IOMP webinar: CTV-PTV Margins in Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Do we need them?
Tuesday, 15th June 2021 at 11 am GMT

Organizer: Eva Bezak
Moderator: Eva Bezak
Speaker: John Shakeshaft, Site-Senior Physicist ICON Cancer Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

John Shakeshaft currently works as the site-senior physicist at Gold Coast University Hospital within the ICON Cancer Care network. He has previously worked with both small and large radiation oncology departments across Australia and the UK (where he trained). He is the current chair of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) Radiation Oncology Specialist Group.
Recently he has also been the trial physicist for the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) Cancer Research Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) OUTRUN trial and chaired the technical working group developing guidelines for future TROG SRS trials.

Abstract
CTV-PTV Margins in Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Do we need them?
Traditionally in Radiation Oncology margins are added to the clinical target volume (CTV) to allow for geometrical uncertainties in the planning and treatment. However, in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) some practitioners, particularly those treating with a Gamma Knife®, have not added margins to the CTV to form a planning target volume (PTV). This inconsistent approach to handling CTV-PTV between centres providing an SRS service, for example in a clinical trial, difficult.
The talk will consider:
– Geometrical uncertainties in SRS including the magnitude of the different contributing factors
– How different treatment modalities differ and the potential effect on margin requirements (for example achievable steepness of dose gradients)
– The effect of imaging for treatment position verification on modern treatment systems
– The ICRU91 approach for clinical trials
– Clinical evidence for the use of CTV-PTV margins in SRS




IOMP webinar: I tested this x-ray system: Is it acceptable for clinical use?
Wednesday, 26th May 2021 at 12 pm GMT
Organizer: Madan Rehani
Moderator: Dr. Geraldine O Reilly, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin
Speakers: Stephen Balter

Physicists make quantitative measurements to determine therapeutic and diagnostic equipment safety and performance. Measurement uncertainty can influence acceptability decisions. Inappropriate equipment acceptance might result in hazardous operation. Improper rejection could be hazardous to patients if alternative equipment is not available in a timely manner.
This presentation reviews basic concepts and nomenclature for measuring instrument calibration and measurement uncertainty applicable to all areas of medical physics. A brief outline of the differences between manufacturers’ and medical physicists’ processes will be presented using fluoroscopic beam measurements as an example. It concludes with some clinical implications of acceptability.

Stephen Balter, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Radiology (physics) at Columbia University in New York City. His primary clinical responsibility is in a high volume interventional cardiology department. Dr. Balter is ABR certified and licensed by New York State in the areas of Diagnostic Imaging, Therapeutic Radiology, and Medical Health Physics. He received his Masters in Radiological Physics from Columbia, and his Ph.D. in Experimental Physics, from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Balter is an active participant in several physical and clinical societies. He is an elected fellow in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), American College of Medical Physics (ACMP), American College of Radiology (ACR), Society for Cardiac Imaging and Interventions (SCAI), and the Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR). He is a member of Council of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), and currently serves on three International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) working groups.
Dr. Belter’s interests have focused on brachytherapy, interventional radiology, and related health-physics topics. He has published over 200 papers, chapters, and books in these and related areas. Among these, he was the chair for NCRP Report 168 on fluoroscopic guided interventions. He has served as an invited lecturer and visiting professor in many USA and worldwide venues.




IOMP webinar: Publishing in medical physics
Monday, 10th May 2021 at 1 pm GMT
Organizer: Madan Rehani
Moderator: Paolo Russo, Chair, Publication Committee, IOMP, Past Editor-in-Chief, Eur J Medical Physics
Speakers: Katia Parodi and John Boone
Individual topics
Katia Parodi: Keeping the pace with a rapidly evolving field of medical physics
John Boone: The fundamentals of a great paper

Prof. Dr. Katia Parodi
Chair of Experimental Physics – Medical Physics
Faculty of Physics at LMU Munich
Editor-in-Chief, Physics in Medicine & Biology

