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Dr Jason Dowling

Team Leader Medical Image Analysis


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Jason Dowling is a Principal Research Scientist and a Research Team Leader with the CSIRO Health and Biosecurity business unit, where he leads the medical image analysis research team.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (Faculty of Health, School of Clinical Sciences); has Adjunct Associate Professor positions with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland ; an Honorary Principal Fellow position with the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics at Wollongong University; and other honorary positions at the Universities of Sydney (Institute of Medical Physics) and Newcastle (Mathematical and Physical Sciences).

Based at the Australian e-Health Research Centre, located on the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital campus in Herston, Queensland, Jason and his team work closely with clinicians and industry partners to automatically analyse and report information from 3D medical images (incuding MRI, CT, PET) for disease diagnosis and monitoring, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. He is currently leading projects on MRI based radiation therapy treatment planning, radiation oncology clinical trial analysis and quality assurance, and non-invasive MRI-based lung structure and function assessment.

Jason works with the CSIRO Space Future Science Platform and has a research interest in space medicine and life sciences and space analogue environments. He is a graduate of the International Space University Space Sciences Program (SSP19), and is a member of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) Analog Action Team; the Australian Space Agency Space Medicine and Life Sciences Technical Advisory Group; and the Australian Academy of Science Space Health and Life Sciences Decadal Plan Working Group.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Medical Image Analysis

  • Adjunct Professor
    Queensland University of Technology (Faculty of Health, School of Clinical Sciences)

  • Adjunct Professor
    University of Canberra (Faculty of Science and Technology )

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

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
    University of Queensland (School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering)

  • 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

    Monash University

  • 2002

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

  • 2007

    PhD (Electronic Engineering Systems, AI, Computer Vision)
    Queensland University of Technology

  • 2019

    Space Studies Program
    International Space University (Strasbourg, France)

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)