Renowned Filipino and foreign physicists and students were at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in October for the 30th Physics Congress of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas.




This year’s Congress featured such luminaries as Richard Hartman from the Physics Department of De La Salle University Manila, and Nobuhiko Sarukura from the Institute of Laser Engineering of Osaka University in Japan. Hartman and Nobuhiko discussed “Photo-Excited Carriers in Graphene and VUV Fluorescence from Neodymium-Doped Fluorides Using EUV-FEL” in the Congress that was organized primarily to acknowledge the important role of that physics has played in the development of medical technology, in particular that of the revolutionary X-ray.




Recent research trends in medical physics were also discussed in various plenary talks.




Medical Physics in the Philippines, Diagniostic Imaging and Radiation Dosimetry in Medicine and Testing Quantum Electrodynamic Effects in Molecules were respectively discussed by Agnette P. Peralta, from the Center for Device Regulation of Radiation Health Reseach; Augusto A. Morales Jr. of the Food and Drug Administration of the Department of Health; and Edcel John Slumbides from the Department of Physics of University of San Carlos in Cebu.




Jade Dungao Tronto of DLSU-Manila talked about the aim to develop gold nano particles drug-delivery system (DDS) for non-invasive imaging for the future dynamic tracking radiation therapy and X-Ray DDS, while Maricor Soriano of the National Institute of Physics of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the chair for the CHED Technical Committee for Physics, talked about the “State of Physics Programs in Philippine Higher Education.”




“The Samahan is very fortunate to have De La Salle Health Sciences Institute as our host for this year’s congress. With its excellent track record of producing medical professionals, DLSHSI is a most appropriate venue for discussing our theme of “Exploring Physics in the Health Sciences,” said Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Ph.D., President of SPP in his welcome address.




He also emphasized the importance of the intersection between physics and health sciences in the Philippines in improving medical services for Filipinos.