Pejman Rowshan Farzad

Dr, PhD, University of Newcastle, Australia

  • The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

Pejman has completed a Bachelor of Applied Physics, a Masters of Medical Physics and a PhD in Medical Physics.
After completing his MSc, Pejman joined the directory group at a medical cyclotron, where he worked for 8 years during which he developed novel techniques for production of a number of medical radioisotopes applicable for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
His PhD project title was “Improvement of EPID-based techniques for dosimetry and investigation of linac mechanical performance in advanced radiotherapy”, which was completed at the University of Newcastle, NSW with ten peer reviewed publications as first author. His methods were commercialized and are currently used in hospitals.
Pejman joined the University of Western Australia in 2013. He became the UWA Medical Physics Program Coordinator in 2016. He also teaches several Medical Physics postgraduate units and supervises research projects.
Pejman has over 100 peer reviewed publications and collaborates with several hospitals and research centers in Australia and overseas.
Pejman was awarded the Faculty teaching excellence award for "Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning" in 2018, the "Faculty Commendation"in the category of “Individual Teaching” in 2019, two Guild's Students' Choice Awards in 2020, the Faculty teaching excellence award for “individual teaching” in 2021, and the UWA Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021. He was also nominated for the UWA 2021 Safer Community Award for dedication and commitment to students safety, inclusion and wellbeing, School Research Impact and Innovation award in 2023. Pejman is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) which is administered by Advance HE in the UK.
He has been a member of the Academic Board of UWA Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) since 2023 and has become the representative of UWA Chair of Academic Board in the Board of Studies (Mathematical and Physical Sciences) in 2024.

 

Future research

• Machine Learning in Radiotherapy
• Radiotherapy Quality Assurance
• Internal Dosimetry
• Real-time Tumor Tracking
• CyberKnife
• IMRT/VMAT QA
• Stereotactic Radiosurgery
• 3D Printing Applications in Medical Physics

Funding overview

• Martin Ebert, Nathaniel Barry, Branimir Rusanov, Jake Kendrick, Saima Safdar, Pejman Rowshanfarzad, Ghulam Mubashar Hassan; 2023, Conversion between brain cancer imaging modalities using generative AI, Innovation Challenge 2023, Generative Artificial Intelligence Applications, WA Department of Health.

• Mounir Ibrahim, Steven Crossley, Mario Djukelic, Pejman Rowshanfarzad, David Henry, Jonathon Lumley; 2023-24, 'Development and Implementation of Polymer Gel Dosimeters for Dose Verification when using Complex Radiotherapy Techniques', Discovery Grant Funding Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group (SCGOPHCG).

• Martin Ebert, Jake Kendrick, Pejman Rowshanfarzad, Nathaniel Barry, Branimir Rusanov; 2023-24, 'Applied Artificial Intelligence for Prognosis and Automatic Segmentation in Oncology', Discovery Grant Funding Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group (SCGOPHCG).

• Martin Ebert, Michael Bynevelt, Suki Gill, Roslyn Francis, Pejman Rowshan Farzad, Melvin Chin, Jason Dyke, 2022, 'Functional imaging as a pathway to characterising glioma and predicting treatment outcomes', RPH Radiology Research Grant.

• Martin Ebert, Joshua Dass, Rohen White, Ryan Toh, Warwick Smith, Pejman Rowshanfarzad, Riley Croxford, 2022, ‘Development and verification of 3D printed personalized HDR Brachytherapy applicators for gynaecological cancers’, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Foundation for Research - Mid-Range Grant Program, 2022-23.

• Martin Ebert, Roslyn Francis, Robert Jeraj, Colin Tang, Sean Bydder, Timothy Perk, Carl Schultz, Jamie Bellinge, Prof Rachael Moorin, Miceal Mccarthy, Andrew Campbell, Collin Kasisi, Ross Herbert, Angel Kennedy, Pejman Rowshanfarzad ‘Molecular imaging for precision medicine: efficiency gains via automated annotation’, 2019, WA Department of Health, Research Translation Projects.

