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Canada research chair awarded gold medal


London, ON – Dr Aaron Fenster, Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging at the University of Western Ontario, has been awarded the 2010 Gold Medal by the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP), in recognition of his outstanding achievements. COMP is the main professional body for medical physicists in Canada.

Much of his work as an imaging scientist has focused on developing 3D ultrasound imaging technology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast and prostate cancer. Along with his team, he has developed technologies that allow doctors to examine patients more quickly and thoroughly without prolonged invasive procedures. These innovative technologies have been licensed and distributed worldwide for cancer therapy and research.

Among his other achievements, he has developed new vascular imaging systems that allow for better detection of blood clots responsible for strokes. He has also devised several systems that are improving the diagnosis and management of many cancers as well as carotid artery disease.

Dr Fenster is also a scientist at Robarts Research Institute.