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57th Annual SAAPMB Congress

"New Technologies & Techniques"

28 October - 01 November 2019

River Club

Cape Town

Western Cape


Welcome Message

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 57th congress of the South African Association of Physicists in Medicine and Biology (SAAPMB), which will be held from 28 October – 1 November 2019 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

The congress theme is “New Technologies & Techniques”. The format of the congress this year is slightly different; there is no stand-alone summer school, but teaching lectures will be built into the programme. The congress dinner is on Thursday night, so there will be enough time to complete all presentations that are down for awards, as well as the various society AGMs. The organizing committee members trust that you will gain many insights, make many friends, re-kindle old friendships and experience a fantastic congress.


We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town!


Chris Trauernicht

Congress Chairperson



Please click the below link to download Congress Presentations:


Abstract Submissions

Submission Deadline: 20 September 2019

You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the SAAPMB 2019 congress. 

Abstracts are welcomed from various topics of interest: Radiation Therapy, Radiobiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Radiation Protection, Radiation Dosimetry, Education and Training or any related fields.

Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author(s) to present their work if the abstract is accepted.

Please indicate if you would like to present your work as an oral presentation or a poster. Please note, the scientific committee reserves the right to accept some presentations as posters only. 

The body of the abstract should not exceed 350 words in order to comply with the limit on the publication pages in the African Journal of Medical Physics (AJMP).


No graphs, tables or diagrams can be accepted on the abstract. 

Please use the following layout for your abstract text:



Author1, Author2

Introduction: Insert introduction here.

Materials and Methods: Type your materials and methods here.

Results: Insert results in this section; please note that no tables and diagrams are allowed. Do however state statistical significance of results.

Conclusion: Concluding remarks of paper.

Keywords: Add 3 - 5 keywords here



  • Kindly include the phrase "SAAPMB Abstract 2019" in the subject header.

  • Please indicate in the email whether it is an oral or poster presentation.

  • Also indicate whether you want to be considered for one of the prizes and awards offered.




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A place to meet and play since 1939, The River Club is a landmark Cape Town conference centre and golfing hub. It’s also a magnet for family-friendly refreshment and entertainment. Recently reimagined and injected with new energy, The River Club is ready for you.



The preliminary programme is available for download at the link:




Meet our Speakers

Carmel J. Caruana Ph. D., FIPEM

Professor and Head of Medical Physics at the University of Malta, Professor Caruana specializes in diagnostic and interventional radiology and legislative, professional and education and training issues in Medical Physics. He is past-chairperson of the education and training committee of the European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (EFOMP), lead author of the role and education and training chapters of the EU document ‘European Guidelines on the Medical Physics Expert’ and lead author of the main EFOMP policy statements on education and training and role of the Medical Physicist. He is also the main author and leader of the EUTEMPE-RX leadership module ‘Module MPE01: Leadership in Medical Physics, development of the profession and the challenges for the Medical Physics Expert (Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology)’

Ernesta Meintjes currently holds the South African Research Chair in Brain Imaging at the University of Cape Town (UCT). After completing her PhD in Physics at Oregon State University, she joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at UCT in 1998 where she established a new research focus in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and implemented the first functional MRI studies in South Africa. These studies led to the establishment of the Cape Universities Brain Imaging Centre (CUBIC), with subsequent expansion to the Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre, of which she has been director since its inception in 2015. Her research focuses on developing technology to track and correct motion during MRI scanning, and applying advanced imaging methods to study conditions particularly relevant to South Africa. These include studies on the effects of diseases and prenatal insults, such as HIV, maternal alcohol or drug use during pregnancy, as well as antiretroviral drugs taken by HIV-infected pregnant women, on brain development throughout childhood.

Ernesta Meintjes, Ph. D.

She has authored/co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 220 conference papers, many of which have been recognized by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for their impact in the field. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010 and was nominated by Women World Neuroscience (WWN) for the Rita Montalcini Scholarship in 2013. She has successfully mentored 10 postdoctoral fellows, supervised 19 PhD and 20 master's students, and currently supervises 10 PhD and 9 master's students.

Stephen Pistorius, M.Sc. (Med), Ph.D., PPhys, FCOMP

He has supervised or examined over 100 students and currently is carrying out research in cancer imaging, specifically, in developing improved systems for cancer diagnosis which use artificial intelligence, scatter enhanced x- and g-ray techniques and microwaves; as well as on-line megavoltage portal imaging, aimed at real-time in-vivo tracking of motion and optimization of complex radiotherapy treatments.  The author of over 260 publications and presentations, he has held over C$8 million in research grants, and he and his students have received numerous national and international awards, for their research.



Prof. Pistorius served for nine years on the Board of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physics (COMP) and was President from 2006-2008, and on the Board of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) for ten years, where he was President from 2017-2018. He has served on numerous grant review panels, holds a P.Phys. Designation and is a Fellow of COMP.

Dr. Pistorius is a tenured Professor and Associate Head: Medical Physics in Physics and Astronomy, and a Professor in Radiology at the University of Manitoba. He serves as the Vice Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program and is a Senior Scientist at the Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology.  He holds a Hons. B.Sc. (radiation physics), M.Sc. (medical science) and Ph.D. (physics) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Edinburgh Business School, UK.

