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Henry Woodruff

WOODRUFF Henry C.: Doctor of Philosophy (Astrophysics) 2009 at the University of Sydney, Australia. Diploma (Master of Science) with Highest Distinction 2003 at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany

Birth Date: 1976, Australia

SUMMARY: Henry Woodruff is a senior postdoctoral research fellow at The D-Lab under professor Philippe Lambin (March 2017—present). He obtained a PhD in astrophysics with Prof. P. Tuthill at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, Sydney University, Australia (2005—2009) after obtaining a Master of Science at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany (2002—2003) and conducting postgraduate research at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Heidelberg, Germany (2004—2005). He has held positions as a postdoctoral fellow conducting medical physics research at the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance in Newcastle, Australia (2011—2014) and at the Central Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia (2014—2017).

In Newcastle he developed pre-clinical software for the comprehensive and highly efficient pre-treatment verification of volumetric modulated arc therapy delivery using EPIDs where dose delivery accuracy is assessed as a function of gantry angle to ensure accurate treatment and pre-treatment software for a world-first real-time EPID-based radiation delivery verification system for external beam radiation therapy (Watchdog) that aims to prevent major mistreatments in radiation therapy. In Sydney he performed software development for the CT ventilation imaging project, which has contributed to the creation of a user-friendly, open source respiratory medicine software (VESPIR), the first of its kind, and worked on assessing the reproducibility of 4D cone beam CT ventilation imaging and was able to identify meaningful indications and contraindications for the clinical use of this technology.

Currently he is applying machine learning methods and image processing methods on vast amounts of medical data in order to improve the lives of patients, with a focus on preclinical data, decision support systems and personalizing treatment.


  • Selected as finalist in ESTRO best poster award, Real-time EPID based delivery verification during lung stereotactic body radiotherapy: initial experience, ESTRO 2015

  • Selected as one of the ten best projects funded by Cancer Council NSW, and chosen for the Research Highlights Report for 2013-2014. 

  • Best of ASTRO Meeting Selection, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, 2013 Editors Pick, Medical Physics“Gantry-angle resolved VMAT pretreatment verification using EPID image prediction” Woodruff, H.C. et al, (2013) Medical Physics, 40(8), doi:10.1118/1.4816384

  • Highlighted Abstract Selection, International Conference on Computers in Radiotherapy, H. Woodruff et al., 2013

  • Ranked 1st from 40 applications for ASTRO, Radiation Oncology Institute “Safety and Quality: IMRT Treatment Delivery Accuracy”, RFP 2012 (CIA P. Greer)

  • Best presentation prize (H. Woodruff et al.), Hunter Medical Research Institute Cancer Research Symposium, 2012