Recent news​

$3M Research Grant Supporting the "Development of Pushbutton MRI Disgnostics for the Clinical Environment" Awarded!

July 2014


ACOA's Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) recently announced that I, along with co-PI Dr. Sharon Calrke, were awarded $3M to pursue a 5-year program of research that seeks to develop three new technologies for use in 3T MRI.  Click on the link below to hear a radio interview about this research on CBC Radio 1.

MEG Lab Research Featured on the Front Page of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald

March 25, 2014

Research from my group on using the MEG to perform neurofeedback for stroke rehabilitation was recently highlighted on the front page of the local newspaper as part of "Brain Awareness Week".  Congrats to Dr. Tim Bardouille who leads the MEG technology research in this area, and his co-investigator Dr. Shaun Boe!

Interview on Global Morning News

March 14, 2014

See below for a link to an interview that I gave on the Global Morning News, along with Dr. Vic Rafuse of the Brain Repair Centre.  In the interview we discuss a grant that I received that will go to support the 19th International Conference on Biomagnetism. 

Former PhD Student made a Junior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

April 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Kim Brewer, a former PhD student in my lab who is currently in the Faculty of Medicine at Stanford University, who was recently named a Junior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.  She will receive the honour at next month's ISMRM annual meeting in Milan, Italy.

Arrival of our new pre-clinical SPECT

March 31, 2014

I am pleased to announce the arrival of our new pre-clinical SPECT!  As the only dedicated pre-clinical SPECT in Atlantic Canada, this equipment will benefit researchers throughout the region.  Furthermore, it is specifically a core part of a research partnership with the manufacturer, Cubresa Inc.  See below for a link to the press release made by Cubresa announcing this new product, which they developed in partnership with my lab.

Halifax Hosts the 19th International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG)

August 2014


Along with my co-chair's, Drs. Margot Taylor (SickKids) and Dr. Ryan D'Arcy (SFU), we recently hosted the 2014 BIOMAG conference in Halifax.  The conference was a great success, with well over 500 scientists from 30 countries attending.

Canadian Healthcare Technology magazine features BIOTIC research in Image Guided Surgery

March 2015


Recently, CHT wrote a story highlighting work being done in Canada in the use of image guidance for improving surgical outcomes.  Three research teams were highlighted, including the work done by my PhD student Tynan Stevens.  For a link to this article, please see below.

My Research Team Highlighted by "Halifax Magazine" 

March 2015


In a recent article entitled "Brain Power", Halifax Magazine highlighted the work of various research labs aroung our region. BIOTIC was honoured to be selected as one of the examples of world-class health research taking place in the city.

Student Kudos & Welcome 

April 2015


Students working in my lab have also had some great success recently!  Nathan Murtha, a graduate student in medical physics who will be performing research in improved multi-parametric MRI of prostate cancer, was given a $40,000 Killam Pre-Doctoral scholarship.  Two students that I co-supervise with Dr. Tim Bardouille, Alex Rudiuk and Sarah McLeod, were awarded RADIANT graduate scholarships, for their work in MEG research involving natural language and machine learning, respectively.  Lastly, Alister McLeod was awarded an NSERC undergraduate student research scholarship, and will be performing research in improving dynamic contrast enhanced MRI.

Public Talk at the 2nd Annual Innovation in Healthcare Forum

November 2015


This month I was honoured to have the opportunity to be the closing speaker at the Innovation in Healthcare Forum.  Held at the O'Regan Theatre of the Halifax Central Library, this talk was in the Pecha Kucha style of 20 slides in 6 minutes and 40 seconds!  It was a fun and interesting night, with many incredibly interesting and stimulating lectures.  The link to my talk can be found below.

New 3T MRI Arrives!

November 2014


The new GE MR750 3T MRI arrived in Halifax this weekend.  This new system has full research capability in neuro, body and cardiac applications, including dedicated 32-channel coils for brain, heart and abdominal/pelvic work.  This is in addition to all required software and hardware to perform functional neuroimaging, multi-nuclear spectroscopy, and dynamic contrast enhanced studies.  The system is scheduled to complete commissioning by late 2015.  Thanks very much to the QEII Foundation who were the primary funding partner for this project!

GE Healthcare Chief MRI Scientist Visits BIOTIC

November 2014


Dr. Scott Kinks, Cheif MRI Scientist for GE Healthcare, along with Cynthia Stewart, Director of R&D Alliances, recently visited BIOTIC's lab to discuss the potential for research partnerships surrounding the development of new MRI technologies.

Infrastructure Funding Revitalizes EEG Research Program at BIOTIC

April 2015


This month, BIOTIC received word of the successful awarding of infrastructure/equipment funding to revitalize the EEG research program.  An NSERC Research Tools & Instruments grant was awarded, which will result in the installation of an RF and Acoustically shielded booth.  This booth will then house our new 128-channel high-density EEG instrument, which was purchased with funding from ACOA, combined with the generous awarding of matching funds from the QEII Foundation.  (product image shown of the Brain Vision 128-channel system)

Collaboration/Partnership with GE Healthcare's MRI Research team

September 2015


GE Healthcare visited my lab to make an announcement of a new 5-year research collaboration/partnership.  This collaboration will support the development of three new MRI technologies, with a goal of commercialization of these innovations.  Shown here, from left to right, are IWK/NSHA VP Research Dr. Patrick McGrath, myself, General Manager of GE Healthcare Canada Heather Chambers, and CEO of the QEII Foundation Bill Bean.

This year's graduating students



2016 saw the graduation of PhD student Dr. Tynan Stevens and MSc student Alex Rudiuk.  Congratulations to both Tynan and Alex and all the best in your future endeavours!

Arrival of new equipment for Simultaneous PET/MRI and Cellular/Molecular Imaging

March 2016


March saw the arrival of new infrastructure for pre-clinical molecular and cellular imaging.  The centrepiece of this was a new insert that will allow my lab to perform truly simultaneous PET/MRI in rodents, provided by Cubresa Inc.  Additional equipment includes infrastructure for cell culturing, low temperature freezer, spectrophotometry, etc.  Funding for these purchases was provided through an award from ACOA, along with co-PI Dr. Kim Brewer.  

GEHC MRI Research Team visits my lab

September 2016


This month, as part of my research partnership with GE Healthcare, I hosted several of the MR research leaders from GE Healthcare.  Dr. Scott Hinks (Chief MR Scientist), Dr. Ersin Bayram (Head of Body MR) and Dr. Ajit Shankaranarayanan (Head of Neuro MR), as well as Cynthia Stewart (Canadian Research Manager) spent a couple of days in Halifax visiting my labs.  These meetings were extremely productive, and included presentations by my research team updating GE on our progress.

Research Grant Success



In an early holiday present, we received notice that our NSERC Collaborative Research & Development grant was awarded, with total funding of $240,000 (incl. industry matching funds).  This grant, entitled "Testing & Validation of Pre-Clinical Multispectral SPECT & Simultaneous PET/MRI using Silicon Photomultiplier Technology" will allow us to move forward with various technology development projects in partnership with Cubresa Inc.  Co-PI on the grant was Dr. Kim Brewer.