On April 7, 2016, we welcomed our guest speaker, Dr. T. Rockwell (Rock) Mackie. Dr. Mackie's career has been focused on planning and delivery of radiation therapy to cancer patients. His group developed the 3‑D treatment planning system that became the Philips Pinnacle treatment planning system, the most widely used radiation therapy treatment planning system in the world. His group was also the developer of tomotherapy, which is the marriage of a linac and a CT scanner. More recently, Rock has been active in development of a compact proton therapy machine for treating cancer.
Our 2016 event was held on April 7, 2016, in Auditorium A, University Hospital. During the event, the 2016 Alfred Jay Award winners were announced.
Congratulations to Brittany Balint and Sarah Mattonen!
Brittany was awarded the 2016 Dr. Alfred Jay Medical Biophysics Award for Cellular Cardiovascular Research for her high quality research and her associated publication “Collectivization of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells via TGF-β‐Cadherin‐11‐Dependent Adhesive Switching” in the prestigious journal, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
Sarah was awarded the 2016 Dr. Alfred Jay Medical Biophysics Award for Translational Research for her project, developing a computer‐based tool for assessment of tumour recurrence after radiotherapy of the lung, which has been favorably compared with expert evaluations of treatment response. This work has been awarded a patent, further demonstrating its potential or clinical relevance.