Katia Parodi received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Dresden, Germany, in 2004. She then worked as postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. In 2006 she returned to Germany as tenured scientist and group leader at the Heidelberg Ion Therapy Center, obtaining in 2009 her Habilitation from the Heidelberg University. Since 2012 she is full professor and Chair of Medical Physics at the Physics Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Munich, where she initiated a dedicated curriculum for Medical Physics within the Physics Master of Science study. Her main research interests are in high precision image-guided radiotherapy with a special focus on ion beams, from advanced computational modeling to experimental developments of novel methods for imaging and in-vivo ion range monitoring for pre-clinical and clinical applications. Katia Parodi has been invited speaker and committee member at many conferences, contributed to over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals, 12 book chapters and a couple of patents. For her work, she received several national and international recognitions, including the Behnken Berger Award in 2006, the IEEE Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Science Award in 2009, the AAPM John S. Laughlin Young Scientist in 2015 and the awarding of an ERC Consolidator grant in 2016. In 2017-2018 she served as president of the German Society for Medical Physics, and is since 2021 the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology.


John M. Boone, Ph.D.
Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
Editor-in-Chief, MEDICAL PHYSICS

John M. Boone, Ph.D. received his undergraduate degree in Biophysics at UC Berkeley and his MS and Ph.D. in Medical Physics at UC Irvine. After faculty positions at University of Missouri, Columbia and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, he is now Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Davis, in Sacramento California. His research interests include the development of cone beam CT systems for dedicated breast imaging, and the use of Monte Carlo methods for radiation dose assessment in diagnostic radiology especially in breast imaging and CT. His lab has also developed accurate x-ray spectral models for diagnostic radiological imaging, non-destructive testing, and ortho-voltage therapy applications. His interests also extend to whole body CT, including the development and implementation of new methods for image quality evaluation (e.g. 3D MTF and 3D NPS) and for radiation dosimetry (Size Specific Dose Estimation – SSDE).




IOMP Webinar on IMPW 2021
Friday, 30th April
The management of unintended and accidental exposures
Moderator: Eva Bezak
Speaker: Colin Martin
More details: https://www.iomp.org/iomp-school-on-impw-2021-day-5

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-Chair of ICRP Committee 3 (Protection in Medicine), chairs two ICRP Task groups and is a member of several others. He is a member of various UK and EU working parties, COMARE, which advises the UK government on medical uses of radiation, and he has chaired two IAEA Technical Meetings on avoidance and prevention of radiation incidents in medicine. 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 300 articles including 150 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. Colin is a member of Editorial Boards for the Journal of Radiological Protection and Radiation Protection Dosimetry.




IOMP Webinar on IMPW 2021
Thursday, 29th April
Does contact shielding improve patient safety?
Moderator: Chai Hong Yeong
Speaker: Paddy Gilligan
More details: https://www.iomp.org/iomp-school-on-impw-2021-day-4

Paddy Gilligan works as chief physicist in the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin Ireland. He has over thirty years’ experience in diagnostic imaging, He has served on state boards for regulatory radiation protection agencies. He became associate professor in University College Dublin in 2017. He was the chair of the European congress of radiology physics programme in 2019 He was a member the radiation safety committee of the European Society of Radiology, and the Eurosafe imaging steering committee. Prior to becoming President of EFOMP he chaired the successful bid for ECMP 2022 for Dublin. He is a trustee of the Robert Boyle Foundation. He is currently chair of the Gonad and Patient Shielding (GAPS) group of experts who are in the process of producing a consensus document on patient shielding from the major European professional bodies involved in radiology.



IOMP Webinar on IMPW 2021
Wednesday, 28th April
Patient radiation protection: How IAEA and WHO are contributing?
Moderator: Madan Rehani
Speakers: Ola Holmberg and Maria Perez
More details: https://www.iomp.org/iomp-school-on-impw-2021-day-3

Dr. Ola Holmberg is the Head of the Radiation Protection of Patients Unit at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria since the last 12 years – an organization within the United Nations family. He is a medical physicist who has previously worked in Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Dr María del Rosario Pérez is a physician who worked in the field of radiation protection for more than 3 decades. She received her M.D. in 1980 from the School of Medicine of the Buenos Aires University (Argentina). She completed her professional education on Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy and worked as radiation oncologist at a public hospital until 1990. After obtaining a post-graduate diploma on Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety she worked at the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN). Since 2007 she works at the WHO Radiation and Health Unit in Geneva (Switzerland). She represents WHO at the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the IAEA Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC), the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the EC Art 31 Group of Experts and the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety (IACRS), which she is currently chairing.



