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SNM ad urges congress to fund nuclear medicine research
Date:10/30/2007

RESTON, Va.SNM, the worlds largest society for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine professionals, took out a full-page, full-color ad in Tuesdays Roll Call urging Congress to fund basic nuclear medicine research. Congress: Dont turn your back on future discoveries. Support DOE funding for nuclear medicine research, notes the ad in Roll Call, a publication that provides news of legislative and political interest to Capitol Hill legislators.

Say goodbye to the next Einstein, Salk or Madame Curie, directs the headline above a large photograph featuring a group of scientists with turned backs, walking away. In using its resources, SNM has chosen this adwith its frank messageto remind Congress of the losses U.S. health care will face if $20 million in funding is not restored explicitly for nuclear medicine research in the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science budget for fiscal year 2008 and beyond, said SNM President Alexander J. McEwan.

The ad notes the support of the National Academy of Sciences, which has concluded that DOE funding cuts will destabilize U.S. leadership in nuclear medicine and compromise Americas ability to develop and produce new diagnostic tests and future personalized therapies. In a recent reportthe culmination of a 13-month investigation by a multidisciplinary team of nuclear medicine expertsthe NAS stated that expanded use of nuclear medicine techniques could potentially facilitate the implementation of personalized medicine and, in so doing, could accelerate, simplify and reduce the cost of delivering and improving health care.

If Congress does not restore this funding, it risks losing valuable innovations in the detection and treatment of disease that could improve the lives of millions of patients, said Peter S. Conti, chair of SNMs Government Relations Committee. Congress first began funding nuclear medicine research with the passage of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, and that funding was continued for
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Contact: Maryann Verrillo
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703-652-6773
Society of Nuclear Medicine
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