In the Kildea Lab we are studying how ionizing radiation causes and cures cancer, and we are building person-centered software to power the learning healthcare system of tomorrow.
Our research projects fall into three broad categories: (1) Neutron-Induced Carcinogenic Effects (NICE) projects, (2) Radiation Oncology Knowledge Sharing (ROKS) projects, and (3) Opal projects.
Opal is the award-winning patient portal that is developed and operated by the Opal Health Informatics Group (O-HIG) at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. John Kildea is a co-founder of the O-HIG and he directs its research and innovation activities. Opal is the powering the Quebec SmartCare Consortium in which John is the principal investigator.
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After a fun and productive summer of research, we say goodbye, thank you, and congratulations to Angèle Wen and Ridhi Mittal, the inagural Laurie J. Hendren scholars. Angèle and Ridhi worked on the OncoBuddy project during summer 2022. Both made excellent progress in just a few months and are leaving behind an impressive set of data and tools for the research team to complete the project with.
In this photo, Ridhi Mittal is receiving her certificate from Laurie’s husband Prakash Panangaden. L to R: John Kildea, Jeff Shamie (president and CEO of the Cedars Cancer Foundation), Ridhi Mittal, Prakash Panangaden, Tarek Hijal. Unfortunately, Angèle and Laurie’s daughter Jane were unable to join in person for the presentation event but both did partipate by Zoom.
A big thank you to the Cedars Cancer Foundation who provided funding for the Laurie J. Hendren Scholarship. We are proud to continue Laurie’s legacy of engaging undergraduate students in health informatics research.
Haley’s technical note paper is entitled “rtdsm—An open-source software for radiotherapy dose-surface map generation and analysis”. It describes the software package that Haley wrote as part of her PhD research project to create and analyse dose-surface maps in radiotherapy.
Representing the NICE, ROKS and Opal projects of the lab. All publications are listed under the Publications menu.
This paper presents a rtdsm, a dose-surface-mapping software package that Haley Patrick developed as part of her PhD research project.
This paper describes the pioneering process of participatory stakeholder co-design that our research team used to build and deploy the Opal patient portal at the Cedars Cancer Centre of the McGill University Health Centre.
This paper, which was listed in Editor’s Picks 2015, was our pioneering report in the field of neutron spectrometry that demonstrated how Detec’s Nested Neutron Spectrometer (NNS) could be used for practical neutron spectral measurements in radiotherapy environments. Using the NNS in passive mode, we were able to determine a radiotherapy neutron spectrum in just over an hour, whereas previously such measurements took days or weeks using passive techniques. Our NICE research program builds upon this initial work.