Research, Teaching, and Leadership have played an integral role in his career, from early service in the military as an instructor in the Engineering Corps, in industry, as a Certified Clinical Medical Physicist and during ten years as the Provincial Director for Medical Physics at CancerCare Manitoba. His research interests focus on image processing and reconstruction, medical device development, improving, optimizing, and quantifying various diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and in modeling and understanding radiation transport in clinically useful imaging and treatment modalities.

Eric Sewsingh, Director Brachytherapy Solutions at Elekta

Eric has a clinical/dosimetry background in Brachytherapy and worked in the University Hospital in Leiden, The Netherlands until 1992. From 1993 started in the Medical Device industry, first for Philips Radiotherapy, UK.

At Nucletron, The Netherlands he started in 1995 as Application Specialist and promoted to Product manager PLATO in 2001. In 2006/07 responsible for the global launch of Oncentra Brachy. From 2008 he moved in Marketing and had several roles in Marketing space.

After the acquisition by Elekta in 2012, he acted as business development manager for Brachytherapy and since June 2019 promoted to Global Sales Director Brachytherapy solutions.

Johan Els, Operations Manager at CRPM

Johan Els studied Human Biology at the University of the Free State and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 2006 and his Honours degree in Medical Science – Anatomy and Cell Morphology in 2008 and received his M.Tech. Mechanical Engineering in 2016. 

He started his career in 2007 as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at the Central University of Technology (CUT) and was appointed in his current position at the CRPM as Operations Manager in 2017. 


He has to date been involved in more than 70 medical cases, 25 of which he was instrumental in the design and manufacturing of custom DMLS titanium implants, including the first hemi-mandibular DMLS prosthesis implanted in South Africa, in 2013.

Els has a sound knowledge and experience with a Quality Management System after being actively involved during the ISO 13485-certification process of CRPM since 2016. The CRPM completes around 700 commercial projects annually and has a client base of around 750 national and international clients.   

Presenters' Awards and Prizes


  • Presenters have to be paid-up members of the SAAPMB to be considered for an award

  • Awards and prizes will be awarded only to individuals for presentations within the SAAPMB fields of interest

  • Prizes are given to author(s) of the presentation. In the case of multiple authorship, the award/prize is handed to the presenter (or representative).

  • A presenter is allowed only one entry per category. A research group may enter more than one presentation provided each is delivered by a different person.

  • A paper/poster may compete in more than one category, excepting for prizes awarded by societies, where an entry may compete for only one society’s prize.

  • If the entry is to be considered for more than one prize, a preference list must be given to the judges.

  • If a paper/poster wins a prize, it will not be considered for any further awards

  • The adjudication committee may decide against an award in a category if the presentations are not of a suitably high standard.

  • The abstracts will be used to judge if the work fulfils all the requirements for the various categories and the required standards. If more information is requested from the candidate, it must be supplied to the committee before the presentation is delivered.

  • The presentation must be of an outstanding scientific or technical nature.

  • A candidate may be disqualified if:

  • the presenter’s membership fees are not fully paid

  • the presenter’s congress registration fees are not paid on the first congress day

  • the presenter requests more time for presentation than normally allowed

  • the adjudication committee is of the opinion that most of the work has been done by persons who are not members of the SAAPMB



  • The candidate must be at most 30 years old.

  • The candidate MUST be a paid up member of the SAAPMB

  • The award is given to the person who delivers the oral presentation of the highest quality.

  • The award may be given to a candidate once only.

  • The abstract must be accompanied by a declaration by the department head stating the role of the candidate in the work being presented.



  • The prize is awarded to the person or group that develops new technology, including information technology, devices, or computer programmes in a research project.




  • The prize is given to the person or group that presents, in the form of a poster, the most commendable research.

  • The poster must be presented entirely within the allocated space.



  • The prize is given to the person or group that presents as a paper /poster, the most outstanding research in the radiation dosimetry field.

  • The research must, as its primary objective, make use of an established dose measurement or calculation method, or present improvements to existing dosimetry methods, or present new methods of dose measurement or calculation.

  • If a poster is used, it must be entirely presented within the allocated space.



  • The prize is given to the person or group that presents the most outstanding oral presentation.



  • The prize is given to the best poster/paper presented by a HPCSA registered intern in the field of medical physics.

  • If a poster is used, it must be entirely presented within the allocated space.



  • This prize is awarded to the poster/presentation with the most clinical impact.


Financial Assistance

Members requiring financial assistance to attend this congress are welcome to apply for funding from the association. Limited funding is available and will be disbursed according to the needs of the applicants. Preference for funding will be given to medical physics interns on a volunteer basis, HWSETA funded interns and interns in a paid post, in that order. An application for funding does not mean that funding will be granted. The available funds may be split pro-rata among applicants.


You will need to

a)      Be a paid-up member of the SAAPMB

b)      Have submitted an abstract for oral or poster presentation and include that abstract in the application

c)       Commit to attending the whole congress

d)      Provide written confirmation from the departmental head as to whether financial assistance is given or not

e)      Provide written support of the application from the departmental head or supervisor – this can be in the same letter

f)       Disclose any funds received or applied for


The closing date for funding applications is 30 September.

Please email your applications to cjt@sun.ac.za


Please note that the outcome of the funding applications is not immediate, as any applications have to be referred to the SAAPMB’s Financial Audit Committee before a final decision is reached.

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