2016 Annual Meeting
NACMPA co‐organized the 15th Asia‐Oceania Congress of Medical Physics (AOCMP) annual meeting (jointly held by the Chinese Society of Medical Physics (CSMP)) in the historical city of Xi’an, China, November 6‐8, 2015, as well as the 1st Hefei International Forum for Radiological Medical Physics, in Hefei, China, June 13‐14, 2015.
Many prominent NACMPA members have served as scientific committee members, keynote speakers, and invited speakers, for the aforemen‐mentioned conferences and several other medical physics meetings held in China, they include Drs. Jun Deng, Lei Dong, Jianyue Jin, Zuofeng Li, Allen Li, Xiaoming Lu, Charlie Ma, Jie Shi, Brian Wang, Raymond Wu, Ying Xiao, Ping Xia, Lei Xing, Jack Yang, Fang‐Fang Yin, and Ning J. Yue. Their lectures cover a broad scope of medical physics research and practice such as big data in RT, proton therapy, image registration, quality assurance, stereotactic body radiotherapy, etc.
Besides the on‐going meetings, we also have broadened our scopes to participate in many trainings and seminars in China and Asia-Pacific regions, with our members’ efforts to devote their knowledge, time, and expertise to help improve the medical physics profession with our international colleagues. We hope to continue this great tradition in the coming years and to make the NACMPA a great society. Welcome to our annual meeting!
Jackie Wu, Ph.D, FAAPM
NACMPA President, 2015-2016
Chair of Board’s Report
Under the leadership of NACMPA president Jackie Wu, our annual NACMPA meeting was successfully held in Washington, DC on August 3, 2016. The NACMPA was formally founded in the United States in 1995 followed by the social dinner gathering of all Chinese physicists at the 1994 annual meeting of AAPM at Anaheim, CA. I attended the memorable first gathering in Anaheim when I was a Ph.D. student. I was sitting right next to Dr. Sou‐Tung Chiu‐Tsao, who taught in the AAPM Summer School of Brachytherapy and initiated the Chinese gathering on Wednesday evening. I still remember the friendly and energetic atmosphere at the dinner meeting.
After 21 years of continuous growth, NACMPA became a truly international organization with more than 500 members, including 40 from outside the North America. With the increasing international recognition, NACMPA hosted the first international conference for Chinese physicists around the world in Lijing, China, 2011. Also, the organization launched the first officially endorsed scientific journal, the International Journal of Medical Physics, Clinical Engineering and Radiation Oncology (IJMPCERO) in the Spring of 2012. There were about 200 physicists, vendors, and their families attended this year’s annual meeting in a local Chinese restaurant. During the meeting, Dr. Cedric Yu received the Hall of Fame award for his long-time contributions. At the meeting, Dr. Zhigang (Josh) Xu from Stony Brook University Hospital of New York and Dr. Ming Chao from The Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York were elected as the next President‐elect and Treasurer, respectively.
The NACMPA Hall of Fame award is an annual award to acknowledge the individual who made an outstanding contribution to the field of medical physics through research or clinical work, or the individual who was outstanding in service in NACMPA. The former Hall of Fame recipients include Drs. Clifton Ling, Andrew Wu, Raymond Wu, and Charlie Ma.
For the past several years, the NACMPA has issued awards to manuscripts published in JMPCERO journal deemed by both the Board of Editors and NACMPA officers to be worthy of the designation “Best Papers.” This year’s NACMPA Award for Excellence for the best paper published during 2015‐ 2016 in IJMPCERO was “Biological dose estimation model for proton beam therapy”, Vol. 4(2):149‐ 161,2015. The authors are Drs. Vladimir Anferov and Indra J. Das. Along with award certificates given to the authors at the annual meeting was a check of $500 paid by NACMPA to the first author. The journal is indexed in several world-class databases and its papers are cited in many presge journals. Since the IJMPCERO is not yet indexed in the PubMed, the accepted manuscript could be deposited in the PubMed Central (PMC) for NIH access.
Maria F. Chan, Ph.D. FAAPM
CHAIR OF THE NACMPA BOARD
2016, 22nd NACMPA Annual Meeting Awards
Best Paper in 2016:
Drs. Vladimir Anferov and Indra J. Das “Biological dose estimation model for proton beam therapy”, IJMPCERO Vol. 4(2):149,2015
Hall of Fame 2016
Cedric Yu, Ph.D.
Hall of Fame Recipient
Best Service Award 2015
Hualin Zhang, PhD