e-Learning in Medical Physics Education – How much, When and How – A Reflection After 20 Years Experience

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Moderator: Prof. Arun Chougule
Prof. Slavik Tabakov, PhD, Dr.h.c, FIPEM, FHEA, FIOMP
Vice-President IUPESM, Past-President IOMP
King’s College London, UK

Prof Slavik Tabakov, FIPEM, FHEA, FIOMP is the current Vice-President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM – the Union of IOMP and IFMBE), which has some 150,000 members worldwide. Prof. Tabakov was also President of the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) from 2015 to 2018. He is an active contributor to the international development of medical physics for over 30 years. Prof Tabakov was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and graduated at Technical University Sofia. He has been trained and specialised in X-ray Diagnostic Radiology Physics and Engineering in USA, France and Germany.He started his career at Medical University Plovdiv, where he habilitated in 1990. Since 1991 he works at King’s College Hospital and King’s College London, UK, where he is the Founding Director of MSc Clinical Sciences (Medical Physics), MSc Clinical Sciences (Clinical Engineering), and MSc Medical Engineering and Physics. He is also Co-Director of the International College on Medical Physics at ICTP, Trieste, Italy. Prof Tabakov has led 7 international projects, which developed the first e-learning in medical physics, the first educational website in the profession, the first Medical Physics Dictionary (translated to 31 languages) and the first e-Encyclopaedia of Medical Physics (www.emitel2.eu). Prof Tabakov is Founding Co-Editor in Chief of the IOMP Journal Medical Physics International. He has Chaired the Education and Training Committees of IOMP, IFMBE and IUPESM and has advised the development of 15 MSc courses in various countries. Among his many awards are the King’s College London Teaching Excellence Award, the EU Award for Education – the Leonardo Da Vinci Award, the Honorary membership of the Indian Association of Medical Physics, the IOMP Harold Johns Medal for Excellence in Teaching and International Education Leadership.
The following websites, presented at the Webinar, and maintained by Prof. Slavik Tabakov, include e-materials related to medical physics education and e-learning: 
e-books: http://www.emerald2.eu/mep_index.html
Emerald e-learning materials:  http://www.emerald2.eu/cd/Emerald2/
e-Dictionary and e-Encyclopaedia of Medical Physics:  www.emitel2.eu
IOMP Journal Medical Physics International:  www.mpijournal.org

Effective dose: Thriving or dying?

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, Time: 12 noon -1:00 pm GMT

Organizer & moderator: Prof. Madan Rehani, President, IOMP

Speaker 1: Colin Martin on Effective dose in Medicine
Speaker 2: Madan Rehani: Effective dose: Is it poor man’s cake?
Panel discussion “Is Effective dose thriving or dying?”: Colin Martin and Madan Rehani

Dr Colin Martin worked as a hospital-based Medical Physicist in Radiation Protection in Glasgow and Aberdeen, Scotland for over 30 years. He has now retired from the NHS but is an honorary senior lecturer for the University of Glasgow. Colin is Vice-Chairman of ICRP Committee 3 (Protection in Medicine), and a member of several ICRP Task groups, including TG79 on the use of dose quantities in radiation protection. He is a member of various IAEA committees, UK and EU working parties, and COMARE, which advises the UK government on medical uses of radiation. His research interests include radiation protection, diagnostic radiology, radiation dosimetry, and non-ionising physics. He has co-authored/edited several textbooks on radiation protection, written over 200 articles including 140 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. Colin is a member of Editorial Boards for the Journal of Radiological Protection and Radiation Protection Dosimetry.

Dr. Madan M. Rehani is Director, Global Outreach for Radiation Protection at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. He is President, International Organization for Medical Physics (2018-2021). He was earlier Radiation Safety Specialist at the International Atomic Energy Agency for 11 years and prior to that Professor and Head of Medical Physics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Dr. Rehani is a Member, International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). He is author of 8 Annals of ICRP, 4 of which as Chair of the Task Group. He is Senior editor BJR, Assoc Editor Medical Physics. He has more than 155 publications, has written 39 chapters in Books and has edited 5 books. He has published papers in high impact factor journals e.g. JAMA Intern Med, Br Med J, Eur Heart J, Cardiovascular Imaging, Am J Gastroenterol, Circulation J, The Lancet.

