Dr. Aaron Fenster

In 1976, Dr. Fenster received his PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto. In 1987 he moved to London and became a Scientist and founding Director of the Imaging Research Laboratories (IRL) at the Robarts Research Institute, and Professor at The University of Western Ontario (UWO) in Radiology. Under his leadership, the Imaging Research Laboratory has grown to a staff of 250 today.  In addition, he is the founder and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at UWO in Biomedical Engineering and the Chair of the basic Science Division of the Department of Medical Imaging and the Director for the Biomedical Imaging Research Centre at UWO. This Division combines the strengths in imaging research across London’s Institutions, which combined, makes the London medical imaging research community one of the largest in North America with over 350 staff and students and $100M in research equipment. In 2010 he became the Centre Director of the newly formed Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization – a federally funded Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research.

Currently, he holds a Canada Research Chair-Tier 1 in Biomedical Engineering.  He is the first recipient of the Premier’s (Ontario) Discovery Award for Innovation and Leadership (2007), the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research at the UWO (2008), and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) Gold Medal Award (2010).  In 2011 he was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  Fenster’s research has resulted in 270 peer-reviewed publications, 39 issued or pending patents and the formation of four companies.  His patents have been licensed to 13 companies, which have commercialized them for world-wide distribution.