New Director of BIRC - Dr. Terry Peters

The BIRC Operations Committee is happy to announce that Dr. Terry Peters, Robarts Scientist and Professor of Medical Imaging and Medical Biophysics, has been elected the new Director of BIRC starting April 1st 2016. Dr. Peters has been a member of the BIRC Operations Committee since its inception, and has played an integral role in its growth and development. Among his many achievements, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the MICCAI Society, and he also received the 2014 International MICCAI/Philips Enduring Impact Award for his contributions to Medical Imaging.

The Operations Committee extend their grateful thanks to Dr. Aaron Fenster, the BIRC Director since its inauguration in 2009, for his vision and leadership in establishing BIRC as a Centre at Western. One of the major aims was to bring all the biomedical imaging researchers within Western together as a single cohesive group. Under Dr. Fenster's leadership, BIRC investigators have coordinated and accelerated the formation of research teams that cross the boundaries of Western’s Faculties and disciplines, coordinated access to the state-of-the-art clinical and pre-clinical biomedical imaging research facilities in London, increased the number and quality of graduate students in our partnered Departments, and developed and mentored promising basic and clinical investigators at the beginning of their careers. All this activity continues to strengthen biomedical imaging research in London, and is forwarding Western's mission to become one of the top five research-intensive Universities in Canada.

In 2014, led by Dr. Fenster, BIRC investigators received the Dean's Award of Excellence for a Team at the Schulich Celebration of Excellence at Western University. This represented the culmination of many years of excellent collaborative work between BIRC investigators.