School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith NSW 2751, Australia, Australia
Prof Allen’s recent experience includes the development of preclinical studies of Targeted Alpha Therapy (TAT) for melanoma, breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancer. He is the initiator and Study Director of two world first trials of intralesional and systemic targeted alpha therapy for metastatic melanoma, with some 51 patients treated in these phase 1 trials.
Prof Barry Allen is a biomedical physicist in the Cancer Care Centre and Clinical School at St George Hospital in Sydney. Previously, he worked at ANSTO as a Chief Research Scientist, the highest research grade at ANSTO. In the early 1980's Prof Allen turned his attention to the application of neutrons in medicine. He began R&D programs in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) for cancer and In Vivo Body Composition (IVBC). He was able to put together multidisciplinary teams that made major contributions to both these fields. He designed the in vivo nude mouse irradiation facility at the Moata reactor, which allowed the first demonstration of the efficacy of BNCT in the local control of human melanoma in nude mice. In collaboration with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, double strand breaks in DNA arising from neutron capture induced auger emission were demonstrated for the first time. Prof Allen went on to become President of the International Society for Neutron Capture Therapy and to convene the Fourth International Symposium in Sydney in 1990.
Prof Allen made the first human body protein measurements in Australia at Lucas Heights, in collaboration with Sydney hospitals, and the prototype Body Protein Monitor was installed at RNSH, where it continues to operate today. The first commercial Body Protein Monitor was designed and produced, and one unit is located at the New Children's Hospital at Westmead. Prof Allen left ANSTO in 1994 to take up a position as Head, Biomedical Physics Research, in the Division of Cancer Services at St George Hospital.
The Targeted Alpha Therapy (TAT) project was started at St George Hospital, where Prof Allen put together a small multidisciplinary team with US funding. This program was particularly successful in developing new agents for the treatment of melanoma, leukaemia, breast, prostate, pancreatic and colorectal cancer. Over 50 papers have now been published in international journals on this topic, and the world first trial of TAT for melanoma commenced in 2001.
Prof Allen has published over 300 papers in neutron capture gamma ray, resonance cross sections, stellar nucleosynthesis, in vivo body composition, neutron capture therapy, macro and micro-dosimetry, microbeams and targeted alpha therapy. Successful collaborative grant applications total over $4 million. He is a Professorial Fellow of the University of Sydney (1992), Wollongong (1992) and Adjunct Professor of Physics at UNSW (1997-2004) and recently was appointed Conjoint Professor in the St George Clinical School of the University of NSW (2004). Prof Allen was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics (1972), the American Physical Society (1981), the ACPSEM (1992) and of the Institute of Physics (1999).
After serving as President, NSW Branch of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (1995-7), Prof Allen was elected College President in 1998. He initiated and led the successful bid for the International Conference on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2003 at Sydney. Prof Allen was elected President of the Asia Oceania Federation of Medical Physics and President of the International Organisation of Medical Physics in 2006. He is the President, International Union of Physical and Engineering Scientists in Medicine (IUPESM). He founded the international Health Technology Task Group (HTTG) in 2006 and was the inaugural Chair. Prof Allen convened the first workshop on palliative radiotherapy for developing countries in Saigon in 2008.
