Medical advances, new discoveries highlighted at Society of Nuclear Medicine's 52nd Annual Meeting

impact of an attack with dirty bombs will be summarized, and the roles and actions of first responders will be described. The indications for and the effectiveness of treatment for internal contamination will be discussed, along with the steps that need to be taken to prepare hospitals for terrorist events involving radioactive materials. The session, which is designed for physicians, scientists and technologists who are likely to be called on to help if a terrorist event involving radioactive materials occurs in their locale, is co-moderated by SNM past presidents Henry D. Royal, M.D., a co-team leader of the health effects section of the IAEA's International Chernobyl Project and a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, and Jonathan M. Links, Ph.D., professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Also of special interest to reporters are the following presentations:

Sunday, June 19

8:30 a.m.10 a.m.
Sanjiv (Sam) Gambhir, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Molecular Imaging Center at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., will focus on the current status of molecular imaging and provide a glimpse into the future of this exciting field.

10:30 a.m.12 p.m.
Kathleen Passanisi, an expert in the field of therapeutic humor and its impact on health and morale, will provide an enlivening program at the SNM Technologist Section's plenary session, enlightening attendees on how to reduce stress, improve well-being, enhance creativity and make life at home and work more fun.

Monday, June 20

9:45 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Michael D. Devous Sr., Ph.D., professor of radiology, radiological sciences and bioengineering and associate director of the Nuclear Medicine Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, discusses "The Role of Nuclear Medicine in the Dementias and Neurodegenerative Disorders."


Contact: Maryann Verrillo
Society of Nuclear Medicine

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