Society of Nuclear Medicine to offer $10,000 William L. Ashburn, M.D., Pilot Research Grant for 2006

05/05/05

New competitive grant is funded by Digirad Corporation; donation was made to the Education and Research Foundation for SNM

RESTON, Va.--The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) is pleased to announce the $10,000 William L. Ashburn, M.D., Pilot Research Grant for researchers in molecular imaging/nuclear medicine. This new competitive grant is funded by Digirad Corporation in memory of William L. Ashburn, a thought leader in the field of nuclear medicine. The donation was made to the Education and Research Foundation for the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

"We are thankful to Digirad Corporation for this tribute to Dr. Ashburn, a brilliant physician who contributed to the advancement of nuclear medicine throughout his career," said SNM President Mathew L. Thakur, Ph.D. "This grant will help investigators in the early stages of their careers research new ideas, a fitting tribute to Dr. Ashburn, who nurtured the talents of many nuclear medicine professionals who have become prominent researchers today," said Thakur.

"Dr. Ashburn was a passionate visionary and leading contributor in the commercialization of Digirad's proprietary solid-state technology," said Gary Burbach, Digirad president and chief executive officer. "His early belief in our technology and profound dedication in developing significant medical applications has forever changed the way nuclear medicine is performed. Digirad takes great honor in sponsoring the William L. Ashburn, M.D., Pilot Research Grant to foster continued innovations in the field of nuclear medicine and pay tribute to this incredibly talented physician," said Burbach.

The society's pilot research grants support testing of innovative research ideas that have a potential to lead to major funding. Eligible applicants are U.S. or international basic or clinical scientists employed by academic and research-oriented organizations in North America. For the William L. Ashburn, M.D., Pilot Research Grant, preference will be given to proposals in nuclear cardiology or physics/instrumentation work that leads to improving the imaging of radionuclide emissions.

This grant may supplement, but not duplicate, other financial support. It will not pay institutional overhead costs or indirect costs, and no salary support will be funded. The grant will be limited to a time span of one year, and no extensions will be allowed.

SNM's grants and awards program is funded by both the Education and Research Foundation for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the SNM Technologist Section (SNMTS) Professional Development and Education Fund. This program provides research grants and fellowships, educational scholarships and recognition awards to researchers, young investigators and students in nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and nuclear medicine technology. The Education and Research Foundation for SNM has been supporting the molecular imaging/nuclear medicine community since its founding in 1969. The foundation's mission is to advance excellence in health care through education and research in molecular imaging/nuclear medicine by provision of grants and awards. "Encouraging innovative research is one of the major priorities of SNM and the foundation," said ERF President Michael D. Devous Sr., Ph.D, "and we are thankful to Digirad Corporation for honoring Dr. Ashburn with a contribution to the foundation for this grant."

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