Awards and Affiliations
1972 Fellow, Australian Institute of Physics
1981 Fellow, American Physical Society
1988-90 President, International Society Neutron Capture Therapy
1992 Fellow, Australasian College Physical Scientists & Engineers in Med
1995-7 President, NSW Branch, ACPSEM
1996 Chair, Cancer Research Group, COSA
1997 Convener, 2003 World Congress Med Physics & Biomedical Eng
1998 President, ACPSEM
1998 Member, American Association for Cancer Research
1999 Chartered Physicist and Fellow, Institute of Physics
2003 President, Asia-Pacific Federation of Medical Physics
2000-2003 President, 2003 World Congress Med Physics & Biomedical Eng
2006 President, International Organisation for Medical Physics
2007 VP, International Union Physicists & Engineers in Medicine
2009 President, International Union Physicists & Engineers in Medicine
Current Fields of Interest
A. Neutron Capture Therapy for Cancer physics, chemistry, biology and oncology
B. In Vivo Body Composition methods, clinical research, Body Protein Monitor
C. Experimental Radiation Oncology - dosimetry, Monte Carlo, targeted alpha therapy
D. Appropriate tchnology & palliatve radiotherapy in developing countries.
Member of international advisory committees for Symposia in Capture Gamma Ray
Spectroscopy and Nuclear Data (to 1985), In Vivo Body Composition and Neutron
Capture Therapy symposia to 2000.
Convener, Int Symposium NCT for Cancer, Sydney 1990.
Convener and President, 2003 International Congress Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Sydney
2005 Chair, Scientific Committee, Fifth Int Conference on Isotopes, Brussels.
2006 International Advisory Committee, International Congress Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Seoul.
2006 Chair, Health Technology and Training Task Group.
2008 Convener & hair, Workshop on Palliative Radiotherapy for Developing Countries, Saigon.
Research grants 1985-
Postgraduate Students 1984-
Provisional Patents: 13, PCT 3
Journals, refereed conference papers, book chapters: 318
Neutron Capture Gamma Spectroscopy 25
Resonance Neutron Physics 72
Stellar Nucleosynthesis 6
In Vivo Body Composition 52
Neutron Capture Therapy for Cancer 86
Targeted Alpha Therapy 56
Experimental Radiation Oncology (other) 18
Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA, United States
Ph.D. Ohio Univ., Athens, OH, December 1984. Major: Physics (Experimental Nuclear Physics). Dissertation: The Interaction of Neutrons with C-12 in the Clinically Important Energy Range 20-26 MeV.
M.S. Ohio Univ., Athens, OH, June 1980. Major: Physics. G.P.A.: 3.65
B.S. Tehran Univ., Iran, 1976. Major: Physics. G.P.A.: 3.65
June 2010-Present: Chief Medical Physicist, Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada, 3730 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89169
December 2010-Present: Adjunct Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), 3730 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89169
December 2008-Sep. 2009: Associate Chief Physicist, North Shore University Hospital-LIJ Health System, Department of Radiation Medicine, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030
July 2002 – December 2008: Professor, University of Kentucky, A.B. Chandler Cancer Center, Department of Radiation Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky 40536
July 2002 – December 2008: Professor (Joint appointment), University of Kentucky, College of Allied Health, Department of Clinical Sciences, Research and Graduate Studies, Lexington, KY 40506.
July 1998 – July 2002: Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, A.B. Chandler Cancer Center, Department of Radiation Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky 40536
July 1994 - July 1998: Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, A.B. Chandler Cancer Center, Department of Radiation Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky 40536
August 1994 – July 2002: Associate member of Graduate Faculty for the Radiation Science program, Research and Graduate Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506.
December 1990 - July 1994: Assistant Professor, Washington University, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Radiation Oncology/Physics, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
1986 - December 1990: Research Associate Scientist, Dept. of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale Univ. School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510
1984 - 1986: Postdoctoral Associate, Radiation Physics section, Dept. of Therapeutic Radiology, Univ. of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
CURRENT RESEARCH AND AAPM ACTIVITIES:
a. Chair of AAPM Task Group No. 143: Dosimetric Evaluation of Elongated Photon Emitter Brachytherapy Sources
b. Member of AAPM Task Group No. 129: Eye Plaque Dosimetry
c. Member of AAPM Task Group No. 137: AAPM Recommendations on Dose Prescription and Reporting Methods for Permanent Interstitial Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer.
d. Member of AAPM Task Group No. 138: AAPM Recommendations on Assessing Uncertainty of the Brachytherapy Clinical Dose Evaluation Process
e. Member of AAPM/ABS: Special Brachytherapy Modalities Working Group
f. High Energy and Low Energy Brachytherapy Source Dosimetry Work Groups
Ohio River Valley (AAPM Regional Chapter)) (1994-present).
