Resources

Orientation & Safety

STTARR Users are required to attend orientation and safety training sessions prior to performing experiments at STTARR.

Click the below links for more information.

STTARR Orientations & Contact Information

Users are required to attend an orientation session prior to performing experiments at STTARR.

Contact the the below staff that manages the lab space you will be working in at STTARR to enroll in an orientation session.

Lab Space Contact Position Email/Phone No.
Cellular Gaetano Zafarana Cellular Manager gaetano.zafarana@rmp.uhn.ca 416.581.7760
Preclinical 
•  Imaging Lab
Deborah Scollard Preclinical Manager deborah.scollard@rmp.uhn.ca 416.581.7759
Preclinical 
•  Development Lab
Linyu Fan Research Technician linyu.fan@rmp.uhn.ca 416.581.7797
Computational  Trevor Mckee Computational Manager trevor.mckee@rmp.uhn.ca 416-581.7810
Pathology  Milan Ganguly Pathology Lead milan.ganguly@rmp.uhn.ca 416.340.4800 ext. 8040 or 5838

Research Safety Training

All researchers must attend a UHN Research Safety Training session prior to performing experiments at STTARR. Registration is mandatory for a full-day training session.

Please register through the UHN Research Intranet Community Calendarhttp://intranet.uhnres.utoronto.ca/community/events/ to schedule your safety training session and details of the location and time.

If you do not have access to the UHN Research Intranet Community Calendar, please contact Tracy McQuire, Research Facilities Planning by e-mail tmcquire@uhnresearch.ca or phone 416-581-7449 for additional inquiries regarding UHN Research Safety Training and registration process.

•  All users will have to attend one of these sessions within a month of starting work
at STTARR.
•  All users completing this session will get a certificate of completion and will need
to submit a copy to the sttarr@rmp.uhn.on.ca.

How often am I required to attend a UHN Research Safety Training Session?
Currently UHN Researchers (employees, students, volunteers and visiting scientists) are only required to attend a session once. However, the Fire Safety training portion of this program must be completed annually.

If I attended safety training at another research facility am I required to take UHN Research Safety Training?
Yes, since there is general and UHN specific safety information covered in the training
session.

Topics covered at Research Safety Training Session:
Morning Topics:    Fire Safety, Emergency Response, WHMIS, Recycling, Safety
Regulatory Review, General Laboratory Safety.
Afternoon Topics: Biosafety and General Chemical Safety.

Refreshments:
To enhance your training experience, morning coffee, tea and pastries; lunch and afternoon beverages and cookies will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions please contact Tracy McQuire by e-mail at tmcquire@uhnresearch.ca at least one week prior to the session and we will try to accommodate your dietary restrictions.

Fire Safety Training

Fire Safety Training is initially held at the beginning of the UHN Research Safety Training Day.

It must be renewed annually, but there is now an easy online way to do it. It’s really simple andmandatory, so please follow these steps to get yourself up to date.

  1. Go to the UHN eLearning Centre site:  https://rod.sumtotalsystems.com/uhn/app/SYS_login.aspx
  2. Login: Your User Name is simply ‘UHN’ followed by your employee ID # (this can be found on the front of your pay stub). The first time you login, your password will be ‘password’. You will be prompted immediately to change this to something unique.
  3. After you’ve logged in, you will be directed to the eLearning site’s home page. In the Catalogue section there is a list of topics. Under the Safety heading, select ‘Fire Safety’.
  4. You will be directed to the Fire Safety section of the catalogue. Here, select the ‘Fire Safety – Annual Refresher’ course, then click the Start button. It is recommended to use Internet Explorer for this course.
  5. Navigate through the short course and complete the quiz at the end.
  6. Forward a screen shot of results (example below) to sttarr@rmp.uhn.on.ca.

FireSafetyExample

To register for the UHN Radiation Safety Training session, please contact Vanessa Vercasio, Administrative Assistant, Rish & Radiation Safety by email vanessa.bercasio@uhn.on.ca or phone 416-340-4800 ext 4801.

Below are the instructions for X-ray safety training that covers the use of the, X-Rad, GE Locus, Siemens Inveon, and the CT component of the Bioscan nanoSPECT.

