NACMPA aims to promote the scientific, educational, and professional development of Chinese medical physicists in the field of physics in medicine and biology. In line with this goal, NACMPA Board of Directors has recently initiated a move to enhance the engagement of our members, especially young members, to the NACMPA society, and to create opportunities to boost their professional development. NACMPA is now soliciting nominations (including self-nomination) for the following positions:
- Secretary (1)
- Member-at-large (1)
- Member of NACAMP Annual Meeting/Dinner Committee (5)
The NACMPA annual meeting/dinner is the most recognized and enjoyable event among Chinese physicists. Every year, many volunteers contribute to this great event. The main charge of this committee is to organize and coordinate the annual NACMPA meeting/dinner committee. Specific tasks include, but not limited to, selecting a venue and dinner menu, arranging transportations, promoting the event, soliciting vendor sponsorships. Preference will be given to members from the city where the annual meeting to be held. The NACMPA member-at-large will serve as an ex officio member of the committee.
NACMPA co‐organized the 15th Asia‐Oceania Congress of Medical Physics (AOCMP) annual meeting (jointly held by 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 pracce, such as big data in RT, proton therapy, image registratron, 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 tradion in coming years and to make the NACMPA a great society. Welcome to our annual meeting!
Jackie Wu, Ph.D, FAAPM
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 PhD 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 in the
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, 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