Missouri River Valley (AAPM Regional Chapter)) (1993-1994).
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (1984-present).
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) (1992-present)
American Endocurietherapy Society (AES) (1992-present).
American Physical Society (APS) (1980-1985)
Connecticut Association of Medical Physics (CAMP) (1988 - 1990)
A Niroomand Rad
Department of Radiation Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, USA, United States
Occupation: Medical Physicist, specializing in Radiation Oncology
Full Professor of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical School.
Director of Clinical Physics in the Department of Radiation Medicine atGeorgetown University Medical Center.
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Education: 1978, PhD in Physics, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
1981, Postdoc in Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Certifications: 1988, ABR, Therapeutic Radiological Physics
1990, ABMP, Radiation Oncology Physics
Career: Azam Niroomand-Rad PhD was Director of Clinical Physics in the Department of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, a Full Professor of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical School, Associate Editor of the Medical Physics Journal, and the Past President of the International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP). She obtained her PhD in Atomic and Molecular physics from Michigan State University in 1978 and completed her post-doctoral research in medical physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. She received her Honorary Doctor of Science degree (DSc) from the Regent of the University of the State of New York (2001). She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and the American Board of Medical Physics, and is recognized as a Diplomat of the ABR and a Fellow of the American Association of Physicist in Medicine (AAPM). Dr. Niroomand-Rad has published numerous articles and book chapters, and is Co-Inventor of a US Patent for designing a novel stereotactic method for treatment of spine lesions. She has received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (2001), Life-Time Achievement in Medical Physics Award from American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2006), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award for Distinguished Career Contributing to the Advancement of Medical Physics Through Research, Teaching, and Leadership from the International Organization for Medical Physics (2009), and Outstanding Alumni Award from Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Michigan. (2010).
In addition to her teaching, research, and patient care activities in her department, she has been very involved in the scientific, educational, and professional activities of the IOMP and AAPM; serving as Chair of the International Affairs committee and founding Chair of the IOMP/AAPM International Scientific Exchange Programs (ISEP). She has organized many international scientific programs in the physics of radiation oncology and has been an invited speaker to many conferences. Most notably and passionately, in order to promote the status of Medical Physics worldwide, she has organized workshops and training courses in medical physics in developing countries and has helped establish several national medical physics associations in developing countries.
Additional Professional Organization Activities:
Member of IOMP Education and Training Committee, 1991- 1997.
Editor, for Medical Physics World, Bulletin of the International Organization for Medical Physics, IOMP, 1994 - 2000.
Coordinating Editor, for Electronic Medical Physics World, EMPW, 1996 - 2000.
Board of Directors, Medical Physics Publishing, 2001 – 2003.
Associate Editor, Medical PhysicsJournal, 2001 - Present.
Associate Editor, Iranian Journal of Radiation Research , 2001– Present.
Associate Editor, J ournal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute , 2003 – Present.
Associate Editor, International Journal of Low Radiation , 2004 – Present
Associate Editor, Kasr El Aini Journal of Clinical Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, 2004 – 2006.
Chair, IOMP Education and Training Committee, 1997-2000.
Oral Examiner, Therapeutic Radiological Physics, Oral Examination for The American Board of Radiology, 1996, 2000, 2002.
Oral Examiner, Radiation Oncology Physics, Oral Examination for The American Board of Medical Physics, 1997.
Appointed member of Awards and Honors Ad Hoc Committee for International Organization for Medical Physics, IOMP, 1998-1999.
Member, International Organization for Medical Physics, Awards and Honors Committee 1999-2000.
Member, International Advisory Committee for International Conference on Medical Physics, All India Institute of Medical Physics, New Delhi, India, November 1998.
Vice-President, International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), 2000-2003
President, International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), 2003-2006
Past President, International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), 2006-2009
Member, IOMP International Advisory Council, 2001- Present.
Member, IUPESM Congress Coordinating Committee, 2001-Present.
Member, IUPESM Education and Training Committee, 2001 – Present.
