May 10, 2024

UTDRO & STARS21 Research Day 2024

Highlights of the UTDRO Research Day 2024

We are excited to announce the resounding success of the UTDRO & STARS21 Research Day 2024, held on May 9th, 2024, at St. Paul’s on Bloor Street. This year’s Research Day was a great success with impressive numbers. Led by co-chairs Drs. Michael Milosevic, (Professor and Vice-chair of Research) William Tran (Associate Professor), Shane Harding (Assistant Professor), and Anne Koch (Associate Professor), the day brought together over 170 delegates crossing all disciplines and STARS21. brought together over 170 delegates crossing all disciplines (including radiation oncology, medical physics, radiotherapy, and basic radiation sciences) and STARS21. We were delighted to welcome learners from UK and Germany through the STARS21 program. Additionally, we received a record-high of 76 abstract submissions.

The themes from this year span health outcomes, MR guided radiation, biology, brachytherapy, and AI impacts on treatment and practice. It was aimed to provide a cross-section of our research accomplishments and highlight the diverse, interdisciplinary, and innovative work that our trainees have been involved in over the past year.

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We extend a special thanks to our keynote speaker Dr. Cynthia Ménard, as well as to all of our faculty members and the UTDRO & STARS21 staff for their continued support and participation. Furthermore, we would like to express our gratitude to our Platinum sponsor, Varian, a Siemens Healthineers Company, and out Silver sponsor, Elekta, for their long-term invaluable support.

2024 Award Recipients

The UTDRO Research Day Committee had the most challenging task of selecting 10 recipients for these prestigious awards. All trophies for the UTDRO winners will be presented at Post-Grad Graduation Ceremony 2024 this June.

  • W. J. Simpson Award: Academic Excellence in Research by a Radiation Oncology Resident 
    – Hannah Bacon (Supervisor: Andrew Hope, Patricia Lindsay)
  • R. S. Bush Award : Academic Excellence in Research by a Radiation Oncology Fellow 
    – Daniel Palhares (Supervisor: Arjun Sahgal)
  • J. R. Cunningham Award: Academic Excellence in Research by a Physics Resident 
    – Nathan Orlando (Supervisor: Arman Sarfehnia)
  • Richard P. Hill Award: Academic Excellence in Research by a Graduate Student 
     Ujas Patel (Supervisor: Benjamin Lok)
  • Best Poster Award for Academic Excellence in Research by a Radiation Oncology Resident 
    – Jason Fernandes (Supervisor: Jennifer Croke)
  • Best Poster Award for Academic Excellence in Research by a Radiation Oncology Fellow 
    – Carlton Johnny (Supervisor: Peter Chung)
  • Best Poster Award for Academic Excellence in Research by a Physics Resident 
    – Iymad Mansour (Supervisor: Jeff Winter)
  • Academic Excellence in Research by a STARS21 Scholar 
    – Ruiyan Ni (Supervisor: Alexandra Rink)
  • Best Poster Award for Academic Excellence in Research by a STARS21 Scholar
    – Martin Swinton (Supervisor: Ananya Choudhury)
  • Chair’s Award for Academic Excellence in Research
    – Badr Id Said (Supervisor: Michael Milosevic)