Activities 2013: Quarter 1

Conferences

Venue: University of Freiburg

Date: 13-15 May, 2013

Description: Workshop hosted by the Freiburg Materials Research Centre. The sessiosn will focus on measurement technology and data anlysis for fixed gamma probes and mobile systems. Topics include new detector materials and methodologies for dose rate monitoring, gamma spectrometry, quality assurance, intercalibration measurements, and data integrationg. For more information, click here.


Other Courses


Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • April 9, 2013: Illawarra Christian School, Wollongong, Australia
    • High school presentation
  • April 15, 2013: Australian Rotary Club, Parramatta City, Sydney, Australia
    • PhD Scholar Presentation

Activities 2013: Quarter 2

Other Courses


Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • June 13, 2013: ARDENT Meeting, CERN, Geneva, 2013
    • Project update to fellow ARDENT students and program directors.

Activities 2013: Quarter 3

Conferences

Venue:Mar Hotel, Recife, Brazil

Date: 22-27 September, 2013

Description: The SSD conference is intended to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research on radiation dosimetry based on solid state processes and methods. Presentations covering basic physics, methodological issues, and the application of these techniques in a wide range of areas were discussed. For more information, click here.


Other Courses


Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • August 19, 2013: CMRP, UOW, Australia
    • Oral presentation for progress update and discussion of ARDENT activities at home university in Australia
  • September 2, 2013: Kirawee High School, Sydney, Australia
    • Presentation to senior high school physics students about medical physics and careers in physics, as well as my own PhD research and ARDENT work.
  • September 22-27, 2013: SSD, Recife, Brazil
    • Oral presentation titled: BrachyView: Feasibility Study of TimePix for Soft Tissue Thickness 'Colour X-Ray' Imaging in Prostate Brachytherapy Treatment
    • Poster presentation of the same title

Activities 2013: Quarter 4

Conferences

Venue:Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Date: 14-18 October, 2013

Description:The 2nd annual workshop included a workshop on micro, mini and nano-dosimetry. A mid-term review with the European Commission was held and update presentations from all ARDENT scholars held.

Venue:COEX, Seoul, South korea

Date: October 27-November 2, 2013

Description:The Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference is one of the world's largest gatherings of electrical and electronics engineers, applied physicists and health and imaging professionals. Click here for more info.

Venue:Florence, Italy

Date: 26-27 November, 2013

Description:An inter-disciplinary meeting for researchers involved with the Marie Curie framework of work headed by the European Commission. Talk was in the 'Life Sciences and Neurosciences' session. Click here for more info.

Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • October 17, 2013: 2nd Annual ARDENT workshop
    • Oral presentation to provide updates to other ARDENT scholars and organising committee as well as European Commission present.
  • October 27 - November 2, 2013: NSS-MIC
    • Oral presentation 'Radiation Dosimetry in the Medical Field' session: BrachyView: Post-Implant Computed Tomography Dosimetry Quality Assurance using Timepix Detectors
    • Oral presentation in 'Instrumentation for Bio-Medical Research' session: Tomographic Reconstruction Using Timepix Detectors in post-Implant Dosimetry Checks for Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy Implants
  • November 20, 2013: Research Seminar at SURO
    • Oral presentation as an invited talk to the Czech National Radiation Protection Institute. Hosted by Dr Jiri Hulka.
  • November 27, 2013: Marie Curie Actions
    • Oral presentation 'Radiation dosimetry and monitoring in cancer therapy', in the 'Life Sciences and Neurosciences - Health, demographic change and wellbeing, robitics and biorobotics' session.

Activities 2014: Quarter 1

Experimental activities

Publications

March 2014

Other Training

Language Training: Private Czech language course once a week.

Activities 2014: Quarter 2

Experimental activities

Business and Administration Training

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 19-23 May

A training course on Business and Administration (BA) consisting of three modules: Technology Transfer, Project Management and Entrepreneurship. The first module was given by CERN Knowledge and Technology Transfer group, the second by STS SAUTER Training and Simulation s.a., the third by the Said Business School at Oxford, UK. Discussions were also held to plan out a business-based internship/secondment in early 2015.

