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SNM awards $25,000 Mallinckrodt Seed Grant in Molecular Imaging/Nuclear Medicine Research

Meixang Yu, Ph.D., of Memphis, Tenn., has been named the first recipient of the SNM/Mallinckrodt Seed Grant in Molecular Imaging/Nuclear Medicine Research.

Yu, an associate professor and the chief positron emission tomography (PET) radiochemist at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is doing research on "Molecular Imaging and Biological Evaluation of 124I Avastin Anti-VEGF Antibody: Implications for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Response." The competitive grant is designed to assist researchers in conducting new and innovative pilot projects that have potential for future support from foundations, corporations or government agencies. Members of the Education and Research Foundation (ERF) for SNM awarded this grant, funded through a $25,000 donation from Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt.

"Through its grants and awards program, SNM actively promotes funding molecular imaging research, which will lead to a better understanding of disease and the development of life-saving treatments," said SNM President Peter. S. Conti, M.D., Ph.D. "This research project will extend our knowledge of how an existing radiotracer may be eventually used to fight colorectal and lung cancer in humans," added ERF Vice President Robert F. Carretta, M.D.

Yu earned a doctorate in radiological chemistry in 1996 from Peking University and did post-doctoral work at Kuopio University in Finland. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1990 from Peking University in China and a master's degree in analytical chemistry in 1993 from the China Institute of Atomic Energy. Yu has been involved with PET tracer development for more than 10 years and has experience in PET data processing, including modeling calculation.


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Contact: Maryann Verrillo
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1-Feb-2006


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