Committee Biographies


Name:  Dimitra G. Darambara 
Committee role:Chair
Job title:Team Leader, Multimodality Molecular Imaging
Workplace:Institute of Cancer Research
Institution:Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Darambara received her BSc (Hons, First) in Physics & Maths from the University of Athens, Greece (including a 6-month summer student award at CERN). She then successfully pursued her postgraduate studies at Yale University and received her PhD in Experimental Physics funded by a full NATO research studentship developing a novel generic imaging detector based on Si-memory devices with biomedical and industrial applications (closed access). Afterwards she held positions at CERN as a Research Fellow, at the University of Surrey as a NATO Research Fellow and at UCL and back at the University of Surrey as a Senior Research Fellow sponsored by the Wellcome Trust with a research career development fellowship. In 2006, she was appointed Team Leader of Multimodality Molecular Imaging at the Joint Department of Physics, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. Her research interests focus on the development of innovative imaging detectors and the realisation of multimodal imaging systems and emerging techniques for the next generation of healthcare hardware as well as the performance modelling of imaging systems by combining Monte Carlo and Finite Element Analysis codes.

She is a member of the IOP, IPEM and IEEE. She has had several advisory roles in industry, governmental bodies, EU and NHS and has also served on several committees of the IOP Professional and Policy Groups. She is currently the Chair of the IOP Medical Physics Group, the Chair of Trustees of Mayneord-Philips Trust, member of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Panel for Biomedical Engineering and member of the “Science in Health” special interest strategy group of the UK Science Council.

Name:  Dareyoush Rassi
Dareyoush Rassi
Committee role:Treasurer
Job title:Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics
Workplace:College of Human and Health Sciences
Institution:Swansea University
Dareyoush completed his PhD in physics, and several years of postdoctoral research, at the University of Southampton before being appointed Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Magnetism Applied to Medicine at Swansea University. His main research interest has been in biomagnetic studies using ultrasensitive magnetometers. As well as wide-ranging national and international academic collaborations, Dareyoush has been involved in a number of industrial initiatives including two start-up companies and was a Royal Society Industry Fellow for two years. Currently he is Programme Manager for practitioner training programmes in Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine at Swansea University.

Name:  Gemma Roberts
Gemma Roberts
Committee role:Secretary
Job title:Lead Nuclear Medicine Physicist
Workplace:University Hospital of North Durham
Institution:Regional Medical Physics Department
Gemma started her career in Medical Physics in 2007 via the IPEM route 1 training scheme, specialising in Nuclear Medicine.  After qualifying as a Clinical Scientist in 2012 she moved from Leeds to Edinburgh to provide scientific support to the Nuclear Medicine and the PET/CT services at the Royal Infirmary and recently to the Medical Physics department at the University Hospital of North Durham. Her job has three main elements: equipment support (ensuring diagnostic quality images are produced - with an appropriate patient radiation dose), routine clinical support including reporting of NM images, and support for the introduction of new clinical or research techniques. Recent research and development interests include an evaluation of the automatic processing of DaTscans (a type of brain scan) and the use of automated blood sampling and image derived techniques to produce arterial input functions for PET studies.

Name:  Patrice Burke 
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Imaging Physicist
Workplace:Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering
Institution:Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Patrice completed her MSc in medical physics at Trinity College Dublin, before beginning the IPEM route 1 training scheme in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust.  This was completed in Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she now works in the Diagnostic Radiology department.  Her role includes providing scientific support, dose optimisation, research and education.  She delivers lectures to radiologists as part of their training, and is involved in outreach programmes, encouraging school children and students to study physics.  Recent research activity includes automated analysis of CT scans for clinical diagnosis.