Proton Facility Shielding: Regulatory and Design Aspects

Wednesday, September 23; Time: 1:00 – 2:00 GMT
Organizer: Prof. Madan Rehani, President, IOMP

Moderator: Prof. Geoffrey Ibbott, Chair Science Committee, IOMP


Katja Maria Langen: Proton Therapy Shielding – Regulatory Aspects

Katja Maria Langen is Professor and Associate Director of Medical Physics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received the equivalent of a B.S. in health physics from the Berufsakademie Karlsruhe, and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin. After conducting clinical and research training, Dr. Langan took a position at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando and was in charge of planning for a proton facility. From there, she moved to the University of Maryland Proton Treatment Center, before taking her current position. Among other publications and committee responsibilities, she recently contributed to an IAEA project on Staffing and Training Requirements for a First Proton Facility.

Nisy Elizabeth Ipe: Proton Therapy Shielding – Physics and Design Considerations

Nisy Elizabeth Ipe is a consulting radiation physicist in shielding design. She has a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Previously she was the Head of the Radiation Physics Department at SLAC National Laboratory, Stanford, California. She has 35 years of experience in shielding design and has shielded many proton therapy facilities. She has written 3 book chapters on proton therapy shielding. She was the Task Group Chair for PTCOG Report 1: Shielding and Radiation Safety for Charged Particle Therapy Facilities; and a consultant on NCRP Report 151. She has given invited talks at various national and international schools, workshops and conferences (ACMP, SEAAPM, AAPM, HPS, PTCCOG, SATIF, etc.)

09 September 2020, 12 noon- 1:00 GMT

Organizer: Prof. Madan Rehani, President, IOMP

Moderator: Prof. Eva Bezak, Secretary General, IOMP


Iuliana Toma-Dasu: Biomarkers for hypoxia and proliferation: from imaging to outcome prediction
Iuliana Toma-Dasu is Professor in Medical Radiation Physics and the Head of the Medical Radiation Physics division at the Department of Physics, Stockholm University, affiliated to the Department of Oncology and Pathology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Iuliana Toma-Dasu studied Medical Physics at Umeå University, Sweden, where she also became a certified medical physicist and received a Ph.D. degree. In parallel with her involvement in the educational program for the medical physicists run at Stockholm University, her main research interests focus on biologically optimised adaptive radiation therapy, including particle therapy, modelling the tumour microenvironment and the risks from radiotherapy.

Loredana G. Marcu: Biomarkers for cancer stem cells: from imaging to outcome prediction
Loredana G. Marcu is Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Oradea, Romania and Adjunct Professor at School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. She is a radiotherapy medical physicist, being educated and trained in Adelaide, South Australia. Her current research interests cover in silico modelling of tumour growth and response to treatment, radiobiology, targeted therapies, and the risk of second cancer after radiotherapy. She has published 15 books/book chapters on physics, radiotherapy and radiobiology and over 100 scientific papers. Loredana Marcu is involved in several professional activities within EFOMP and IUPESM.

17 August 2020, 12 noon- 1:00 GMT

The importance of certification and accreditation in medical physics

Speaker: Prof. Colin G. Orton, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Wayne State University

Moderator: Prof. Arun Chougule
IOMP School webinar Organiser
Senior Professor & Head
Department of radiological Physics, SMS Medical College & hospitals, JAIPUR, INDIA

4 August 2020, 12 noon- 1:00 GMT

Organizer: Prof. Madan Rehani, President, IOMP
Moderator: Prof. Eva Bezak, Secretary General, IOMP


Engaging medical professionals, physicists, engineers, and biologists in medical machine learning projects: experience from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning
Dr Johan Verjans
Royal Adelaide Hospital and Deputy director
Medical Machine Learning
Australian Institute for Machine Learning

Expanding Quantitative Medicine through AI and Automation.
Dr Price Jackson
Senior Medical Physicist
Peter McCallum Cancer Centre

AI in clinical trials
A/Prof Lois Holloway
Research Medical Physicist
Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

Panel discussion: Speakers + Dr Sykes
Dr Jonathan Sykes
Lead Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist – Research
Sydney West Cancer Network

