Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
|Professor Stephen Keevil|
|Rosemary Cook CBE (CEO)
Professor David Brettle (President elect)
The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) is the United Kingdom's professional body and learned society for physicists and engineers within the field of medicine, founded in 1995, changing its name from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology (IPEMB) in 1997. The Institute is governed by an elected Board of Trustees reporting to which is a substructure of committees, groups and panels of members, which undertake the professional work of the Institute. IPEM is a member of the Science Council. 
The Institute is licensed by the Engineering Council to register Chartered Engineers and by the Science Council to register Chartered Scientists, Registered Scientists and Registered Science Technicians.
The claimed aim of the Institute and its members is to promote for the public benefit the advancement of physics and engineering applied to medicine and biology, and to advance public education in the field.
- the Hospital Physicists Association (HPA) founded in 1943,
- the Hospital Physics Technicians Association (HPTA) founded in 1952, and
- the Biological Engineering Society (BES) founded in 1960.
The HPA created its scientific arm in 1984, the Institute of Physical Sciences in Medicine (IPSM). The trade union and scientific activities split in 1989: the scientific arm merged with the BES to form IPEMB while the trade union (HPA) joined the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Trades Union (MSF). The Association of Medical Technologists (AMT) formerly (HPTA) merged with IPEM in 2001.
The Institute issues an IPEM Diploma on successful completion of Part I training (the initial training grade, which for medical physicists and clinical engineers it involves two years in-service training, incorporating an accredited MSc).
There are 11 categories of membership:
- Fellowship (FIPEM): This is the most senior category of membership. It is only awarded to Corporate members (MIPEM) who have made an outstanding contribution to Medical Physics or Engineering.
- Full Membership (MIPEM): This category is for people seeking recognition as professional Scientists, Engineers or Technologist in the field of Medical Physics or Engineering. It includes the old Incorporated Membership.
- Medical Fellowship (MedFIPEM): This membership is for Medical Practitioners who have made outstanding contributions to Physics and Engineering applied to medicine.
- Medical Membership (MedMIPEM): For Medical Practitioners working in fields associated with Medical Physics and Engineering.
- Associate Membership: For people working in the field of Medical Physics, Engineering and Technology but who do not yet meet the requirements of MIPEM.
- Student Membership: For students in the field of Medical Physics and Engineering who do not meet the requirement of Associate Membership (e.g. a Post-graduate students).
- Affiliate Membership: For anyone with an interest in Medical Physics and Engineering.
- International Membership: For Medical Physicists, Engineers and technologists working outside the United-Kingdom and members of a national organisation equivalent to IPEM.
- Honorary Fellowship is awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of physics or engineering applied to medicine or related biological science. Up to and including September 2010, 53 Honorary fellows or equivalent have been appointed to IPEM and its forerunner organisations.
- Affiliated Companies and Affiliated Societies.
Dual Membership with the Institute of Physics
On 1 March 2006 an agreement was signed by the IPEM and the Institute of Physics to allow a 25% discount on membership subscriptions payable to each organisation for those who are or become individual members of both organisations.
Annual Conference and Woolmer Lecture
The Institute holds an annual conference on Medical Physics and Engineering. During this conference the flagship lecture of the Institute, the Woolmer Lecture, is presented. The lecture is dedicated to Professor Ronald Woolmer who was the first Director of the Research Department of Anaesthetics at the Royal College of Surgeons. Woolmer convened a meeting at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, to discuss the evolving field of engineering applied to medicine. It was agreed that the group should hold regular meetings and as a result the Biological Engineering Society (BES) was formed with Ronald Woolmer as the first President. Woolmer died two years after the formation of the BES and it was agreed that a memorial lecture would be sponsored in recognition of his achievements.
The following table includes a list of the lectures since 2002:
|2002||Anthony Unsworth||Hip Joint Replacement|
|2003||Arun Holden||Computational Modelling in Medicine and Biology|
|2004||Professor Kevin Warwick||Implant Technology|
|2005||H Gollee||Assistive technologies for function restoration|
|2006||Professor Denis Noble||Cardiac Modelling|
|2007||Professor Sir Michael Brady||Digital Imaging|
|2008||Professor Clive Hahn||Bioengineering Aspects of the Lung: Models and Measurements|
|2009||Professor Martin Birchall||Regenerative Medicine: New challenges, new hopes|
|2010||Professor Mark Tooley||Imitating the Patient|
|2011||Prof Dr Willi Kalender||Developments in Computed Tomography: Is sub-mSv a realistic option?|
|2012||Professor Lionel Tarassenko||Physiology-Driven Signal Analysis and Data|
|2013||Professor Molly Stevens||Designing Biomaterials for Ultrasensitive Biosensing and Regenerative Medicine|
|2014||Professor David Keating||Medical Physics: A Gateway to Innovation|
- Physics in Medicine and Biology (PMB)
- Medical Engineering and Physics
- Physiological Measurement
- SCOPE - The Institute's quarterly magazine which is free to members and available for a small fee for non members.
- a report series
- educational and teaching material
President of IPEM
|1995-97||Prof P.N.T. Wells||2005-07||Dr P.C. Jackson|
|1997-99||Prof P.F. Sharp||2007-09||Dr K.T. Ison|
|1999-2001||Prof R.H. Smallwood||2009-11||Dr C.J. Gibson|
|2001-03||Dr S.W. Smye||2011-13||Prof P.H. Jarritt|
|2003-05||Prof P.C. Williams||2013-||Prof S.F. Keevil|
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