IOMP Webinar on IMPW 2021
Tuesday, 27th April
Artificial Intelligence and medical physics: The initial experience of the SINFONIA Horizon project
Further information: https://www.sinfonia-appraisal.eu/
Moderator: Mika Kortesniemi
Speakers: John Damilakis and Habib Zaidi

Prof. John Damilakis, PhD, FIOMP, FIUPESM
John Damilakis is professor & chairman at the Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, University of Crete & director of the Department of Medical Physics of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He is Vice President & President‐elect of IOMP, Immediate Past President of EURAMED, Past President of EFOMP and Past President of the ‘Hellenic Association of Medical Physics’. Prof. Damilakis is a member of 2 ICRP Task Groups & member of the steering committee of the ‘EuroSafe Imaging’ of the European Society of Radiology. 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: 220, number of citations 7220, h‐index 45 (Google Scholar, February 2021).

Professor Habib Zaidi is Chief physicist and head of the PET Instrumentation & Neuroimaging Laboratory at Geneva University Hospital and faculty member at the medical school of Geneva University. He is also a Professor at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and the University of Southern Denmark. His research is supported by the Swiss National Foundation, private foundations and industry (Total 8.3M US$) and centres on hybrid imaging instrumentation (PET/CT and PET/MRI), computational modelling and radiation dosimetry and deep learning. He was guest editor for 11 special issues of peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial board of leading journals in medical physics and medical imaging. He has been elevated to the grade of fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE and the AAPM. His academic accomplishments in the area of quantitative PET imaging have been well recognized by his peers since he is a recipient of many awards and distinctions among which the prestigious (100’000$) 2010 kuwait Prize of Applied sciences (known as the Middle Eastern Nobel Prize). Prof. Zaidi has been an invited speaker of over 160 keynote lectures and talks at an International level, has authored over 320 peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals and is the editor of four textbooks.



IOMP Webinar on IMPW 2021
Monochromatic X-rays: A new source with potential to replace century-old technology
Monday, 26th April
Further information: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33368354/
Moderator: John Damilakis
Speakers: Madan Rehani and Eric Silver

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, Eur J Medical Physics. He has more than 165 publications, has written 40 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.

Eric Silver has dedicated his career to experimental high energy astrophysics. He spent 21 years as a Senior Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) where he directed an interdisciplinary program of X-ray spectroscopy, polarimetry and low temperature physics for 1) the study of cosmic x-ray and gamma ray sources such as black holes, supernova remnants and clusters of galaxies; 2) fundamental physics investigations of highly charged ions produced in heavy ion accelerators and laboratory plasmas; and 3) industrial and medical applications where high resolution x-ray spectroscopic imaging is important to materials and chemical analysis. The latter included studies of silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry, interstellar dust and cometary particles returned to Earth from NASA probes, examining artifacts and fine art for conservation science, and even mapping anti-cancer drugs at the cellular level. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from M.I.T. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia University, has served on many NASA, NIH, DoE and NSF review panels, authored/co-authored 130+ publications on spectroscopy and x-ray imaging and is the co-editor of a book on spectroscopy. Eric was a recipient of a NIH Challenge Grant and the George E. Burch Fellowship for new medical applications and has 16 patents to his credit.


Joint IAEA–IOMP webinar
Patients Undergoing Recurrent CT Imaging: Managing Cumulative Doses

16 March 2021, 2 pm CET
Moderator: Jenia Vassileva (IAEA)
Presenter: Madan Rehani (IOMP)


IOMP-ALFIM WEBINARS IN SPANISH LANGUAGE
Radioterapia de Pulmón utilizando IMRT/VMAT y SBRT / Lung IMRT/VMAT and SBRT

26 March 2021, 3 pm EST
Organizers: Patricia Mora (ALFIM) and Madan Rehani (IOMP)
Speaker: Dr. Cesar Della-Biancia
Department of Medical Physics
Memorial Sloan Kettering
New York, USA


