2024 Invited speakers

Pavlina Venkova

EMBRACING CULTURAL DIVERSITY TO OPTIMIZE TEAM PRODUCTIVITY

Pavlina Venkova is a marketing and communications professional passionate about technology, and the dynamic landscape of traditional and digital media. With over 20 years of experience, her expertise spans content creation, corporate communications, and tech solutions marketing within multinational, multicultural environments.

She holds a master’s degree in English and American Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Orchridski (Bulgaria) and an MBA from the University of Lincoln (UK).

Pavlina Venkova will share insights on the importance of cultural diversity in the context of a multinational professional environment.

Prof Joanne Hort PhD, Massey University

John Strong Memorial Lecture: IMAGING TASTE PERCEPTION

Prof Hort is Fonterra Riddet Chair in Consumer & Sensory Science and Director of Feast, the Food Experience and Sensory Testing Lab at Massey University in New Zealand.

Prior to moving to New Zealand, Joanne was SABMiller Chair at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Her research focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the factors affecting flavour perception and consequent choice behaviours. This has included collaborations with colleagues at the University of Nottingham using fMRI to better understand taste and flavour perception.

She has authored 130 publications and is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), Member of the NZIFST and the Royal society of New Zealand. She is a Director of the international Pangborn Sensory Science Trust, sits on the editorial board of Food Quality and Preference and is a founder member and past Chair of the European Sensory Science Society.

Abstract: Taste, as opposed to flavour, is an innate mechanism that has evolved to enable humans to consume nutrients and avoid harm, although taste perception and preferences vary considerably across individuals. In this talk going beyond medical physics, Professor Hort will explore the application of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to better understand the brain’s response to taste stimuli. Presenting research conducted with her colleagues at the University of Nottingham, she will take the audience through the application of fMRI to develop a gustotopic map pinpointing where different taste sensations are processed in the brain, alongside investigations into individual variation in taste response and its manifestation in the brain.

Dr Prabhakar Ramachandran PhD, DABR

OPTIMIZING CBCT IMAGES QUALITY WITH ADVANCE DEEP LEARNING ALGORITHMS

Dr. Prabhakar Ramachandran, with over 27 years of experience in the field of Medical Physics, currently serves as the Director of Medical Physics at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, AU. Dr. Ramachandran has authored more than 86 publications, including 36 as the first author. He holds adjunct faculty positions at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland, as well as an overseas professorship at Anna University. His research interests span real-time dosimetry, treatment planning, 4D imaging, radiation dosimetry, and the development of deep learning models in radiotherapy.

Dr Stephen Chadwick PhD

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MILKY WAY

Presented at the Social Evening, Focal Point Cinema

Stephen has been involved with astrophotography for 20 years. His book, Imaging the Southern Sky, was the first dedicated to photographing deep-sky objects in the Southern Hemisphere.

He enjoys inspiring the public to take an interest in astronomy, through combining scientific information with aesthetically beautiful images of astronomical objects.

During the day he is a lecturer at Massey University.

Dr Dayananda Sharma, PhD, Dip R P, MCMPI

COMMISSIONING OF TREATMENT PLANNING CALCULATION ALGORITHM FOR INTENSITY MODULATED PROTON BEAM THERAPY

Dr Sharma is a Professor and Head of the Medical Physics Department at Apollo Proton cancer Centre, Chennai, India, with 25 years experience in the field. He has led the commissioning of the first Proton therapy Facility in South East Asia and Middle East and is recipient of multiple awards for his publications in international conferences.