  1. The training is done throught the following website: http://www.xrayfocus.info/.
  2. When you go to this website, choose “Non-medical” from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Then, from the “UHN Non-medical X-ray Safety Training” drop down menu, select “STTARR:Inveon/Bioscan/eXplore/XRAD (Multi-Training)” and click the “Go”. Read through the radiation protection information. When you are ready, proceed to the “Quiz Intro Page” at the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
  3. When you have finished the quiz, please take a screen capture of your results (i.e. hit “Print Screen” button on your keyboard) and then paste that image into a “Paint” document. Then please email it to sttarr@rmp.uhn.on.ca.

Grant Writing Support

We offer assistance with preparing research budgets for grant applications that use the imaging resources at STTARR. Upon review, we can also provide letters of support for your grant application.
Please contact us at sttarr@rmp.uhn.on.ca for more information.

Education & Tours

For a brief tour of the STTARR Innovation Centre, please contact Dr. Justin Grant at justin.grant@rmp.uhn.on.ca

STTARR also offers a more comprehensive tour, which includes our expert staff providing a detailed overview of the imaging technology (e.g. CT, MR, PET, SPECT, ultrasound, photoacoustics, optical, XRAD, etc.), techniques and sample images. These organized tours are ~2 hours in length .  We require two weeks notice and a maximum of 25 people per tour.

For large groups, we can provide imaging workshops for specific applications as well as an overview of the facility.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding STTARR tours.

Automated Quality Assurance / Characterisation and Quality Control Tests for a novel SPECT-CT system

Radiation Physics Seminar – Summer Student Presentation Seminar Title: “Automated Quality Assurance” Presenter: Courtney Price Supervisor: Dr. Tom Purdie Seminar Title: “Characterisation and Quality Control Tests for a novel SPECT-CT system” Presenter: Greg Jackson Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Breen Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: August 7, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

X-Rad 225Cx: Recent Developments and Upcoming Features

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “X-Rad 225Cx: Recent Developments and Upcoming Features” Speaker: Paul De Jean, Project Manager, Guided Therapeutics, Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: July 24, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

To fraction or not to fraction: Quantitative Approaches to Dose Fractionation

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “To fraction or not to fraction: Quantitative Approaches to Dose Fractionation” Speaker: Harry Keller, PhD, MCCPM, Medical Physicist, Radiation Medicine Program (Radiation Physics), Princess Margaret Hospital Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: July 10, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

Dose Painting on the Sails of the Bluenose

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “Dose Painting on the Sails of the Bluenose” Speaker: James Stewart, PhD Candidate, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: July 3, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

MR-based rectal applicator reconstruction in HDR Brachytherapy

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “MR-based rectal applicator reconstruction in HDR Brachytherapy” Speaker: Akbar Beiki-Ardakani, MCCPM, Clinical Physicist, Radiation Physics Department, Princess Margaret Hospital Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: June 26, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

Scatter estimation and correction in CBCT

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “Scatter estimation and correction in CBCT” Speaker: Gregory Bootsma, PhD Student, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: June 19, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

A Tale of Two Technologies: the MRgRT Saga

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “A Tale of Two Technologies: the MRgRT Saga” Speaker: Marco Carlone, Ph.D., P.Eng., MCCPM, Radiation Physicist, Princess Margaret Hospital, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Radiation Oncology Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: June 12, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little STTARR, See How Translational We Really Are!

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little STTARR, See How Translational We Really Are!” Speaker: Justin Grant, Ph.D., STTARR Research Manager, STTARR Innovation Centre, Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: June 5, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

Pixel-by-pixel analysis of DCE-CT data in low temporal resolution

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “Pixel-by-pixel analysis of DCE-CT data in low temporal resolution” Speaker: Sunmo Kim, Research Associate, Radiation Physics, Princess Margaret Hospital Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: May 29, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

Translational research in image-guided endoscopic skull base surgery

Radiation Physics Seminar Seminar Title: “Translational research in image-guided endoscopic skull base surgery” Speaker: Michael Daly, PhD Student, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Research Associate, Ontario Cancer Institute, University Health Network Venue: Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, Rm 7-605 Date: May 22, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm

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