Thermology international 2002; 12(1): 34-36                                                                                                                                             Newsletter


News in Thermology


15th Symposium of the Austrian Society of Thermology

In the end of April the 15th Thermological Symposium of the Austrian Society of Thermology and the Ludwig Boltzmann Research Institute for Physical Diagnostics will be held in Vienna. The main theme of the meeting is “Standards in Thermology” and speakers from Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Austria have already expressed their agreement to attend and to present their work. In contrast to the main theme, the symposium will change its standard venue, which served very well for 13 of the 14 previous meetings. This year the conference will move from the SAS Hotel to the Business Center of one of the famous Austrian cellars for producing sparkling wine, located in the 19th district of Vienna. This venue is easily to access by public transport. A tour through the wine cellar will close this year´s meeting.

3rd Instructional Course on Thermal Imaging in Medicine

After two successful courses on Thermal Imaging in Medicine in July and November 2001, requests were made recently for another course within a period of 8 months. The 3rd Short Course  February will be held on February 13-15, 2002 at the School of Computing of the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd, Wales, UK. Dr K Ammer, Prof F Ring and  Dr P Plassmann will lecture on the theoretical and historical basis of thermal imaging in medicine, clinical applications and future developments of thermal imaging in medicine. A supervised practical session is included which focuses on the capture and analysis of images. Registration Fee is £300. Cheques should be made payable to  The University of Glamorgan. The Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks,  the hardback book -The Thermal image In Medicine and Biology, and a CD of Archived IR Imaging in Medicine publications,

The course is recognized by The University and certificates will be issued to all who complete the short course.

Further information can be obtained from
Prof Francis Ring (01443 483717 , e-mail efring@glam.ac.uk) or

Dr Peter Plassmann (01443 483486, e-mail pplassma@glam.ac.uk)

School of Computing, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd,  CF37 1DL

Meeting of the Medical Thermology Group in the UKTA

On behalf of the Thermology Group in the UKTA, Mr. Kevin Howell will organize two one day meetings on May 17 and 18, 2002 at the Sheila Sherlock Education Centre, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.

The Scientific committee,  Prof. C.M. Black, Dr. C.P. Denton,  Prof. E.F.J. Ring, Dr. F. Khan, Mr. K. Howell, has chosen “Physiological measurement of Raynaud’s phenomenon and peripheral microvascular disorders: from research into clinical practice” as main theme of the meeting on Friday 17th May 2002. Raynaud’s phenomenon (RP) is problematic both for the clinician and for the clinical scientist charged with evaluating the condition in the laboratory. No universally accepted standard exists for the clinical definition of RP, making the evaluation of physiological measurement techniques in this field especially difficult. The meeting aims to bring together specialists in the physiological measurement of RP and associated peripheral microvascular disorders, along with clinicians experienced in the field, to discuss recent advances in the assessment of the microcirculation. The provisional programme contains the following topics:

o      The clinical diagnosis and classification of RP

o      Physiological measurement of RP in  research and clinical trials

On Saturday 18th May 2002,Medical Infrared Thermography” is the theme of the other meeting. From its inception in the 1960s the medical use of infrared thermography has grown steadily in the UK and Europe. In recent years greatly improved instruments at competitive prices have opened up new opportunities in medical infrared imaging. This meeting is the keynote British infrared medical conference in 2002, and delegates from across the UK and Europe have expressed an interest in attending to present their work. In addition to an extensive medical programme, wider issues of interest to all delegates will be discussed, including instrument calibration and the future development of thermography worldwide.

The Scientific committee,  Prof. E.F.J. Ring, Dr. P. Campbell, Mr. K. Howell, Prof. B. Jones announce the topics of the provisional programme:

o     History of infrared thermography

o     Recent advances in infrared imaging instrumentation

o     Calibration and standardisation of medical thermography

o     Medical infrared image processing and
computing

o     Thermal physiology

o     Surgical applications of thermography

o     Thermal imaging of the breast

o     Thermography in dermatology

o     Thermography in neurology

o     Thermography in rheumatology

o     Veterinary thermography

o     Developing infrared thermography in the UK and Europe

For an abstract form, visit the conference website from 1st February: www.scleroderma.net/infrared, or contact the meeting organiser at the e-mail address below. Abstracts should be limited to 250 words and submitted in Word format via e-mail or on diskette.

Instructions for submitting abstracts

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is  31st March 2002

Please submit all completed forms in electronic format on diskette to the address at the foot of the page or preferably via e-mail to infrared_thermography@hotmail.com

Please indicate for which day your abstract is being submitted by inserting an X in the box next to the relevant session on the form

Complete the personal details/address section by placing the insertion point within each box and typing

Abstracts should be typed within the box provided and should begin with the abstract title and authors. Please underline the presenting author. Abstracts must fit within the limits of the box, and are restricted to 250 words, exclusive of title and authors. We recommend Times New Roman, font size 11 for the abstract.

The mailing address for abstracts submitted on diskette, and for all registration forms, fees and queries is:

Mr. Kevin Howell,
Department of Rheumatology,
Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street,
London NW3 2QG, UK

Tel (0)20 7472 6550     Fax (0)870 1331058
e-mail infrared_thermography@hotmail.com

Registration fee (before 31st March 2002): £ 37 per delegate for one day,  £ 70 per delegate for both days.Registration fee (after 31st March 2002) £ 40 per delegate for one day, £ 75 per delegate for both days. Registration is limited to 75 delegates for each meeting.

Complete the registration form (as seen on Page 39) and send it with payment by cheque (payable to “Special Trustees for RFH Grant 97”) or bank draft in pounds sterling to the conference organiser Mr.Kevin Howell (address as aforementioned)

Accommodation will be the delegate’s own responsibility, but we are able to supply an extensive list of local hotels and guesthouses on request.

Conferences on Thermology in Poland

TThe Polish Society of Thermology announce their 5th Congress of Thermology to be held in Zakopane September 28 –29, 2002.

Prof.Dr.Anna Jung is also preparing the organisation of the 9th European Congress of Thermology, which will take place in Krakow  6-8 June 2003. New facilities in the famous historical City of Krakow will provide an excellent venue for the Euopean Congress of Thermology. The conference will also support the work of the Polish Thermology Society in its aim to increase the clinical use and application of temperature related techniques for diagnosis and treatment.

Thermo-Budapest 2003

Another regular international conference will be held in Budapest the 18th to 20th of June, 2003. Prof Benkö has issued the invitation to the 13th conference to experts in the field of thermology to report and discuss recent advances in temperature measurement in industry, physics, medicine and biology.

For any further information please contact the following address:

Dr.Imre BENKÕ,
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Department of Energy (DoE), H-1111 Budapest, Mûegyetem rkp. 7. D.208., Hungary.

Office phone: +463-2183.

DoE Phone/fax: +463-3273 or -310-0999.

BME Fax: +463-1110

E-mail: benko@eta.enrg.bme.hu