Dr Jason Dowling

Team Leader Medical Image Analysis

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We live in an incredibly exciting and challenging time for improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. I work as a senior research scientist and project leader in the Clinical Imaging Team within the Biomedical Informatics Group at the Australian e-Health Research Centre (e-Health Research Program) in Brisbane, Australia. Our program is focused on improving the safety, quality and efficiency of health services by developing and translating technology in collaboration with clinical partners. In my research I work with hospital radiology and radiation oncology departments to improve the acquisition, analysis, and clinical utility of medical images, mainly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). My work is multi-disciplinary and covers aspects of medical physics, radiology, oncology, machine learning, quantitative research, applied mathematics and software engineering. I'm a member of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.

I am an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNSW Faculty of Medicine, an Honorary Principal Fellow at UoW and have additional honorary positions at the University of Sydney and University of Newcastle. Since 2011 I've been a chief or co-investigator in grants with a value $3.5M, co-authored two books and 40+ peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. I am a current invited member of the NHMRC Grants Review Panel (2016+).

My current collaborations include MRI based radiation therapy treatment planning (with the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital and Ingham Institute, NSW), radiation oncology clinical trial analysis and quality assurance (Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA; and Liverpool and MacArthur Cancer Therapy Centres, NSW), non-invasive MRI-based lung structure and function assessment (Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, QLD), and biofocussed prostate cancer radiotherapy (USyd and the PeterMac).

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Innovative medical image informatics for improved clinical management of cystic fibrosis

  • Project Leader
    NHMRC APP1077788 (UWA) Radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer

  • Project Leader
    NHMRC APP1102198 (UNSW) Reducing the greatest uncertainty in radiotherapy

  • Project Leader
    NHMRC APP1126955 (USYD) Biofocussed prostate cancer RadioTherapy

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
    University of New South Wales(Faculty of Medicine)

  • Honorary Principal Fellow
    University of Wollongong (Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences)

  • Affiliate
    University of Sydney (Institute of Medical Physics)

  • Conjoint Lecturer
    University of Newcastle (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences)

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    BAppSc(Psych/Comp) (Monash University)

  • 2002

    BComp(Hons I) (Information Retrieval, Monash University)

  • 2007

    PhD (Electronic Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology)

Achievements and Awards

  • 2009-2009

    1st Prize MICCAI 3D Segmentation Challenge for Clinical Applications: Prostate Segmentation (London, UK)

Other highlights

  • 2008-2008

    Invited speaker 38th Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium, Cambridge University (UK)

  • 2013-2013

    Invited speaker Engineering and the Physical Sciences in Medicine (Perth, Australia).

  • 2016-2016

    Invited speaker Japanese Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (JASTRO) (Kyoto, Japan).

  • 2017-2017

    Invited speaker 5th Magnetic Resonance in Radiation Therapy (MRinRT) (Sydney, Australia)


  • 2017-2020

    NHMRC Project Grant 1126955: "Biofocussed prostate cancer RadioTherapy (BiRT): a personalised approach to delivering the right dose to the right place", (CIE)

  • 2016-2018

    NHMRC Project Grant 1102198: “Reducing the greatest uncertainty in radiotherapy”, (CIC)

  • 2015-2018

    NHMRC Project Grant 1077788: “Radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer - a change in practice based on direct evidence for targeting and toxicity effects using real outcomes data.” (CIB)

  • 2016-2019

    CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship grant: “Medical image informatics for improved clinical management of cystic fibrosis. (Anthony Paproki)

  • 2013-2015

    CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship grant "MRI based cervical cancer treatment planning" (Soumya Ghose)

  • 2012-2014

    NSW Cancer Council RG 11-05 Does the initial treatment plan predict doses delivered to normal tissues during prostate radiation therapy (CIB)

  • 2012-2013

    PCFA Young Investigator Grant: "Development of high precision MRI based prostate cancer radiation therapy"

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017

    Member Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (MACPSEM)


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