Ottawa medical physicists win accolades at national conference

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Congratulations to the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) for a very successful conference July 12-15 right here in Ottawa, and congratulations to the Ottawa medical physicists who won awards at the conference!  Our thanks to the many members of the Local Arrangements Committee who made the conference run so smoothly.

 Four meeting awards were given to Ottawa authors:

 1st Place in the Young Investigators Symposium to Victor Malkov for his paper "Ion chamber quality and magnetic field conversion factors and angular dependence in magnetic fields".  Co-author: Dave Rogers.  Victor is a student in Carleton’s CAMPEP-accredited PhD program.

 2nd Place Poster Award to Islam El Gamal for his poster "Experimental determination of the dose rate constant for an Ir-192 HDR source".  Co-authors: Claudiu Cojocaru, Ernesto Mainegra-Hing, Malcolm McEwen, Brad Downton.  All authors are at NRC Measurement Science & Standards.  Islam and Ernesto completed medical physics degrees at Carleton and Claudiu completed a particle physics degree.

 2nd Place in the Best Oral paper competition to Dal Granville for his paper "Augmenting physicist review of pre-treatment verification measurements with machine learning".  Co-authors: Justin Sutherland, Daniel La RussaAll three authors are at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, and completed their PhD’s at Carleton.

 1st Place in the Best Oral paper competition to Reid Townson for his paper "The new radionuclide source model  in EGSnrc".  Co-authors: Frédéric Tessier, Raphael Galea.  All authors are at NRC Measurement Science & Standards.

 We are grateful to the Dean of Science for providing sponsorship funds for the conference - specifically for the Young Professionals Workshop on the opening day.  Speakers in that workshop included Miller MacPherson, Emily Heath, Bryan Muir, Graeme Wardlaw, Joanna Cygler, Elsayed Ali, Justin Sutherland, and Rowan Thomson, all of whom (except Graeme) are or have been part of the Carleton graduate program – as students, faculty, or both!

 For more details, please see the conference website

 For a complete list of Ottawa participation please see the OMPI news site 


  L to R:  Islam El Gamal, Victor Malkov, Jerry Battista (Western University, COMP 2017 Gold Medal Winner), Reid Townson, Dal Granville.


Alexandra Bourgouin and Victor Malkov, the emcee’s of the Conference Banquet at the Canadian Museum of History.