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Research in the Division of Nuclear Medicine is a second core area of the Program. Research is emphasized as part of the scholarly work of technology students, medical students, residents, fellows and an ongoing part of the work of the staff. Research takes place at each teaching site, and includes both in vivo and in vitro research, involving clinical Nuclear Medicine, diagnostic, therapeutic, PET/CT, SPECT/CT, CT Coronary Angiography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Time and resources are made available to those interested to participate in this work.


Residents are encouraged to participate in a research project during their training. Preferably, a project should be completed each year during the training program although extensive projects may be allowed to extend over several years. Every attempt is made to ensure that residents spend six months as a block at any particular hospital and this facilitates the performance of clinical research projects. In addition, collaborative projects involving two or more of the hospitals are encouraged. Early in each year of training, a project should be settled upon and the appropriate assistance sought. Dr. W Romsa, Interim City-Wide Co-Chief for the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Dr. L Nicholsons, Interim City-Wide Co-Chief for the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Dr. A. Driedger, Director of Clinical Research, Dr. C Akincioglu, Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Dr. F Prato, Director of Preclinical Research and Molecular Imaging or any other staff physician or scientist can provide suggestions for suitable research topics or ongoing advice and assistance.

Residents are encouraged to present their research topic at the yearly Residents' Research Day (Lawson Research Day and London Imaging Discovery meetings). In addition, residents are strongly encouraged to submit their results to the Frosst and other awards competitions available each year.

The research may include basic science or clinical topics. It may consist of a review of clinical cases, a prospective blinded study or a correlative imaging project. Single case reports and/or reviews of the current literature about a certain topic are worthy of publication but generally not considered to meet the selection requirements of a research project.


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