Secondment

CMRP, UOW, Australia, June 10-July 11

Consultation with principal supervisors regarding thesis progress and requirements for the progress of BrachyView. Some minor setbacks in detector prototypes to be rectified with development and assembly of new detector [novel BrachyView multiple detector assembly].

Activities 2014: Quarter 3

Experimental activities

Conference

Third Annual ARDENT Workshop, Schwarzenbruck, September 29 - October 2

The Workshop gathers together all fifteen ESRs, their supervisors and representatives of the Associate Partners to update on the progress made at each institution and exchange information. A training course on Quality Assurance in Therapy and Diagnostics and on Semiconductor Detectors is part of the workshop. For more information on the workshop, you can click here.

Activities 2014: Quarter 3

Conference

IEEE NSS-MIC, Seattle, USA: 8-15 November

Attended the IEEE conference as a delegate. No papers presented, but training session held.

Training

Short course: Image Quality in Adaptive and Multimodality Imaging

One day short course presented by the University of Arizona and the Center for Gamma-ray Imaging. Topics covered included an overview of multimodality imaging systems, data-analysis methods and computational requirements, as well as comparison between hardware designs.

Activities 2015: Quarter 1

Training

Business and Administration Training Secondment: January 19-February 13

Four week internship working with IBA Dosimetry at their USA Memphis office. The with IBA dosimetry primarily consisted of working with Christine Zollbrecht, the Operations and Business Intelligence Manager in the US. It provided insight into the logistics and operational processes involved in running an international medical physics organization, particularly with customers between Germany and the US. Tasks included global sales data analysis, database management, and customer engagement. I was also able to attend some field service engineering trips, as well as software demonstrations with local hospitals in Tennessee.

Outreach

IBA Dosimetry USA, February 11

Half hour oral presentation to staff at IBA highlighting the work of ARDENT as well as the work done by CMRP.

Experimental Work

BrachyView Timepix detectors

New quad detector prototype assembled and characterised. Utilises 4x300um thick Si sensors bonded in a gapless design to maximise imaging surface area and placed on an aluminium heat sink. Experiments planned for HDR and LDR brachytherapy applications in conjunction with CMRP, UOW and St George Cancer Care Centre (Sydney, Australia).

BrachyView quad chip prototy[e.

Conferences \& Training

4th Annual ARDENT Workshop: June 22-26

Hosted by IEAP at Masarykova Kolej, the final ARDENT workshop was attended by 45 delegates. The first day and a half was committed to ESR presentations followed by a two day training workshop on neutron dosimetry and radiobiology. The final day included a tour of the Nuclear Physics Institute about one hour outside of Prague. The tour covered research reactors, accelerators, and radiopharmaceutic labs. Click here to view the workshop website.

Outreach

Organised visit of 11 visitors from a local high school in Wollongong, Australia to experience international scientific research. The group consisted of 8 Year 11 students, 2 teachers, and 1 science education student from UOW. They were hosted by ARDENT and the trip included a visit to CERN in Geneva, the city of Bern, and finally a trip to Prague for the 4th Annual ARDENT Workshop. A cultural exchange program was held between the Australian students and a small group from Botičská Gymnázium. This trip made the local news. and you can click here for some media coverage: UOW,ABC News, and Illawarra Mercury.



Bulli High group pictured with students from Botičská Gymnázium.



Giving Bulli High group tour of IEAP.

Activities 2015: Quarter 3

Secondment

Date: 15 September-7 October

Venue:NYAS, New York

Visit to home institution for updates on BrachyView project with principal supervisor Prof. Anatoly Rosenfeld, and co-supervisor Dr Marco Petasecca. Meetings with collaborator PhD student Saree Alnaghy to discuss experimental results and future plans.

Conferences

Activities 2015: Quarter 4

Training

Date: 26 October - 7 December, 2015

Venue:NYAS, New York

This training course was hosted at the New York Academy of Sciences and run by SciPHD, an organisation that prepares scientists for professional careers. Topics covered invlude project management, team leadership, the science of science vs the business of science, and finance training.

