Melanie Morrison, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Postdoc Employee

Biography

Dr. Morrison is a postdoc in Radiology with >7 years experience conducting clinical research in the field of MRI. She received her PhD in 2016 from the University of Toronto, and has since worked under Dr. Janine Lupo on projects focused on the management of brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders using ultra-high field 7T MRI.

Education

PhD, 2016 - Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto
BSc, 2013 - Integrated Science, Physics, Carleton University

Honors and Awards

PBBR (Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research) Postdoc Independent Research Grant, University of California San Francisco, 2020
Radiology Seed Grant, University of California San Francisco, 2020
UC Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, University of California San Francisco, 2020
UCSF Regeneron Prize Finalist, University of California San Francisco, 2020
Office of Education and Training Travel Grant, University of California San Francisco, 2019
Best Oral Presentation, British Neuro-Oncology Society, 2018
Introduction to Academic Radiology for Scientist Training and Travel Award, Radiological Society of North America, 2017
Best Oral Presentation (Radiology Symposium), University of California San Francisco, 2017
Postdoc Slam Finalist, University of California San Francisco, 2017
Walker-Marshall Award for Academic Excellence, University of Toronto, 2016
Summa cum Laude (abstract), International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Conference, 2015
James Lepock Memorial Award, University of Toronto, 2015
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2015
School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant, University of Toronto, 2015
Department of Medical Biophysics Excellence Award, University of Toronto, 2014
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, University of Toronto, 2013-2015
Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarship, Carleton University, 2011
Entrance Scholarship, Carleton University, 2009

