Medical Physics students take prizes

l-r Tyson Reimer, Hayden Banting, Michael Honke, ©UWinnipeg

Tyson Reimer, Hayden Banting, Michael Honke, ©UWinnipeg

The University of Winnipeg hosted The Medical Physics Undergraduate Summer Student Symposium this past Friday. The Symposium allowed undergraduate students to showcase their work using physics to solve medical problems. This was a great opportunity for nine undergraduate students to present their research projects.

“This symposium featured many of the diverse applications of physics to medicine that are taking place in the Province,” said Dr. Melanie Martin, Professor of Physics, “We are fortunate to have so many talented young physicists performing research with us.”

Participating students were given only 12 minutes to present with time for questions and then the winners were then chosen by an evaluation committee of graduate students and a medical physics resident.

Physics Professor Dr. Dr. Christopher Bidinosti

Physics Professor Dr.Christopher Bidinosti

UWinnipeg student Michael Honke, (advisor, Dr. Christopher Bidinosti, Physics, UWinnipeg),  earned the third prize for his presentation titled Generalized Monte Carlo Bloch Simulator using GPU.

“The symposium was another reminder of how diverse medical physics research is,” said Honke. “The exchange of ideas and results ensures the continual improvement of technology in this field. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to participate in this process.”

“We’re really proud of Michael and all the students who participated,” said Bidinosti.  This is a great opportunity for undergraduates to get involved in cutting edge research.  Michael’s work exemplifies the growing importance of high performance computing in medicine.”

The other prizes went to two UManitoba students,  Tyson Reimer, (advisor Dr. Stephen Pistorius (CancerCare MB), won first place for his presentation titled 3D Printed MRI-based Breast Phantoms for Microwave Imaging and  Hayden Banting, (advisor Dr. Stephen Pistorius (CancerCare MB), won second place for his presentation titled Retrieval of Microwave Scatter For Breast Cancer Detection.

“I congratulate all the students, from the ones who are in their first research project to the ones who will be starting graduate or medical school in the fall, on their successful projects and great presentations,” said Dr. Danny Blair, UWinnipeg Acting Dean of Science.

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
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