Iuliana Toma-Dasu, Editor-in-Chief
Iuliana Toma-Dasu is Professor in Medical Radiation Physics and the Head of the Medical Radiation Physics division at the Department of Physics, Stockholm University, affiliated to the Department of Oncology and Pathology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Iuliana Toma-Dasu studied Medical Physics at Umeå University, Sweden, where she also became a certified medical physicist and received a Ph.D. degree in 2004. Later she joined the Medical Radiation Physics group in Stockholm and she became the leader of the Medical Radiation Physics Division at Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet in 2013. In parallel with her deep involvement in the educational program for the medical physicists run at Stockholm University, her main research interests focus on biologically optimised adaptive radiation therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery, modelling the tumour microenvironment and the risks from radiotherapy.
Since January 2021 she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this journal.
Paolo Russo, Past Editor-in-Chief
Paolo Russo was born in Naples (Italy) in 1958. In 1981 he graduated in Physics at the University of Naples Federico II, where he was from 1984 Assistant Professor, from 1992 Associate Professor and from 2001 Full Professor of Medical Physics. His scientific activity is related to the development of digital medical imaging systems, for digital radiography, CT and nuclear medicine. Applications range from autoradiography with microstrip and pixel semiconductor detectors, to digital mammography with photon counting detectors, to small animal SPECT and semiconductor compact gamma cameras, to breast computed tomography and radiotherapy with X-ray tubes or synchrotron radiation. From 2008 to 2012 he was Associate Editor of the journal Physica Medica: European Journal of Medical Physics, and from January 2013 to December 2020 he served as Editor-in-Chief of this Journal. In 2018-2019 he was Chair of the Communications and Publications Committee of EFOMP and since 2018 he is Chair of the Publications Committee of IOMP and member of the Board of Directors of IMPCB. He is reviewer for several scientific journals in Medical Physics, and for research projects for European Research Foundations. He co-authored more than 160 papers on peer-reviewed journals and scientific book chapters, and more than on hundred communications.
Alberto Del Guerra, Honorary Editor
Alberto Del Guerra has been Professor of Physics at the University of Napoli, University of Ferrara and Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Ferrara and the University of Pisa. The major research activities are devoted to the development and application of advanced detector and simulation technologies to the field of diagnostic imaging in PET, CT and MRI. Specific items of research are: Molecular Imaging with PET and SPECT (preclinical and clinical), High resolution CT scanner (preclinical), Functional Imaging in Breast Cancer (PEM and SPEM), Image reconstruction (2-D and 3-D) in Medical imaging. He has been principle investigator of several national projects (PRIN and INFN) and is now coordinator of a FP7 funded project. He is author, co-author of more than 350 publications and more than one hundred communications.
Claudio Fiorino, Deputy Editor
Claudio Fiorino is senior physicist and responsible of many research projects of the Medical Physics department of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano; past member of Physics Committee and of the Board of ESTRO; Member of the teaching faculty of the ESTRO School of radiotherapy, of the Medical physics post-graduate school of the Statale University in Milano and of the Vita e Salute San Raffaele University in Milano. His main areas of research and expertize concern image-guided and Adaptive Radiotherapy, quantitative modelling of radiotherapy induced toxicity and outcome, Radiotherapy plan optimization, Radiobiology, quantitative imaging applied to radiation oncology, radiomics and precision medecine. He is co-author of more than 220 publication in peer-reviewed journals (h-index: 43, july 2020) and author of several book chapters. He is member of the editorial Board of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Phiro, Radiation Oncology. Topic Editor for Frontiers in Radiat Oncol and past Senior Associate Physics Editor of the Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys (2012-2014). He is member of the Editorial Board of Physica Medica since 2001, functioning as Associate Editor from 2014 to 2020.
Marta Lazzeroni , Managing Editor
Marta Lazzeroni is Associate Professor at Stockholm University. She obtained an MSc degree in Medical Physics at the University of Pisa in 2008. In 2009, she moved to Sweden to pursue her academic career at Karolinska Institute as a Marie Curie PhD student within the PARTNER (Particle Training Network for European Radiotherapy) project. In 2013, she defended her PhD thesis. In parallel with her postdoctoral studies at Karolinska Institute, she followed the MSc program in Medical Radiation Physics at Stockholm University and in 2015 she was granted the MSc degree and the licence as Medical Physicist. She has been deeply involved with teaching since her PhD years and became Senior Lecturer at Stockholm University in 2017. Her research interests include light ion therapy with positron emitter beams, dose delivery verification in particle therapy, biologically optimised adaptive radiotherapy, and mathematical modelling of tumour infiltration. Since January 2021, she is the Managing Editor of this journal.
Senior Associate Editors
Manuel Bardiès, Senior Associate Editor
Manuel Bardiès obtained his Doctorate on radiopharmaceutical dosimetry from Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse III) in November 15, 1991. He has been developing his research in radiopharmaceutical dosimetry within INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research), since 1992, in Nantes then in Toulouse (2011).
Manuel Bardiès was one of the founders of the EANM Dosimetry Committee (member from 2001 to 2013, chair 2009-2011). He also chaired the EFOMP Science Committee between 2014 and 2016.
He developed an increasing interest in education, and is a member of the Board of the European School for Medical Physics Experts (ESMPE). .
He’s also a regular expert for the IAEA.
