The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council is made up of members of the SNMMI who have a common interest in the radiopharmaceutical sciences. It has been set up for the purpose of providing a forum to; discuss and disseminate information relating to radiopharmaceutical sciences, promote and encourage basic research and applied technology in the radiopharmaceutical sciences, and provide the SNMMI information relating to the radiopharmaceutical sciences.

The mission of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council is to: provide a forum for members with similar interests; provide expertise in the field of interest to the membership; foster education in research and application of radiopharmaceutical sciences; provide outreach to other professionals and organizations; nurture new membership into the Society and the Council and serve as a resource to SNMMI Leadership.

The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council encourages all professionals within SNMMI to consider being members, as your input is needed to help promote and develop the many aspects of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.

The RPSC is also the founder of the SNMMI Annual Meeting Poster Mixer. Now in it's 8th year, the poster mixer has become a staple of the annual meeting. Learn more about the Annual Poster Mixer.

Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen, PhD

President, Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council

The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council offers several different awards to recognize individuals within the field who have made significant contributions to radiopharmaceutical sciences. The following awards are offered on a yearly basis by the council:

Berson Yalow Award - This award honors investigators who submit the most original scientific abstracts and make the most significant contributions to basic or clinical radioassay. Learn more about the Berson Yalow Award.

Michael J. Welch Award - The Michael J. Welch award is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to radiopharmaceutical sciences, has been involved in mentoring students, Postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and has been involved in community service community service to the field of radiopharmaceutical chemistry and molecular imaging. Learn more about the Michael J. Welch Award.

Michael J. Welch Post-Doctoral Travel Award - This award recognizes an outstanding abstract by a young investigator in the area of radiochemistry.  The award amount and whether it is given out will be contingent on receiving funding from the Michael J. Welch Foundation. Learn more about the Michael J. Welch Post-Doctoral Travel Award.  

Young Investigator Awards - The RPSCYIA's are reserved for the best scientific abstracts on radiopharmaceutical chemistry nuclear medicine submitted by young investigators.  Learn more about the RPSC Young Investigator Awards.

The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and moleuclar imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementatin of Society policies.

Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.

This secion provides the following council specific information.

RPSC Board of Directors
RPSC Operating Procedures
RPSC Business Plan
RPSC Council Reports to the House of Delegates
RPSC Past Presidents

RPSC 2013 Session

How to Become a Member
Membership in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council is limited to members of the SNMMI. Membership can be attained by indicating the desire to join during the annual renewal of the SNMMI membership or by filing an application with the Secretary of the council.

Payment of Dues
Membership in the RPSC requires payment of dues in the amount of $20/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year.

Benefits of Membership:
Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:

Provides continuing education for professionals in the various areas relating to Radiopharmaceutical Sciences through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the RPSC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.

Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. The RPSC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics related to the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. Members will soon have access to RPSC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.

Provides expertise in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The RPSC has representation in a number of governance groups within SNMMI, including the Committee on Councils and the House of Delegates.

Learn more about the specific benefits the RPSC council has to offer by emailing






RPSC Announcements

SNMMI 2018 Future Leaders Academy

The SNMMI Future Leaders Academy is the most recent addition to the SNMMI leadership development strategy. The SNMMI Future Leaders Academy training focuses on setting a clear plan for increasing leadership abilities by developing the necessary skills and organizational expertise to enhance performance and ultimately evolve into a leader both within the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging community and the society.

The academy will also help you to gain knowledge in fundamental leadership techniques from professionally recognized leadership groups and current SNMMI leaders.

Learn about the Future Leaders Academy HERE.

The Future Leaders Academy will be held January 25-28, 2018 in conjunction with the SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting in Orlando, FLBy submitting an application you are affirming your availability on these dates and your willingness to attend the academy. If accepted, it is preferred that you make arrangements to stay for the entire Mid-Winter Meeting.

All applications must be received by September 1, 2017, 5:00 pm (ET)


Join This Council

Council membership is voluntary. Society members are eligible for council membership, and can belong to as many councils as they wish. The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council dues are $20.00. Join this council now

Learn more about the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council member benefits.

RPSC Events

2017 Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendars!  Please make plans to attend the SNMMI 2017 Annual Meeting, June 10-14, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO


Council Meeting:

RPSC Board of Directors and Business Meeting – Saturday, June 10, 5:00–6:30 PM, 108


RPSC Categorical and Continuing Education Sessions:

Best Chemistry Practices to Support the Development of PET Drugs (Separate Registration Fee Required) - Saturday, June 10, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM, Mile High 2C

Radiation Dose Optimization in Pediatric Nuclear Medicine (Separate Registration Fee Required) - Saturday, June 10, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM, Mile High 4B

Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council (RPSC) Young Investigator Award Symposium - Sunday, June 11, 12:30–2:00 PM, 709/711

Antibody and Antibody Drug Conjugate Molecular Imaging - Sunday, June 11, 3:00–4:30 PM, Mile High 3B

Basic Science Summary Session One - Sunday, June 11, 4:45–6:15 PM, Mile High 1A-C

SNMMI Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council's 2017 Michael J. Welch Award - Monday, June 12, 12:30–2:00 PM, Mile High 3B

Production of Beta and Alpha-Emitting Isotopes for Therapy - Monday, June 12, 4:45–6:15 PM, Mile High 3B

Targeted Alpha Radionuclide Therapy, Tuesday, June 13, 10:00–11:30 AM, Mile High 1D-F

Small Molecule and Bioconjugation PET Chemistry - Tuesday, June 13, 12:30–2:00 PM, Mile High 3B


RPSC Awards:

Welch Postdoctoral Travel Grant Abstract will be presented during the CMITT Young Investigator Award Symposium on Sunday, June 11, 4:12-4:20 PM in room 709/711 at the Colorado Convention Center.

SNMMI Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council's 2017 Michael J. Welch Award - Monday, June 12, 12:30–2:00 PM, Mile High 3B

2017 Berson-Yalow – The award-winning abstract will be presented during the Preclinical Probes for Neuroimaging Scientific Session on Tuesday, June 13 from 3:00-3:10 pm in room 709/711. 

Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council (RPSC) Young Investigator Award Symposium - Sunday, June 11; 12:30–2:00 PM, 709/711

Young Investigator Award Ceremony - Monday, June 12, 2:00-3:00 in Exhibit Hall C.


RPSC/CMIIT 10th Annual Poster Mixer - Please also join the 11th Annual RPSC/CMIIT Poster Mixer on Sunday, June 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm in Exhibit Hall C.  Drinks and light Hors d'oeuvres will be served.