The conference was opened by Conference Secretary Ms. Rabia
Aslam, followed by a welcome address by Conference Chair, Mr. Mumtaz Ul Haq who
thanked the honorable guests and participants and wished them an enjoyable
learning experience. Head of the department of Physics, Prof. Dr. Fazal-e-Aleem
introduced the participants with the ongoing academic and research activities
in the department, its exponential expansion and highlighted some of the
significant achievements over the past couple of years. Chief Guest, Dr. M. A.
K. Lodhi Professor Research Texas Tech University USA was invited to the stage,
Who honored the audience with his presence and shared his valuable experiences.
Invited speakers enlightened the audience with their
knowledge and expertise and brought forward different ideas addressing the open
questions in Medical Physics and Biophysics. First Session Chair, Prof. Dr.
Fazal-e-Aleem introduced the honorary speakers. Dr. Sajid Bashir (PINUM Cancer
hospital, Faisalabad) presented his work on retrieving phase information in
phase contrast Imaging followed by Nauman Amjad (Institute of Nuclear Medicine
and Oncology Lahore) who talked about development of Modern Radiotherapy. Ms. Rabia
Aslam (University of Lahore) presented her work on automated analysis of
neuronal cell signals. Mr. Mumtaz Ul Haq (Senior Chief scientist (R) INMOL,
University of Lahore) talked about Radiation Protection, which was followed by
a talk on bio-distribution of nano-particles by Mr. Khalid Rasheed Javaid
(Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research).
The second session was chaired by Dr. Munir Ahmad which
started with Dr. Shugufta Zareen (Institute of Molecular Biology and
Biotechnology IMBB lahore) who talked about Anti-microbial activity of Silver
nano-colloids for bacterial vaginosis, followed by Syed Asadullah’s talk on investigation
of hybrid nanopores and M. Abdur Rafaye’s talk on evaluation of Intensity
Modulated Radiation Therapy IMRT QA using portal Dosimetry.
Third session was chaired by Mr. Mumtaz-ul-Haq, which
included talks by Mamona Mumtaz on Multiple sclerosis detection in MR images with
Principal Component Analysis, Muhammad Hasem on Neuronal activity under EM
radiations, Muhammad Usman on Role of PET in lympohoma and Qamar Ul Zaman on combined
effect of hyperthermia and photodynamic therapy. All invited speakers were
presented with honorary shields and certificates.
Through Questions and
Answers between sessions, participants had a chance to interact with the
honorary speakers, foster interesting discussions, share their research
experiences and build links.
During panel discussion session, the panel consisting of
Prof. Dr. Fazal-e-Aleem, Mr. Mumtaz Ul Haq, Dr. Munir Ahmed, Dr. Khurshid Aslam
Bhatti, Dr. Shugufta Zareen, Mr. Abdur Rafaye, Ms. Rabia Aslam and Mr. Afnan
Bashir reflected on graduate and post-graduate programs in Medical Physics and
Biophysics throughout Pakistan including the University of Lahore,
collaborations of a physician and a physicist in Pakistani environment,
Collaborations of Department of Physics with Shaukat Khanum Medical and Cancer
hospital and Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology, Lahore, job and entrepreneurial
options after graduation with a degree in Medical Physics and Biophysics and
several other things. Audience took part in discussion with zest and several
recommendations were developed.
The conference was concluded with the distribution of
participation certificates and souvenir bags. There were 200 participants at
the conference, primarily Physics graduate and research students and some
Medical students as well. According to the feedback received, most of the
participants found the conference extremely useful with Radiation Protection, Automated
segmentation of neuronal signals, IMRT QA portal dosimetry and anti-bacterial
effects of nano-particles being the most popular talks. Majority of the
participants stated that the conference met their expectations and the
knowledge attained was definitely applicable in their work. Most of them
suggested that such conferences should be held regularly with more research
areas included and spanning over more than one day.
With the grand success of 1st Conference on
Advances in Medical Physics and Biophysics, department of Physics is proud to
announce an International Conference on Materials Science and Nano-technology
in September 2016.