The team led by Manuel Bardiès is primarily involved in radiopharmaceutical dosimetry, at various scales (cell, tissue, organ). This requires the ability to assess radiopharmaceutical pharmacokinetics in vivo, through quantitative SPECT or PET small-animal imaging. An important part of research activity is related to Monte Carlo modelling of radiation transport through biologic structures of interest, in order to give account of energy deposition within tumour targets – or critical non-tumour tissues/organs. The objective is to improve molecular radiotherapy by allowing patient-specific treatments (personalized medicine).
Michael Bock, Senior Associate Editor
Michael Bock was born in Helmstedt, Germany in 1966. He studied at the universities of Braunschweig and Heidelberg, where he received his diploma in physics at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in 1992. For his PhD studies he joined the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, and he earned his PhD in physics from the university of Heidelberg in 1995 for his work on MRI-based velocity measurements. In 2009, he finished his habilitation on interventional MRI at the medical faculty of the Heidelberg university, and since 2011 he is Professor for Experimental Radiology at the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany
At the DKFZ, he has worked since 1996 as a group leader focusing on the implementation of technologies and methods for MRI-guided interventions. In 2007 he coordinated the installation of a 7 Tesla research whole body system for ultra-high field MRI in oncology. He held visiting professorships at the universities of Prague and Cleveland. He has published more than 200 journal papers, and he has supervised 5 bachelor, 23 master and 33 PhD theses. His work focuses on various aspects of MR imaging technologies including for example fast real-time MRI for interventions, X-nuclear imaging with 17O, and MR imaging protocols for oncology.
Prof. Bock is a member of the Int. Soc. for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and various physics societies. Among other awards he received life-time Science Award from the German Soc. for Medical Physics (DGMP) in 2010.
Carlo Cavedon , Senior Associate Editor
Dr. Carlo Cavedon graduated in Physics in 1992 from Padova University – Italy –and specialized in Medical Physics cum laude at University of Milano in 1996.
He served as Medical Physicist in Vicenza Hospital – Italy - since 1997, where he researched on Radiosurgery, Dosimetry, Monte Carlo simulation, and on imaging for radiation treatment planning and neurosurgery. He has been appointed director of the Medical Physics Unit of Verona University Hospital – Italy – in March 2009. His responsibilities include professional and academic aspects of Medical Physics as applied to Radiology, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Protection.
Dr. Cavedon is a full member of the Italian Association of Medical Physics (AIFM), the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), the Italian Physical Society (SIF) and the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics (EuSoMII). He holds several teaching appointments in Italian and international medical physics courses.
He is an Associate Editor of Physica Medica – EJMP. He has been serving as Associate Editor of Medical Physics since January 2005 and is now a Senior Associate Editor of the journal. Dr. Cavedon is a member of the scientific committee of the Italian Association of Medical Physics since 2010 and has been appointed its Chair in April 2016. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 scientific publications in extenso and more than 140 abstracts presented at international Medical Physics conferences. Dr. Cavedon holds the Italian National Scientific Qualification as associate professor in applied physics since 2013.
Catharine Clark, Senior Associate Editor
Catharine Clark is the lead radiotherapy research physicist at University College London Hospital and has a joint post as Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK. She is chair of the ESTRO physics committee and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). Prof Clark is also an honorary Professor at University College London. She acts as a consultant clinical scientist for the radiotherapy trials QA group (RTTQA). Her research interests lie in verification of advanced radiotherapy techniques and she has led several national dosimetry audits, including for rotational IMRT, lung SABR and intra-cranial SRS.
Issam El Naqa, Senior Associate Editor
Issam El Naqa received his B.Sc. (1992) and M.Sc. (1995) in Electrical and Communication Engineering from the University of Jordan, Jordan, and was awarded a first place young investigator award for his M.Sc. work. He worked as a software engineer at the Computer Engineering Bureau (CEB), Jordan, 1995-1996. He was awarded a DAAD scholarship to Germany, where he was a visiting scholar at the RWTH Aachen, 1996-1998. He completed his Ph.D. (2002) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA, receiving highest academic distinction award for his PhD work. He completed an M.A. (2007) in Biology Science from Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA, with highest distinction, where he was also pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship in medical physics and was subsequently hired as an Instructor (2005-2007) and then an Assistant Professor (2007-2010) at the departments of radiation oncology and the division of biomedical and biological sciences and was an adjunct faculty at the department of Electrical engineering. He became an Associate Professor at McGill University Health Centre/Medical Physics Unit (2010-2015) and associate member of at the departments of Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Experimental medicine, where he was a designated FRSQ and CIHR scholar. He later joined the Department of Radiation oncology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he was a Professor and associate member in Applied Physics and the Michigan institute of data science. He recently become the founding chair of the department of Machine Learning at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fl. He is a certified Medical Physicist by the American Board of Radiology. He is a recognized authority in the fields of machine learning, data analytics, and oncology outcomes modeling and has published extensively in these areas with more than 180+ peer-reviewed journal publications and 4 edited textbooks. He has been a senior member and fellow of several academic and professional societies. His research has been funded by several federal and private grants in Canada and the USA and served on national and international study sections. He acts as a peer-reviewer and editorial board member for several leading international journals in his areas of expertise.
