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.


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Dear friends and colleagues, 

It is an exciting and transformative time in the fields of Nuclear Medicine and the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences! New radiopharmaceuticals continue to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including new theranostics for cancer treatment, that are transforming the lives of the patients we diagnose and treat in our clinicals every day. Coupled with lobbying efforts by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and others to inform reimbursement policy, significant efforts by industrial partners to develop the radiochemistry and PET imaging suites of the future, and the expected impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on our discipline, Nuclear Medicine has been invigorated and is transforming from a research technique to a powerful standard of care.

I was attracted to the field of Nuclear Medicine early in my career for a number of reasons. Firstly, PET radiochemistry is a unique and exciting application of organic chemistry with immediate impact on patient care, secondly the translational aspect of the work is appealing and, lastly, I thoroughly enjoy the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of the work. Nuclear Medicine exists at the intersection of medicine, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering and, with the exception of Antarctica, research applications and clinical uses of Nuclear Medicine are occurring on every continent. With a global field as multidisciplinary as Nuclear Medicine, it is imperative that the various stakeholders have a forum that is supportive of their interests and serves as vehicle for their voice to be heard. SNMMI has always excelled at this both as a leading society in the broad field of Nuclear Medicine and, through the Technologists Section and the various Councils and Centers, an engine for furthering the various sub-disciplines of Nuclear Medicine like the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. 

The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council (RPSC) is made up of members of the SNMMI who have a common interest in the radiopharmaceutical sciences, and the Council was set up to  “provide 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”. If you are a member already, thank you for your continued support! I encourage you to become involved in RPSC activities, attend the Categorical, Continuing Education, Scientific and Michael J. Welch Award sessions, as well as the Poster Mixer, that RPSC organizes at the SNMMI Midwinter and Annual Meetings. If you would like to further get involved in RPSC activities, I encourage you to consider standing for election to a governance position on the Council, as I have found it an extremely rewarding experience. If you are not yet a member but are interested in Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, I invite you to join. Your input to help shape and promote the many aspects of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences is welcomed and encouraged. 

My agenda for the year is straightforward: i) continue to provide excellent educational and scientific sessions at the SNMMI meetings; ii) improve engagement with Council membership and improve involvement of young members in the Council; iii) support SNMMI initiatives, including those around international collaboration, diversity and inclusion. With these goals in mind, planning of the education and scientific sessions for the 2020 mid-winter and Annual Meetings is already well underway. We will share details with membership as they are finalized through SNMMI Connect ( and the RPSC Twitter (@RPSC_SNMMI) and Instagram (@rpsc_council) pages. These are also excellent ways to engage with RPSC membership and leadership. You can also contact the Board of Directors (BOD) through their institutional email addresses ( With regards to diversity and inclusion, I am passionate about the RPSC being an inclusive community. Our BOD consists of members of many different nationalities and is currently 33% female. The latter number is a good start, but I would like to see it be closer to 50% in the near future. As I lead RPSC participation in the 2020 meetings, I am also working closely with CMIT President Cathy Cutler to ensure that our female colleagues are appropriately represented behind the scenes, participating as vice-chairs, sub-chairs, session moderators and abstract reviewers. I am also exploring opportunities for international collaborations for RPSC, In line with the SNMMI Value Initiatives ( This includes joint events with our sister societies overseas, and RPSC Past President David Dick and I recently attended the Radiopharmacy Committee Interest Group Meeting at EANM 2019 where we had fruitful discussions about areas of mutual interest and opportunities for collaboration. 

In closing, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the President of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council. I look forward to a great year full of science, education, social events and networking, and I hope to see many of you at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans in 2020 -- laissez les bon temps rouler!


Peter J.H. Scott, PhD
RPSC, President                                           



A crowd-sourced repository for radiochemistry and nuclear medicine knowledge.

The RCPWiki is an opportunity to share expertise within the field and to develop and optimize protocols, in the form of a continuously updated, crowdsourced repository of Nuclear Medicine knowledge.

Our field is unique in that it lies at a nexus of several scientific specialties; a typical study can include in silico molecular design, organic and inorganic chemistry, radiochemistry, cell culture, in vitro cell binding studies, preclinical studies, mathematical and statistical analysis of data … the possible combinations and permutations lead both to leaps forward in our opportunities to advance healthcare and also challenges in identifying and applying the best approach, whether it be the choice of purification column or protein molecule design. A central, freely-available knowledge repository of techniques for Nuclear Medicine research and practice would be invaluable. We hope that the RCPWiki will meet the requirements of our technology-intense and rapidly changing field.

Essentially, the RCPWiki is an asynchronous electronic discussion. Following a simple application process (see “How to WIX wiki”) anyone can add pages and edit existing ones.

Learn more about the RCPWiki


Resources and Educational Offerings:

The RPSC works to provide the most up-to-date resources and educational offerings to its members. This section provides information on past educational offerings (sponsored by the RPSC), as well as important updates and areas of interest in radiopharmaceutical sciences.

National Isotope Development Center (NIDC)

Preclinical Molecular Imaging - Using microPET, microCT, & Optical methods

Preclinincal Molecular Imaging - Part II

Animal Handling for In Vivo Imaging

USP Hot Topics

RPSC Educational Resources

Molecular Imaging & Contrast Database


Professional Societies and Organizations:

American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

American Nuclear Society

American Chemical Society

Royal Society of Chemistry

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Cancer Society

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

The Society for Molecular Imaging


Resource Websites:

Reference Book for PET Radiopharmaceuticals

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.

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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

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