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SEMINAR: Reigniting the role of physics in medicine

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Medical Physics is a highly interdisciplinary field at the intersection between physics and medicine and biology. Medical Physics is aiming at development of novel applications of physical processes and techniques in various areas of medicine and biology. Medical Physics had and continues to have profound impact by developing improved imaging and treatment technologies, and helping to advance our understanding of the complexity of the disease. The general trend in medicine towards personalized therapy, and emphasis on accelerated translational research is having a profound impact on medical physics as well. In the traditional stronghold for medical physicists radiation therapy the new reality is shaping in the form of biologically conformal and combination therapies, as well as advanced particle therapy approaches, such as proton and ion therapies. Rapid increase in faster and more informative multi-modality medical imaging is bringing a wealth of information that is being complemented with data obtained from genomic profiling and other biomarkers. Novel data analysis and data mining approaches are proving grounds for employment of various artificial intelligence methods that will help further improving clinical decision making for optimization of various therapies as well as better understanding of the disease properties and disease evolution, ultimately leading to improved clinical outcomes.
Speaker(s) Dr. Robert Jeraj is a Professor of Medical Physics, Human Oncology, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he leads the Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. He is Director of the Translational Imaging Research Program that oversees concept development, protocol design, and implementation of imaging in trials incorporating novel anti-cancer drugs, and Director of the Wisconsin Oncology Network of Imaging eXcellence (WONIX), a regional clinical trial network that focuses on extensive imaging and molecular biomarker endpoints. Among other duties, Dr. Jeraj is the Chair of the Working Group on the Future of Medical Physics Research and Academic Training at American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and serves on several national committees, such as the Medical Imaging Drug Advisory Committee at the FDA, Biomarker Committee and Experimental Imaging Committee at ECOG-ACRIN and Bioinformatics and Medical Physics Committee at NRG Oncology. Dr. Jeraj is an author of over 100 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. He is Editor in Chief for the journal Biomedical Physics and Engineering Express.
Location Room 2.15, Physics Building
Contact John Brookes <john.brookes@uwa.edu.au> : 6488 2738
Start Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:30
End Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:30
Submitted by John Brookes <john.brookes@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:37
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