Networking events allowed me to establish contacts with researchers from institutions such as Cornell University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I visited a research lab at Columbia as well as the medical physics centre at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Presentation

Other activity

Activities 2013: Quarter 1

Conferences

Venue: University of Freiburg

Date: 13-15 May, 2013

Description: Workshop hosted by the Freiburg Materials Research Centre. The sessiosn will focus on measurement technology and data anlysis for fixed gamma probes and mobile systems. Topics include new detector materials and methodologies for dose rate monitoring, gamma spectrometry, quality assurance, intercalibration measurements, and data integrationg. For more information, click here.


Other Courses


Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • April 9, 2013: Illawarra Christian School, Wollongong, Australia
    • High school presentation
  • April 15, 2013: Australian Rotary Club, Parramatta City, Sydney, Australia
    • PhD Scholar Presentation

Activities 2013: Quarter 2

Other Courses


Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • June 13, 2013: ARDENT Meeting, CERN, Geneva, 2013
    • Project update to fellow ARDENT students and program directors.

Activities 2013: Quarter 3

Conferences

Venue:Mar Hotel, Recife, Brazil

Date: 22-27 September, 2013

Description: The SSD conference is intended to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research on radiation dosimetry based on solid state processes and methods. Presentations covering basic physics, methodological issues, and the application of these techniques in a wide range of areas were discussed. For more information, click here.


Other Courses


Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • August 19, 2013: CMRP, UOW, Australia
    • Oral presentation for progress update and discussion of ARDENT activities at home university in Australia
  • September 2, 2013: Kirawee High School, Sydney, Australia
    • Presentation to senior high school physics students about medical physics and careers in physics, as well as my own PhD research and ARDENT work.
  • September 22-27, 2013: SSD, Recife, Brazil
    • Oral presentation titled: BrachyView: Feasibility Study of TimePix for Soft Tissue Thickness 'Colour X-Ray' Imaging in Prostate Brachytherapy Treatment
    • Poster presentation of the same title

Activities 2013: Quarter 4

Conferences

Venue:Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Date: 14-18 October, 2013

Description:The 2nd annual workshop included a workshop on micro, mini and nano-dosimetry. A mid-term review with the European Commission was held and update presentations from all ARDENT scholars held.

Venue:COEX, Seoul, South korea

Date: October 27-November 2, 2013

Description:The Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference is one of the world's largest gatherings of electrical and electronics engineers, applied physicists and health and imaging professionals. Click here for more info.

Venue:Florence, Italy

Date: 26-27 November, 2013

Description:An inter-disciplinary meeting for researchers involved with the Marie Curie framework of work headed by the European Commission. Talk was in the 'Life Sciences and Neurosciences' session. Click here for more info.

Experimental activities


Presentations or Reports

  • October 17, 2013: 2nd Annual ARDENT workshop
    • Oral presentation to provide updates to other ARDENT scholars and organising committee as well as European Commission present.
  • October 27 - November 2, 2013: NSS-MIC
    • Oral presentation 'Radiation Dosimetry in the Medical Field' session: BrachyView: Post-Implant Computed Tomography Dosimetry Quality Assurance using Timepix Detectors
    • Oral presentation in 'Instrumentation for Bio-Medical Research' session: Tomographic Reconstruction Using Timepix Detectors in post-Implant Dosimetry Checks for Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy Implants
  • November 20, 2013: Research Seminar at SURO
    • Oral presentation as an invited talk to the Czech National Radiation Protection Institute. Hosted by Dr Jiri Hulka.
  • November 27, 2013: Marie Curie Actions
    • Oral presentation 'Radiation dosimetry and monitoring in cancer therapy', in the 'Life Sciences and Neurosciences - Health, demographic change and wellbeing, robitics and biorobotics' session.

Activities 2014: Quarter 1

Experimental activities

Publications

March 2014

Other Training

Language Training: Private Czech language course once a week.

Activities 2014: Quarter 2

Experimental activities

Business and Administration Training

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 19-23 May

A training course on Business and Administration (BA) consisting of three modules: Technology Transfer, Project Management and Entrepreneurship. The first module was given by CERN Knowledge and Technology Transfer group, the second by STS SAUTER Training and Simulation s.a., the third by the Said Business School at Oxford, UK. Discussions were also held to plan out a business-based internship/secondment in early 2015.