• Martin Ebert, Joshua Dass, Pejman Rowshan Farzad, Rohen White, Suki Gill, Ryan Toh, Godfrey Mukwada, Zaid Alkhatib, 2019, ‘Clinical implementation of 3D printed Brachytherapy surface-applicators for high dose rate Brachytherapy in Radiation Oncology’, Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Health Care Group Research Advisory Committee, 2019-20 Annual RAC Grant Funding

• Martin Ebert, Alexey Veryaskin, Christobel Saunders, Timo Vaalsta, Pejman Rowshan Farzad 2017, ‘Investigation of a low-risk, non-invasive, low-cost, high-sensitivity method of breast cancer detection based on electromagnetic gradiometry’, 2017 Innovator Grant, National Breast Cancer Fundation

• Martin Ebert, Robert Jeraj, Pejman Rowshan Farzad 2017, 'Advancing the fundamental physical understanding of cancer for advancing treatment developments', UWA Research Collaboration Awards

• Pejman Rowshan Farzad 2015, 'Merit Award - Fellowships - Quality improvement in prostate radiotherapy: correction of respiratory-induced tumour motions.', WA Department of Health.

• Pejman Rowshan Farzad (CIA), Martin Ebert, Sean Bydder, Colin Tang, Thomas Braunl, Du Huynh, 2014, 'Suzanne Cavanagh ECI Grant - Safety and Quality: More accurate prostate radiotherapy treatments', Cancer Council of Western Australia.

• Benjamin Hug, Mahsheed Sabet, Martin Ebert, Pejman Rowshan Farzad (AI); 2014, 'Introduction of a transmission device for independent in vivo fluence monitoring for complex treatment deliveries: Evaluation of a aSi flat-panel detector'- 2014/15 Annual Research Grants, Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group (SCGOPHCG).

• Martin Ebert, Sean Bydder, Colin Tang, Pejman Rowshan Farzad (AI), Thomas Braunl, Du Huynh; 2014, Quality improvement in prostate radiotherapy: correction of respiratory-induced tumour motions' - 2014/15 Annual Research Grants, Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group (SCGOPHCG).

New and Noteworthy

Previous positions

>> Conjoint Medical Physics Lecturer at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, The University of Newcastle.

>> Research Associate at the University of Newcastle and Medical Physics research group at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital.

>> Research Assistant at the department of Radiation Oncology in Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital.

Teaching overview

>> Radiation Physics and Dosimetry
>> Radiotherapy Physics
>> Special Techniques in Radiotherapy
>> Nuclear Medicine, Radionuclides, Radiopharmaceuticals and Imaging
>> Internal Dosimetry
>> MRI
>> Radiation Biology
>> Machine Learning in Medical Physics

Research

Research Topics:
> Radiotherapy Physics
> Linac QA methods for advanced radiotherapy techniques (IMRT/VMAT)
> Electronic Portal Imaging Devices
> Cyclotrons & Nuclear Medicine

Details of Completed Research Supervision:

• Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Hannan Dempsey). Project title: "Creation of a 3D Printed Phantom for the Dosimetric Verification of Radiation Therapy Treatments for Paediatric Brain Tumours"

• Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Marcus Fisk) Project title: "Development of Grid Therapy Capabilities on the XRAD Pre-Clinical Radiotherapy System"

• Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Brandon Preap) Project title: "A Preliminary Comparison of Dithiothreitol Against Tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium Chloride in N-Isopropylacrylamide Polymer Gel Dosimeters"

• Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Keaton Wright) Project title: "Automatic SegmentationofCoronaryArteries and AorticSubstructuresin 18F-NaF PET/CT images usingConvolutionalNeuralNetworks"

• Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Riley Croxford) Project title: "Development of 3D Printed Patient-Specific Applicators for Gynaecological Brachytherapy"

• Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Marsha Chin) Project title: "Dosimetric evaluation of an intraoperative radiotherapy system: a measurement-based and Monte-Carlo modelling investigation"

• Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Broderick MCCALLUM-HEE) Project title: "Dosimetric Impact of Mechanical Movements of the Linac Gantry During Treatments with Small Fields"

• Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Andrew Hirst) Project title: "Customization of a Dynamic Phantom for Verification of Lung Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Treatment Plans

• Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Thomas Randell) Project title: "Assessment of Breast Cancer Risk using Machine Learning on Mammography Datasets

• Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Daliya Ignatius) Project title: "Evaluation of radiotherapy treatment planning of spine and pelvis using singleenergy metal artifact reduction corrected CT images

• Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Ashlesha Gill) Project title: "Comparison of conventional versus customized 3D-printed bolus for chest wall radiotherapy in breast cancer"

• Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Yiheng Lyu) Project title: "Optimizing the Measurements of Radiation Isocenter in Radiotherapy Linacs