Sébastien Incerti, Senior Associate Editor
Sébastien Incerti is Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3), in France. He is involved in the development of the open source Geant4 Monte Carlo toolkit (http://geant4.org) for the simulation of particle-matter interactions, and his research activities focus on the study of the biological effects of ionizing radiation in several application areas, including medical physics and space sciences, in particular for the Geant4-DNA project (http://geant4.org). He is currently IN2P3 Scientific Director for interdisciplinary science.
Christian Karger, Senior Associate Editor
Christian Karger is associate Professor in Medical Physics and head of a research group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany. His research activities include physical, radiobiological and clinical aspects of ion beam radiotherapy, radiation response modeling of tumors, image-guided and adaptive radiotherapy with focus on MR-guided radiotherapy as well as dosimetry and quality assurance. Christian Karger is principle investigators of many grants and (co-)authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, he is accredited as a medical physicist at the German Society of Medical Physics (DGMP) and he acts as a lecturer and coordinator in several academic and educational programs.
Núria Jornet i Sala, PhD, Senior Associate Editor
Since March 1993 I work as Medical Physicist in the Department of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection of Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona (Spain) which is one of the Hospitals of the University Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2016 I have been accredited as university lecturer by the The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency.
I was born in Barcelona in 1968. I graduated in Physics at the University Autònoma de Barcelona in 1991. Then I got a grant from the Catalan Government to follow a Master in Medical Physics at the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse) and Paris IV (Paris). Going back to Barcelona I got a permanent position at Sant Pau hospital where I started working as a clinical physicist in the Medical Physics Department and at the same time I did my PhD which dealt with in vivo dosimetry with diodes for high energy x-ray beams. In 2020 I obtained the diploma as radiation protection head by the Spanish Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN).
Speciality and research field of interest
From the very beginning of my carreer I have been closely linked to ESTRO participating in the ESTRO booklet number 5 on in vivo dosimetry with diodes in 2001. I am currently board member in ESTRO and member of Physics Committee which I chaired from 2014 to 2019 and member of the Scientific and Education Councils. I am also faculty member in ESTRO school and course director of the course on Quality management: Quality monitoring and Quality Improvement. In 2019 I was awarded with the Emmanuel van der Schueren award for my contribution in education in Radiation Oncology. I have also been member and chair of several scientific committees for scientific meetings (ESTRO, SEFM, ECCO, EFOMP) and expert in IAEA participating in courses, expert meetings and QUATRO audits.
Although I work in a clinical department we have strong links with research groups at the Physics University (UB), BarcelonaTech (UPC), and Biology University (UAB) with whom we share different research projects and teaching courses. Our projects focus with in vivo dosimetry, dose calculation in heterogeneities for high energy x-ray beams, skin dose calculation and measurement and biological dosimetry. We are also working on a project for image biomarkers of cardiac toxicity after radiotherapy in breast cancer. The research work has lead to 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals, around 140 communications in meetings and 10 funded research projects. I am also associate editor PhiRo and reviewer of several scientific journals.
Parham Alaei, Associate Editor
Parham Alaei is Professor and Director of Medical Physics at the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota. He is also the Director of Medical Physics Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. He received his MS degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2000, and has been a faculty at the University of Minnesota since 2001. In addition to his administrative and educational duties, he is actively involved in clinical medical physics. His research in recent years has focused on the calculation of imaging dose from kilovoltage CBCT imaging, as well as other topics related to IGRT. He has also been involved in research in Orthovoltage dosimetry and other radiation therapy physics and dosimetry topics. He has served as associate editor and reviewer for many journals in medical physics and radiation oncology. He is a member of AAPM, ASTRO, ESTRO, and ACRO, and was the co-director of the 2018 AAPM Summer School on IGRT and co-editor of the Summer School Proceedings (AAPM Monograph No. 39).
Ane Appelt, Associate Editor
Ane Appelt is an Associate Professor of Radiotherapy Physics at University of Leeds, UK, and a practicing clinical scientist at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK. Her research centres around clinical trials and quantitative radiotherapy studies. She is involved in numerous clinical trials of novel radiotherapy treatment strategies, and is Chief Investigator of a multicentre dose escalation trial. She has worked on innovative rectal and anal cancer treatment strategies, such as definitive chemoradiotherapy and non-surgical management, as well as on lung and upper GI cancer studies. Her quantitative work in bioeffect modelling focuses on normal tissue dose-volume effects, development of tumour response models, and estimation of effects of clinical risk factors. This has included image-based dose-response analysis and advanced survival analyses; focusing on outcomes after radiotherapy and optimization of complex models.
Michele Avanzo, Associate Editor
Michele Avanzo is a senior Medical Physicist at the Department of Medical Physics of the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico (CRO) IRCCS in Aviano, Italy. His main research interests are the applications of artificial intelligence in radiotherapy and imaging, with focus the development of machine learning models for predicting patient’s outcome and their application for personalizing and optimizing patient’s treatment. He’s also involved in the in the development of techniques for in vivo dosimetry. His current clinical activity is devoted to intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric arc therapy (VMAT). He’s currently serving in taskgroups of AIFM, EFOMP and AAPM.
Jean-Pierre Bissonnette, Associate Editor
Dr. Bissonnette has been active in several areas of Medical Physics, including education, quality assurance and patient safety, high-precision delivery of radiotherapy to the brain and the lung, and monitoring response of locally-advanced lung cancer to combined chemo-radiotherapy using CT, CBCT and PET images. Current research topics include image-based adaptation of therapy and use of simulation as a learning environment to enhance awareness and adopt appropriate behaviors towards potential hazards and radiotherapy incidents.