15 June 2020, 12 noon- 1:00 GMT

Topic: Physics aspect of Clinical implementation of MR- Linac

Prof. K.Y. Cheung
Senior Medical Physicist, Medical Physics and Research Department
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, Hong Kong

Prof. Arun Chougule
IOMP School webinar Organiser
Senior Professor & Head
Department of radiological Physics
SMS Medical College & hospitals, JAIPUR, INDIA

Understanding the limitations of current CT dosimetry and the way forward

Monday, July 20
Time: 12 noon -1:00 GMT

Organizer: Prof. Arun Chougule
IOMP School webinar Organiser
Senior Professor & Head
Department of radiological Physics
SMS Medical College & hospitals, JAIPUR, INDIA

Speaker: Prof. John Damilakis
Chairman, Department of Medical Physics
School of Medicine
University of Crete, Iraklion, Crete, Greece

Moderator: Prof. Eva Bezak
Professor of Medical Radiation
University of South Australia
Adelaide, Australia

Prof. John Damilakis, PhD

John Damilakis is professor and chairman at the Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, University of Crete and director of the Department of Medical Physics of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He is Vice President and President-elect of the ‘International Organization for Medical Physics’ (IOMP), Immediate Past President of the ‘European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research’ (EURAMED), Past President of the ‘European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics’ (EFOMP) and Past President of the ‘Hellenic Association of Medical Physics’. Prof. Damilakis is a member of 2 ICRP Task Groups (TG 108 and TG 109) and member of the steering committee of the ‘EuroSafe Imaging’ of the ESR. He is coordinator or an active research member of several European and national projects. As a Visiting Professor he has given lectures on dosimetry and radiation protection in Boston University, USA. His publications have been focused on medical radiation protection and dosimetry. He is editor of 2 books published by the IOP Publishing and Springer-Verlag and co-author of 2 chapters in books published by Springer and Academic Press. Number of publications in PubMed: 213, h-index 45 (Google Scholar). Many of these publications are in leading journals such as Medical Physics, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Radiology, Investigative Radiology and European Radiology. John Damilakis has given more than 300 invited presentations in national and international conferences including ECR, RSNA, AAPM, IAEA, ICRP, IOMP and EFOMP meetings. He has received 10 awards for his work.

9 July 2020, 12 noon – 1:00 GMT

Webinar Topics:
What is radiomics? What is its relationship to machine learning and deep learning? Arman Rahmin, UBC, Vancouver, Canada
Potential value and pitfalls of machine learning for radiomics applications by Mathieu Hatt, INSERM, France

Organizer: Prof. Madan Rehani, President, IOMP

Arman Rahmin, UBC, Vancouver, Canada
Arman Rahmin is Associate Professor of Radiology and Physics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), as well as Senior Scientist and Provincial Medical Imaging Physicist at BC Cancer, Vancouver, Canada. He received his PhD in medical imaging physics at UBC. Following doctoral studies, he was recruited by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to lead the high-resolution brain PET imaging physics program and to pursue research at the JHU Department of Radiology. In 2018, he was recruited back to Vancouver, where he leads the provincial molecular imaging and therapy physics program and his lab (rahmimlab.com) pursues research in tomographic image generation and analysis. He has published a book, over 130 journal articles and 280 conference proceeding papers/abstracts, and delivered more than 90 invited lectures worldwide. He was president (2018-2019) of the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences (PIDS) Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), and was awarded the John S. Laughlin Young Scientist Award by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in 2016

Mathieu Hatt, INSERM, France
Mathieu Hatt is a computer scientist. He received his PhD in 2008 and his habilitation to supervise research in 2012. His main skills and expertise lie in radiomics, from automated image segmentation to features extraction, as well as machine (deep) learning methods, for PET/CT, MRI and CT modalities. He is an elected member of the EANM physics committee, the SNMMI physics, data science and instrumentation council board of directors, and the IEEE nuclear medical and imaging sciences council.

23 June 2020, 12 noon- 1:00 GMT

Topic: Artificial Intelligence in Medical Physics and Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities

Prof. Madan Rehani, President, IOMP

Prof. Steve Jiang, Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology;
Director, Division of Medical Physics and Engineering
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center