The Therapy Center of Excellence is dedicated to all aspects of the development and utilization of Targeted Radioisotope Therapy (TRT) as an alternative to other treatments. The Therapy Center is creating a multi-disciplinary interest group to share ideas, develop education offerings and advance the utilization of radionuclide therapy.
The Therapy Center of Excellence is an organizational component within the SNMMI dedicated to all aspects of the development and utilization of Targeted Radioisotope Therapy as an alternative to other treatments. Specifically, the new center will bring together a centralized group of all constituents within this area creating a multi-disciplinary interest group whereby industry, big pharma, physicians, scientists, government and regulatory agencies as well as other stakeholders can convene to share ideas, develop education offerings and advance the utilization of radionuclide therapy.
The Therapy Center of Excellence:
(a) Provides a forum for members with similar interests
(b) Provides expertise in TRT
(c) Fosters research and education in TRT
(d) Provides outreach to other professionals and organizations
(e) Nurtures new membership in SNMMI
Overview of Proposed Center of Excellence Activities
The center will focus on several initiatives, specific to the SNMMI Strategic Plan Goal C: Increase Appropriate Utilization of Radionuclide Therapy within the first year:
Objective 1: Assist in the Development of Emerging Agents.
Objective 2: Advocacy for Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement of Emerging Agents.
Objective 3: Advanced the Use of Approved Agents.
Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACNM, FSNMMI
I am delighted that I have an opportunity to lead the SNMMI TCOE for the next 2 years along with a capable and knowledgeable Center’s board of directors. I thank all those who retired this year from their positions within the Center including my predecessor, Dr. Neeta Pandit-Taskar, who contributed much to our Center’s multi-faceted activities over the past 2 years, and also would like to welcome those who have either joined newly or rejoined in a different position within the Center. We are privileged to have Dr. Thomas Hope (UCSF) as the Vice-President and Dr. Carlos Uribe (British Columbia Cancer Research) as the new Secretary-Treasurer. I also take this opportunity to welcome our new intern, Dr. Ashwin Parihar (Washington University) who will be mentored by Dr. Patrick Colletti (USC) and congratulate Dr. Amir Iravani (University of Washington, Seattle), board member, who received the highest prized inaugural SNMMI Mars Shot funding for his research proposal entitled “Phase II trial of biomarker modulated PSMA theranostics”.
We are in unprecedented times with rapid growth of and scientific advancements in theranostics and radiopharmaceutical therapy. There is much to be excited about with an optimistic view of the near and the far future. However, there are many challenges ahead too that needs to be tackled with. These include, but are not limited to, adequate education, supply issues (both physicians and radiopharmaceuticals), potential turf scuffles, and need for generation of high-quality evidence in supporting radiopharmaceutical therapy as a legitimate therapeutic option that improves patient outcome, “adding time to life and life to time”. We, in the Therapy Center of Excellence, are fortunate to have been trusted to help with supporting and contributing in multiple ways to the field of theranostics and radiopharmaceutical therapy. I call on the Center’s board members to contribute to our goals despite their busy lives and ask the SNMMI members to join our team with their Center membership so that we can all work together toward our overarching objective of serving our patients. We also welcome international partnerships in this arena and will reach out to strengthen our collaborations.
The Saul Hertz, MD Award
SNMMI has established The Dr. Saul Hertz Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the professional achievements of Dr. Hertz as the pioneer of Radioiodine Therapy. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to radionuclide therapy. To learn more about the Saul Hertz, MD award, click here.
Therapy Center of Excellence Young Investigator Awards
The Therapy Center of Excellence is pleased to offer the Young Investigator Awards (YIAs) which are supported by grants from the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (ERF).
SNMMI 2024 Mid-Winter Meeting & ACNM Annual Meeting
Each year, over 500 attendees gather at the SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting to collaborate with experts in the field, enhance their skills, and apply their newfound knowledge at their clinics. This event provides your company with an excellent chance to connect with leading professionals who are advancing precision medicine in an intimate setting.
Therapy Center of Excellence CE Sessions
Thursday, February 1, 2024, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Setting up a Theranostic Center: From Business Planning to Daily Operation – Dosimetry and Case Review
Thursday, February 1, 2024, 3:45 – 5:45 pm
Alpha Therapy: Ins and Outs
Friday, February 2, 2024, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Diagnostic Aspects of Neuroendocrine Tumors
Friday, February 2, 2024, 10:15 – 12:15 pm
Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy of Neuroendocrine Tumors
Friday, February 2, 2024, 1:15 – 3:15 pm
Tips and Challenges for Developing a Successful Pediatric Therapy Program
Friday, February 2, 2024, 3:45 – 5:45 pm
Thyroid Imaging and Therapy
Saturday, February 3, 2024, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Prostate Cancer Therapy I
Saturday, February 3, 2024, 10:30 – 12:30 am
Prostate Cancer Therapy II
Saturday, February 3, 2024, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Current State and Future of MIBG in Paraganglioma and Pheochromocytoma
Saturday, February 3, 2024, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Theranostics Moving Forward: New Targets and Combination Therapy
Membership dues is $15 annually.
Member benefits include:
- Eligibility to vote in the Therapy COE Board of Directors elections
- Sponsored educational symposia related to members’ interests
- Therapy CoE E-Community
- A $20.00 discount for Therapy CoE sponsored categorical session
Join The Therapy Center of Excellence
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Forward your request in writing with your check for annual center dues ($15) to SNMMI Membership Services, 1850 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5316. If you have any further questions about the Therapy Center of Excellence membership, please contact MemberInfo@snmmi.org
SNMMI designated Centers of Excellence in Radiopharmaceutical Therapy meet strict regulatory, training, qualification, experience, and performance criteria to help assure patients, their families, referring physicians, and payors that rigorous procedures are in place and followed, leading to appropriate patient selection and outcomes from radiopharmaceutical therapy.
Learn more about designating your therapy site as a Center of Excellence.