Alessandra Bolsi, Associate Editor
Alessandra Bolsi is the head of the clinical medical physics group at Center for Proton Therapy, PSI (Switzerland). She is responsible for the clinical operation at CPT. The main areas of interests and expertise concern imaging for proton therapy, patient positioning and proton treatment planning.
Alberto Bravin, Associate Editor
Alberto Bravin is senior scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France. His research activities focus on the development and application of X-ray imaging techniques and of innovative X-ray radiotherapy methods. Since the middle nineties, he has performed pioneering work in X-ray phase contrast imaging, and contributed to make it become the reference X-ray imaging technique. Presently, he collaborates with several teams to make advances in high resolution neuroimaging and in temporary resolved micro-computed tomography. In radiation therapy, his present interests include the understanding the effects of spatially fractionated radiation delivered to tissues, in the presence or not of local radio-enhancers. He is member of various commissions of trust in the field of synchrotron radiation, and reviewer of several funding agencies.
Laura Cella, Associate Editor
Laura Cella is Research Scientist at the Italian National Research Council (CNR)and Consultant Medical Physicist at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research activities have constantly been focused on the Physics of Radiation Oncology. She began her investigations in the field of planning, delivery and verification of external beam radiotherapy including intensity-modulated and particle beam radiotherapy. Her current research interest is mainly addressed to image based modelling approaches, incorporating machine-learning methods, for clinical radiobiological studies and for radiation therapy optimization
Indrin J. Chetty, PhD, Associate Editor
Dr. Chetty is Professor and Division Head of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital, a position in which he has served since 2007. He oversees the operations for a large group of medical physicists (>30) working to provide routine clinical medical physics services, and actively engaged in research development. During his PhD work at UCLA, Dr. Chetty specialized in the area Monte Carlo-based dose calculations for lung cancer. He joined the University of Michigan in 2000, and in 2005 was awarded a NIH/NCI R01 grant to investigate correlations of dose with outcome for patients with lung cancers. He served as the Chair of the AAPM Task Group No. 105 on the use of Monte Carlo methods for radiotherapy dose calculations in 2007, and more recently has been actively engaged AAPM Task Group No. 157 on beam modeling for Monte Carlo dose calculations. Over the past 10 years Dr Chetty’s research has focused on the investigation of deformable image registration and dose accumulation for adaptive radiotherapy. He is also involved in research pertaining to quantitative image analysis (in particular, radiomics) as well as the use of artificial and augmented intelligence in radiation oncology. Dr. Chetty has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and is Fellow of both AAPM and ASTRO.
Arun Chougule, Associate Editor
Dr. Arun Chougule is the Senior Professor and Head of Department of Radiological Physics, SMS Medical College & Hospitals, Jaipur, Ex. Pro Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan University of Health Sciences and Dean Faculty of Paramedical Science, Jaipur India. He has 36 years of professional and teaching experience in Medical physics. He is considered as one of the pioneer in radiation biology and experiment dosimetry in India. He has done tremendous work in educational advancement of medical physics. He has been on many significant positions and member to countless committee and organizations. He is the past President of Association of Medical Physicist of India (AMPI) and currently he is President of Asia-Oceania Federation of Organization for Medical Physics (AFOMP) and Chair of education and training committee of International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP). He has more than 90 publications in national and international journals and presented more than 230 papers in national and international conferences. He has been author to two books. His research interest includes radiation biology, experimental dosimetry in teletherapy, radiation safety and protection in radiology and radiotherapy, QA-QC in Radiology.
He has served as an expert to IAEA and has been regular associate to ICTP for 8 years. He has done a significant work for Radiation safety Training programme of VLIR, Belgium. for many years as key resource person. He has been awarded with numerous fellowships and awards mainly IOMP-IDMP 2016 for contribution of Medical Physics, AFOMP Member Excellent Presentation Awards, Outstanding Faculty award 2019 SMS Medical College, Govt. of Rajasthan, Dr. Farukh Abdulla Sher – e- Kashmir best researcher award for 2011-12.
John Dickson, Associate Editor
John Dickson is Head of Clinical Nuclear Medicine Physics at UCLH and an Honorary Associate Professor in Nuclear Medicine Physics at UCL. John is vice-chair of the EANM Physics Committee, Past Chair of the IPEM Nuclear Medicine Special Interest Group, and member of the RSNA/QIBA nuclear medicine co-ordinating committee. He is also a member of the UK Administration of Radiation Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC). His research interests are in quantitative multimodal imaging such as PET/CT, PET/MR and SPECT/CT with a current focus on quantitative SPECT.
Emily Heath, Associate Editor
Dr. Heath is an Associate Professor of Physics at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her areas of research include Monte Carlo simulation of radiation therapy delivery, treatment plan optimization and modeling intra-fraction motion during radiation therapy.
Peter Homolka, Associate Editor
Prof. Homolka's main research interests are linked to digital x-ray imaging and interventional radiology physics and dosimetry. This includes optimization of procedures, determination of radiation doses, Dose reference levels and imaging hardware. Recently application of 3D printing in the design and production of radiological phantoms for both, dosimetry and procedure optimization, became a main focus. With regard to teaching, the education and training of clinical medical physicists and medical Physics PhD candidates are Dr. Homolka's major concerns. Other teaching assignments include basic courses for BME and physics master students on imaging physics and current CT technology, and medical physics and radiation protection on Bacc level.
