Friday Noon Talks

Speakers: Fall-Winter-Summer 2020-2021

All presentations take place from 12:00-13:00 (Eastern Standard Time).


MPU Noon Seminars are streamed live on our YouTube channel:

During the Q&A session, you can ask questions via the chat widget on YouTube.

The availability of the livestream depends on consent of our invited speaker, i.e. certain seminars may not be streamed.

Recorded talks are also posted on the YouTube channel.


Winter-Summer 2021

Friday, 08 January : Lesley Buckley

(Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON)

The many twists and turns in the life of a clinical medical physicist:

How to prepare for the unexpected

Friday, 15 January : Grace Kim

(University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA)

Using incident learning system to improve patient care: UCSD experience

Friday, 22 January : Atiyah Yahya

(Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB)

Optimized magnetic resonance spectroscopy for metabolite quantification at 9.4 T

Friday, 05 February : Principal Investigators ["Closed session"]

(Medical Physics Unit, McGill University / Oncology, McGill & MUHC)

Master's research projects overview

Friday, 12 February : Shirin Enger

(Oncology / Medical Physics, McGill University / MUHC, Montreal, QC)

Innovations in brachytherapy: Intensity modulated brachytherapy & Monte Carlo/AI-based treatment planning

Friday, 19 February : Wes Culberson

(University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI)

Keeping radiation therapy dosimetry standardized with evolving technologies

Friday, 26 February : Teodor Stanescu

(University of Toronto, Toronto, ON)

Reinforced adaptive MRI-guided RT

Friday, 12 March : Roger Lecomte

(Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC)

Detection technology for PET molecular imaging

Friday, 19 March : Stefanie Ruel

(Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)

STEM-professional women's exclusion in the Canadian space industry:

Reclaiming their space

Friday, 09 April : Pavlos Papaconstadopoulos

(Clinical Scientist - Radiation Oncology, Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Intelligent systems for autocontouring QA

Friday, 23 April : Ane Appelt [*Closed session*]

(Leeds Institute of Medical Research, St James' University Hospital, Leeds, England)

Re-irradiation treatment planning and delivery

Friday, 30 April : Bo Stenerlöw

(Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)

DNA damage and repair in treatment of malignant tumors

Friday, 07 May : Marika Nestor [*Closed session*]

(Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)

Cancer-targeting strategies for improved molecular radiotherapy

Friday, 14 May : Jan Schuemann [*Closed session*]

(Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts)

Proton FLASH experiments at MGH (Boston)

Friday, 04 June : Sarah Quirk / Kundan Thind [*Closed session*]

(Tom Baker Cancer Center / Medical Physics, University of Calgary - Calgary, Alberta)

Programmatic approach for use of decision tools in radiation medicine: Calgary's approach

Friday, 11 June : Magdalena Bazalova

(University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia)

FLASH radiotherapy with x-rays

Friday, 18 June : Ives Leveque

(Oncology / Medical Physics, McGill University; Medical Physics, McGill University Health Centre)

Fade to black: Metal artifacts and more

Friday, 25 June : Limbus AI [*Closed session*]

(Various speakers - Regina, Saskatchewan)

Friday, 09 July : Monica Serban

(Oncology / Medical Physics, McGill University; Medical Physics, McGill University Health Centre)

Brachytherapy in the treatment of cervical cancer: From historical systems to MR image guided techniques


Talks will resume in September 2021 - schedule to be announced.


Fall 2020

Friday, 11 September : McGill Medical Physics Unit Principal Investigators

(Oncology, McGill University / Medical Physics, McGill University Health Centre)

Various research topics

Friday, 09 October : Chuck Mayo

(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)

Special medical physics consult process for re-irradiation at University of Michigan

Friday, 06 November : International Day of Medical Physics, International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP)

(various - McGill University event marking IDMP 2020)

Medical Physicist as a health professional

Friday, 13 November : Radiation Oncology Town Hall, Improvement Committee

(Oncology, McGill University Health Centre)

Machine performance and audits; Event reporting, debriefs and disclosure

Friday, 20 November : Arman Sarfehnia

(Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON)

Going beyond TG51: Reference dosimetry in MR-linac

Friday, 27 November : John Kildea

(Oncology / Medical Physics Unit, McGill University)

Opal and the Quebec SmartCare Consortium

Friday, 04 December : Mark Pagel

(M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, TX)

Molecular imaging of the tumor microenvironment

Friday, 11 December : François DeBlois

(Chief Physicist, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal)

3D printing in Radiation Oncology at the CHUM


For questions related to the Medical Physics Unit Noon Seminar Series, please contact:

Shirin Enger: shirin.enger(at)

John Kildea: john.kildea(at)

Marija Popovic: marija.popovic(at)

Peter Watson: peter.watson(at)

Norma Ybarra: norma.ybarra(at)


For invited presentations given during previous academic years, please see below:











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