The Brain Imaging Council provides a forum whereby information relating to brain imaging may be discussed and disseminated and also provides a mechanism for the promotion and encouragement of basic brain imaging research and development. The Council is dedicated to the scientific interchange of ideas among Society members who have interest in brain imaging using radiopharmaceuticals. The overall mission of the Brain Imaging Council is to:

(a)    provide a forum for members with similar interests

(b)   provide to membership expertise in brain imaging using radiopharmaceuticals

(c)    foster research and education in brain imaging using radiopharmaceuticals

(d)   provide outreach to other professionals and organizations

(e)    nurture new membership into the Society

(f)     serve as a resource to SNMMI Leadership



Jan Booij, MD

President, Brain Imaging Council


The Brain Imaging Council is please to offer its members access to the Neurostat/3D-SSP software. Please email us for more information.

A database of amyloid negative FDG scans of elderly controls can be found here. This site also contains a walkthrough of the 3D-SSP software.

The lasted BIC Webcase can be found here

The Kuhl-Lassen Award
The highest award of SNMMI's Brain Imaging Council was created to honor two founding pioneers in functional brain imaging: SNMMI member David E. Kuhl, M.D., and Nils Lassen. The Kuhl-Lassen Award is given annually to recognize a scientist who has made outstanding contributions and whose research in and service to the discipline of functional brain imaging is of the highest caliber.

Learn more about the Kuhl-Lassen Award.

BIC Young Investigator Awards Symposium
SNMMI symposium and competition, in association with the Brain Imaging Council, for the best scientific abstracts on neurosciences nuclear medicine.  Learn more about the BIC 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 section provides the following council specific information.

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

How to Become a Member
Membership in the Brain Imaging 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 BIC requires payment of dues in the amount of $15/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 Brain Imaging through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the BICC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in the Brain Imaging.

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

Provides expertise in the Brain Imaging to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The BIC 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 BIC council has to offer by emailing

Brain Imaging Council Announcements

Obituary for David Edmund Kuhl 


David E. Kuhl, M.D., a retired University of Michigan nuclear medicine professor known internationally for his pioneering work in positron tomography, died at his Ann Arbor home on May 28, 2017. He was 87.

Dr. Kuhl, born in St. Louis, Mo., youth in Berwick, PA, earned a bachelor’s degree at Temple University. He received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955 and completed his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania from 1958-76 and the University of California Los Angeles from 1976-86. Dr. Kuhl joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1986 as the Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and served for twenty-five years until his retirement in June 2011.

Early in his career, Dr. Kuhl developed a new method of tomographic imaging and constructed several tomographic instruments, SPECT. The device was used to obtain the first human image of FDG.  The imaging techniques he invented were further developed in the 1970s, now called positron emission tomography (PET), and followed by the development of computed tomography (CT). Dr. Kuhl’s body of research focused on the development of new measures of neurochemical and metabolic processes within the living brain using radioactive tracers and emission reconstruction tomography. These techniques enabled drug development targeted to the earliest stages of degenerative brain disease.

Dr. Kuhl was a founding member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Among the honors Dr. Kuhl received, are the Japan Prize from the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan (2009), the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine from the Ernst Jung Foundation (1981), the Charles F. Kettering prize from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation (2001) and the Benedict Cassen Prize for research leading to a major advance in nuclear medicine science from the National Institutes of Health (1996).

Traveling extensively with his beloved wife of 63 years, Dr. Kuhl lectured and presented papers related to his research. He enjoyed reading, listening to music, and was a skilled modeler, designing and building detailed models from scratch.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his son David (wife Diane), and his grandchildren, Katherine and Jennifer.

According to his wishes, he has been cremated and will be buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery in a private ceremony.  

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 Brain Imaging Council dues are $15.00. Join this council

BIC Events

2017 Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendars!  Please make plans to attend the SNMMI 2017 Annual Meeting, June 10-14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, CO!


Council Meetings:

Brain Imaging Council Board of Directors Meeting – Friday, June 9, 6:30-7:30 PM (Closed to Board Members only) Hyatt Regency Hotel, Capitol Ballroom 2 

Brain Imaging Council Business Meeting (Combined with the Kuhl-Lassen Award Lecture)- Sunday, June 11, 3:00-3:30, Mile High Ballroom 4E-4F, Convention Center


BIC 2017 Annual Meeting Categorical and CE Sessions:

Molecular Imaging in Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases (Separate Registration Fee Required) - Saturday, June 10, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Mile High 3B, Convention Center

Nuclear Neuroimaging in Clinical Practice - Saturday, June 10, 4:30–6:00 PM, Mile High 4E-4F, Colorado Convention Center

Modern Brain Tumor Imaging  – Sunday, June 10, 12:30-2:00 PM, Mile High 2C, Colorado Convention Center

Kuhl-Lassen Award Lecture – Sunday, June 11, 3:00-4:30, Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 4E-4F, Convention Center

Advances in Tau Imaging - Monday, June 12, 10:00–11:30 AM, Mile High 4E-4F, Colorado Convention Center

Read with the Experts: Molecular Brain Imaging of Dementia - Monday, June 12, 12:30-2:00 pm, Mile High 1A-C, Colorado Convention Center

Clinical Amyloid Imaging: IDEAS Study Update - Monday afternoon at 3:30 – 4:30 PM, 111/113, Colorado Convention Center

Read with the Experts: Dopamine Transporter Imaging -  Monday, June 12, 4:45-6:15 pm, Mile High 1A-C, Colorado Convention Center

Standardization of Amyloid PET Biomarker Imaging - Tuesday, June 13, 10:00-11:30 am, Mile High 4E-4F, Colorado Convention Center


Other Events:

BIC Young Investigators Award Symposium - The BIC Young Investigator Symposium will be held on Sunday, June 11, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM, Room 704/706, Colorado Convention Center

Young Investigator Award Ceremony - Monday, June 12, 2:00-3:00 PM, Exhibit Hall C, Colorado Convention Center.  Please plan to attend and congratulate the winners of the 2017 BIC YIA winners.