SNM awards $30,000 for 2006 visiting physician/scientist grants

RESTON, Va.--Three $10,000 competitive grants from SNM--funded with support from GE Healthcare--were announced this month at the society's Mid-Winter Educational Symposium in Tempe, Ariz. Each of the SNM/GE Healthcare Visiting Physician/Scientist Program grants provides for a nuclear /molecular imaging physician or scientist from North America to spend one to two weeks to lecture, consult and train at one or more institutions/organizations in China or India.

"International collaboration such as this benefits the entire molecular and nuclear imaging community as we work together to advance patient care around the globe," said SNM President Peter S. Conti, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiology, clinical pharmacy and biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. "Together, we can broaden our knowledge, gain a better understanding of disease and collaborate on developing life-saving treatments," added the director of the PET Imaging Science Center at USC's Keck School of Medicine.

Grant recipients are Peking Union Medical College Hospital/Beijing Chapter of Chinese Society of Nuclear Medicine, a premier health care facility with an eight-year program in clinical medicine; the Second Hospital of Zhejiang University, an instruction center of health care, medical education and scientific research in the Zhejiang Province in China; and the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India, a membership association which encourages research in the field and a forum for exchange of ideas and experience among scientists.

The SNM/GE Healthcare Visiting Physician/Scientist Program Grant for China and India will cover travel and per diem costs. During a one- or two-week period, a visiting physician/scientist will spend time lecturing, training and consulting on molecular and nuclear imaging. Eligible applicants included clinical centers, hospitals, academic institutions or consortia of institutions that have active molecular and nuclear im

Contact: Maryann Verrillo
Society of Nuclear Medicine

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