Mischa Hoogeman, Associate Editor
Mischa Hoogeman studied experimental physics at the University of Amsterdam. He continued his education as Ph.D. student at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (Amolf) of the Dutch Organization for Fundamental Research (FOM) studying atomic-scale dynamics of crystalline surfaces with variable-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1998 at Leiden University with honours. After his Ph.D. he switched to the field of radiotherapy working at the NKI-AVL in Amsterdam on dose-volume effect relationships for normal tissue complications for prostate cancer. After having completed the medical physicist training program at the NKI-AVL and Erasmus MC, he was appointed as permanent staff member of the sector Medical Physics at Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in 2006. Since 2015, he has been appointed Head of Medical Physics. He has been appointed as Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam on High-Precision and Adaptive Radiotherapy since 2017 and holds a similar position at the Delft University of Technology since 2019. In 2020 he was appointed as Medical Delta Professor. Medical Delta is a partnership in the province Zuid-Holland of the Netherlands to realize sustainable care with technological solutions. Currently, Mischa Hoogeman is also Head of Medical Physics & Informatics of the Holland Proton Therapy Center.
The overarching aim of his research is to widen the therapeutic window by the development, implementation and evaluation of high-precision adaptive iotherapy techniques. He lead the research group that developed and implemented a novel plan-of-the-day technique to accurately irradiate the highly-deformable target volume of cervical cancer patients. Current research aims to further improve this technique, translate it to Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, and to clinically evaluate the benefit in terms of reduction in side effects and improved quality of life. With the introduction of proton therapy in the Netherlands the focus of research has shifted to proton therapy. Research in this area includes developing online-adaptive proton therapy by near-real-time daily re-optimization of the treatment plan, quantifying the uncertainties during the delivery of proton therapy that may impair the theoretical benefit, and developing methods to account for those by designing robust treatment plans.
Mischa Hoogeman is professor in High-Precision and Adaptive Radiotherapy, head of medical physics of Erasmus MC and HollandPTC and part-time professor at the TU Delft. The overarching aim of his research is to widen the therapeutic window by the development, implementation and evaluation of high-precision radiotherapy techniques. He lead the research group that developed and implemented a novel plan-of-the-day technique to accurately irradiate the highly-deformable target volume of cervical cancer patients. Current research aims to further improve this technique, translate it to Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, and to clinically evaluate the benefit in terms of reduction in side effects and improved quality of life. With the introduction of proton therapy in the Netherlands the focus of research has shifted to proton therapy. Research in this area includes developing online-adaptive proton therapy by near-real-time daily re-optimization of the treatment plan, quantifying the uncertainties during the delivery of proton therapy that may impair the theoretical benefit, and developing methods to account for those by designing robust treatment plans.
Lydia Maigne, Associate Editor
Lydia Maigne is associate professor at University Clermont Auvergne (UCA,http://see.lpc.uca.fr) since 2007. She is a team leader in modeling and simulations in medical physics at Health, Environment and Energy Department of the Physics Laboratory of Clermont (CNRS-IN2P3). She obtained a PhD in particle physics in 2005, she has been qualified as medical physicist in 2007.
Dr. Lydia Maigne has developed an expertise in the fields of e-science through the development of applications and services relevant to imaging and healthcare in grid and cloud environments. Active member in European grid projects (DataGrid, EGEE II and III and EGI), in 2011, she received a grant from the French National Research Agency for the deployment of a distributed infrastructure for epidemiology studies and medical data transfers related to breast and colon cancers.
Involved in the OpenGATE collaboration (www.opengatecollaboration.org) since the beginning of her PhD in 2003; she is participating to the development and validation of multi-scale simulations using the open source GATE platform based on the Geant4 toolkit in the field of radiation therapy physics and imaging. She became a member of the steering committee in 2008 and has been elected as the new spokesperson of the collaboration in 2018. She has been awarded twice in 2009 and 2015, with the other collaboration members, for their two collaboration papers that have received the largest number of citations in the preceding five years in the Physics in Medicine and Biology journal.
She started her research career in validating Geant4 charged particle processes in external radiation therapy and brachytherapy. In 2011 and 2013, she received two grants from the French Cancer Research National Program to improve dosimetry simulations associated to innovative radiopharmaceuticals in internal radiation therapy before studying the potentializing effect of gadolinium nanoparticles for particularly high resistant cancer cells. To that purpose, she got involved with biologists, chemists and computer scientists into the developments of programs to tackle how energy depositions are allocated to biological endpoints (cells, DNA) when using clinical and low-energy radiation beams. To that purpose, her group developed the PDB4DNA (http://pdb4dna.in2p3.fr) and CPOP (http://cpop.in2p3.fr) Geant4 applications that have been used to validate low-energy processes within the Geant4-DNA project (http://geant4-dna.org).
In 2017, she focused on the deployment and validation of biophysical models into the GATE platform for the simulation of the biological dose in ion beam therapy. Through her involvement in an Excellence Laboratory dedicated to Physics, Radiobiology, Medical Imaging and Simulation (https://primes.universite-lyon.fr), her group is collaborating with researchers (IPNL-IN2P3) and clinical partners (MedAustron in Austria, Centre Antoine Lacassagne in France) involved in hadrontherapy.