Publications

Avadiappan S, Payabvash S, Morrison MA, Jakary A, Hess CP, Lupo JM. A Fully Automated Method for Segmenting Arteries and Quantifying Vessel Radii on Magnetic Resonance Angiography Images of Varying Projection Thickness. Front Neurosci. 2020; 14:537.
Morrison MA, Waldman AD. Imaging Markers of Lower-Grade Diffuse Glioma. In: Pope W. (eds) Glioma Imaging. 2020; 139-159.
Graham SJ, Morrison MA, Tam F, Schweizer TA, Das S, Garavaglia M. System and method for intraoperative characterization of brain function using input from a touch panel device. 2019.
Islam S, Morrison MA, Waldman AD. NIMG-55. TO ASSESS THE UTILITY OF ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE DIFFUSION MRI DERIVED FROM MULTI B VALUE ACQUISITIONS IN THE ASSESSMENT OF TREATMENT RESPONSE, USING A SPATIALLY-INDEPENDENT APPROACH. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_6(21):vi173.
Morrison M, Avadiappan S, Yuan J, Stoller S, Jakary A, Mueller S, Molinaro A, Banerjee A, Hess C, Braunstein S, Lupo J. NIMG-56. A MULTIMODAL 7 TELSA MRI INVESTIGATION OF LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF RADIOTHERAPY ON THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN & COGNITION. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_6(21):vi173–vi174.
Avadiappan S, Morrison M, Jakary A, Felton E, Mueller S, Lupo J. RTHP-21. CHARACTERIZATION OF RADIATION THERAPY EFFECTS ON CEREBRAL VASCULATURE IN PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR SURVIVORS. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_6(20):vi229.
Morrison M, Jakary A, Bian W, Wen Q, Hess C, Clarke J, Butowski N, Chang S, Nelson S, Lupo J. RTHP-02. CHARACTERIZATION AND EVOLUTION OF RADIOTHERAPY-INDUCED VASCULAR INJURY AND CORRESPONDING CHANGES IN WHITE MATTER STRUCTURE: AN INVESTIGATIVE STUDY IN 125 PATIENTS WITH GLIOMAS. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_6(19):vi219.
Chen Y, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Morrison MA, Lupo JM. Toward Automatic Detection of Radiation-Induced Cerebral Microbleeds Using a 3D Deep Residual Network. J Digit Imaging. 2019 10; 32(5):766-772.
Islam S, Morrison M, Orton M, Grech-Sollars M, Waldman A. USING DWI-MRI PARAMETERS FROM MULTI- B VALUES ACQUISITION AND A HISTOGRAM APPROACH FOR ASSESSMENT OF EARLY THERAPEUTIC RESPONSE IN GLIOBLASTOMA. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_4(21):3-3.
Das S, Morrison M, Tam F, Graham S. Spatial reorganisation of the somatosensory cortex in a patient with a low-grade glioma. BMJ Case Rep. 2019 May 05; 12(5).
Yuan J, Morrison M, Jakary A, Mueller S, Tymofiyeva O, Xu D, Lupo J. MEDU-15. STRUCTURAL BRAIN NETWORK PROPERTIES AND COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN ADOLESCENTS AFTER RADIATION THERAPY. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_2(21):ii106.
Morrison MA, Jakary A, Felton E, Stoller S, Yuan J, Mueller S, Lupo J. MEDU-18. FUNCTIONAL BRAIN NETWORK PROPERTIES AND COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN ADOLESCENTS FOLLOWING RADIATION THERAPY. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_2(21):ii107.
Avadiappan S, Morrison M, Jakary A, Felton E, Stoller S, Hess C, Mueller S, Braunstein S, Lupo J. MEDU-43. GLOBAL AND REGIONAL EFFECTS OF RADIATION THERAPY ON CEREBRAL MICROVASCULATURE IN PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR SURVIVORS. Neuro-Oncology. 2019; suppl_2(21):ii112.
Morrison MA, Hess CP, Clarke JL, Butowski N, Chang SM, Molinaro AM, Lupo JM. Risk factors of radiotherapy-induced cerebral microbleeds and serial analysis of their size compared with white matter changes: A 7T MRI study in 113 adult patients with brain tumors. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2019 09; 50(3):868-877.
Islam S, Morrison M, Grech-Sollars M, Orton M, Waldman A. ACTR-42. THE USE OF ADVANCED DIFFUSION MRI PARAMETERS IN THE ASSESSMENT OF TREATMENT RESPONSE IN GLIOBLASTOMA USING MULTI-B VALUE ACQUISITION AND A HISTOGRAM-BASED APPROACH. Neuro-Oncology. 2018; suppl_6(20):vi20–vi21.
Morrison M, Islam S, Grech-Sollars M, Waldman A. NIMG-47. A HISTOGRAM-BASED, BACK-PROJECTION METHOD FOR TREATMENT RESPONSE ASSESSMENT IN GLIOBLASTOMA USING MULTI B-VALUE ADVANCED DIFFUSION MRI. Neuro-Oncology. 2018; suppl_6(20):vi186–vi187.
Morrison M, Jakary A, Felton E, Hess C, Clarke J, Butowski N, Chang S, Mueller S, Lupo J. CHARACTERIZATION OF RADIOTHERAPY-INDUCED CEREBRAL MICROBLEEDS WITH ULTRA-HIGH FIELD MRI: EXPERIENCE IN YOUNG AND ADULT BRAIN TUMOUR POPULATION. Neuro-Oncology. 2018; suppl_5(20):v349.
Morrison MA, Payabvash S, Chen Y, Avadiappan S, Shah M, Zou X, Hess CP, Lupo JM. A user-guided tool for semi-automated cerebral microbleed detection and volume segmentation: Evaluating vascular injury and data labelling for machine learning. Neuroimage Clin. 2018; 20:498-505.
Morrison M, Jakary A, Felton A, Mueller S, Lupo L. MEDU-25. THE EFFECTS OF CRANIAL RADIOTHERAPY-INDUCED VASCULAR INJURY ON BRAIN TISSUE STRUCTURE AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION IN CHILDREN WITH MEDULLOBLASTOMA. Neuro-Oncology. 2017; 9(suppl_4):iv43.
Milburn S, Garavaglia M, Hare G, Rigamonti A, Kelly C, Morrison M, Graham S, Das S. NCO-09 * THE EFFICACY OF THERAPEUTIC DISCOURSE ANALYSIS DURING BRAIN TUMOUR RESECTION IN AWAKE CRANIOTOMIES. Neuro-Oncology. 2016; suppl 5(17):v147-v148.
Morrison MA. Pre-operative Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Application to Tumour Resection by Awake Craniotomy. 2016.
Morrison MA, Tam F, Garavaglia MM, Hare GM, Cusimano MD, Schweizer TA, Das S, Graham SJ. Sources of Variation Influencing Concordance between Functional MRI and Direct Cortical Stimulation in Brain Tumor Surgery. Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:461.
Morrison MA, Tam F, Garavaglia MM, Hare GMT, Cusimano MD, Schweizer TA, Das S, Graham SJ. PS2 – 196. The Spatial Agreement Between Pre-Operative Functional MRI and Intra-Operative Direct Cortical Stimulation. The Canadian journal of neurological sciences. 2016; S4(43):S17.
Morrison MA, Churchill NW, Cusimano MD, Schweizer TA, Das S, Graham SJ. Reliability of Task-Based fMRI for Preoperative Planning: A Test-Retest Study in Brain Tumor Patients and Healthy Controls. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0149547.
Morrison MA, Tam F, Garavaglia MM, Golestanirad L, Hare GM, Cusimano MD, Schweizer TA, Das S, Graham SJ. A novel tablet computer platform for advanced language mapping during awake craniotomy procedures. J Neurosurg. 2016 Apr; 124(4):938-44.
Morrison M, Golestanirad L, Schweizer T, Graham S, Das S . Neuro-Oncology. NI-59 * TABLET TECHNOLOGY FOR IMPROVED PREOPERATIVE SPEECH MAPPING USING FUNCTIONAL MRI IN PATIENTS WITH LOW-GRADE GLIOMA. 2014; suppl 5 (16):v151-v151.
Davoudi B, Morrison M, Bizheva K, Yang VX, Dinniwell R, Levin W, Vitkin IA. Optical coherence tomography platform for microvascular imaging and quantification: initial experience in late oral radiation toxicity patients. J Biomed Opt. 2013 Jul; 18(7):76008.