Medical Physics Group
This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest.
Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.
About the group
As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in the medical applications of physics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We promote physical science and support scientists interested in medical physics who are working in:
We keep physicists briefed on the latest developments in applied technologies. We campaign for training and support for our members in their careers, including at the early stages.
What the group does
We promote all areas of physics with potential for medical applications and foster the exchange of ideas and collaboration between academia, healthcare and industry to address a wide range of medical challenges.
We focus on the whole range of physics and engineering technologies applied to:
- healthcare research
- personalised medicine
- computational modelling
- big data in the healthcare industry
- techniques for the development of pharmaceuticals
We are involved in training and promote early career development through:
- group committee
- signposting of funding
- promoting a skills hub to help facilitate suitable training opportunities at industrial, academic and clinical centres
Our engagement activities
We actively encourage:
- relationships with interested professional and learned bodies
- engagement with the industrial community by invitations to events and meetings
Group physics prize
Medical Physics Group PhD Prize 2020
This is an annual prize for an outstanding thesis.
Our officers recommend applicants for the IOP Research Student Conference Fund and IOP Early Career Researcher Fund to support them to attend medical physics conferences.
Find group events on the IOP events site.
- 2018 (PDF, 768KB)
- Winter 2015 (PDF, 4.05MB)
- Winter 2014 (PDF, 1.97MB)
- Summer 2013 (PDF, 5MB)
- Summer 2011 (PDF, 3.7MB)
- Winter 2010 (PDF, 2.49MB)
- Physics World: A broad spectrum of careers
- American Institute of Physics' Special Topic Physics of Cancer
- International Atomic Energy Agency's Human Health Series
- BBC Programme, The 250 Million Pound Cancer cure. Horizon follows the development of two NHS proton beam therapy centres.
- British Nuclear Medicine Society
- Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
- International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation
- International Commission on Radiological Protection
- Royal Academy of Engineering
- The British Institute of Radiology
Presentations from the meeting on Up-and-Coming Techniques in Medical Physics Translated into Clinical Practices (IOP December 2015):
- 3D Printing in Healthcare: from Concept to Clinical Practice (PDF, 922KB)
- Exploring the Potential of High-Precision Dose Delivery and Real-Time Knowledge of the Target Volume Location (PDF, 2.32MB)
- Technological Leapfrogging at a Hospital near you. What’s going on and why it matters? (PDF, 2MB)
- ActiveNeedle Technology (PDF, 5.5MB)
- Translating nuclear physics techniques to medical physics (PDF, 2,962KB)
Presentations from the meeting on Up-and-Coming Techniques in Medical Physics Translated into Clinical Practices (IOP December 2014):
- Adapting radiotherapy using patient-specific biological imaging (PDF, 4.20MB)
- Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (PDF, 1.55MB)
- Small Field of View Camera for Hybrid Gamma and Optical Imaging (PDF, 3.64MB)
- Translating MRS into clinical benefit for children with brain tumours (PDF, 3.09MB)
- Non-invasive in vivo imaging for basic and translational research (PDF, 4,571KB)
The Lancet: Physics and Medicine, April 2012:
The articles in The Lancet are given context by former IOP President Peter Knight’s paper below, published in The Lancet on 21 April 2012 (Volume 379 Issue 9825 Pages 1463-1464 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60603-5)
- The Lancet's Physics and Medicine
- The Lancet's Physics and medicine – two tips for a long and happy marriage by Peter Knight (PDF, 476KB)
- IOP's Medical students need an understanding of physics (PDF, 199KB)
- Physics World's The Lancet highlights role of physics in medicine (PDF, 84KB)
Committee and contacts
- Chair: Dr Philip Marsden firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary: Dr Laura Young email@example.com
- Twitter: @IOPMED
We report annually on our activities to the IOP Groups Committee and review our terms of reference.