Lydia Maigne dedicates part of her time in organising practical tutorials using the GATE platform in the Medical Physics Graduate Program at UCA and international workshops. As new spokesperson of the OpenGATE collaboration, she has made one of her priority to increase the organisation of dedicated schools and workshops together with e-learning courses to improve the learning of medical physics through the GATE platform.
Pietro Mancosu, Associate Editor
Pietro Mancosu is senior Medical Physics at the Humanitas Cancer Center in Milano (Rozzano), Italy. His main scientific activities included physics of SBRT; motion management for RT target definition and compensation during the delivery; total marrow irradiation; comparison between RT techniques, IGRT with non ionization methods. In particular, his research interest on physics aspects of SBRT gave him the opportunity to lead the working group of the Italian association of medical physics regarding SBRT.
Loredana G. Marcu, Associate Editor
Loredana Marcu is Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Oradea, Romania and Adjunct Professor at School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. She received her PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Adelaide, and her Masters degree in Applied Physics from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. During her Australian experience, she has coordinated the LDR brachytherapy programme at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She was also a TEAP preceptor supervising and coordinating the medical physics training and education of the junior physicists in South Australia.
Her 20 years teaching experience at both Australian and Romanian universities has materialised in 14 books/book chapters published on physics, radiobiology and teaching methodologies. She has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and conference presentation. Her current research interests cover in silico modelling of tumour growth and response to treatment, targeted therapies, the radiobiology of head and neck cancer, and the risk of second cancer after radiotherapy. Dr. Marcu is the recipient of the “Boyce Worthley award 2006” given by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine for her achievements in the areas of radiobiology and medical physics.
Livia Marrazzo, Associate Editor
Livia Marrazzo was born in Torre del Greco (Naples) in 1979. She completed her studies in Physics in 2003, and got the Specialization in Medical Physics in 2008 at the University of Florence (Italy). In 2005 she completed a Master of Science in Radiation Biology at the University College of London.
She became Medical Physicist at the Medical Physics Unit of the Careggi University Hospital (Florence) in 2009, where she actually works, mainly involved in Radiotherapy. Her major fields of interest are the use of advanced techniques in Radiotherapy, automated treatment planning, dosimetric verification, film dosimetry, clinical trials. She is sub-investigator of the APBI-IMRT Florence (NCT02104895) phase III Trial of the University of Florence. She is an active member of the European SocieTy for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) and the Italian Association for Medical Physics (AIFM).
Michael Mazonakis, Associate Editor
Michael Mazonakis serves as Assistant Professor in Medical Physics at the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece. His main research interests include dosimetry and radiation protection in radiotherapy, quantification of the radiogenic risks attributable to external-beam radiation therapy and development of semi-automatic methods for organ volume estimations on cross-sectional images.
Emiliano Spezi, Associate Editor
Emiliano Spezi is Professor of Healthcare Engineering and Director of Research at Cardiff University (UK). He graduated at the University of Bologna (Italy) where he specialised in Medical Physics before obtaining his PhD from University of Wales (UK). Prof Spezi is a state registered Clinical Scientist with more than 20 years experience in Research and Development in the National Health Service and receives grants from National, International funding bodies and from the Industry. Prof Spezi leads the Cancer Imaging and Data Analytics research team and is chair of the Research Ethics Committee at Cardiff University School of Engineering. His active areas of research include: Monte Carlo Simulations for Radiation Therapy; Image-based Dosimetry for Molecular Radiotherapy; PET Image Segmentation; Radiomics; Federated Machine Learning.
Giovanni Mettivier, Associate Editor
Giovanni Mettivier (born 1973, MSc. 1998, Ph.D. 2003) studied Physics at the University of Naples "Federico II". Since 1998 his scientific activity is entirely in the field of Medical Physics. After receiving post-docs positions in Medical Physics at Naples University, in 2004 he was appointed Research Associate of Medical Physics at the Faculty of Science, University of Naples “Federico II”, where in 2013-2017 he was Aggregate Professor of Medical Physics and from 2018 he is Associate Professor of Medical Physics. Since 1998 he collaborates to or leads experiments funded by the Italian Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN) and Horizon 2020 project. His research interests are in the development of digital imaging systems for mammography, X-ray computed tomography, autoradiography, nuclear medicine and small animal imaging. Since 2006 he is actively involved in the realization of a cone-beam X-ray breast computed tomography prototype. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Physica Medica - European Journal of Medical Physics (EJMP) from 2015 and for the same journal Guest Editor for 3 Special Issues (Medical Application of Synchrotron Radiation and two European Conferences on Medical Physics). From 2018, he is Associate Editor and since June 2020 he is Managing Editor for this journal. He is author of about 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals with 1500 citations.
Lorenzo Nicola Mazzoni, Associate Editor
Lorenzo Nicola Mazzoni graduated in Physics at the University of Florence, Italy. After a period as a visiting scholar at Rice University, Houston (TX), he attended the post-graduate school in medical physics at the University of Florence. He started his research in theoretical biophysics and statistical mechanics. Actually, his research activity is focused on imaging, mainly CT and MRI, and radiation protection. He served as member and consultant in EFOMP and AIFM working groups. In the last years he worked as medical physics expert at Florence and Siena University Hospital. He is currently MPE at the Medical Physics Unit of Pistoia, AUSL Toscana Centro.
