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OPTIMAX Summer School

By Rob Thompson, University College London

Now in its fourth year of running is the well-regarded three-week summer school, OPTIMAX. It comprises of team-based research to investigate real world research questions within medical imaging, giving students from all over the world the chance to try their hand at research with hands-on expert support throughout. The students and tutors come with completely varying professional backgrounds, including Computer Science, Physics, Medicine, Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Engineering.

This year we have 59 participants, coming from Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Portugal, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, The UK, The Netherlands, Vietnam and Sweden. This year, OPTIMAX is being held in the University of Salford, but it has also been in Lisbon and Groningen. Below are the thoughts of some of this year’s participants on their time at the summer school.

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Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2015-2016 – Andrew Tootell

Photograph of Andrew Tootell with VC Teaching Award

On 8th June Andrew received the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award for the academic year 2015-2016. Andrew is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, Directorate of Radiography. He has been Programme Leader for the MSc Nuclear Medicine Imaging for 7 years. He teaches on the Nuclear Medicine MSc, BSc (Hons) Radiography and dental x-ray programme. He was nominated for this award partly because of his passion for his specialist subject. Students at all levels acknowledge his ‘special abilities’ in making challenging subjects understandable to a diverse range of students, many of whom have limited prior knowledge of the subjects. Dr Fred Murphy, Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme, noted

Over the last few years I have had many conversations with students stating that Andrew is brilliant at explaining some complex physics in a simple manner. He uses lots of props and analogies which the students find easy to understand.   This is an important skill for a lecturer dealing with level 4 students of different backgrounds.

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University of Salford Directorate of Radiography Newsletter has gone digital!

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You can now get all the latest Directorate of Radiography news online at

www.salfordradiography.wordpress.com

The newsletter has been updated and given a sleek webpage where articles are displayed as blogs and you catch up on the latest at your leisure. There will be new pieces added weekly and you will be able to comment on and discuss anything that interests you. Take a look and bookmark it now!

Comments, questions or suggestions? Contact Dr Leslie Robinson.

 


Salford academics win awards for best Journal papers 2015

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Professor Peter Hogg & Dr Claire Mercer

Radiography (ISSN 1078-8174) is an international peer reviewed journal of radiography and radiation therapy. In 2015, as the official Journal of the Society and College of Radiographers, Radiography was circulated in print to over 23,000 people.  In 2015 there were over 10,000 institutions in 116 countries that had a ScienceDirect account that included access to the Journal and during 2015 more than 200,00 articles were downloaded from this platform.

Each year, like many journals, Radiography’s editors select the best papers in their opinion. This is done objectively using set criteria. Last year, four papers were selected with one considered to be the best paper and three being highly commended / second place. Two of these four top papers were co-authored by Professor Peter Hogg and Dr Claire Mercer from the School of Health Sciences.

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European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, March 2016

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OPTIMAX 2015 participants

Throughout August 2015 the third research summer school for optimising radiation dose and image quality (‘OPTIMAX 2015’) was held in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Fifty three people participated, including PhD, MSc, BSc students and tutors from physics, radiography and nuclear medicine. Throughout the summer school five empirical pieces of research were conducted in multinational teams and these will be presented at the European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, Austria in March 2016. Read more…..