Invited Speakers

Confirmed Invited Speakers include the following: 

David Bird

David Bird works as a radiotherapy physicist in the imaging physics team at the Leeds Cancer Center. He also holds an NIHR ICA Doctoral Fellowship, and is in his final year of his PhD investigating MR-only treatment planning for anorectal cancers. His clinical and research focus is the use of MRI within radiotherapy, with particular interest in MR-only RT.

 
 Geoff Budgell  

Geoff Budgell is Team Leader Dosimetry and MR Linac at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. He has played a major role in the clinical implementation of the Elekta Unity MR linac at the Christie. Other interests include the delivery and verification of modern complex radiotherapy techniques and the adaptation of radiotherapy imaging systems for quality control and verification purposes. He chaired the IPEM FFF working party.

 
Jen Dennis   

I began my career in the NHS as a Grade A physicist in Glasgow and completed the IPEM Postgraduate Diploma then Part II training before becoming a registered Clinical Scientist.  I completed a PhD on the use of SPECT imaging for parathyroids and thyroids at the University of Glasgow.  I have worked in both Nuclear Medicine and Health Physics/Diagnostic Radiology within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and am currently a Clinical Scientist in Nuclear Medicine within South Glasgow Hospitals.

 
 Angela Douglas MBE

Angela Douglas, a Consultant Clinical Scientist, is the Deputy Chief Scientific officer for NHS England. Angela has worked in the NHS in Genetics for over 38 years, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy for Healthcare Science.  Angela previously worked as the Scientific Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Genetics Service, at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, for 22 years, where she was the Organisational Lead Healthcare Scientist, and more recently led the NW Coast GMC delivering the 100,000 Genome Project as the Clinical Programme Director.  In 2012, Angela was nominated as President of the British Society for Genetic Medicine, having previously been the Chairman of the ACC and the ACGS. Angela was a member of the working groups (Service Delivery, Innovation and Bioinformatics) of the Human Genomics Strategy Group (HGSG) that provided the evidence and recommendations for the Department of Health’s Genomics Review in 2012, and continues to work with the group to ensure their recommendations are delivered.  Angela was appointed as the NW Lead Scientist and worked with NHS E, HEE, the AHSNs and the AHCS, supporting Healthcare Science disciplines, including Genetics and Bioinformatics across the NW.  Angela was previously seconded to a National role to ensure safe and sustainable Healthcare Science Diagnostic Services across England as a Specialist Advisor to the office of the CSO at NHS E. In 2014, Angela was named in the HSJ as one of UKs top 50 Inspirational Women Leaders, in 2015 was awarded Healthcare Scientist of the Year by NHS E, and in 2016 was honored in the Queens 90th Birthday Honors list as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Research and Mentoring Students.

 
Alex Dunlop Alex Dunlop works at the Royal Marsden Hospital as a radiotherapy physicist with an interest in adaptive radiotherapy techniques. Alex has worked on the clinical implementation of the Elekta Unity MR-linac at the RMH with a focus on adaptive re-planning strategies and workflows  
David Eaton   

David Eaton is head of radiotherapy dosimetry and computing at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals in London. He has worked in a number of clinical radiotherapy departments around the UK, and was also the lead physicist for the national radiotherapy trials quality assurance group (RTTQA). Research interests have included IORT, practical radiation dosimetry, radiation protection, and clinical trials QA, leading to about 50 publications and 10 book chapters. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), and recently a member of working parties to update the code of practice for high-energy photon therapy dosimetry, and to develop guidance on the application of IR(ME)R radiation safety legislation.

 
Stuart Green

Stuart leads the Medical Physics team of approximately 130 staff at University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) NHS Trust, and is also Honorary Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham. He has published over 100 papers on areas of advanced radiotherapy, dosimetry and other aspects of radiation metrology. He has a long-standing interest in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy including dosimetry, radiobiology and clinical aspects

Stuart has held national leadership roles including a period as President of the British Institute for Radiology. He was closely involved in the development of the scientific and clinical case for proton radiotherapy in the NHS, and currently coordinates the IPEM group developing a dosimetry code of practice for scanned proton beams which should be published during 2021.

Hayley James

Hayley is currently the Head of Radiation Services at the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust having spent 10 years as Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Ipswich Hospital prior to its merger with Colchester Hospital.  Hayley has sat on the Radiotherapy Board since 2017 and was a member of the RT board Working Party who developed the recently issued IR(ME)R guidance for radiotherapy and molecular radiotherapy.

Xiao Liang 
Prize Winner Xiao Liang 

I graduated from Jilin University with BS degree in geophysics and University of Texas at Dallas with MS degree in Geoscience. Now I am a Ph.D. student in medical physics under radiation oncology department, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. My research focuses on using AI technology to improve radiation treatment, especially in adaptive radiation therapy.

Hazel McCallum

Hazel McCallum, Ph.D. is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Newcastle University.

Her first position was in the Diagnostic Radiology Imaging section in South Cleveland Hospital from 1994. In 2003 she joined the Radiotherapy Physics Group in Newcastle upon Tyne as the lead for radiotherapy imaging, both the integration of multi-modality imaging in radiotherapy planning and the development of treatment verification imaging. NCCC was one of the first centres in the UK to install an MRI scanner dedicated to radiotherapy. Dr McCallum and her team have introduced MRI imaging into routine radiotherapy treatment planning using CT-MR fusion and recently introduced a routine MR-only pathway for prostate patients. She now holds a part-time research post, focussing on MR-only radiotherapy pathways, the potential for PET-MR based radiotherapy planning and the optimisation of the reference image for conventional X-ray IGRT treatment machines using an MR-only workflow.

She is secretary of the IPEM Working Party on the use of MRI in external beam radiotherapy planning, which will soon publish guidance on implementation of all aspects of MRI in a radiotherapy department.

