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Peter Ell receives SNM's Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award
Date:7/23/2008

Reston, Va.Peter J. Ell, director of the institute of nuclear medicine and chair of nuclear medicine at the University College London, U.K., was awarded the 2008 Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for his contributions to the nuclear medicine profession. The award was presented during SNM's 55th Annual Meetingthe world's largest society for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine professionals.

"With this award, SNM recognizes Dr. Ell's pioneering efforts in laying the foundations of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in Europe," said Alexander J. McEwan, who served as president of SNM from 2007-08. "For more than 30 years, he has practiced and taught nuclear medicine and served as editor-in-chief of Europe's premier nuclear medicine journal. He has blazed a trail in nuclear medicine and created the climate for research and development that exists in Europe today."

Ell was also recognized for his efforts in advancing molecular imaging and developing clinical applications of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), a technique that has become the norm across the world. He pioneered the use of HMPAO, a radiopharmaceutical tracer compound used to detect regional cerebral blood. This tracer can present physicians with a portrait of blood flow in the brain and indicate the existence of heart disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Along with other researchers, Ell initiated the use of immunoglobulin G (human IgG), a type of antibody that circulates in the blood and recognizes foreign particles that might be harmful, as well as iodobenzamide (IBZM), a radiolabeled probe that binds to the cerebral dopamine receptor and is used in neurotransmission studies and SPECT.

"It is an overwhelming delight and honor to receive this most prestigious award," said Ell. "Taking part in SNM annual meetings since 1971 has provided me with a strong sense of purpose, invaluable opportunities for networking and a constant source of ins
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