UPTON, NY Joanna Fowler, a senior chemist and director of radiotracer chemistry, instrumentation, and biological imaging at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, is one of 23 women from around the world who has been chosen to receive a Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Award, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
The awards will be given as part of the United Nations' International Year of Chemistry 2011, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Marie Curie. The honorees were chosen based on their exceptional accomplishments in basic or applied research, teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership/managerial excellence in an organization within the chemical sciences.
Brookhaven Women in Science nominated Fowler for the award, with supporting documents from her peers. All the award recipients will be honored with plaques during the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's World Chemistry Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on August 2.
"I am honored to receive this award, particularly since it recognizes the central role that chemistry plays in health and well-being," Fowler said. "I am also grateful to my colleagues for their stimulation and support, and to the Department of Energy and Brookhaven National Laboratory for their stewardship of our research, which is at the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine."
Fowler has made significant contributions to brain research and to understanding diseases such as addiction, which she studies using an imaging technique called positron emission tomography (PET). In 1976, Fowler and colleagues synthesized 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), a PET radiotracer. Today, FDG is widely used in hospitals and research centers throughout the world to diagnose and study neurological and psychiatric diseases and to diagnose cancer.
Fowler's research has focused on developing
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