Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, former Deputy Chief Medical Officer
The Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham will be giving the Woolmer lecture on "Communicating Science".
Bas Raaymakers, Professor Experimental Clinical Physics, University Medical Center Utrecht
Bas Raaymakers (1972) studied experimental physics at Utrecht University and now works as professor experimental clinical physics at the department of Radiotherapy of the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.
His main area of research is bringing the hybrid MRI radiotherapy system to full blossom. A radiotherapy accelerator with integrated 1.5 T MRI was invented, developed, built and clinically introduced together with professor Jan Lagendijk in the UMC Utrecht. Together with Elekta and Philips a first prototype hybrid MRI accelerator was built to give the proof of concept, a second and third prototype followed. The MRI linac is being marketed by Elekta as Unity. In 2022 approximately 50 systems are treating patients globally and Elekta has sold over 100 systems. UMC Utrecht is treating patients with 3 Unity systems, while recently gating functionality has made its clinically debut and has been introduced first in UMC Utrecht.
Currently Bas's main challenge is to translate the MRI accelerator research, ranging from VMAT, MLC tracking to automated planning and automated workflows into the radiotherapy clinic and explore real-time, MRI based adaptive radiotherapy treatments. In parallel the adaptive radiotherapy activities for MRI guidance are expanded to clinical application for conebeamCT guidance and towards research to explore MRI guided proton therapy.
Carol Monaghan MP, Member of UK Parliament for Glasgow North West
Carol was first elected as the Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow North West in 2015, and has served as a MP continuously since.
Prior to her Parliamentary career, Carol gained an undergraduate degree in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics at Strathclyde University, latterly entering the teaching profession and becoming Head of Physics and Head of Science at Hyndland Secondary School in Glasgow. Carol also spent two years as a lecturer at Glasgow University as well as being an SQA consultant responsible for developing physics qualifications at a national level.
Carol sits on the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, and serves as Chair of the APPG on Photonics and Quantum. She is currently the SNP’s Westminster Spokesperson for Education.
Matthew Simpson, UK Health and Safety Agency
Demonstration of measurement equipment and walk through of a Radiation Monitoring Unit (RMU).
Matthew Simpson CRadP MSRP MSc is Principle Radiation Protection Scientist, Internal Dosimetry at the UK Health Security Agency, where he is the metrology expert, running a UKAS accredited environmental gamma spectrometry capability and assisting with UKHSA’s whole-body monitoring capabilities. Matt's role in Emergency Response is focused on the RMU capability at both an operational and strategic level.
Prior to working for UKHSA Matt was at The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for over 20 years doing radiochemistry, CBRN Hazard Management research, scientific advice (including a tour in Afghanistan) and emergency response.
Anthony Chalmers, Chair of Clinical Oncology, University of Glasgow
Anthony Chalmers is Chair of Clinical Oncology at the University of Glasgow and Director of the CRUK Glasgow RadNet Centre. His clinical practice at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre is devoted to the treatment of patients with brain tumours, and he runs the Translational Radiation Biology laboratory in the Institute for Cancer Sciences.
His main research ambition is to improve outcomes for patients with glioblastoma by combining radiotherapy with drug therapies that target the DNA damage response, but his interests and activities extend across other cancer types.
Anthony Murray, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Anthony is an experienced Clinical Scientist in Nuclear Medicine (NM). He has worked in various large NM departments across the UK. He is both a NM RWA and MPE, and he currently leads the NM diagnostic and therapeutic physics service in Bradford.
Anthony has also led a national PTP BSc practitioner course in Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy / NM) at the University of Cumbria and is currently an external examiner on a BSc apprenticeship in Medical Physics at the University of the West of England.
Elizabeth Adams, Head of Radiotherapy Physics, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Liz Adams is Head of Radiotherapy Physics at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, Surrey. During her career, she has worked as both a clinical physicist and a research physicist, successfully implementing a number of advanced radiotherapy techniques into clinical use, including paediatric stereotactic radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), tomotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), both intracranial and extracranial stereotactic radiotherapy and online adaptive radiotherapy (oART).
She has authored peer-reviewed publications in physics and radiotherapy journals and has presented at numerous international conferences.
Fergus McKiddie, Consultant Clinical Scientist, NHS Grampian
Dr Fergus McKiddie is a Nuclear Medicine physicist with over 30 years’ experience in the field. After completing the Aberdeen University MSc in Medical Physics and a PhD in measurement of ventricular volumes using tomographic MUGA imaging, he started as an NHS scientist in Aberdeen in 1995. He's been heavily involved in teaching on the MSc course and PhD project supervision since and is now the course coordinator for the nuclear medicine and PET aspects of the course.