Andrew Poynter

Andrew Poynter is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering In Medicine and has worked in the field of radiotherapy and radiation physics for over 35 years. He was previously Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Ipswich Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital. One of his main interests is in the implementation of advanced techniques and he has been involved in the early adoption of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, Image Guided Radiotherapy, 4DCT and Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy. He also has a strong interest in radiotherapy research and has contributed to a number of national multicentre clinical trials in radiotherapy.

Since January 2018 he has been leading the Proton Beam Physics Group at University College London Hospital with responsibility for the commissioning and implementation of the clinical proton service which is due to open in 2021. He also holds the honorary position of Associate Professor at the University College London Cancer Institute.

Richard Speight Dr Richard Speight works as a MPE in the radiotherapy imaging physics team at the Leeds Cancer Centre. His position is funded by Cancer Research UK (ARTNET) and has research interests involving the role of MRI in radiotherapy. This includes image registration between MRI and CT (a topic he has authored a chapter on in a Springer text book entitled “MRI for Radiotherapy - planning, delivery and response assessment”) and MRI-only radiotherapy (a topic he has co-supervising 2 PhD students on). He is the chair of an IPEM working group entitled “MR simulation for external beam RT” and as part of this group he is involved with auditing the current landscape of MRI in radiotherapy in 10 countries. 
Azzam Taktak   

Azzam Taktak, BEng (Hons), PhD, DipStat, CEng, CSci, FIPEM, FAHCS is Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool and the University of Manchester. He is a former Vice President of Engineering, CEng Registrar and Director of the IPEM. He is lead assessor at the National School for Healthcare Scientists. His main research interests are mathematical and statistical modelling and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in medicine. To date, he has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and edited 3 books. Outside work he is a keen triathlete and twice Ironman.

 
Zoe Walker   

Zoe Walker works as a clinical scientist in radiotherapy at University Hospital Coventry. She has 9 years of clinical experience and is responsible for imaging within the department. She is currently undertaking higher specialised scientific training and is working towards a doctorate in clinical sciences. The research she will be presenting is part of this doctorate.  

 


  


Jo Gander

CaPA Director, Supply Chain Coordination Limited Management Function of NHS Supply Chain

Jo recently joined the Team and has over 30 years healthcare experience.

Jo initially started out as a Registered General Nurse, then in medical devices and pharmaceuticals organisations in a range of roles from sales, marketing, clinical and general management. She has also worked locally and regionally within the NHS as a commissioning group director within a Care Trust and more recently as a senior programme lead within NHS England National Team.


Alys Gilbert

Following completion of a MEng in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, Alys started the Clinical Scientist Training Scheme based in the East Midlands Training Consortium, successfully registering as a Clinical Scientist in 2013.

As a Clinical Engineer at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Alys is involved in many aspects of Clinical Engineering, from procurement evaluations, incident investigations and service developments. This experience helped Alys secure a position in the first cohort of the new Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) Scheme in 2014 in Clinical Biomedical Engineering.

Alys is currently halfway through the HSST programme, following a break in 2016/17 for Maternity leave. It is hoped research will be carried out as part of this programme to support the development of local rehabilitation services through use of assistive technology and other new device innovations.

Outside of work, the majority of Alys’ time is spent with her family, with her 1 year old daughter making sure she is always kept busy!


Jo Gander

CaPA Director, Supply Chain Coordination Limited Management Function of NHS Supply Chain

Jo recently joined the Team and has over 30 years healthcare experience.

Jo initially started out as a Registered General Nurse, then in medical devices and pharmaceuticals organisations in a range of roles from sales, marketing, clinical and general management. She has also worked locally and regionally within the NHS as a commissioning group director within a Care Trust and more recently as a senior programme lead within NHS England National Team.


Alys Gilbert

Following completion of a MEng in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, Alys started the Clinical Scientist Training Scheme based in the East Midlands Training Consortium, successfully registering as a Clinical Scientist in 2013.

As a Clinical Engineer at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Alys is involved in many aspects of Clinical Engineering, from procurement evaluations, incident investigations and service developments. This experience helped Alys secure a position in the first cohort of the new Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) Scheme in 2014 in Clinical Biomedical Engineering.

Alys is currently halfway through the HSST programme, following a break in 2016/17 for Maternity leave. It is hoped research will be carried out as part of this programme to support the development of local rehabilitation services through use of assistive technology and other new device innovations.

Outside of work, the majority of Alys’ time is spent with her family, with her 1 year old daughter making sure she is always kept busy!


Jo Gander

CaPA Director, Supply Chain Coordination Limited Management Function of NHS Supply Chain

Jo recently joined the Team and has over 30 years healthcare experience.

Jo initially started out as a Registered General Nurse, then in medical devices and pharmaceuticals organisations in a range of roles from sales, marketing, clinical and general management. She has also worked locally and regionally within the NHS as a commissioning group director within a Care Trust and more recently as a senior programme lead within NHS England National Team.


Alys Gilbert

Following completion of a MEng in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, Alys started the Clinical Scientist Training Scheme based in the East Midlands Training Consortium, successfully registering as a Clinical Scientist in 2013.

As a Clinical Engineer at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Alys is involved in many aspects of Clinical Engineering, from procurement evaluations, incident investigations and service developments. This experience helped Alys secure a position in the first cohort of the new Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) Scheme in 2014 in Clinical Biomedical Engineering.

Alys is currently halfway through the HSST programme, following a break in 2016/17 for Maternity leave. It is hoped research will be carried out as part of this programme to support the development of local rehabilitation services through use of assistive technology and other new device innovations.

Outside of work, the majority of Alys’ time is spent with her family, with her 1 year old daughter making sure she is always kept busy!


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