More than 5,100 physicians, technologists and members of the molecular imaging and nuclear medicine communities gathered in Salt Lake City for SNM's 57th Annual Meeting, held June 5-9. The meeting featured more than 1,400 scientific papers that represented groundbreaking research and development worldwide in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine.
"SNM's 57th Annual Meeting brought together basic and clinical scientists representing all aspects of molecular imaging," said Dominique Delbeke, Ph.D., M.D., who was inducted as president of SNM during the meeting. "Those who attended the meeting are conducting research that represents the future of clinical practice and patient care."
A highlight of the Annual Meeting's first plenary session, held Sunday, June 6, was the Henry J. Wagner Jr. Lectureship, delivered by Larry Kessler, Sc.D., professor and chair of the department of health services, School of Public Health, University of Washington. In the lecture, "Strange Bedfellows? Comparative Effectiveness Research, Molecular Imaging Medical Practice, and Health Policy," Kessler discussed both the challenges and promise of evidence-based medicine with respect to molecular imaging and how the health policy and decision-making landscape may change.
Two prestigious SNM awards were presented during the first plenary lecture. Bengt Roland Lngstrm, Ph.D., a professor in the department of biochemistry and organic chemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden, was named this year's recipient of the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for his contributions to the nuclear medicine profession. In addition, Chester A. Mathis, Ph.D., director of the PET facility in the department of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, was named the recipient of the prestigious Paul C. Aebersold Award for his long-standing work in the field of neuroimaging.
At the second plenary session on Monday, June 7, Sung-Cheng (Henry) Huang, D.Sc., a pioneer in
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