He took on the role of NHS PET physicist in 2006 when Aberdeen obtained the first NHS PET/CT scanner in Scotland and is actively involved in PET research. He also sits on the Scottish PET Steering Group. He is past Chair of IPEM's NM SIG and sit on the IPEM Events Panel and Course Accreditation groups. He is also the local training coordinator for the Scottish Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Training Scheme and sit on the steering committee for the scheme. Other interests include molecular radiotherapy and he has been part of Scottish and UK groups producing guidance for the treatment of thyroid cancer and the release restrictions for patients after in-patient radioiodine therapy.
Graeme Keith, Research Associate in MRI Physics, Imaging Centre of Excellence, University of Glasgow
Graeme Keith joined the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at the University of Glasgow in April 2018 as a Research Associate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) physics after six years at the University of Oxford as a D.Phil. student in cardiovascular MRI and as a research assistant working with ultra-high field (UHF) 7 tesla MRI.
He previously completed an M.Sc. in Medical Physics at the University of Aberdeen, where he completed a research project using the technique of Fast Field-Cycling MRI. His research interests include developing novel imaging and spectroscopic techniques for UHF MRI, and supporting clinical research projects using the University of Glasgow’s 7 T scanner. In his spare time he suffers the great misfortune of being a follower of Scottish sport (!).
Graham Whish, Lead Clinical Scientist in Radiation Protection, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Graham is the Lead Clinical Scientist for Radiation Protection within East Anglian Regional Radiation Protection Service (EARRPS), and is a certified Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA), Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) and Medical Physics Experts (MPE) in the area of diagnostic radiology (X-ray). EARRPS provides radiation protection and diagnostic radiology support services throughout East Anglia, and operates in accordance with an ISO9001 accredited Quality System. EARRPS also has HSE certification to act as an RPA Body.
EARRPS customers include both NHS hospitals and private establishments such as vets, dentists, schools, colleges and research labs. The service advises X-ray, optical radiation and radioactive substance users. Graham’s areas of expertise are in the use of radioactive materials and diagnostic X-rays. He regularly undertakes audits of practice, and advises in areas such as facility design and response to radiation incidents. Along with several colleagues, Graham is a trained stage 1 responder able to provide assistance for the National Arrangements for Incidents Involving Radioactivity (NAIR) scheme.
John Foster, Head of MRI Physics, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
John started his career in MRI in 1991 as a PhD student making RF coils and programming a 0.5T MRI scanner system with locally made gradient sets in partnership with Surrey Medical Imaging Systems, Magnex Scientific and University of Exeter. Since that time, he has moved to Bristol and then Glasgow and translated the physics of MRI to 1T,1.5T,3T and more recently to 7T.
Devising robust MR methodologies for clinical research and improved patient outcome has led to important collaborations in cardiology, musculoskeletal and oncology with corresponding important MR safety aspects.
John leads a team of MR Physicists working as Clinical Scientists active in a wide range of clinical applications of MRI in the largest Health Board in the country, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The department has accreditation as a National Training Centre and provides the role of MR Safety Expert to many MRI sites both within board and to outlying areas. More recently he has joined the IPEM MRSE Assessor Panel and is working with the panel members on the running of the IPEM MRSE certificate of competence scheme.
Jon Graham, Technical Manager, Possum Ltd
Jon Graham is the Technical Manager for Scotland for a company called Possum. Trained as an Electrical and Electronic Engineer, he worked for a number of years with Sun Microsystems at their manufacturing plant in Linlithgow. For the last 18 years, he has been working for Possum, working closely with NHS professionals to assess, install and maintain electronic assistive technology for disabled people mainly in their own homes, which allows them to remain in their own property and control many things around their home environment.
Jon manages a team of two engineers in the Scotland area and is also part of the Research & Development team within Possum constantly striving to develop new things to keep up with the latest technologies to add to our devices, which ultimately provides the benefits of ever-changing technologies to our disabled clients.
Jonathan Hosking, Senior Clinical Engineer, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Rehabilitation Engineering Unit
Specialist interests are Special Seating and Clinical Gait Analysis. Currently on the HSST completing a DClinSci in Clinical Biomedical Engineering. Honorary Research Associate at Cardiff University.
