The objectives of the morLAB are to incorporate operations research techniques into medical procedures to improve the quality and success of the treatments and to promote operations research in the healthcare and medical fields.

In order to provide the medical community with realistic and relevant solutions, the morLAB collaborates heavily with experts from medical fields. This ensures that our models reflect accurate conditions and requirements, while only focusing on that which is pertinent to medical practitioners. Because of its proximity and close research ties to the University of Toronto, researchers from Princess Margaret Hospital are strong collaborators with morLAB.

Research topics

  • Using optimization methods to improve radiation therapy treatment planning to:
    • Transform total body irradiation (TBI) to total marrow irradiation (TMI) using intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
    • Automate the process of determining high-quality treatment plans for Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife® PERFEXION™
  • Improving bone marrow donor selection using data mining techniques
  • Modeling the spread of a pandemic disease during an outbreak
  • Operating room scheduling under deadlines and emergency surgery disruptions