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Institute of Medical Physics

The Institute of Medical Physics (IMP) within the School of Physics, University of Sydney, draws together research and teaching expertise across the University and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes. Our research is highly multidisciplinary and involves the application of fundamental physics to challenging problems in medicine and biology. Key aspects of our research include: the application of radiation dosimetry and radiobiology to cancer treatment; the development, application and quantitative analysis of novel imaging techniques for diagnosing human disease; the application of biological physics concepts to better understand living matter.

International Awards for Achievement for Professor David Thwaites

Professor David Thwaites, the Professor of Medical Physics in the University's School of Physics and Director of the Institute of Medical Physics, has recently been notified of two significant international awards for achievement.

The first is from the International Organisation of Medical Physics (IOMP) (representing 16k medical physicists worldwide) which held its 50th anniversary meeting recently (Brighton, UK, Sept 2013) and as part of that recognised 50 medical physicists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical physics at the international level within that period. Awardees were nominated by national organisations and were selected against criteria including scientific research work, clinical service development and education, and training and professional contributions including to IOMP.

The second is from the European SocieTy of Radiation Oncology (ESTRO). It is the 2014 Emmanuel van der Scheuren award, recognising scientific excellence and significant contributions to education and to clinical practice in radiation oncology in Europe and in ESTRO This will be awarded at the Society's next annual meeting in Vienna in April 2014 and is one of three named awards that ESTRO make each year.

Further detail can be found in the Spring 2013 School of Physics News letter Physics_News_Spring_2013-1