Lesley Sneddon, Technical Manager Glasgow North, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS
Lesley Sneddon has a BSc in Medical Physics Technology and is currently studying towards a MBA in Technology Management with the Open University. She has over 20 years of experience working in various Medical Equipment Management Departments, maintaining medical equipment in busy hospitals in and around Glasgow.
Previously a Section Manager of one of the Bioengineering departments in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde she was then seconded to be Project Lead to help transition the department from ISO9001 to ISO55001 Asset Management standard. The department successfully gained ISO55001 accreditation in 2018, the first public sector department of its kind to do so. Lesley is now based in Glasgow Royal Infirmary as Technical Manager responsible for Medical Equipment Management departments in the North of Glasgow.
Zoë Clarke, Environmental Controls Lead and Lead Healthcare Scientist, Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust
Zoë leads the Environmental Control (EC) service of the Barnsley Assistive Technology (AT) Team, which delivers specialised services across the Yorkshire and Humber region. In this role Zoë manages a team of clinicians, plans service provision, manages contractors and plans future strategy of EC within Yorkshire and the Humber. Zoë also represents EC nationally on the Rehabilitation and Disability Clinical Reference Group (CRG). As LHCS Zoë represents Healthcare Scientists (HCSs) within the Trust and links directly with the Medical Director.
The LHCS role was designed to provide representation of Healthcare Science at Trust level; and also to enable contributions from Healthcare Scientists into other work within the Trust, such as R&D and Innovation. Zoë was a Clinical Fellow to the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) between September 2021 to August 2022. As part of this she developed a national strategy for improvement in diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), stepping out of her specialism to apply skills to the area of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Zoë is extremely passionate about Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT) and the importance of such technology being appropriately developed and provided to specifically fit the needs of the user. Zoë has a specific interest in the use of EAT with people with learning disabilities.
Matthew Memmott, Consultant Medical Physicist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Matthew Memmott is a Consultant Medical Physicist in Nuclear Medicine at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. He currently leads a physics group which provide scientific, quality control and radiation protection services across three Nuclear Medicine departments within the Trust, along with three external departments.
He has previously published journal articles, book chapters and delivered talks at national and international conferences on topics ranging from Monte Carlo image generation, computational phantoms and cardiac PET optimisation to dosimetry for radiation accident scenarios. As a previous Chair of the Nuclear Medicine Software Quality Group, he also has a keen focus on national standardisation and the audit process.
Andy Dunne, Principal Lead for Healthcare Science, NHS Education for Scotland
Andy Dunne is a Senior Bioengineer, state-registered as a Clinical Scientist, within the Wheelchair and Seating Service at the West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre (WestMARC). His patient-facing role consists of assessing functional ability and then prescribing appropriate mobility equipment. He applies analytical thinking and engineering skills to produce effective solutions that meet the needs of each individual patient.
Aside from routine service delivery he is involved with in-house manufacture, and takes a lead in the adverse incident investigation process. These investigations drive service development, particularly changes to clinical and technical practices, to improve patient safety through root cause analysis and corrective action.
Andy is also a Principal Lead within the Healthcare Science team at NHS Education for Scotland. The team is the national focus for Healthcare Science education across Scotland and is responsible for commissioning training, providing quality assurance of training and supporting continued professional development (CPD). As one of the Principal Leads, he specialises in the development of learning resources hosted on Turas Learn which offer CPD opportunities to our community. These resources include comprehensive learning programmes, e-learning modules, interactive workshops and webinars.
Paul Cawley, Consultant Neonatologist, St Thomas' Hospital, London, & Clinical Research Fellow, King's College London
Dr Paul Cawley is a paediatrician and neonatologist at The Evelina London Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in St Thomas’ Hospital and Clinical Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Centre for the Developing Brain, King’s College London.
He is developing and investigating novel high-access low-cost non-ionising imaging techniques for perinatal brain development, and neonatal brain injury.
Mark Tooley, Consultant Clinical Scientist, University of Bath and Royal United Hospitals, Bath
Mark was the Head of Medical physics and Bioengineering and Director of Research and Development at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath. He is an honorary professor at the University of Bath, and visiting professor at the University of the West of England. He is a past president of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
He was a recent specialist scientific advisor for NHS England, and currently is a Digital Clinical advisor for the West of England Academic Health Science network. He is a member of the Medical Technology Advisory Committee of NICE and a scientific advisor to a number of start-ups, and research projects. Mark's interests are in physiological and clinical measurement, depth of anaesthesia, bio-signals, simulation in medicine, innovative patient monitoring solutions and entrepreneurship in medicine.
