The Ghana Society for Medical Physics (GSMP) is happy to announce that Dr Abdul Nashirudeen Mumuni, a member of the society has emerged as the winner of the IUPAP young scientist award for 2017.

This is the second time a GSMP member has won this prestigious award after it was won by Dr. Francis Hasford in 2016.

Announcement of the award by IOMP is available at http://www.iomp.org/?q=content/aha-announces-iupap-award-winner-2017

Profile of Dr. Abdul Nashirudeen Mumuni

Dr. Abdul Nashirudeen MUMUNI is a Lecturer of Medical Physics and Biostatistics in the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) of the Tamale campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS). He is also the Academic Quality Assurance Coordinator for the SAHS. Dr. Mumuni holds a BSc (First Class Honors) Degree in Applied Physics with Environmental Science from the UDS, an MSc (with Commendation) in Medical Physics Computing from the University of Aberdeen, UK under the CSFP/ACU Scholarship Award, and PhD in Clinical Physics with specialization in Neuroimaging and Psychological Medicine from the University of Glasgow, UK under joint Scholarship Awards from the Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE, UK), the University of Glasgow and the Sackler Institute for Psychological Research. Dr. Mumuni also holds certificates in the areas of Medical Imaging, Medical Statistics and Clinical Practice, awarded by the University of Glasgow and SINAPSE.

Dr. Mumuni started his career as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the UDS during the 2006/2007 session of National Service. He was later appointed as a Senior Research Assistant at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) of the UDS in 2007. He was promoted to the status of a Lecturer and appointed Coordinator of a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) block “Perceptions, Consciousness and Emotions” in the SMHS of UDS in September 2014 until his transfer to SAHS in 2016. He is a member of the Ghana Society for Medical Physics, Ghana Science Association, a Core Group member of the Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni, Ghana (CoSFAG), and a recent-past Executive Secretary of the Convention for Biomedical Research, Ghana (CoBReG). He has also served on a number of committees and boards both at UDS and during his studies in the UK.

Dr. Mumuni’s current research focuses on the in vivo applications of quantitative medical imaging techniques, particularly Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy, X-ray imaging, and Computed Tomographic imaging. He also has research interest in the areas of Applied Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Mumuni has authored and co-authored 10 peer reviewed research articles published in both local and international journals, and has presented over 10 abstracts in local and international conference proceedings. Dr. Mumuni enjoys dissemination of Medical Physics ideas and knowledge at every opportunity he gets, and has consequently offered a number of seminar presentations to research audience both in the UK and in Ghana; he is also a guest speaker at this year’s National Scientific Conference and 122nd World Radiography Day Celebration in Kumasi-Ghana, to present on Clinical MRI Safety and Radiologic Ethics and Professionalism in Modern
Healthcare.

Dr. Mumuni represents the SAHS-UDS on the Ghana-Norway Collaboration in Medical Physics and Radiography Education Project (NORPART), which is a research and capacity building initiative between Ghana and Norway. Dr. Mumuni has been able to secure a hosting right for the UDS to host next year’s Summer School of this Project in June, on the Tamale Campus of the UDS to bring participants from Ghana and Norway together for Medical Physics and Radiography training.

Dr. Mumuni has also developed and submitted a 4-year curriculum in BSc Medical Imaging Technology (BSc MIT) to the Allied Health Professions Council and the National Council for Tertiary Education for approval; the programme is planned to commence in the 2018/2019 academic year following approval and accreditation. Dr. Mumuni has gained approval from the SAHS to create a Biomedical Physics Department to run the BSc MIT programme, and later other related programmes in Medical Physics including postgraduate studies. Through his clinical research collaboration with the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), Dr. Mumuni has also obtained approval from the Radiology Unit of the TTH for the clinical aspects of these programmes and the Summer School 2018. Dr. Mumuni has a long-term vision of creating an international research and training hub in Ghana to encourage, mentor, and train more young scientists in the various disciplines of Medical Physics through collaborations he has established with prestigious institutions and societies focusing on Medical Physics.