Member, IUPESMInternational Council for Science (ICSU) Liaison Committee, 2001 – 2006.
Member, IUPESM Administrative Council, 2001 - Present.
Member, IUPESM Public and International Relations Committee, 2001 – 2006
Member, Int’l Advisory Committee, South East Medical Physics Workshop, Malaysia, 2001
Member, Advisory Committee, Int’l Conference on Medical Physics & Radiation Safety, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, India, November 26-29, 2001.
Member, Ad-Hoc Comm., IOMP By-Laws Revision Comm., 2001 – Present
Chair, Ad-Hoc Comm., IUPESM Policy and Procedure, 2002 – 2006.
IAEA (Int’l Atomic Energy Agency) Expert, radiation therapy physics, Jordan, July 2003.
Member, International Advisory Committee, Third South-East Asian Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP), Fourth Asia-Oceania Congress of Medical Physics (AOCMP), Sept. 2004, Kuala Lumpur
Member, Program Committee XIIth Congress of Poland Society of Medical Physics, Sept. 2005, Warsaw, Poland
SMJ Mortazavi serves as Professor of Medical Physics at School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. His background is in medical physics, with specific training and expertise in the biological effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Mortazavi was awarded the Young Scientist Award at the 11th International Congress of Radiation Research, Dublin, Ireland. After completing postdoc awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the Kyoto University of Education he joined the faculty of RUMS, Rafsanjan, and served as Assistant/associate professor until 2008. Then he moved to SUMS, Shiraz where he served as associate/full professor. He was also a visiting scientist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia (2017-2018), and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee (2018). Mortazavi has authored more than 250 papers in well-known peer-reviewed journals in areas such as low dose radiation, radiation protection, radiation shielding, natural radiation, space radiation/medicine, and non-ionizing radiation. Some of his papers/letters have been published in prestigious journals such as PNAS, Circulation, British Journal of Cancer, and Environmental Research. He has also published papers on the future role of radioadaptation in the long-term stay of humans in space. One of his early papers that have been cited by NASA is still receiving attention. Moreover, his papers are cited in the official guidelines prepared by governmental organizations in many countries. Focusing on the issue of space radiation, he has studied space biology, especially biological protection of astronauts against high levels of space radiation in deep space missions, such as future manned journeys to Mars.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich (TUM) Munich Germany, Germany
He Studied Physics and Medical Sciences at universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg; 1968 Dr.rer.nat., Physics and Physiology, University of Heidelberg; Postdoctoral fellowship at Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg; 1970-73 Education and training in Medical Physics, Medical School Hannover; 1979 Qualification university lecturer in Medical Physics; 1984 Professor Medical Physics
1970 Physicist at Radiotherapy Department, Medical School Hannover; 1982 Senior Medical Physicist, Nord-West-Krankenhaus Frankfurt/Main; 1987-2004 full professor,
Chair and Director of the Department for Medical Physics at the University of Tübingen. Since 2004 Professor for Biomedical Physics, Departments Radiation Oncology & Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital, Technical University Munich.
Selected Teaching Activities:
1972-1986 education and training courses in medical physics for students and technicians, since 1987 Courses on Medical Physics and Fundamentals of Medical Imaging at University of Tübingen; 1992 1994 Lecturer in ESTRO Teaching Courses; since 1992 Lecturer in Training Courses on Physics in Radiological Diagnostics organized by Deutsche Röntgengesellschaft (DRG); since 2000 Lecturer in Training Courses on Physics in Radiooncology organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Radioonkologie (DEGRO); since 1998 Lecturer and Supervisor of the European School of Medical Physics organised by EFOMP and ESI at Archamps/Geneva
Various positions held in scientific organisations, boards, committees in Germany; 1990-1994 president DGMP
1994-1996 EFOMP Chair Scientific Committee; 1996-1998 EFOMP President. 1999-2001 EFOMP Immediate Past President 2000-2003 IOMP Chair International Advisory Board 2000-2003 IOMP Chair Honors & Awards Committee since 2003 IOMP Chair Ru