Patrick Maw, Consultant Clinical Scientist, University College London Hospital
Patrick is based in the Scientific Computing section of the UCLH Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Department. Here he is involved in all aspects of the implementation of Health IT systems and software medical device implementation and development. He has been trying to address the issues of cyber security affecting connected medical devices and has worked with NHS Digital to setup an expert group to determine an NHS wide approach.
Patrick is also very involved with the Scientist Training Programme (STP) and cover 3 different specialisms to different degrees. He is the lead for Non-Ionising radiation with his specialism being Ultrasound. He has been the lead for Clinical Bioinformatics – Physical Sciences for many years and as part of that was the scientific lead for the recent curriculum review. This is now called Clinical Scientific Computing and he has been working with IPEM and NSHCS to publicise the specialism and to setup a network of supervisors from the training centres that are planning to host trainees. He is also the Ultrasound Lead for Medical Physics at UCLH.
Paul Campbell, Senior Clinical Advisor, Software Group, Innovative Devices, MHRA
Dr Paul Campbell is a highly respected clinician and expert in the field of healthcare information technology and regulations. After starting his career as a Pharmacist, he transitioned to medicine and became a Consultant Anaesthetist with over 25 years of experience across multiple clinical and digital domains. He has held several clinical NHS and eHealth roles including as a Clinical Director within the Clinical Informatics team at NHS National Services Scotland and a Clinical Advisor to the Scottish Government Digital Health & Care Department.
As a Founding Fellow of the UK Faculty of Clinical Informatics and as a past member of several key regulatory groups, including the Scottish Health Technologies Council and the MHRA Software and AI Expert Advisory Group, Dr Campbell is well-equipped to navigate the complex landscape of software regulation within healthcare. In his new role as Senior Clinical Advisor for the Software Group, Innovative Devices, at the MHRA, Dr Campbell brings a unique blend of clinical, digital and regulatory experience to the table.
With a passion for using technology to improve patient outcomes, Dr Campbell is a highly regarded speaker, advisor and thought leader. His presentations are always engaging and thought-provoking, offering audiences a deeper understanding of the role of technology in healthcare and the regulatory challenges and opportunities applicable to those in the field.
Stephen Gandy, MRI Clinical Scientist, NHS Tayside
Stephen is currently the Head of MRI Physics at NHS Tayside and also the Scheme Lead for the Scottish Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Training Scheme (SMPCETS). His journey into Medical Physics started in 1989 when he completed a degree in Physics with Medical Applications at Kings College, London. He subsequently completed a PhD in MRI Physics at University of Exeter in 1997 and then worked as a grade B physicist at Bristol Royal Infirmary for four years before making the move up to Scotland in 2001.
A component of his current work is directed towards the delivery of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering training with colleagues from across Scotland, where the SMPCETS works with partners at NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to enable clinical scientist trainees to achieve HCPC registration via the STP equivalence route through the Academy for Healthcare Sciences (AHCS).
Ranald MacKay, Director of Christie Medical Physics and Engineering, The Christie
Professor Ranald MacKay (Ran) is the Director of Christie Medical Physics & Engineering, a regional medical physics department based in the north west of England. Ran has over 25 years experience in radiotherapy and had worked in research and clinical roles.
He was the technical lead for the development of proton therapy at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, the first proton centre to open in England's National Health Service. The centre commenced treatment in 2018.
Chris Buckley, Senior Imaging Director, Pharmaceutical Diagnostics R&D GE HealthCare
Chris Buckley is GEHC’s R&D Imaging Lead for PET Neurology, Cardiology and Metastatic breast cancer for HER2 imaging. He has worked on VizamylTM for 15 years, designing imaging and image evaluation – both visual and quantitative.
Chris’s role has included proving the relationship between brain pathology and amyloid PET image intensity distribution. Chris has investigated the utility of combine structural imaging biomarkers with amyloid imaging to differentiate neurodegenerative diseases and predict cognitive trajectories. Recently he has worked on the value of myocardial blood flow quantitation in support of visual reading of perfusion scans and is the imaging lead for four phase 1 metastatic breast cancer studies. There are over 3000 citations to his work.
Rob Simpson, Principal Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory
Rob is a principle research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) with over 20 years of experience in non-contact infra-red radiation thermometry. Currently leading thermal imaging metrology research at NPL. Rob’s PhD studies involved the development of new and novel national and international reference standards for medical thermal imaging and body temperature measurement from which calibration sources were patented, licensed and commercialised.
