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Institutes and centres
- Hunter Medical Research Institute
- Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
- Advanced Particle Processing and Transport
- Asthma and Respiratory Diseases
- Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine
- Chemical Biology
- Complex Dynamic Systems and Control
- Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications
- Gender, Health and Ageing
- Geotechnical and Materials Modelling
- Health Behaviour
- Organic Electronics
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
- Reproductive Science
- Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering
- Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics
- Cancer treatment
- Integrated Engineering Asset Management
- Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement
- Clinical Nutrition Research Centre
- Balanced Land Use
- Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies
- Hunter Creative Industries and Technology
- Equity in Higher Education
- Family Action Centre (FAC)
- Frontier Energy Technologies
- Frontier Geoscience (IFG)
- Full Employment and Equity
- Health Professional Education
- History of Violence
- Infrastructure Performance and Reliability
- Intelligent Electricity Networks
- Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research
- Ironmaking Materials Research
- Mass and Thermal Transport in Engineering Materials
- Multiphase Processes
- Optimal Planning and Operations
- Plant Science
- Purai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research
- Resources Health and Safety
- Rural and Remote Mental Health
- Signal Processing Microelectronics
- Social Research in Energy and Resources
- Space Physics
- Special Education and Disability Studies
- Study of Research Training and Impact - SORTI
- Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
- Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre
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- Water, Climate and Land-use
- Business and Law Research
- Education and Arts Research
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- Health and Medicine Research
Science and IT Research
- Advanced Chemistry
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- Environmental Biology and Biotechnology
- Environmental and Climate Change
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- Human Experimental and Applied Dynamics
- Marine Natural Products and Chemical Ecology
- Medical Physics
- Metabolic Research
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- Surface and Nanoscience
- Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments
- Tectonics and Earth Resources
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The Medical Physics Research Group comprises physicists based within the Radiation Oncology Department, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. We are a member of the Centre for Information Based Medicine, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute. We are closely aligned with the Prostate Cancer Trials Group and the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) which organise and conduct clinical trials throughout Australasia.
The group is concerned with the physics that underlies the practice of radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. We aim through research to improve outcomes for cancer treatments, particularly through improving accuracy of current therapies, developing improved therapeutic techniques, and verifying accurate delivery of therapy. The group supervise students and postdoctoral researchers through the University of Newcastle.
We currently hold major research funding from the NHMRC, and Cancer Council NSW.
We have strong collaborative links with many centres:
- Australian eHealth Research Centre CSIRO ICT Centre, Brisbane
- The Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
- BC Cancer Agency
- CancerCare Manitoba
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and St George Hospital
- Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth
EXAMPLES OF CURRENT PROJECTS
- Investigation of cone-beam CT scanning for adaptive planning of prostate radiotherapy.
- Mapping electron densities to MRI scans for dose planning using deformable image registration.
- Investigation of imaging devices to measure dose delivery for complex radiation treatment patterns.
- Miniature LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescent dosimeters to verify new treatment protocols for high dose rate brachytherapy treatments.
- Development of novel dosimeters for verification of radiation treatments.
- Our group has played a prominent role in the verification of dose delivery in clinical trials in Australia.
- We continue to make improvements for patient treatments in radiation oncology.
- Dr Lisa Duggan
- Dr Peter Greer (Coordinator)
- Kristie Harrison
- Joan Hatton
- Claire Hood
- Dr Kym Nitschke
- Dr Patricia Ostwald
The major research interests of the group include:
- Imaging and treatment targeting
- EPI dosimetry
- Monte-Carlo modelling
- Clinical trial dosimetry.
We welcome enquiries from potential students, sabattical physicists or potential collaborators.
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