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (James Hunt) Project title: Quantifying the isocentre accuracy of an Elekta Unity MR-linac through full gantry rotation

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Ghazi Salem Almutairi) Project title: An Independent sets of Image Quality tests for Cone-Beam CT (Investigation of Catphan accuracy) Evaluation of the accuracy of the existing software and methods

 Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Bhan Prince Raj Joseph Sivaraj) Project title: The impact of high modulation on delivery accuracy for IMRT and VMAT radiotherapy treatments (Modulation Complexity Score)

 Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Jake Kendrick) Project title: Automatic Segmentation of Metastatic Prostate Lesions in PET/CT Images Using Convolutional Neural Networks

 Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Dane Lynch) Project title: Use of FET PET Uptake Dynamics for Spatial Characterisation of Glioblastoma

 Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Seonaid Rodgers) Project title: An investigation of added tin filtration for non-contrast chest CT studies for infants: A phantom study

 Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Tam Nguyen) Project title: Implementation of a SPECT Quality Assurance Regime in a Nuclear Medicine Department

 Coor-supervisor for an PhD student (Jungmin Her) Project title: Biological optimisation of prostate radiotherapy using tumour biology distributions derived from multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging

 Coor-supervisor for an PhD student (Marco Marcello) Project title: Voxel-wise association of planned dose with measures of treatment failure and toxicity in prostate external beam radiotherapy

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Brendon Wright) Project title: Comprehensive Investigation into the Stability of Varian and Elekta kV and MV Imaging Systems during Arc Delivery

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Warwick Smith) Project title: Clinical implementation of 3D printed Brachytherapy surface-applicators for high dose rate Brachytherapy in Radiation Oncology

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Jeremy Hughes) Project title: Application of Dynalog files for advanced radiotherapy treatment verification (leaf positioning and speed, and fluence map) and comparison with EPID-based techniques

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Corban Neeley) Project title: Fiducial marker tracking with kilovoltage and megavoltage imagers during prostate radiotherapy

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Chen Lee) Project title: Comparison of the patient skin dose for treatments on the CyberKnife and linacs

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Luke Slama) Project title: Development of a novel method to investigate the coincidence of beam collimation system and target spot position in radiotherapy linacs

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Thomas Milan) Project title: Evaluation of the clinical impact of the linac MLC and gantry sag

• Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Joshua Hiatt) Project title: MultiLeaf Collimator Positioning for Small Fields: A New Investigation into Automatic EPID-based Verification

Principal supervisor for an MSc student (Thomas Klein) Project title: A 3-D Independent Dosimetric Verification of the Accuracy of CyberKnife Xsight Lung Tracking versus Fiducial-based Target-tracking using Patient-derived Respiration Patterns in a Moving Phantom

Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Mario Djukelic) Project title: Evaluation of a mobile C-arm cone-beam CT in interstitial high-dose rate brachytherapy treatment planning

Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Kirsten Emory) Project title: Identification of short and long lived radioisotope contamination in the stages of [18F] FDG production using gamma spectroscopy

Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Theresa Feddersen) Project title: Commissioning and Dose Delivery in Small Animal Radiotherapy

Coordinating supervisor for an MSc student (Jonathon Thompson) Project title: Dosimetric Comparison of Dynamic Conformal Arc Therapy to Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy and 3D Conformal Radiotherapy in Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy Treatments for Lung Cancer

 Co-supervisor for an MSc student (Rebecca D'Alonzo) Project title: Optimising Protocols for the Safe and Efficacious Delivery of Radiation Therapy to Preclinical Models of Medulloblastoma

Co-supervisor for an MPhys student (Dane Taylor) Project title: Assessment of the performance and impact of a pre-patient imaging system in EBRT using Monte Carlo simulation 

Coordinating supervisor for a PhD student (Calyn Moulton) Project title: Spatial dose-response models of rectal toxicities for patients undergoing prostate radiotherapy

Supervisor of 6 MPE students for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Design Project 2 Project title: Compensation for organ motion during radiotherapy of prostate

Supervisor of a bio-mechanics student under UWA-USTC (University of Science and Technology China) research training program, Project title: Reconstruction of the 3D position of markers from 2D images in radiotherapy

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

University of Newcastle

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Industry keywords

  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Medical Physics
  • Radiotherapy Physics
  • Cyclotrons and Nuclear Medicine

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