The recent work Rob has undertaken has focused on the application and exploitation of temperature measurement where absolute confidence in quantitative data is required, applying non-contact infrared thermometry to an extensive range of applied measurement challenges (industrial, aerospace, nuclear and healthcare), and the development of bespoke measurement solutions (calibration and validations systems, methodologies etc.).
Jacqueline O'Flynn, Head of Service: National Clinical Safety Assurance Service, National Clinical Informatics Service for Scotland
Jacqueline has worked for the National Clinical Informatics Service for Scotland for the past year, initially as the Portfolio Manager and has recently moved into a new role as the Head of Service. During her time with NCISS, she has grown the team dedicated to clinical safety cases and medical device regulation assessments, facilitated and assisted with creating the Scottish Approach to Clinical Safety Cases, and begun working with Scottish Government regarding new policies around clinical safety for software.
She is a registered nurse in the United States where she worked as an Emergency Nurse. She has masters degrees in nursing and business administration concentrating in leadership and health IT, respectively.
Lisa Ayers, HSST Training Programme Director, National School of Healthcare Science, Health Education England
Lisa is the Training Programme Director for the Higher Specialist Scientific Training programme at the National School of Healthcare Science and the Regional Dean for Healthcare Science in the South East.
She trained and worked as a Clinical Scientist in Clinical Immunology, during which time she completed a PhD, obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathology by examination, and gained equivalence to join the HSS Register.
Lisa is passionate about developing and expanding training and educational opportunities for Healthcare Scientists at all stages in their career.
Justin McCarthy, Clinical Scientist, Consultant Clinical Engineer
Justin had a 40 year career in the NHS, including 20 years as Head of Clinical Engineering at the Cardiff NHS Trust. He was involved in the setting up of and then teaching of the Clinical Engineering MSc course at Cardiff University.
Since retirement he has continued as an active member of IPEM and has worked as an independent consultant providing advice to companies, NHS organizations, NHS Wales and Welsh Government on medical device standards, safety and regulatory issues.
For seven years he chaired the IEC SC62A committee, responsible for the IEC 60601-1 standard for medical electrical equipment. He still chairs the BSI CH/62 committee Electrical Equipment in Medical Practice. He was one of the IPEM nominated members who engaged with the MHRA during the negotiation phase of the new EU Medical Devices Regulation and twice went to Brussels to talk to MEPs about the need to have a regulated ‘health institution exemption’ for in-house manufactured devices.
Latterly, post-Brexit, he has been engaged with the NHS Wales/Welsh Government and the IPEM inputs into the MHRA consultation process on new UK/GB MD regulations.
Chris Walker, Head of Regional Radiotherapy Physics Services, The Northern Centre for Cancer Care, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Chris started his career in medical physics in 1987 employed by the Regional Medical Physics Department as a basic grade physicist in Newcastle. In June 2015 Chris was appointed as a Consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of Radiotherapy Physics Services for The Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.
In April 2021 NCCC took over responsibility for cancer services for North Cumbria, based in Carlisle. Consequently Chris is now Head of Radiotherapy Physics across the combined service running from the East to West coast of the North of England. Prior to this role Chris was Head of Radiotherapy Physics at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for over 10 years. He has provided strategic advice and support at home and overseas to Health Departments, radiotherapy departments and private companies. This includes spending a year as Head of Radiotherapy, establishing a new radiotherapy department for the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar.
He has been a clinical member of NHS England’s Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group (CRG) since 2011. He has acted as a technical advisor to NHS England and chaired its Clinical and Technical Group. He has also participated in a number of NHS England expert reference groups such as the Stereotactic Radiosurgery/therapy, and ProKnow implementation groups.
Lorna Harper, Head of Software and Informatics, Medical Devices Unit
Lorna Harper is a Clinical Scientist and Head of Software and Informatics in the Medical Devices Unit, a specialist unit within the Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The Medical Devices Unit specialise in the design, development, and regulation of medical devices across a range of clinical services. The Software and Informatics Team are focused on supporting clinicians to improve patient safety and the quality of clinical services through the better software and more effective use of healthcare data.
Lorna has 17 years of experience working in healthcare, that includes clinical service delivery, academia, industry, and a secondment to the UK Cabinet Office, focusing on policies around open and early access to dementia research data. She is a chartered, HCPC-registered clinical scientist with a PhD in Neuroimaging, Machine Learning, and Dementia from University College London, and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow.
