Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Award

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Amount: $2,000

Sponsor: ERF and SNMMI

The Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Award is named after Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized pioneer in molecular imaging. Gambhir dedicated his career to developing methods of early disease detection, ushering in a new era of molecular imaging to flag signals of disease in its nascent stages. Within the field of radiology, Gambhir was known for the development of positron emission tomography reporter genes, which can flag molecular activity that signals something’s gone awry in the body. Within the imaging community, he was known as a leader and scientist with sprawling expertise and a work ethic to aspire to. More than that, colleagues and many others who knew him said he was a kind and generous friend, a nurturing mentor, and a catalyst for collaboration.

Award Description: 

The Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Award honors outstanding achievement and excellence in transformative research (either basic science, translational science, or clinical science) and exceptional mentorship for mid-career professionals. Award recipients will be acknowledged at the SNMMI Annual Meeting during the Wagner Highlights Lecture.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must exemplify outstanding achievement and excellence in transformative research (either basic science, translational science, or clinical science)
  • Exceptional mentorship with evidence of mentees’ accomplishments (abstracts, publications, grants, accolades, academic positions)
  • Candidate must be a member of SNMMI (both US and International applicants are welcome) for minimal 5 years (consecutive)
  • No more than 15 years after the last training position

Nomination and Application Process

  • The nominator is responsible for providing the following materials:
    • A completed application
    • CV of the nominee
    • Primary letter of support
    • At least 1 additional support letter (no more than 3 additional letters will be considered)
  • An award candidate supporter is responsible for:
    • Writing a letter in support of the award candidate

Selection Process

  • Applications will be assigned a numeric score, by reviewers, based on the various components of the application, including support letters.
  • Individuals not selected may re-apply the following year and must submit a new application.