Secondment

CMRP, UOW, Australia, June 10-July 11

Consultation with principal supervisors regarding thesis progress and requirements for the progress of BrachyView. Some minor setbacks in detector prototypes to be rectified with development and assembly of new detector [novel BrachyView multiple detector assembly].

Activities 2014: Quarter 3

Experimental activities

Conference

Third Annual ARDENT Workshop, Schwarzenbruck, September 29 - October 2

The Workshop gathers together all fifteen ESRs, their supervisors and representatives of the Associate Partners to update on the progress made at each institution and exchange information. A training course on Quality Assurance in Therapy and Diagnostics and on Semiconductor Detectors is part of the workshop. For more information on the workshop, you can click here.

Activities 2014: Quarter 3

Conference

IEEE NSS-MIC, Seattle, USA: 8-15 November

Attended the IEEE conference as a delegate. No papers presented, but training session held.

Training

Short course: Image Quality in Adaptive and Multimodality Imaging

One day short course presented by the University of Arizona and the Center for Gamma-ray Imaging. Topics covered included an overview of multimodality imaging systems, data-analysis methods and computational requirements, as well as comparison between hardware designs.

Activities 2015: Quarter 1

Training

Business and Administration Training Secondment: January 19-February 13

Four week internship working with IBA Dosimetry at their USA Memphis office. The with IBA dosimetry primarily consisted of working with Christine Zollbrecht, the Operations and Business Intelligence Manager in the US. It provided insight into the logistics and operational processes involved in running an international medical physics organization, particularly with customers between Germany and the US. Tasks included global sales data analysis, database management, and customer engagement. I was also able to attend some field service engineering trips, as well as software demonstrations with local hospitals in Tennessee.

Outreach

IBA Dosimetry USA, February 11

Half hour oral presentation to staff at IBA highlighting the work of ARDENT as well as the work done by CMRP.

Experimental Work

BrachyView Timepix detectors

New quad detector prototype assembled and characterised. Utilises 4x300um thick Si sensors bonded in a gapless design to maximise imaging surface area and placed on an aluminium heat sink. Experiments planned for HDR and LDR brachytherapy applications in conjunction with CMRP, UOW and St George Cancer Care Centre (Sydney, Australia).

BrachyView quad chip prototy[e.

Conferences \& Training

4th Annual ARDENT Workshop: June 22-26

Hosted by IEAP at Masarykova Kolej, the final ARDENT workshop was attended by 45 delegates. The first day and a half was committed to ESR presentations followed by a two day training workshop on neutron dosimetry and radiobiology. The final day included a tour of the Nuclear Physics Institute about one hour outside of Prague. The tour covered research reactors, accelerators, and radiopharmaceutic labs. Click here to view the workshop website.

Outreach

Organised visit of 11 visitors from a local high school in Wollongong, Australia to experience international scientific research. The group consisted of 8 Year 11 students, 2 teachers, and 1 science education student from UOW. They were hosted by ARDENT and the trip included a visit to CERN in Geneva, the city of Bern, and finally a trip to Prague for the 4th Annual ARDENT Workshop. A cultural exchange program was held between the Australian students and a small group from Botičská Gymnázium. This trip made the local news. and you can click here for some media coverage: UOW,ABC News, and Illawarra Mercury.



Bulli High group pictured with students from Botičská Gymnázium.



Giving Bulli High group tour of IEAP.

Activities 2015: Quarter 3

Secondment

Date: 15 September-7 October

Venue:NYAS, New York

Visit to home institution for updates on BrachyView project with principal supervisor Prof. Anatoly Rosenfeld, and co-supervisor Dr Marco Petasecca. Meetings with collaborator PhD student Saree Alnaghy to discuss experimental results and future plans.

Conferences

Activities 2015: Quarter 4

Training

Date: 26 October - 7 December, 2015

Venue:NYAS, New York

This training course was hosted at the New York Academy of Sciences and run by SciPHD, an organisation that prepares scientists for professional careers. Topics covered invlude project management, team leadership, the science of science vs the business of science, and finance training.

Networking events allowed me to establish contacts with researchers from institutions such as Cornell University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I visited a research lab at Columbia as well as the medical physics centre at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Presentation

Other activity