"This fellowship is designed to prepare today's young scientists to lead the way tomorrow," said Kanji Torizuka, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus at Kyoto University and Fukui Medical University. "This program underscores the importance of collaboration with our colleagues in the United States and the value of working across borders to help advance nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. We value our long-standing friendship with our colleagues in the United States and are delighted to continue the established and important tradition of inter-institutional research."
Wagner is a long-time member of SNM who has served in numerous leadership roles with the society. Torizuka is an emeritus member of the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine.
Four SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellows are currently studying in the United States through 2010 as part of a two-year fellowship. These scholars are Kenji Fukushima, Tokyo Women's Medical College, undertaking a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University; Tomohiro Kaneta, Tohoku University Hospital, studying at the University of Washington, Seattle; Ryo Nakazato, Toho University, studying at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; and Soichiro Shimuzu, Tokyo Medical University, currently at the University of California, San Francisco. These fellows will study and perform novel work in nuclear cardiology, neurology, gerontology and other fields of molecular imaging.
"Now more than ever, international scholarly collaboration is critical to our ability to study and understand the underlying causes of disease," added Wagner, a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine. "Through molecular imaging techniques, physicians can more accurately diagnose and better treat many serious conditions, from neurological dysfunction to cancer. This fellowship supports the achievable goal of individualized medicine, which will allow physicians to provide optimized care
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