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angle-left John Kildea, PhD

Investigator, RI-MUHC , Glen site

Cancer Research Program

Centre for Innovative Medicine

Assistant Professor, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University



Neutron-induced carcinogenesis • neutron RBE • health informatics • knowledge-sharing • radiation oncology

Research Focus

My research focuses on the application of physics and informatics in cancer research. I lead two distinct research groups. The first, Neutron-Induced Carcinogenic Effects (NICE), studies the production and toxicity of non-therapeutic neutrons in radiotherapy. This fundamental physics and radiobiology research involves modelling and radiation detection. It is carried out with collaborators in government and industry. The second group, Radiation Oncology Knowledge Sharing (ROKS), is a translational research initiative that aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of radiation oncology patients through the use of electronic data. The ROKS group analyses electronic medical record data and develops software to share knowledge between healthcare professionals and between professionals and patients. This research is carried out with collaborators in the School of Computer Science at McGill. Our group's research has lead to development of Opal, the Oncology portal and application ( for cancer patients.

Selected Publications

  • Measuring neutron spectra in radiotherapy using the nested neutron spectrometer. Maglieri R, Licea A, Evans M, Seuntjens J, Kildea J. Med Phys. 2015 Nov;42(11):6162-9. doi: 10.1118/1.4931963. PMID: 26520709.

  • A connection between star formation activity and cosmic rays in the starburst galaxy M82. VERITAS Collaboration. Nature. 2009 Dec 10;462(7274):770-2. doi: 10.1038/nature08557. Epub . PMID: 19881491.

  • Development and implementation of a radiation therapy incident learning system compatible with local workflow and a national taxonomy L Montgomery, P Fava, CR Freeman, T Hijal, C Maietta, W Parker, J Kildea Journal of applied clinical medical physics 19 (1), 259-270.