Pike received an international research prize from the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) recognizing outstanding contributions to imaging research by a physics trainee. His award-winning abstract was titled “Are Hyperpolarized 3He Magnetic Resonance Imaging Ventilation Defects Clinically Relevant in Ex-smokers without Airflow Limitation?” (See figure above showing hyperpolarized  3He MRI ventilation images in a healthy subject and four stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [stages I - IV increasing severity]). For more information click here.

Sarah Svenningsen received the 2013 Dean’s MSc Transfer to PhD Stipend for Graduate Research from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The award provides $5,000 each year over four years towards her PhD stipend. Her thesis proposal is titled “Measuring Pulmonary Structure and Function using Hyperpolarized Noble Gas Magnetic Resonance Imaging”.  An example of Svenningsen’s research showing the spatial relationship between 3He MRI ventilation defects and airways in asthma is in the figure below. Click here for more information.

     Both students work under the supervision of Dr. Grace Parraga, Medical Biophysics and Robarts Research Institute.

October 2013