Chad Harris, PhD candidate in Medical Physics, has won the I.I. Rabi Award. This award is essentially the highest honour that a young MRI researcher can receive.
Chad received the award at the annual meeting of the ISMRM which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah in April, 2013.
There were three international finalists for this award. Aside from Chad, one of the other three finalists was highly honoured 2009 Western physics graduate Adrienne Campbell. Chad is supervised by Dr. Blaine Chronik, of the Medical Physics faculty.
The I.I. Rabi Award is given for original basic science research in magnetic resonance. This includes reports of new MR methodologies and understanding of MR signals, aimed at either human or animal subjects. Examples include manuscripts reporting new hardware, novel pulse sequences, biophysical or signal models, or data analysis techniques. The competition is open to clinical and basic scientists at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, resident, and fellow levels working in MR research in academia, industry, or research institutions. Applicants should either be within five (5) years post completion of Ph.D. or three (3) years post completion of appropriate clinical training, as documented by a curriculum vitae and letter of confirmation from their supervisor, mentor, or department head. ISMRM membership is required.
The ISMRM (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine) is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to promoting communication, research, development and application of magnetic resonance techniques in medicine and biology. The Society presents annual meetings and sponsors other major educational and scientific workshops.The Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.