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Steven Beyea, PhD

Associate Professor; Scientific Lead (Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre)-IWK

Education

  • BSc, University of New Brunswick (1st Class Honors, Physics)
  • PhD, University of New Brunswick (Physics)
  • PDF, New Mexico Resonance (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)

Selected publications

H. Guo, X. Song, M. Schmidt, R. Vandorpe, Z. Yang, E. LeBlanc, J. Zhang, S.D. Beyea, Y. Zhang, K. Rockwood  “A standard procedure for creating an MRI-based brain atrophy and lesion index (BALI) for the evaluation of whole brain health in aging and Alzheimer’s disease” J. Alzheimer’s Disease, DOI:10.3233/JAD-140333 (2014).

M.T.R. Stevens, R.C.N. D’Arcy, G. Stroink, D.B. Clarke & S.D. Beyea "Thresholding in fMRI Studies: At the Cost of Reliability?" J. Neuro. Methods 219, 312-323 (2013).

D. Holland, C. Liu, E. Mazerolle, X. Song, T. Stevens, C. V. Bowen, A. Sederman, L. Gladden, S. D. Beyea  "Compressed Sensing Reconstruction Improves Sensitivity of Variable Density Spiral fMRI " Magn. Reson. Med., 70(6), 1634-43 (2013).

J.M. Bray, M. Filiaggi, C.V. Bowen and S.D. Beyea  “Degradation & Drug Release in Calcium Polyphosphate Bioceramics: An MRI-Based Characterization”, Acta Biomaterialia 8, 3821-3831 (2012).

J.A. Rioux, K.D. Brewer, S.D. Beyea, C.V. Bowen  "Quantification of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide with Large Dynamic Range using turboSPI"  J. Magn. Reson., 216, 152-160 (2012).

Biography 

My academic and research focus is on the physics of medical imaging and clinical translation of new imaging technologies.  As head of the Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC), I lead a multi-disciplinary research group that develops novel clinical and pre-clinical imaging technologies, ranging from MRI and PET/CT to Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

Selected awards and honours

  • APiCS Science Atlantic Award:  2012
  • Team award: Public Service Award of Excellence to the Neurotouch Surgical Oncology Team: 2011
  • Team award: NRC "Breakthrough of the Year" for the "Neurosurgical Simulator": 2011
  • NRC National Outstanding Achievement Award. 
Citation: "For regional initiatives in the translation of non-invasive technologies to clinical 
neurosciences and to their commercialization":  2010

Memberships

International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Employment

Research Scientist, IWK Health Centre
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

Teaching

MRIT 4100  MRI Physics
MRIT 4110  Advanced MRI Physics
PHYC 6410  Medical Imaging Physics II

Research interests

    RESEARCH TOPICS: MRI, imaging physics, Magnetoencephalography, PET/CT, SPECT.
My research focuses on the development of novel acquisition and analysis techniques for improved medical imaging.  Examples include novel sparse sampling approaches dynamic and functional MRI, patient specific data-driven algorithms for mapping of eloquent cortex using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional MRI (fMRI), and new hardware designs for pre-clinical SPECT imaging.

Service & Activity

Conference Organization:
Co-Chair, 14th International Conference on MR Microscopy, 2017
Co-Chair, 19th International Conference on Biomagnetism, 2014

Board Member:
Canadian MEG Consortium: 2013 – present
Red River College – MRI Technology Training Program Advisory Board Member: 2013 – present

Grant Review Panel Member:
    NSERC Discovery
    o   EG 1505 Physics Committee Member, 2009-2010
    o   Chair of the Interdisciplinary Committee (GSC 21), 2009-2010
    o   GSC 21 Interdisciplinary Committee Member, 2007-2010

    NSERC ad hoc RTI Committee Member, 2011-2012

    CIHR Medical Physics & Imaging Committee Member, ’07 & 2013-14