Dr. Jacqueline M. R. Bélanger, PhD
Senior research scientist, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute; Research Associate, Université de Moncton; Senior Scientist, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute.
Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Université de Moncton.
Microwave tumour ablation; dielectric properties of tumoral tissues; design of new tools for cancer detection and treatment.
Dr. Bélanger's research focuses on innovations in the use of electromagnetic radiation as energy source for the detection and treatment of medical ailments, primarily cancer. Her work aims to improve the efficacy of microwave-assisted ablation procedures for cancer treatment and extend their applicability to broader range of tissues and to tumours at various stages of development. She also is acquiring dielectric properties data of healthy and diseased tissues. The latter will be used as diagnostic tools to be used to predict the extent of necrosis processes occurring during microwave-assisted ablation procedures. The overarching objective of her research is the design of novel microwave-assisted ablation tools.
Involvement with BHCRI to date:Dr. Bélanger is a Senior Scientist
Contact:Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Hotel-Dieu Pavilion, 35 Providence Street, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada E1C 8X3
Dr. Bélanger just joined the cancer research field after a long career in microwave technologies applied to various chemical and physical areas. The following are selected patents and publications that reflect the basic principles of the use of microwave energy for chemical and biochemical processes. They are the fundamentals behind the cancer-related applications under development by Dr. Bélanger within the program of the NB Innovation Research Chair in Medical Technologies at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute:
J. R. J. Paré and J. M. R. Bélanger, “Microwave-Assisted Extraction”, Chapter 12, in “Sample Preparation Handbook”, John Wiley & Sons (USA), J. Pawliszyn and H. Lord eds., pp. 197-224(2010) (ISBN: 978-0-470-09934-6).
J. M. R. Bélanger and J. R. J. Paré “Microwave-Assisted Processes (MAPTM) in Food Analysis”, in “Handbook of Food Analysis Instruments”, S. Otles, Ed., CRC Press, Chapter 4, pp. 57-83 (2008).
J. M. R. Bélanger, M. J. Alfaro, F. C. Padilla, and J. R. J. Paré, “Influence of Solvent, Matrix Dielectric Properties, and Applied Power on the Liquid-Phase Microwave-Assisted Process (MAPTM) Extraction of Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)”, Food Research International 36, 499-504 (2003).
J. R. J. Paré, J. M. R. Bélanger, and M. M. Punt, “Controlled Energy Density Microwave-Assisted Processes”, U. S. Patent 6,061,926 (2000).
J. R. J. Paré and J. M. R. Bélanger”, Microwave-Assisted Process (MAPTM): Principles and Applications, in "Instrumental Methods in Food Analysis", J. R. J. Paré and J. M. R. Bélanger Eds., Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, pp. Chapter 10, pp. 395-420 (1997).
J. R. J. Paré, J. M. R. Bélanger, and S. S. Stafford, "Microwave-Assisted Process (MAPTM): a New Tool for the Analytical Laboratory", Trends Anal. Chem. 13, 176-184 (1994).