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

Three $10,000 SNM/GE Healthcare grants advance molecular and nuclear imaging in China and India

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 imaging programs in China and India. International societies of nuclear medicine based in these countries could also apply. Program visits must take place during the 2006 calendar year.

These fellowships are funded by the Education and Research Foundation for SNM, which has been supporting the molecular and nuclear imaging 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, fellowships and awards. Please check http://www.snm.org/grants for applications for the society's 2007 grant and award program.

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For more information about these awards or to learn more about SNM, SNMTS, the foundation or making a contribution, please contact Kathy Bates, SNM's director of development, via phone at (703) 708-9000, ext. 1028, or via e-mail at kbates@snm.org. Information is posted on SNM's Web site at http://www.snm.org/grants.

About SNM
SNM is an international scientific and professional organization of more than 16,000 members dedicated to promoting the science, technology and practical applications of molecular and nuclear imaging to diagnose, manage and treat diseases in women, men and children. Founded more than 50 years ago, SNM continues to train physicians, technologists, scientists, physicists, chemists and radiopharmacists in state-of-the-art imaging procedures and advances; provide essential resources for health care practitioners and patients; publish the most prominent peer-reviewed resource in the field; sponsor research grants, fellowships and awards; and host the premier annual meeting for medical imaging. SNM members have introduced--and continue to explore--biological and technological innovations in medicine that noninvasively investigate the molecular basis of diseases, benefiting countless generations of patients. SNM is based in Reston, Va.; additional information can be found online at http://www.snm.org.

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