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IAEA Scientific Forum 2022

27 – 28 September 2022, Vienna International Centre, Vienna

Rays of Hope: Cancer Care for All

27–28 September 2022
IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria


Moderator: Ms Hannah Vaughan Jones


9:30–11:00     Opening Session (Video →)

Opening statement by Mr Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, IAEA

HE Mr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President, Malawi

HE Mr Benjamin Hounkpatin, Minister of Health, Benin

HE Ms Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, United States of America

HE Mr François Jacq, General Administrator, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France

Mr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization (WHO)

Keynote speaker: Ms Shekinah Elmore, Assistant Professor and Radiation Oncologist, UNC-Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, United States of America

11:00–13:00     Lunch Break

13:00–14:45     Session 1: The role of radiation technologies in the medical management of cancer patients (Video →)

Ms Soehartati Gondhowiardjo, Radiation Oncologist and Senior Consultant, Department of Radiotherapy, Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital (RSCM), Jakarta, Indonesia

- Role of radiotherapy in treating cancer (presentation)

Mr Andrew Scott, Director of the Department of Molecular Imaging and Therapy, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia

- Benefits of upscaling access to imaging and nuclear medicine (presentation)

Mr Carlos Buchpiguel, Professor in the Department of Radiology and Oncology, São Paulo University School of Medicine, São Paulo, Brazil

- Role of nuclear medicine and radiology in cancer management (presentation)

Mr Alfred Karagu, Chief Executive Officer, The National Cancer Institute of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

- Kenya’s national investment in medical uses of radiation (presentation)

Ms Eun Kyung Paik, Chief, Radiation Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences (KIRAMS)

- Supporting countries in the region in radiation medicine – the experience of the Republic of Korea (presentation)

Mr Tatul Saghatelyan, Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology, National Center of Oncology of Armenia

- Challenges in implementing radiation medicine (presentation)

Ms Yolande Lievens, Chair of the Radiation Oncology Department, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent Belgium

- Assessing the cost and value of radiation therapy globally, regionally and in Member States (presentation)

14:45–15:15     Coffee Break

15:15–16:00     Session 2: Enhancing quality, safety, and sustainability (Video →)

Mr Abdelkader ToutaouiDirector of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection, Hopital Chahids Mahmoudi, Tizi Ouzou, Algeria

- Support to Quality Improvement and Safety in Medical Physics Services (presentation)

Ms Anchali Krisanachinda, Medical Physicist, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand 

- Support of centres in education training in medical physics – AMPLE Asia (presentation)

Mr Jatinder R. Palta, Professor and Chairman of Medical Physics, Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States of America

- Collaboration on Innovative Solutions to Support Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology (presentation)

Mr Rajendra Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre and Cancer Hospital, Mumbai, India

- A model of affordable cancer care for low- and middle-income countries-Rays of Hope: cancer care for all (presentation)

Ms Maria Cristina Plazas, Director Medical Physics Group, Bogotá, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

- Quality improvement tools in radiation medicine (presentation)

16:30–17:00     Coffee Break

17:00–18:15     Session 3: Expand Innovations (Video →)

Ms Lucyna Kepka, Professor, Department of Radiotherapy, Military Institute of Medicine, Warsaw, Poland

- Innovation in cancer management (presentation)

Mr Tarek Shouman, Professor, Department of Oncology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

- Impact of innovation and research on resource optimization: Member State examples contributing to CRPs (presentation)

Ms Ntokozo Ndlovu, Clinical Oncologist, University of Zimbabwe

- Telemedicine and IT-based Tumour boards  (presentation)

Mr Ricardo Ruggeri, General Technical Director of Oncology - Head of Medical Physics - Director of Residency in Medical Physics of Leben Salud - Member of the CAAR, General Roca, Río Negro, Argentina

- Tools for assessing the quality of treatment (presentation)

Mr Tomoaki Tamaki, Professor, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan

- Innovation in education to close the gap in radiation oncology worldwide (presentation)


9:30–11:15     Session 4: Radiation in medicine within the context of the cancer continuum – Enhancing access to medical uses of radiation globally safely and securely (Video →)

Ms Princess Nono Simelela, Assistant Director-General for Strategic Priorities: Cervical Cancer Elimination, World Health Organization (WHO)

- Global cancer initiatives: Setting global priorities in cancer (presentation)

Mr Carlos Alberto Martinez Blanco, Chief of Cancer Control, Ministry of Public Health, Havana, Cuba

- Cuban experience of the integration of the medical use of radiation in the National Cancer Control Programme (presentation)

Ms Mary Gospodarowicz, Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

- Radiation Medicine Program in a Comprehensive Cancer Centre: A WHO-IAEA Framework (presentation)

Mr James C L Lee, PhD, Chief Radiation Physicist, Division of Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Centre, Singapore

- IAEA’s technical support and integration of medical uses of radiation into global initiatives (presentation)

Mr Jean-Christophe Niel, Director General of the French Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN)  

- Enhancing access to medical uses of radiation globally safely and securely (presentation)

Mr Mounji Zniber, Acting Director, Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (AMSSNuR), Rabat, Morocco

- The Role of Member States in Supporting Neighboring Countries to Ensure Safety and Security (presentation)

Ms Sarene Chu Saifuddin, Senior Principal Assistant Director, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Putrajaya, Malaysia

- A Member State addressing radiotherapy safety with the support of the IAEA (presentation)

11:15–12:00     Coffee Break

12:00–12:45     Session 5: Closing Session: The way forward (Video →)

Mr Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, IAEA

Ms Annette Owttrim, CEO, ASPEN medical

Mr Idrissa Dia, Director, Economic & Social Infrastructure Global Practices Department at Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Mr Greg Perry, Assistant Director General, IFPMA

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