Luc Beaulieu received his PhD from Laval University in 1996. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Berkeley, California, he worked as a research scientist at the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility in Bloomington. In 2000, he took the leadership of the medical physics research group at the Quebec City University Hospital. Under his leadership, a formal graduate medical physics teaching curriculum was set-up and became CAMPEP accredited in 2011. This was the first French CAMPEP training program in the world.

In addition to be a researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec – Université Laval, Dr. Beaulieu is a full professor at Laval University, Director of the CAMPEP graduate program (since 2011) and also Director of the Laval University Cancer Research Centre (since 2012). From 2010 to 2016, he served on the Board of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists as President Elect, President and Past President. He is a member of the AAPM Brachytherapy Subcommittee, was the Chair of TG-186, and now leads the AAPM/ESTRO/ABG Working Group on Model-Based Dose Calculations in brachytherapy. He received research grants from all of the Canadian major funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, NCIC, CCSRI) and NIH (R01 and SBIR). For the past 15 years, Dr. Beaulieu has worked collaboratively with a number of industrial partners for the design, building and validation of biomedical algorithms and devices. Since November 2015, he is the holder of an NSERC Industrial Research Chair related to biomedical technology for brachytherapy. He has served on grant panels for most of the agencies listed previously, and was Section Chair for the Medical Physics Panel in the last NSERC Discovery round (2017). He has mentored 70 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and a similar number of undergraduate student research projects, published over 210 peer-reviewed manuscripts (with over 7 000 citations) and 445 refereed abstracts (all poster and oral presentations) at national and international meetings. He is a recognized expert in scintillation dosimetry and brachytherapy.

The ongoing objective of our research program is to increase the accuracy of dose measurements, dose calculations, and treatment delivery for radiation-based procedures including, but not limited to, radiation therapy, diagnostics, and interventional radiology. This is achieved through a comprehensive research program combining the elements of basic and applied research in medical physics and biomedical engineering. The program hinges on radiation physics, optics, numerical optimization problems, image and signal processing, and high-performance computing.

Four main research tracks

The current activities of the research program are based on four main research tracks, namely 1) development of new radiation dosimeters, 2) applied medical image processing, 3) numerical computation in optimization problems and high precision particle transport and dose calculations and 4) robotic medical devices. We are aggressively pursuing our optics-based radiation detector research track for which 3 patents have been granted, 2 provisional patents taken, and 1 technology licensed and commercialized. We have recently shown proof-of-principle for multi-point scintillation fiber dosimeters, a completely new concept in the field. My laboratory is a recognized world leader in optics-based dosimeter developments and the proposed program is intended to maintain and extend this lead. These research tracks have proven to be extremely productive in terms of scientific outputs, patents and HQP training over the last few years. The current program significantly extends the research topics. While the long-term application and commercialization potential are in the medical field (cancer, radiation therapy and radiology), the science discovery and technology development are embedded in a strong science and engineering research program. Our program has far reaching impacts: scientific, commercial, and ultimately on the quality of life of Canadians through the applications of said technologies.

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Chatigny PY, Bélanger C, Poulin É, Beaulieu L

Catheters and dose optimization using a modified CVT algorithm and multi-criteria optimization in prostate HDR brachytherapy

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Med Phys, 2022.

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Shaharuddin S, Hart A, Bazalova-Carter M, Beaulieu L, Giguere C, Kleefeld C, Foley MJ

Evaluation of scintillation detectors for ultrahigh dose-rate x-ray beam dosimetry

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Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng, 12139 , 2022.

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Cloutier É, Beaulieu L, Archambault L

Direct in-water radiation dose measurements using Cherenkov emission corrected signals from polarization imaging for a clinical radiotherapy application

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Sci Rep, 12 (1), 2022.

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Lebel-Cormier MA, Boilard T, Bernier M, Beaulieu L

On the feasibility of using an optical fiber Bragg grating array for multi-point dose measurements in radiation therapy

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J Phys Conf Ser, 2167 , 2022.

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Linares Rosales HM, Cantin A, Aubin S, Beddar S, Beaulieu L

From conception to clinical trial: IViST, the first multi-sensor-based platform for real-time In Vivo Source Tracking in HDR brachytherapy

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J Phys Conf Ser, 2167 , 2022.

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Bélanger C, Poulin É, Aubin S, Vigneault É, Martin AG, Foster W, Beaulieu L

Inter-observer evaluation of a GPU-based multicriteria optimization algorithm combined with plan navigation tools for HDR brachytherapy

Journal Article

Brachytherapy, 21 (4), 2022.

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Cloutier É, Archambault L, Beaulieu L

Accurate dose measurements using Cherenkov emission polarization imaging

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Med Phys, 2022.

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Jean E, Lambert-Girard S, Therriault-Proulx F, Beaulieu L

External beam irradiation angle measurement using a hybrid Cerenkov-scintillation detector

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Phys Med Biol, 67 (10), 2022.

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Cloutier E, Cloutier E, Beaulieu L, Beaulieu L, Archambault L, Archambault L

On the use of polychromatic cameras for high spatial resolution spectral dose measurements

Journal Article

Phys Med Biol, 67 (11), 2022.

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Hart A, Cecchi D, Giguère C, Larose F, Therriault-Proulx F, Esplen N, Beaulieu L, Bazalova-Carter M

Lead-doped scintillator dosimeters for detection of ultrahigh dose-rate x-rays

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Phys Med Biol, 67 (10), 2022.

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Active projects

  • Advanced tracking and optimization technology for brachytherapy applications, from 2021-02-01 to 2023-01-31
  • Anatomically relevant brachytherapy implants by a 3D printing and radiosenstizing approach, from 2020-10-01 to 2025-09-30
  • Medical physics and biomedical technology development for next generation dose measurement, optimization and computation tools, from 2019-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • The impact of Monte Carlo dose calculations on prostate and breast low-dose rate brachytherapy dose-outcome relationships and radiobiological modeling, from 2020-10-01 to 2025-09-30

Recently finished projects

  • Chaire de recherche industrielle CRSNG-Elekta en technologies biomédicales pour la curiethérapie, from 2015-11-15 to 2021-11-14
  • Congrès International Conference on 3D Dose measurements, from 2019-06-10 to 2020-07-31
  • Développement d'avantages compétitifs pour la plateforme de dosimétrie à scintillation, from 2021-01-06 to 2021-12-31
  • Développement d'un système de dosimétrie à scintillation multipoints, from 2019-03-18 to 2021-08-14
  • Étude de marché - Un dosimètre plan pour le contrôle de qualité en radiothérapie, from 2021-02-01 to 2022-01-31
  • Novel Delivery System for High Dose Rate Intensity Modulated Brachytherapy with Yb-169 as a Radiation Source, from 2018-04-01 to 2021-03-31
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