IOMP webinar: Re-igniting the role of physics in medicine, January 19, 2022

IOMP webinar: Re-igniting the role of physics in medicine

Wednesday, 19th January 2022 at 12 pm GMT

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Organizer: Madan Rehani
Moderator: Madan Rehani

Speaker: Robert Jeraj

Dr. Robert Jeraj is a Professor of Medical Physics, Human Oncology, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Professor of Physics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he leads international research groups of medical physics. Dr. Jeraj is a founding member of the Topical Group on Medical Physics within American Physics Society (APS), the Working Group on the Future of Medical Physics Research and Academic Training within American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the Medical Physics for World Benefit (MPWB) organization, and is a founding Editor in Chief of the Biomedical Physics and Engineering Express (BPEX) journal. He has served as a member of the Medical Imaging Drug Advisory Committee at Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is on the Board of Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). Dr. Jeraj is an author of over 150 published papers, text books and book chapters, and is a frequent invited lecturer and presenter on the use of molecular imaging in therapeutic interventions and general applications of medical physics in radiation and medical oncology.

Medical physics has led to many achievements contributing to modern day medical practice, ranging from high-resolution diagnostics to high-precision treatment deliveries. However, the rapid pace of developments in medicine particularly fueled by personalized therapeutic approaches are posing some unique challenges. At the same time, they are providing new opportunities for involvement of physics in medicine beyond traditional roles. In this lecture, we will (1) review current trends in personalized medicine, (2) summarize some strategic initiatives aimed to address these trends by medical physics societies, (3) highlight the need for additional skills and knowledge required to tackle the challenges and (4) overview some examples of physics involvement in medicine beyond traditional medical physics roles. Specifically, we will present state-of-the-art solutions in the area of quantitative imaging biomarkers, which could be extended and adopted on a global scale.