Joint IAEA–IOMP–CIRSE webinar
What’s new in understanding radiation risks for patients in interventional procedures

23 February 2021, 2 pm CET
Moderator: Jenia Vassileva (IAEA)
Presenters: Madan Rehani (IOMP), Werner Jaschke (CIRSE)


IOMP-ALFIM WEBINARS IN SPANISH LANGUAGE
Seguridad y Protección en salas de Resonamcia Magnética: Actualización / Safety and Protection procedures in the MRI Suite

Friday, 26th Feb 2021

Organizers: Patricia Mora (ALFIM) and Madan Rehani (IOMP)

Speaker: Dr. Manuel Arreola

Vice-Chair de Radiología

Jefe de los Servicios de Fisica medica de los Hospitales Universitarios (Gainesville y Jacksonville)

Director del programa de posgrado de Fisica Medica

Universidad de Florida



IOMP webinar jointly with WHO, IRPA and IAEA on Radiation Safety Culture

Tuesday, 9th Feb 2021 at 12 noon GMT

We have so many tools and means to practice radiation safety. The transition from radiation safety to radiation safety culture occurs when we are able to make everyone involved practice safety. Thus, radiation safety culture has much to do with establishing culture. Experts from 4 major international organizations shall deliberate on this important topic and will cover both diagnostic and therapeutic activities in which staff in medical institutions are involved with.

Organizer and moderator: Prof. Madan Rehani, IOMP
Speakers in alphabetical orders of organization (IAEA, IOMP, IRPA, WHO):
Dr. Debbie Gilley, IAEA
Dr. Madan Rehani, IOMP
Dr. Bernard le Guen, IRPA
Dr. Maria Perez, WHO


IOMP Webinar: Personalized dosimetry for CT and interventional procedures

December 7, 2020

Organizers and moderator: Madan Rehani, PhD
Speaker: Dr. Hilde Bosmans, PhD
University Hospital of the KU Leuven, Belgium

Hilde Bosmans is team leader of the medical physics experts in radiology in the University Hospital of the KU Leuven and for more than 100 centers in the Belgian breast cancer screening. She is also professor at the KU Leuven. With a team of PhD students and post doc researchers she works at dose and quality in radiology. Patient specific dosimetry has been the theme of several successful projects. The company Qaelum that develops and commercializes a dose management system is a spin-off of the department. Hilde Bosmans is also project leader of the EUTEMPE-RX courses for medical physics experts in radiology


IOMP Webinar: Publishing in medical physics journals

November 24, 2020

Organizers: Madan Rehani and Paolo Russo

Moderator: Paolo Russo

Speakers:
Paolo Russo, Experience of Physica Medica/EJMP
Iuliana Toma-Dasu: Being a successful author

Paolo Russo was born in Napoli (Italy) in 1958. In 1981 he graduated in Physics magna cumlaude at the University of Napoli “Federico II”, where he became in 1984 research assistant, then associate professor and then full professor of medical physics. His scientific activity is entirely in the field of Medical Physics, mainly in the development of systems for X-ray and gamma-ray medical imaging, with a focus on techniques for X-ray breast imaging. He served as a reviewer for various international peer reviewed scientific journals and for national and European Science funding agencies. From 2008 to 2012 he was Associate Editor for the Medical Imaging area of the journal “Physica Medica: European Journal of Medical Physics”, and for 2013-2020 he is Editor-in-Chief of this journal. In 2018-19 he was Chair of the Publications an Communications Committee of the European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics and for 2018-2021 he is Chair of the Publications Committee of the International Organization for Medical Physics; for 2018-2023 he is member of the Board of Directors of the International Medical Physics Certification Board. He co-authored over 160 papers in international peer reviewed journals and scientific book chapters and over 100 communications to international conferences.

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.