Jamie McClelland, Associate Editor
Jamie McClelland is an Associate Professor in the Radiotherapy Image Computing (RTIC) group within the Centre for Medical Image Computing at UCL. His research interests cover image processing and analysis for planning, guiding, and studying the outcomes of radiotherapy. He has a particular interest in modelling and compensating for breathing motion during imaging and treatment delivery. Current projects include measuring and analysing radiation induced lung damage, QA and commissioning of DIR for clinical use in radiotherapy, a data upload and sharing platform to facilitate research and clinical trials, and using respiratory motion models to motion compensate CT, CBCT, MR, and PET data and to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment.
Juergen Meyer, Associate Editor
Juergen Meyer is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington and lead medical physicist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He has over 15 years of experience in radiation oncology medical physics, including education, research and clinical work. He obtained degrees in Germany and the UK and has practiced medical physics in Germany, New Zealand and the USA. His research interests have covered a wide range of topics with current focus on small animal irradiation with proton minibeams, surface-guided radiation therapy and development of a novel optical calorimetry detector.
Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Associate Editor
Dr. Nakamura is Associate Professor in Medical Physics at Kyoto University.
He has authored 11 book chapters and coauthored 116 papers in the peer-reviewed English literature, 15 as first author and 53 as corresponding author (As of July 2020).
Domestically, his peers in Japan expressed their regard by electing him to the board of the Japan Society of Medical Physics. Internationally, his academic achievements are attested by his participation in the Global Quality Assurance of Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials Harmonisation Group and a number of other international research collaborations.
He won the 2019 Young Scientist Award of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).
Giuseppe Palma, Associate Editor
Giuseppe Palma is a theoretical physicist and researcher of the Italian National Research Council. His main research interests include radiation therapy toxicity modelling, quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (qMRI), image processing and analysis.
In 2014 he contributed to first unveil the text of two cyphered missives of the Renaissance duchess Lucrezia Borgia.
In 2018 he co-founded a start-up company for e-care platforms that has been acknowledged as corporate spin-off of the Italian National Research Council.
He is the primary inventor of an international patent on qMRI, and co-authored one book and more than 40 papers on astrophysics, medical physics, cryptography and Medieval historiography.
Κostas Perisinakis, PhD, Associate Editor
Kostas Perisinakis was born in Heraklion, Crete, Greece in 1968. He received his BSc in Physics from the University of Athens in 1991, his MSc in Medical Physics from the University of Patras in 1995, and his PhD in 1999 from the Medical School of the University of Crete. He joined the Medical Physics Department of the Medical School of the University of Crete in 1996 as Scientific Associate. In 2000 he was elected Lecturer, in 2005 Assistant Professor and in 2015 Associate Professor of Medical Physics in the same institution. He is Affiliated Researcher in the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH).
His main research interests are within the areas of
- CT dosimetry and technology
- Quantification of the radiation dose and associated radiogenic risks from radiological procedures
- Optimization of patient/occupational exposure and image quality in radiological procedures
He is author or co-author in more than 110 scientific full-papers published in peer-review journals indexed in Index Medicus and PubMed, which have received more than 2700 citations (Scopus, Dec 2019, h-factor=29). He has participated as an invited speaker in more than 100 national/international congresses/seminars. He is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Physica Medica - European Journal of Medical Physics (EJMP) and serves as Reviewer in peer-review journals such as ‘Medical Physics’, ‘Physics in Medicine and Biology’, ‘Radiology’, ‘European Radiology’, ‘Investigative Radiology’, ‘Journal of American College of Cardiology’ and ‘Circulation’, among others. He is a member of the Greek Association of Medical Physicists (GAMP), the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine. (EANM).
Tomasz Piotrowski, Associate Editor
Tomasz Piotrowski is a Professor in the Department of Electroradiology at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland. He is also a chief of Medical Physics Department at the Greater Poland Cancer Centre in Poznan, Poland. His research activity focuses on various fields including tomotherapy, total skin electron irradiation, adaptive RT, optimization of IMRT, VMAT and 3DCRT, personalized planning, knowledge based planning, dose calculation algorithms, image-guidance as well as imaging for treatment planning, and image registration methods.
Jaroslav Ptáĉek, Associate Editor
Jaroslav Ptáĉek works as the head of the Department of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection in the University Hospital in Olomouc, Czech Republic. He is a medical physicist in nuclear medicine and focuses himself mainly on image processing, quality control and radiation protection. He is involved in teaching of medical physics and instrumentation in nuclear medicine and x-ray diagnostics in technologists education program. He is also involved in education and training of medical physicists in nuclear medicine in Czech Republic who are working on becoming qualified medical physicist. As a former member of teh board of the Czech Association of Medical Physicists he is involved in professional matters of medical physicists in Czech Republic. Since 2013 he is a part of local organizing committee of ESMPE in Prague and since 2018 he is a secretary general of EFOMP
Osvaldo Rampado, Associate Editor
Osvaldo Rampado is a senior Medical Physicist at the Department of Medical Physics of the University Hospital “Città della Salute e della Scienza” in Torino, Italy. His professional focus is on radiation protection, dosimetry and image quality optimization in medical imaging, for all the different X-ray imaging modalities. He is teaching medical radiation physics and image processing at the University of Torino. He’s currently serving in taskgroups of AIFM and EFOMP. His main research interests are in the fields of patient dose assessment and management, quantification of radiological image quality parameters and more recently in radiomic analysis. He is also interested in the application of artificial intelligence techniques in the analysis of big data deriving from archives of patient doses in diagnostic imaging.
