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:
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 2021
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.
- IOP career paths
- Physics World careers
- Physics World – ‘medical physics: a broad spectrum of careers’
- UK Gov website: How to become a medical physicist
Organisations of interest
- 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
Committee and contacts
|Chair||Dr Bahadar Bhatia, CPhys MInstP|
|Secretary||Dr Laura Young, MInstP|
|Treasurer||Dr Michael Tanner, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Mr Richard Amos, CPhys MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Sarah Bugby, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Professor Karen Kirkby, CPhys MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Philip Marsden, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Caryl Richards, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr James Ross, CPhys MInstP|
|Early Career Physicist||Dr Ekaterina Aristovich, MInstP|
We report annually on our activities to the IOP Groups Committee and review our terms of reference.