Welcome to IEL Conference 2017

21st to 22nd June, Birmingham, UK

Informing, Educating, Leading

IEL are delighted to invite you to our first conference.  The 'headliners' will be sharing their specialist knowledge and expertise, but will also talk about personal effectiveness and the organisational and human factors associated with the demands of implementing new and innovative technologies. The conference is aimed at supporting you and your colleagues through both the improvement of existing and implementation of new services.

Venue directions

Walking from New Street Station - 3 minutes

Guest Speaker

Dr Steve Bull
Chartered Psychologist for Team GB at three Olympic Games.
Striving for performance excellence

Confirmed Nuclear Medicine
Headliner Speakers

Professor Peter Bartenstein
Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine
LMU Clinic of the University of Munich
PSMA - Theragnostic management of neuroendocrine and prostate cancer in Germany how patients benefit

Marika Bajc MD.
Senior Consultant and Associate Professor
University Hospital Lund, Sweden
The clinical importance of VQ SPECT

+ Nuclear Medicine Agenda

Confirmed Radiotherapy
Headline Speakers

Dr Anna Bruynzeel, VUmc
Radiation Oncologist; MD PhD
VU University Medical Centre / VUmc Cancer Centre Amsterdam
Practical implementation of MRI-guided Radiotherapy pancreatic SBRT as an example site

Professor Frank Lagerwaard
Radiation Oncologist; MD, PhD
VU University Medical Centre / VUmc Cancer Centre Amsterdam
Pre-conditions and hurdles of settling up a MRI-guided Radiotherapy program

+ Radiotherapy and Radiotherapy Physics Agenda

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Speaker Biographies

Steve Bull

Dr Parthiban Arumugam

Clinical Director and Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician

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Dr Parthiban Arumugam

Clinical Director and Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician

Qualifications: MBBS, FRCP, MSc (Nuclear Medicine) Special interest: Radionuclide Myocardial Perfusion Imaging with SPECT and PET. Myocardial blood flow quantitation with PET.

Biography: Graduated from Madras Medical College (MBBS, India) in 1990.Started working in the UK as a Senior House Officer in Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust in 1995.Trained in Nuclear Medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary (1998 -2003).First Consultant post at Royal Liverpool Hospital (2003-2005) and re-joined team at CMUH in March 2005 and since then have been in post as a Consultant and Clinical Lead in Nuclear Cardiology. Clinical Director since April 2014.

Past President of the British Nuclear Cardiology Society. Past Council Member of the British Nuclear Medicine Society and British Cardiovascular Society. Member of the British Nuclear Medicine Society Education Committee.

Steve Bull

Dr Luigi Aloj

Nuclear Medicine Consultant

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Dr Luigi Aloj

Nuclear Medicine Consultant

Gigi Aloj has worked in clinical Nuclear Medicine and has had research interest in radiopharmaceutical development for over 20 years. The main focus of his activity is cancer imaging and radionuclide therapy. His research experience spans from preclinical development of radiolabeled compounds to clinical trials for imaging and therapy of cancer using Nuclear Medicine methods. He has worked in these areas at the National Institutes of Health in the US for from 1994-1998, at the National Research Council of Italy (Naples) from 1998 to 2003 and at the National Cancer Institute in Naples, Italy from 2003 to 2016. He is currently a Consultant in Nuclear Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Steve Bull

Marika Bajc MD, Phd

Senior Consultant and Associate Professor

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Marika Bajc MD, Phd

Senior Consultant and Associate Professor
University Hospital Lund, Sweden

During a very distinguished career and amongst many other clinical improvements, Professor Bajc has developed, validated and implemented a VQ SPECT method with VQ quotient and quantification for pulmonary embolism diagnosis. As a result the non – diagnostic findings have decreased from 65% to 1% and Professor Bajc was invited to be one of the key contributors to the new EANM Guidelines on lung scintigraphy.

Steve Bull

Anna Bangiri

SRS Lead Principal Radiotherapy Physicist

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Anna Bangiri

SRS Lead Principal Radiotherapy Physicist
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Anna Bangiri studied Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and took a special interest in Nuclear Physics and Medical Physics. After graduating from the University of Surrey with a MSc in Medical Physics she undertook the training to become a Registered Clinical Scientist, first in Maidstone and subsequently in Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust. After acquiring HCPC registration while working at NUH, she took a special interest in Stereotactic Radiosurgery, which led to her acquiring the role of Principal Physicist for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). Currently Anna is in the process of expanding the SRS service for patients in the East Midlands.

