Blog - MPU Voices

10 APRIL 2017

The future of treating cancer: Are we moving towards a more personalized approach? |  ♦  Dr. Norma Ybarra

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and in Canada is responsible for 30% of all deaths. [...]

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28 OCTOBER 2016

Brain Cancer: Time is of the essence! |  ♦  Dr. Avishek Chatterjee

Glioblastoma is a highly invasive form of brain cancer without a clear cause. [...]

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2 SEPTEMBER 2016

Personalized Medicine: Why It’s Important |  ♦ André Diamant

As more and more of the science behind diseases such as cancer is uncovered, the concept of personalizing one’s treatment has been brought to the forefront of medical research. [...]

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8 AUGUST 2016

Why do scientists attend conferences? |  ♦  Dr. Ives Levesque

I recently traveled to attend a scientific conference, and as these events are an important part of research, I thought I would share some impressions about conferences. Hint: it’s not (only) about the travel. [...]

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15 JULY 2016

Soyons transparents dans nos recherches! |  ♦  Martin Vallières

Excusez-le d'avance pour l'amertume ambiante de ce billet. Loin de moi l'idée d'étaler du négativisme sur la toile vis-à-vis la recherche scientifique aussi facilement que l'on étale du beurre de peanut sur nos toasts le matin, mais certaines choses doivent être dites par rapport à la compétitivité et à la course effrénée à la publication scientifique, particulièrement dans le contexte de la recherche médicale. Si cela peut faire réfléchir un petit brin mes fans lisant ce texte, tant mieux! [...]

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6 JULY 2016

Prostate cancer: Medical Physicists are reducing the death rate |  ♦  Dr. Jan Seuntjens

Prostate cancer is a disease where some prostate cells have lost their normal governance of growth and division. When this happens these cells no longer function as healthy cells. [...] Underlying the development of all of these screening programs and treatment improvements, medical physicists have been key [...]

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13 JUNE 2016

So you want to be a parent AND do your PhD? |  ♦  Pete Watson

Graduate school. Parenthood. The former is the pinnacle of higher education, where we attempt to exceed the boundaries of human knowledge. And the latter is the pinnacle of human evolution, where we attempt to exceed the boundaries of, well, sleep deprivation, patience, the ability to multi-task . . . Okay, so they're not that different. [...]

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20 MAY 2016

The importance of women in Medical Physics |  ♦  Dr. Shirin Enger

Women represent the majority of university graduates but they are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM). In addition, of those who graduate with a STEM degree, relatively few pursue careers in research. According to a UNESCO report, only 28% of the researchers worldwide are women. [...]

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14 APR 2016

Dosimetry: How to save lives with radiation |  ♦  Simon Dobri

When I tell people that I am studying medical physics, I am almost always met with the question “Medical physics? What is that?”. There is no simple answer; any intersection of physics and medicine falls under the umbrella of medical physics. The field is incredibly broad and medical physicists have a wide variety of workplace responsibilities. [...]

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16 MAR 2016

Graduating in 4-6 Months: What McGill Medical Physics can do for you |  ♦  James Renaud

I came to the Medical Physics Unit (MPU) nearly six years ago, fresh from completing my undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Waterloo. What I thought I knew about Medical Physics at the time had been mostly shaped by my experiences working as a clinical research assistant at the London Regional Cancer Program and the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. [...]

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18 FEB 2016

The importance of Medical Physics in 2016: The people behind the machines that treat cancer |  ♦  Dr. Jan Seuntjens

Medical physicists are physicists that use their scientific skills to solve problems related to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Since medical physicists are both scientists and health professionals they are in a unique position to directly translate new discoveries into new treatments beneficial to patients. [...]

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