Medical physicist as a health professional
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Moderator: Madan Rehani
Panelists
· IAEA: Ola Holmberg, Giorgia Loreti
· IOMP
o Madan Rehani, President IOMP
o Ibrahim Duhaini, IDMP
· Regional Organizations of IOMP
o Ad Maas, Europe, EFOMP (backup Brenda Byrne)
o Hassan Kharita, Middle-East, MEFOMP
o Sandra Guzman, Latin America, ALFIM
o Taofeeq Ige, Africa, FAMPO
o Arun Chougule, Asia, AFOMP
o Freddy Haryanto, South East Asia, SEAFOMP


Dr. Ola Holmberg is the Head of the Radiation Protection of Patients Unit at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria since the last 12 years – an organization within the United Nations family. He is a medical physicist who has previously worked in Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Giorgia Loreti is a Training Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Her work focuses on ensuring access to quality education in Medical Physics, adherence to standards, as well as recognition of the profession. Previously, she worked as clinical medical physicist at the S. Orsola University Hospital in Bologna.

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.

Dr Ibrahim Duhaini is the chief medical physicist and radiation safety officer at Rafik Hariri University Hospital since 2004. He is also a Medical Physics instructor at the Lebanese University. Ibrahim has won several awards in recent years in the field of Medical Physics: The International Day of Medical Physics Award in 2015, the International Organization of Medical Physics Presidential Award in 2016, the International Organization of Medical Physics Fellow Award (FIOMP) in 2017, and the Lebanese University Pioneer Award in 2018.

Ibrahim was a founding member of the Middle East Federation of Organizations of Medical Physics (MEFOMP) and was elected President for two terms (2009-2015). Currently he is the Treasurer of the International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP) for the term 2018-2021. Also, he serves as the IDMP Coordinator.

Ibrahim has more than 20 years of experience in the field of radiation therapy and safety and is Board Certified by the International Medical Physics Certification Board (IMPCB) in 2018.

Dr. Ad J.J. Maas is chair of EFOMP’s Professional Matters committee and member of the EFOMP Board of Officers since 2018. He is a member of a Medical Ethics and Research Committee in the Netherlands and a member of EU Expert Panels on Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Devices.

Mohammad Hassan KHARITA, PhD in Radiation Dosimetry MEFOMP Secretary General since 2018 Director of Radiation Safety – Hamad Medical Corporation – Qatar Medical physicist specialized in Diagnostic Radiology and Health Physics

Sandra Guzman is a doctor in Medical Physics from the University of Sao Paulo-Brazil, President of the Latin American Association of Medical Physics (2019-2022), President of the Peruvian Society of Medical Physics (2008-2016), President of the Cusco 2010 organizing committee (Latin American Congress of Medical Physics), organizer of national events, university professor and clinical medical physicist in Radiotherapy with more than 18 years of experience. Winner of the IOMP award (IDMP 2016 Award) and recognition from the AAPM-2017.

Dr. Taofeeq Ige is the pioneer Secretary-General of the Federation of African Medical Physics Organization (FAMPO) and currently the President. He serves as committee member of the IOMP (Awards and Honours) and also the Health Technology Task Group of the International Union of Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (HTTG-IUPESM).

Dr. Arun Chougule is the Senior Professor and Head Radiological Physics, SMS Medical College, Jaipur with 36 years of professional and teaching experience, Ex. Pro Vice Chancellor, RUHS Dean Faculty of Paramedical Science. Immediate Past President of AMPI and current President of AFOMP and Chair ETC of IOMP. Publications over 110 and more than 300 presentations. Research interest- radiation biology, experimental dosimetry, radiation safety, QA-QC. Awarded with IOMP-IDMP 2016, AFOMP Member Excellent Presentation Awards, Outstanding Faculty award 2019 SMS Medical College, Dr. Farukh Abdulla Sher – e- Kashmir best researcher award, AFOMP outstanding Medical physicists 2020.

Dr. rer.nat. Freddy Haryanto is president of SEAFOMP since 2019. He is lecturer on Physics Department of Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. He is specialized on Monte Carlo simulation for Radiotherapy. He has interest also in small field dosimetry.


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
Speaker:
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

Speakers:

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

Speakers

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
USA

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

Speakers:

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

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

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

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


15 June 2020, 12 noon- 1:00 GMT

Topic: Physics aspect of Clinical implementation of MR- Linac

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

Moderator:
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

Speakers:
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

Moderator:
Prof. Madan Rehani, President, IOMP

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