Ron Barrack

Ron Barrack

Radiopharmacy Project Delivery Manager

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Ron Barrack

Radiopharmacy Project Delivery Manager

Currently project responsibilities include re-commissioning and expansion of a Radiopharmaceutical Production Unit near Sheffield for production of Fluorine-18 and Technetium-99m products for injection using cyclotrons for the production of starting materials. 12 years experience with Alliance Medical during which he was responsible for set up and operation of 3 sites before moving into his current project role. Experienced in a wide range of roles within healthcare covering pharmaceuticals, in vitro diagnostics and clinical trials most commonly involving significant management of change.

Professor Peter Bartenstein

Professor Peter Bartenstein

Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine

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Professor Peter Bartenstein

Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Department of Nuclear Medicine LMU Clinic of the University of Munich

In the nuclear medicine stream, Professor Peter Bartenstein, University of Munich, will shed light on the enormous progress made in Germany with the therapeutic use of radioisotopes including up-to-date clinical data on Somatostatin and PSMA theragnostics. The emphasis will be on teaching the UK audience how such achievements are possible in all European countries including the UK.

Prof Andrew W Beavis

Prof Andrew W Beavis

Consultant Medical Physicist and Head of Radiation Physics

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Prof Andrew W Beavis

Consultant Medical Physicist and Head of Radiation Physics

Prof Andrew W Beavis has worked in the NHS, (Radiotherapy Physicist), since 1992 having gained a PhD and holding a Research Associate post at Newcastle University in Solid State Physics. Currently a Consultant Medical Physicist also holding a Visiting Professorship at Sheffield-Hallamshire University, Hon. Professorship at the University of Hull and Hon. Reader at Hull-York Medical School (HYMS), he is Head of Radiation Physics in the Hull and East Yorkshire Trust.

Professional qualifications include Fellow of the BIR, Fellow of the IPEM, Member of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicist and Chartered Scientist.

Rob Biggar

Rob Biggar

Senior Clinical Scientist (Radiotherapy Physicist)

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Rob Biggar

Senior Clinical Scientist (Radiotherapy Physicist)

Rob is a Senior Clinical Scientist, specialising in radiotherapy physics at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. He has worked across multiple centres in Merseyside and Wirral for the past 5 years. Rob has a strong interest in treatment planning, in particular SABR and Head&Neck. His MSc research focussed on isotoxic dose escalation in lung radiotherapy. He has involvement with clinical trials and performs dosimetric audits for RTTQA. Rob is involved in national NHS recruitment and also teaching on Liverpool Universities MSc program.

Rob is passionate about the application of human factors understanding to radiotherapy, and has made impacts on pre-treatment and on-treatment services. He has significant experience with EPID based in-vivo dosimetry techniques, tying into his strong belief in process simplification.

Rob’s personal interests include trapeze, boxing and snooker. He has previously hitchhiked to Istanbul with no money, in just 5 days!’

Steve Bull

Steve Bloomer

Director of Sales and Technical Services UK, Hermes Medical Solutions

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Steve Bloomer PhD, CPhys, MInstP

Director of Sales and Technical Services UK, Hermes Medical Solutions

I currently head up the UK technical team and sales for Hermes Medical Solutions. I have been working in medical diagnostic imaging and especially Molecular Imaging since 1990, and have worked on a wide range of projects including: innovative medical device design (pupillometry), gamma camera detector design and production (GE), gamma camera PET (Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge), and most recently on NM and PET software applications and systems engineering for Hermes.

Claire Bode

Claire Bode

Technical Lead Practitioner for Radiotherapy

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Claire Bode

Technical Lead Practitioner for Radiotherapy

Claire is currently working at the University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) as a Technical Lead Radiographer. Claire is particularly interested in the development of practice that will enhance patient outcomes. She has been pivotal in the implementation of IGIMRT and SABR treatments which has propelled UHB into the top performing trusts for delivery of IMRT and SABR treatments. In her spare time Claire likes to pamper her three dogs as well as travelling to Spain to see family.

Anna Bruynzeel

Dr. Anna Bruynzeel

Radiation Oncologist; MD, PhD

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Dr. Anna Bruynzeel

Radiation Oncologist; MD, PhD

Since 2012 Anna ME Bruynzeel has been a radiation oncologist at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her areas of interest are neuro-oncology, gastrointestinal tract oncology, stereotactic ablative radiotherapy and MR-guided radiotherapy. The latter has recently been introduced in clinical practice using the MRIdian system. Anna belongs to the core team developing protocols and performing MR- guided adaptive treatment including patients with locally advanced pancreatic tumors, prostate cancer and kidney cancer.

Dr Steve Bull

Dr Steve Bull

Chartered Psychologist for Team GB at three Olympic Games.

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Dr Steve Bull

Chartered Psychologist for Team GB at three Olympic Games.

Steve has served as the Headquarters Psychologist for team GB at three Olympics. He was also the principal Leadership Coach for the England and Wales Cricket Board, working closely with the squad who succeeded in regaining the Ashes.

