First out of the hat in our subscription competition was Professor Jake Van Dyk of the department of oncology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Professor Van Dyk wins the year's most-sought-after gadget - an Apple iPhone.

Jake told medicalphysicsweb: "It's very exciting to win an iPhone." So exciting, in fact, that he neglected to open the first email we sent informing him of his good fortune. "While I enjoy the use of modern technology, especially computer-related gadgets, the latest and greatest in phones is not something that I have specialized in," he added.

And Jake's rationale for signing up as a medicalphysicsweb member? "Being inundated with numerous journals and scientific articles, it is great to find a resource that provides a summary of some of the latest breakthroughs in medical physics, not only at the scientific level but also in the commercial/industrial context." Our marketing manager couldn't have put it better...

Christmas has also arrived early in Finland, where the winner of our reader-survey competition, Dr Tapani Lahtinen, chief physicist in the department of oncology at Kuopio University Hospital, bags $200 in Amazon vouchers. Well done to both.

More of the same, but better

Enough of the festive largesse. We hope you've enjoyed and benefited from medicalphysicsweb's editorial service over the past 12 months. Our job is to make your job easier - to give you the inside track on the fundamental science, emerging technologies and clinical applications that will underpin future advances in patient diagnosis and treatment.

With that in mind, we've got plenty of new editorial ideas to push your way in 2008. For starters, there'll be more print supplements, with four issues of the medicalphysicsweb review scheduled around the big meetings next year. We'll also be introducing "view by subject" functionality on the website (allowing readers to home in on their field of interest, whether it's medical imaging, radiation therapy, biomedical optics or nanomedicine), as well as increasing our emphasis on conference blogs.

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