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Medical imaging collaboration with Harvard University


15 April 2014

Dr Roger Fulton
Dr Roger Fulton

Conjoint Associate Professor Roger Fulton from the Brain and Mind Research Institute has been awarded a fellowship from the Harvard Club of Australia Foundation (HCA F)

Dr Fulton, who is also a medical physicist at Westmead Hospital, will visit Harvard University for six weeks from 1 July 2014 to continue a collaboration with Professor George El Fakhri, the Director of the Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences (CAMIS) at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Radiology of Harvard Medical School. Professor El Fakhri visited the University of Sydney last year under the same scheme run by the Australia-Harvard Foundation.

The research that Dr Fulton will undertake involves developing better methods of compensating for patient motion in detecting and characterising cancers and neurological conditions using positron emission tomography (PET/CT and PET/MR).

"This grant will enable me to see how one of the world's foremost medical imaging research labs operates. They have a large team and technologies such as human hybrid PET/MR that have not yet reached Australia. The fact that they have similar research interests to ours and are so keen to collaborate with us makes it a great fit" said Dr Fulton.

Dr Fulton will give guest lectures to faculty and students during his visit, and have one-on-one meetings with postdocs and students working on motion correction and other topics. He will also pursue opportunities for the faculty of all three institutions to mutually support the other's research and teaching, through joint student supervision, student and postdoc exchanges and collaboration on clinical projects.

"Experiments we perform while I am there will are intended to generate joint publications and grant applications, as well as exchanges of students and postdocs between our labs" said Dr Fulton.

Read the announcement in the Harvard Gazette