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Rowan Thomson Colloquium

Fri. Oct. 29 12:30 PM - Fri. Oct. 29 01:20 PM
Contact: Andrea Wiebe
Location: via Zoom

Rowan Thomson
Professor and Canada Research Chair, Physics Department Assistant Dean
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Faculty of Science
Carleton University


Advancing Cancer Radiation Therapy with Physics: Multiscale Modelling from Patients to Cells

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for cancer, aiming to maximize tumour cell kill while limiting healthy tissue radiation exposure. Sophisticated simulations using the Monte Carlo technique are used to model the passage of radiation through matter and calculate dose, the energy deposited in tissue by radiation. This presentation will focus on the development and application of computational techniques to study energy deposition in different contexts towards advancing radiation therapy. These include patient-level simulations with direct applications in current treatments, cell-level simulations including applications for prospective treatments involving nanoparticles and, finally, subcellular-level simulations considering possible quantum effects in electron transport.


BIO: Rowan Thomson is Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of Physics at Carleton University. She holds a BSc Double Honours Mathematics and Physics from Carleton University. Her PhD research was in theoretical high-energy physics (Superstring Theory) at Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, and was awarded Waterloo’s Pearson Medal. Post-PhD, Dr. Thomson’s research has focused on computational radiotherapy physics; she became a faculty member at Carleton in 2010.  Prof. Thomson was awarded Ontario’s Polanyi Prize in Physics (2011), an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2015), and elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 2020; her research has been recognized with the Sylvia Fedoruk Prize and the Moses & Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award.  Outside of research, Prof.

Thomson has great enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring future generations of physicists, and taking action to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in Science.  She was recently named Assistant Dean (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in the Faculty of Science at Carleton.


To request a zoom link to this event, please email Andrea Wiebe at an.wiebe@uwinnipeg.ca.