Madan M. Rehani , Associate Editor
Dr. Madan M. Rehani is Director, Global Outreach for Radiation Protection at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. He is also President, International Organization for Medical Physics (2018-2021). He was earlier Radiation Safety Specialist at the International Atomic Energy Agency for 11 years and prior to that Professor and Head of Medical Physics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Dr. Rehani has been a Member, International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). He is author of 8 Annals of ICRP, 4 of which as the main author. He is Senior editor BJR, Assoc Editor Medical Physics. He has more than 150 publications. Contributed editorials in British Medical Journal, International Journal of Cardiology and published in The Lancet.
Alessandra Retico, PhD , Associate Editor
Alessandra Retico, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Pisa Division, Italy. She received the Laurea in Physics in 1999 and the Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from University La Sapienza of Rome. Her main research interests are in the field of Medical Imaging, including X-ray, CT and MRI instrumentation and advanced techniques for image processing and analysis, radiomics, machine-learning and deep-learning applications.
Marianna Sijtsema, Associate Editor
Marianna Sijtsema is working as a senior medical physicist in the department of radiation oncology of the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. She studied applied physics and obtained a PhD degree in biophysics at the University of Twente, the Netherlands after which she worked as a postdoc on optical spectroscopy in supersonic flow research at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She started her training as a medical physicist radiotherapy in the University Medical Center Groningen in 2001 and obtained her certification in 2005.
She has over 15 years of experience in radiotherapy medical physics both in the clinic and in research with a focuss on radiomics, artificial intelligence and big data in radiation oncology and image guided and adaptive radiotherapy in both photon and proton therapy. She was (co)author of over 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Suleman Surti, Associate Editor
Dr. Suleman Surti is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Radiology. Dr. Suleman Surti obtained his PhD in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, followed by postdoctoral research work in the Physics & Instrumentation Group within Radiology until 2003 prior to his faculty appointment. Dr. Suleman Surti’s PET expertise spans development of detectors and electronics, their incorporation in optimized scanner geometries, evaluation of system performance and data/image correction techniques, and optimization of imaging protocols. He has been actively involved in the development of several systems at Penn ranging from small-animal PET through application specific PET (brain, breast, proton) to whole-body PET (Non-TOF, TOF, long axial field-of-view).
Jenia Vassileva, Associate Editor
Jenia Vassileva is a Radiation Protection Specialists at the Radiation Protection Unit of the International Atomic Energy Agency. She is clinically certified diagnostic medical physicist, holds a PhD in medical imaging physics, and before joining the IAEA in 2014, was Professor of Medical Physics and Head of the Department of Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure at the National Center of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection in Sofia, Bulgaria. She supervised over 40 MSc and PhD students and has been involved in the postgraduate education and clinical training of medical physicists and health professionals in Bulgaria. She was involved in over 20 national, European or international research projects, chaired the Physics Subcommittee of the European Congress of Radiology in 2013 and was its member 2010-2012. She chaired two International Conferences on Radiation Protection in Medicine, 2010 and 2014 in Varna, Bulgaria, and was a guest-editor of two special issues of Radiation Protection Dosimetry. Her current work at the IAEA is related to preparing guidance, training and information resources and organizing meetings and courses in the field of radiation protection in medicine. She coordinated a number of IAEA studies of patient doses from medical imaging procedures. She has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and has been invited to speak at many medical and physics conferences and congresses. She has acted as a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals in the field of medical physics, radiology and radiation protection.
Habib Zaidi, Associate Editor
Habib Zaidi is Chief physicist and head of the PET Instrumentation & Neuroimaging Laboratory at Geneva University Hospital and full Professor at the medical school of Geneva University. He is also a Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), Adjunct Professor of Medical Physics and Molecular Imaging at the University of Southern Denmark, Adjunct Professor of Medical Physics at Shahid Beheshti University and visiting Professor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His research is supported by the EEC, Swiss National Foundation, private foundations and industry (Total 8.3M US$) and centres on hybrid imaging instrumentation (PET/CT and PET/MRI), computational modelling and radiation dosimetry and deep learning. He was guest editor for 12 special issues of peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial board of leading journals in medical physics and medical imaging. He has been elevated to the grade of fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE and the AAPM. His academic accomplishments in the area of quantitative PET imaging have been well recognized by his peers since he is a recipient of many awards and distinctions among which the prestigious (100’000$) 2010 kuwait Prize of Applied sciences (known as the Middle Eastern Nobel Prize) and the 2019 Khwarizmi International Award given by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST). Prof. Zaidi has been an invited speaker of over 160 keynote lectures and talks at an International level, has authored over 340 peer-reviewed articles (h-index=64, >15’600+ citations) in prominent journals and is the editor of four textbooks.
Federica Zanca, Associate Editor
Federica Zanca is a senior clinical medical physicist who has been conducting research in medical imaging in both academic (she has been professor at the KU Leuven) and industrial settings (she has been Chief Scientist and director in GE Healthcare), for the past 22 years. Her research topics span several areas, including mammography, computed tomography, interventional and general radiology, medical imaging perception and artificial intelligence in medical imaging. Trough investigation of equipment performance, organization of quality control in imaging systems, control of radiation and contrast hazard, her research aims at delivering high-quality care of patients undergoing imaging procedures. She is currently consulting industry and hospitals through her company, Palindromo Consulting.