Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 1 Oct 2023 14:00
Ends 4 Oct 2023 19:00
Sulaimani University
The University of Charmo in collaboration with Sulaimani University and ICTP is organizing the School of Medical Physics: Use of Radiation in Cancer Management, in Kurdistan Region, Iraq. The School will take place from 1st to 4th October 2023 at Sulaimani University.

Goals and deliverables:
This School aims to bring together national and international experts, researchers, and professionals in the field of medical physics, Radiopharmaceutical and oncology to discuss and exchange knowledge about the latest advancements, techniques, and practices related to using radiation in cancer diagnosis and treatment within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. By gathering experts and professionals in this conference, the goal is to foster a deeper understanding of the role of medical physics in cancer management, particularly within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This event has the potential to facilitate knowledge sharing, promote best practices, and contribute to advancements in cancer treatment and patient care.

The aim of the School is to
- obtain a general understanding of Nuclear Medicine in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
-highlight the significance of nuclear medicine techniques in detecting, characterising, and monitoring cancer.
- emphasise the need for research and advancements in nuclear medicine for improved cancer outcomes.
-explain the principles of nuclear medicine, which involve the use of radioactive substances (radiopharmaceuticals) for imaging and therapy

All the above topics will be discussed on the first two days of the school. On days day 3 and 4, we are going to focus on
- Radiotherapy
- Medical physics and its role in cancer management
- Significance of radiation therapy in cancer treatment
- Fundamentals of radiation therapy, including ionising radiation and its interaction with cancer cells
- Different types of radiation used in cancer treatment, such as external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy and Particle therapy
- Goal of radiation therapy, which is to deliver a precise dose of radiation to the tumour while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissues
- Process of treatment planning, which involves various steps such as imaging, contouring, and dose calculation
- Role of medical physicists in treatment planning, including quality assurance to ensure accurate and safe treatment delivery.

How to apply
Please submit your application here
Application deadline:  20th September 2023

Please note that only students from the Kurdistan region of Iraq can apply. Interested third and fourth-year undergraduate students in Physics, Medical Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and also graduated students having these majors  who are interested in the subject are welcome to apply.

The school is held in English. Therefore a basic knowledge of the English language is required.
Students who complete the whole course will receive an ICTP-PWF certificate.

1. Scopelliti Fabrizio, Radiopharmacist PhD, Head of Radiopharmacy, Cannizzaro Emergency Hospital, Catania, Italy. (In person)
2. Abubaker Farmesk, Physicist PhD, Lecturer, College of Science, Charmo University Iraq. (In Person)
3. Khanna Ruhani, Medical Physicist, PhD Students, Notingham Trent University, UK. (In Person)
4. Flavia la Torre, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Polyclinic Hospital, Messina, Italy. (In person)
5. Saeed Soma, Medical Physicist, PhD, Lecturer, Sulaimani Polytechnics University, Iraq. (In person)
6. Murad Karzan, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, PhD, Zhianawa Cancer Center, Iraq. (In person).
7. Wshiar Lana, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, PhD, Zhianawa Cancer Center, Iraq (In Person).
8. Mohammed Shwan, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, PhD, Zhianawa Cancer Center, Iraq (In Person).
9. Ghafour Hawbir, Medical Physicist, Zhianawa Cancer Center, Iraq. (In person).
10. Favetta Marco, Physicist, PhD, Biophysics PostDoc, Polyclinic Hospital Bari, Italy. (Virtual)
11. Maspero Marco, Radiopharmacist, National Council of Research-San Raffaele hospital, Italy. (Virtual)
12. Panasiti Francesco, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Cannizzaro Emergency Hospital, Catania, Italy. (Virtual)
13. Caramma Sebastiano, Nuclear Medicine Technician, Garibaldi Hospital, Catania, Italy. ( Virtual)
14. Pisciotta Pietro, Medical Physicist, PhD, University Medical centre Groningen (UMCG), The Netherlands. (Virtual)