During his 30 year career Steve has coached CEOs, Olympic Gold Medalists, NATO officers, professional actors and university academics. He served as the team GB Headquarters Psychologist at three games, a role which involved working across all sports with athletes, coaches and team managers. He also worked with the England Cricket Team for 16 years – during which time he served in roles of team psychologist, leadership coach and change management consultant.

Steve has worked as an executive coach and business psychologist since the late 1990s specialising in creating high performance environments. He delivers development programmes focussing on high performance leadership, team effectiveness, culture changes and resilience.

Dr Maggie Cooper

Dr Maggie Cooper

Radiopharmacist

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Dr Maggie Cooper

Radiopharmacist

Margaret Cooper has worked in Radiopharmacy for more than 20 years. She was the first full-time radiopharmacist at the Royal Free Hospital in London before moving to be Head of Radiopharmacy at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Throughout her career she has been interested in research, particularly into novel agents for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and she spent 5 years as a research scientist in the Department of Imaging Sciences at Kings College London where she also provided QP cover for clinical trials run in the clinical PET centre based at St. Thomas' Hospital. She is now the Chief Radiopharmacist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Kat Dixon

Kat Dixon

Consultant Clinical Scientist

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Kat Dixon

Consultant Clinical Scientist, Poole Hospital

Kat Dixon is Head of Nuclear Medicine at Poole Hospital. She is also RPA and RWA for this Trust and several others in Dorset. She is actively involved in the OSFA assessments for STP trainees and is developing a side-line in nuclear medicine outreach activities in local schools. Kat actively encourages innovation within the nuclear medicine department and as a result Poole was the second department in the country to start scanning with Tektrotyd. Kat has a special interest in myocardial perfusion imaging since she investigated reconstruction techniques during her PhD studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Once back in the UK she developed a structured training program for radiographers and now MPI studies performed at Poole Hospital are reported by a Radiographer / Physicist reporting team.

Peter Enever

Peter Enever

Radiotherapy Advanced Practitioner

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Peter Enever

Radiotherapy Advanced Practitioner

I started training as a Therapy Radiographer in 1997 at Leeds University. My first job was at Cookridge Hospital in Leeds. I then moved to work in Brighton for 3 years. I returned to Leeds in 2004 where I have worked since. I’m currently the Advanced Practitioner for MOSAIQ Workflow and Leksell Gamma Knife. I help and oversee any projects that involve the development of new treatment workflows and imaging.

Outside of work I enjoy running, cycling and swimming. I also have two daughters who keep me on my toes.

Patricia Hough

Patricia Hough

Acting Deputy Radiation Therapy Services Manager

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Patricia Hough

Acting Deputy Radiation Therapy Services Manager

Patricia Hough is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University. Having worked in a number of hospitals in the UK and Australia she returned to work in Ireland 12 years ago. Currently she is the Acting Deputy Radiation Therapy Services Manager in the Radiation Oncology Department in the Mater Private Hospital in Limerick. She was one of the first Radiation Therapist to work in the department when it opened and has been the Varian System Administrator since then. She was instrumental in devising policies and procedures required when opening a new department and ensuring these remain current with best international practice. She is highly involved in CPD. Since she moved to the department she has been shortlisted as “Medray Radiation Therapist of the Year” 4 out of 5 nomination periods since the award began.

Peter Houston

Peter Houston

Principal Physicist

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Peter Houston

Principal Physicist

Peter Houston is a Principle Physicist in Treatment Planning at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. He graduated from St Andrews University in 2007 and commenced Clinical Scientist training at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was involved in the commissioning of the departments new cancer centre. Having taken up his current post in 2015, Peter has been heavily involved in the clinical implementation of DIBH Breast Radiotherapy, Pancreatic SABR and published the world's first RapidPlan model for Pancreatic VMAT. His current interests lie in Abdominal SABR and Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

Dr. Frank Lagerwaard

Dr. Frank Lagerwaard

Radiation Oncologist; MD, PhD

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Dr. Frank Lagerwaard

Radiation Oncologist; MD, PhD

Since 2002 Frank J Lagerwaard has been a Radiation Oncologist at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His areas of interest are Neuro-Oncology, Intracranial Radiosurgery, Extracranial Stereotactic Radiotherapy, Lung cancer and MR-guided Radiotherapy. After the implementation of the 4D CT scans and RapidArc treatment planning and delivery, his team recently implemented MR-guided Radiotherapy using the MRIdian system at his department. Since early May 2016, it is possible treating patients with e.g. prostate cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer using Stereotactic MR-guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy (SMART).