Daniel Darian, Molecular Imaging Collaborations Scientist, Siemens Healthineers
Daniel was a Clinical Scientist in Nuclear Medicine for 11 years working in hospitals in London and Birmingham. He trained on the first STP intake in the London North Consortium before joining Imperial College NHS trust. He subsequently spent 2 years overseas in Bangkok and Singapore working in postgraduate teaching and research roles, where he gained a keen interest in AI and worked on various machine learning models including denoising low dose PET data, Alzheimer’s Disease progression modelling and the impact of image corrections on ML model performance.
He moved to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in 2018 where he took on the lead MPE role at the Birmingham PET Centre. In October 2022 he stepped out of the NHS and joined Siemens Healthineers to take on the role of Molecular Imaging Collaborations Scientist where he supports research collaborations between Siemens and NHS/academia/private healthcare institutions. The role bridges the gap between industry and healthcare and aims to develop cutting edge technologies in PET and SPECT.
Stephen Smye, Professor, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
Professor Stephen Smye is currently a Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. He was Head of Medical Physics and Engineering at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals 1998-2008, and Research and Innovation Director at the LTH from 2004 until retiring from the NHS in 2017. He was involved with the National Institute for Health Research in a number of senior leadership roles from 2007 until 2021. He was also IPEM President 2001-2003.
His main research interest is in developing mathematical models in medicine and biology and he has been a co-investigator on a number of major grant awards from the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC. He has published over 120 papers on a range of topics including mathematical approaches to clinical problems, and health research policy. He is a co-investigator on the UKRI Physics of Life Network PoLNet3 (https://www.physicsoflife.org.uk/) and the Principal Investigator on the Rosetrees Trust Physics of Medicine Network. These networks seeks to develop and promote interdisciplinary approaches to some of the “grand challenges” in biology and medicine.
James Taylor, HM Principal Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety (Radiation), Health and Safety Executive
Prior to joining the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 1989, James was employed as Radiation Safety Officer at a medical research facility, a Health Physicist on a nuclear research reactor and a hazards adviser to a local authority.
As a Principal Specialist Inspector (Radiation) with the HSE, he has over 30 years’ experience of inspection and investigation of non-nuclear work with ionising and non-ionising radiation and is currently responsible for operational policy in these areas.
He is the Radiation Specialist lead on the response to the IAEA mission and he also manages the HSE’s approved dosimetry and Radiation Protection Adviser recognition systems. He sits on various cross government committees and working groups and is one of the two UK representatives on the Board of Heads of the European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities (HERCA) organisation.
Alex Dunlop, Head of Adaptive Techniques, Radiotherapy Physics, The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Alex works at the Royal Marsden Hospital as a Clinical Scientist who specialises in ways of adapting radiotherapy treatments. He is the head of Adaptive Techniques within the radiotherapy physics group and leads the scientific developments for reactive, scheduled, proactive, and online adaptive strategies within the department. He 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.
Alex’s current research is in the field of MR guided online adaptive radiotherapy. By using up-to-date anatomical information acquired by the MR scanner prior and during the beam delivery it is possible to adjust the delivery parameters of the linear accelerator to enable a more precise and targeted delivery of radiotherapy.
Krithika Loganath, Cardiology Registrar & BHF Clinical Research and Training Fellow, University of Edinburgh
Dr Krithika Loganath is a Cardiology Registrar and BHF Clinical Research and Training Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She has a special interest in imaging and heart failure. She is currently undertaking her PhD, using PET-MR to investigate fibrosis in a variety of cardiac conditions. She is also the Cardiology Co-Chair in the British Society of Cardiac Imaging Trainee Committee and a co-organiser in the Women In Cardiology Mentorship programme.
Colin Brown, Clinical Scientist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Colin has been working in the field of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Radiotherapy (MRT) for over ten years and is currently the lead scientist for the MRT service at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.
Connaugh Fallon, Principal Radiation Protection Scientist, UK Health Security Agency
Connaugh Fallon is a Principal Radiation Protection Scientist in the Radiation Emergency Response Group (RERG) at the UKHSA. The RERG is responsible for overall co-ordination and evaluation of UKHSA’s emergency arrangements for radiological and nuclear incidents. The RERG also contributes to the development of national arrangements and policy relating to radiation and nuclear emergency preparedness and response. Connaugh joined Public Health England (now UKHSA) in 2020 after completing a PhD in radiochemistry and nuclear forensics.