Name:  Seán Cournane
Seán Cournane
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Medical Physicist/ Adjunct Lecturer
Workplace:Medical Physics and Bioengineer Dept/ Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
Institution:St James’s Hospital, Dublin
Seán completed his PhD in physics at the Radiation laboratory in University College Dublin (UCD) before taking up a medical physicist position at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. The main elements of his role include: scientific support, equipment management, education and research. In St James’s hospital Seán works in the diagnostic imaging department with specific expertise in the areas of ultrasound, mammography and nuclear medicine. He lectures on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in UCD, TCD and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). His research interests are in the areas of ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computational analysis and queueing theory, with collaborations established with groups in UCD and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

Name:  George Corner
George Corner
Committee role:Ordinary Member 
Job title:Head of Instrumentation 
Workplace:University of Dundee
Institution:University of Dundee 
A graduate of Dundee, BSc (Hons) in Physics and PhD (in X-ray lattice dynamics), George worked in the National Engineering Laboratory before joining the Glasgow Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering, eventually leading the laboratory equipment and ultrasound service teams. In 2005 he returned to Dundee as Head of Instrumentation, managing medical equipment throughout Tayside. He is Equipment Co-ordinator for NHS Tayside and leads the research aspects of the Medical Physics Department which is accredited to ISO13485. He retains a personal involvement in all aspects of medical ultrasound.
George was recently made an Honorary Professor of Bio-engineering in Dundee University, is a visiting Professor to University of Strathclyde and external examiner for Imperial College, London. He lectures on Bio-engineering and Ultrasound at Dundee and Strathclyde and has research and teaching involvement with several Universities in China.

Name:  Karen Hampson
Karen Hampson
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Postdoctoral researcher in Adaptive Optics for Vision science
Workplace:Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science
Institution:University of Bradford
Karen Hampson completed her PhD in Physics at Imperial College in 2004. Since then she has been a researcher in the application of Adaptive Optics for Vision Science in the Optometry Department at the University of Bradford. One of her current projects is developing an imaging system capable of resolving individual retinal cells in the living human eye. This will be used as a tool for early detection of disease. She also investigates how the aberrations of the eye influence focussing control in myopia.

Name:  Andrew J Fagan
Andrew J Fagan
Committee role:Ordinary Member 
Job title:Director of Imaging Physics 
Workplace:Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging (CAMI) 
Institution:St. James’s Hospital / Trinity College Dublin 
Andrew has worked in the field of medical imaging physics since 1995, prior to which he worked in spintronics / nanomagnetics research.  He has worked in St. James’s Hospital Dublin, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Grenoble, and in the Universities of Dublin, Glasgow and Aberdeen.  His principal areas of expertise lie in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diagnostic ultrasound imaging.
Current research interests are in quantitative MR and US elastographic imaging for applications in neuro, cardiovascular and oncology imaging, and medical device development for training applications in ultrasound. As Director of Imaging Physics at CAMI, he facilitates all imaging research work in the centre, supporting projects at each stage from initial conception/grant writing, to study design, protocol implementation, data analysis through to publication.

Name:  Nick Stone
Nick Stone
Committee role:IPEM representative
Job title:Professor of Biomedical Imaging and Biosensing / Consultant Clinical Scientist 
Workplace:University of Exeter / Gloucestershire Hospitals / Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital 
Institution:University of Exeter
Nick holds the position of Professor of Biomedical Imaging and Biosensing at the University of Exeter and Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist positions at Gloucestershire Hospitals and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He has worked to pioneer the field of novel optical diagnostics within the clinical environment, recently moving from the NHS (Gloucestershire Hospitals), after almost 20 years of working closely at the clinical/academic/commercial interface to pull-through novel technologies to be used where they have most clinical need.
Nick’s studies include MSc degrees in Laser Engineering, Radiation Physics and Medical Physics and a PhD in Raman spectroscopy for cancer diagnostics. He has published over 130 papers and book chapters. He recently won the Chief Scientific Officer’s National R&D Award for 2009. Nick is currently representing IPEM as Vice President (Academic).

Name:  Louis Lemieux
Louis Lemieux
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Professor of Physics Applied to Medicine 
Workplace:UCL Institute of Neurology
Institution:University College London
Louis Lemieux trained in Physics (BSc and PhD in Montreal and MSc in Toronto, Canada) and took a post-doc position at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London in 1990 to work on multimodal image integration for epilepsy surgery planning. Louis became professor of Physics Applied to Medicine at University College London in 1995 and became member of the Institute of Physics in 2007. His research focuses on imaging epileptic events in humans and modelling the underlying biophysical processes.