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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 physics in medicine and support scientists interested in medical physics who are working in:

  • industry
  • academia
  • healthcare

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:

  • diagnostics
  • treatment
  • intervention
  • 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:

  • mentoring
  • networking
  • membership
  • 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

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Medical Physics Group events

This IOP group holds dedicated events throughout the year, which we encourage you to join to learn more about this area. 

Discover these events

Group physics prize

Medical Physics Group PhD Prize

This is an annual prize for an outstanding thesis.

Apply for and find out more about the Medical Physics Group PhD Prize, including past winners.

Physics resources

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.

Early Career Researchers Fund

For researchers at the start of their careers to attend international meetings and facilities. 

Find out more about the fund

Research Student Conference Fund

Financial support for PhD research students to attend international and major national meetings.

Find out more about the fund


Organisations of interest

Physics publications


Medical physics publications

Committee and contacts

ChairDr Bahadar Bhatia, CPhys MInstP
SecretaryDr Laura Young, MInstP
TreasurerDr Michael Tanner, MInstP
Co-opted MemberAssociate Professor Richard Amos, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Sarah Bugby, MInstP
Co-opted MemberDr Dimitra Darambara, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Philip Marsden, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Jack Miller, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Caryl Richards, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr James Ross, CPhys MInstP

We report annually on our activities to the IOP Groups Committee and review our terms of reference.