Keith Langmack

Dr Keith Langmack

Head of Radiotherapy Physics

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Dr Keith Langmack

Head of Radiotherapy Physics

Dr. Keith Langmack is Head of Radiotherapy Physics at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He started his career in radiotherapy physics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge in 1989 after completing his B.Sc. in physics in Durham (1982-85) and D.Phil. in molecular biophysics at Queen’s College, Oxford (1985-89). He moved to Lincoln in 2000 and then Nottingham in 2002. He is a Fellow of IPEM and a Charted Scientist. He has many scientific papers across diverse topics within radiotherapy. His current special interests are in imaging in radiotherapy and optimising radiotherapy workflows.

Ross Maxwell

Dr Ross Maxwell

PET Centre Technical Director

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Dr Ross Maxwell

PET Centre Technical Director, Newcastle University

Ross Maxwell has 30 years experience in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging, starting at the National Institute for Medical Research, London and including St George's Hospital Medical School, Aarhus University and the Gray Cancer Institute, where he also gained experience with Positron Emission Tomography. He has used these technologies in Newcastle to support cancer drug development and, more recently, dementia research.

The Dementias Platform UK imaging initiative led to the installation of clinical PET-MR in Newcastle in 2016, making it the third of seven UK centres which now have this capability. The full potential of simultaneous PET and MR detection has yet to be exploited but there are a range of possible opportunities (and some difficulties) to be investigated.

Steve Bull

Nicola Mullins

Clinical Scientist

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Nicola Mullins

Clinical Scientist

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Steve Bull

Emma Orchard & Paula Jones

Lead Dosimetrist

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Emma Orchard & Paula Jones

Lead Dosimetrist

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James Osborne

James Osborne

Lead Clinical Technologist

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James Osborne

Lead Clinical Technologist

I started my life in Medical Physics way back in 1990 on the Trent Regional Health Authority training scheme for Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement. Since then I have spent most of my working life in the Radiotherapy Physics Department at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. As Lead Clinical Technologist I look after a small group of staff covering Mould Room, Treatment Planning and QA.

Dr Andrew J Reilly

Dr Andrew J Reilly

Consultant Clinical Scientist

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Dr Andrew J Reilly

Consultant Clinical Scientist
Western Health and Social Care Trust

Andrew Reilly is Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the North West Cancer Centre, Londonderry. Throughout his career he has supported the clinical use and development of radiotherapy imaging technologies and worked towards improved systems integration. He has a particular interest in bridging the gap between different imaging disciplines and optimising imaging across the radiotherapy process. He is founder of the IQWorks project, led the Radiotherapy Imaging User Group and provided physics support under the national NRIG mentoring programme for IGRT implementation.

Andrew served as Chairman of the BIR Radiation Physics and Dosimetry Committee until 2009, was a member of BIR Council from 2010 to 2013, represented the BIR on the DH Medical Physics Expert working group and was the inaugural chair of the BIR Informatics and Clinical Intelligence special interest group.

Steve Bull

Greg Robinson

Clinical Product Marketing Manager

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Greg Robinson

Clinical Product Marketing Manager

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Steve Bull

Andiappa Sankar

Head, Dosimetry Section

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Andiappa Sankar

Head, Dosimetry Section

Started my career as Radiation Therapy Physicist in 1992 after my post-graduate diploma in Radiation and Hospital Physics from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India. Working with NHS Lothian for the past 12 years, initially as a Research Clinical Scientist (2005 – 2006) and further as Head, Dosimetry Section (2006 – till date) with Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Edinburgh, U.K. During this period, clinically implemented IMRT technique in 2006 and expanded it later with VMAT (2011). Actively supported and established patient specific quality assurance procedures for all state-of-art techniques like IMRT, VMAT, cranial Stereotactic radiotherapy and Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy [SABR]. With industry collaboration, developed world’s first commercial EPID based transit dosimetry system in 2010 and clinically utilised this process for more than 4000 patients since its implementation.

James Scuffham

James Scuffham

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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James Scuffham

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

James is a Clinical Scientist working in Nuclear Medicine at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. James studied for a PhD in Space Physics before turning his attention to more terrestrial matters and specialising in Medical Physics, but continues to work in academic research through links to the University of Surrey and other collaborators. His particular research interests are molecular radiotherapy dosimetry, image processing and radiation detection instrumentation. James is also actively involved in managing routine service delivery, and the development of new services in Nuclear Medicine.

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Dr Gill Vivian

Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician

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Dr Gill Vivian

Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician

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Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Chief Radiation Therapist

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Chris Winter

Chief Radiation Therapist

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in diverse clinical environments. Chris manages teams of specialised clinical professionals across multiple areas at the University Hospital of Zurich. Chris is the American football coach at various levels for the Swiss National Team and Head Coach for the U-13’s team. Chris is also a ski coach.

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