Division of Medical Imaging Sciences

Exterior Medical Sciences Building at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

The Division of Medical Imaging Sciences in the Department of Medical Imaging provides a focal point for academic collaboration between teams of investigators with the aim of accelerating bench to bedside innovations in novel imaging and interventional approaches to address unmet patient needs.

The research programs in the Division are noted for their training of future researchers and particularly, as a model for developing interdisciplinary research programs involving researchers from clinical, basic science, and engineering departments. The cohesive and interdisciplinary approach to medical imaging research has allowed the Division to grow substantially over the past two decades and attract top researchers and trainees who have achieved international prominence.

Research programs in the Division integrate medical imaging research at the London hospitals, the Robarts Research Institute, and the Lawson Health Research Institute, which house research infrastructure valued at over $100 million, including state-of-the-art imaging equipment. The Division's multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research groups comprised over 130 personnel, including engineers, physicists, physicians, students, and support staff. The imaging research groups have achieved significant research grants allowing them to tackle major unmet clinical needs, which require the discovery and development of innovative imaging techniques and instrumentation to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.

The multidisciplinary research programs involving scientists and physicians have attracted some of the best graduate students in Canada, who have continued to raise the profile of our programs through their success after they complete their training in London. Our research programs continue to build on their successes and continue to help to coordinate and accelerate the formation of research teams that cross the boundaries of Western's Faculties and disciplines, coordinate access to the state-of-the-art clinical and pre-clinical imaging research facilities in London, increase the number and quality of graduate students in our partnered Departments, and develop and mentor promising basic and clinical investigators who are just beginning their careers.

All this activity is strengthening imaging research in London and will help Western University's mission to become one of the top five research-intensive universities in Canada.