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Seeding the future: SNM grants grow molecular imaging and nuclear medicine research
Date:7/22/2008

kin, University of MissouriColumbia; Nicholas Salem, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio; Robert Doot, University of Washington, Seattle; and Julie Smith, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. The SNM Student Fellowship Awards support promising students' full-time participation in clinical and basic research activities in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine.

This year's recipient of the prestigious Mitzi and William Blahd, M.D., Pilot Research Grant is Zongjin Li from Stanford University. This $25,000 honor, which will enable Li to explore research on the use of molecular imaging to differentiate stem cell functions, honors the Blahds' dedication to philanthropic support for education and research in nuclear medicine.

SNM Pilot Research Grants help support clinical and basic research by young investigators interested in testing innovative ideas. Recipients of SNM Pilot Research Grants, each $25,000, are Zhen Cheng, Stanford University, for work in the use of imaging and engineered small proteins; Wendol Williams, Yale University, to examine serotonin levels in post-traumatic stress disorder; and Akhilesh Sista, University of California, San Francisco, to evaluate 18F-fluoromisonidazole as an imaging biomarker for tuberculosis.

The recipient of this year's $25,000 SNM Covidien Seed Grant in Nuclear Medicine Research is Victor Cheng at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, for the study of the potential of a fatty diet to reduce myocardial uptake during flourine-18-labeled deoxyglucose positron emission tomography.

Several authors will share the honor of the Siemens Award for Excellence in Practice-Based Research, totaling $15,000 in prize money. The researchers recognized are: Michael K. O'Connor, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Daniel Mollura, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Karen Gulenchyn, McMaster University, Ottawa, Canada; Wim Oyen, Radboud University, Nijmegan Medical Cente
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