Inaugural Christopher Thompson Lecture: Image-guided neuro intervention and beyond. A personal journey


Montreal Neurological Institute De Grandpré Communications Centre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

Dr. Terry Peters

Scientist, Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute
Professor, Department of Medical Imaging and Medical Biophysics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Western University, London Ontario.

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The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Terry Peters'  research focusses on the development and application of techniques for image-guided surgery and therapy. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has mentored over 90 trainees. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in NZ in 1974, and joined the MNI as a research scientist in 1978 where he was actively involved in the establishment of the MR imaging program, as well as the development of image-guided stereotactic neurosurgery techniques. In 1997 he joined the Imaging Research Labs at the Robarts Research Institute, where he expanded his research to encompass image-guided procedures beyond the brain.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine; the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists; the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine; the MICCAI Society, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and the Royal Society of Canada. In addition, he received the Helmuth Prize for Achievement in Research from Western in 2012, and the MICCAI Society’s Enduring Impact Award in 2014.

This lecture honours Dr. Christopher Thompson (1942 – 2017), Professor Emeritus in the Medical Physics Unit of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He served as Director of The Neuro’s Research Computing Laboratory from 1980 until his retirement in 2007.

Dr. Thompson was a pioneer of medical imaging specializing in positron-emission tomography (PET). His 37 years at The Neuro were marked by his innovative, pivotal research. He worked with Canada’s first computerized tomography scanner and developed software which created customized brain maps, used during stereotaxic surgery when treating Parkinson’s disease. He also designed the first PET scanner to use bismuth germinate detectors and dedicated the remainder of his career to refining PET instrumentation at The Neuro’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre.

Dr. Thompson’s colleagues have organized this annual lecture focused on medical imaging as a tribute to a friend, mentor, colleague, and innovator.

Julien Doyon and Jean-Paul Soucy,
Co-Chairs, Christopher Thomson Lecture
The Neuro

Contact Information

Deborah Rashcovsky
Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
debbie.rashcovsky [at]
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(514) 398-6047

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