SNMMI Annual Meeting: Plenary Speakers Announced

May 1, 2018

Speakers have been announced for the plenary sessions of the 2018 SNMMI Annual Meeting, to be held June 23–26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the opening plenary on Sunday, June 24, at 8:00 am, Richard E. Carson, PhD, will give the Henry N. Wagner, MD, Lecture on Quantitative Nuclear Imaging: Is SUV the Best We Can Do? Carson is professor of radiology, biomedical imaging and biomedical engineering at Yale University. He is also director of the Yale PET Center and director of graduate studies for Yale’s biomedical engineering program. His presentation will cover tracer kinetic analysis methods used for quantitative brain imaging applications, with a focus on synaptic density imaging, why SUV works as well as it does for FDG oncology studies, and imaging challenges faced in non-brain dynamic studies. The Wagner Lectureship commemorates Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD, a pioneer in nuclear medicine and international leader in the field for more than half century.

At Monday morning’s plenary (Monday, June 25, 8:00 am), Sanjiv (Sam) Gambhir, MD, PhD, will present the Cassen Lectureship on Multimodality Molecular Imaging of Cell/Gene Therapies for Early Disease Detection and Management. Gambhir is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research and the chair of the Department of Radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also heads up the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection and directs the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS). Gambhir served as a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and was recently appointed to the National Council of the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The Cassen lectureship honors Benedict Cassen, whose invention of the rectilinear radioisotope scanner was seminal to the development of clinical nuclear medicine.

The following speakers have now been confirmed for the four-part Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD Highlights Symposium. The Highlights Lecture, presented at the closing session of each SNMMI Annual Meeting, was originated and presented for more than 30 years by Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD. Beginning in 2010, the duties of summarizing selected significant presentations at the meeting were divided annually among 4 distinguished nuclear and molecular medicine subject matter experts. For the 2018 meeting, these experts are:

  • Cardiovascular Highlights: Mehran Sadeghi, MD, professor of medicine and director, Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging Laboratory, Yale University School of Medicine; staff physician, VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
  • General Nuclear Medicine Highlights: Heather Jacene, MD, clinical director, Nuclear Medicine/PET-CT, and senior physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; associate program director, Brigham and Women's Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine; associate professor of radiology, Harvard Medical School.
  • Neurosciences Highlights: Henryk Barthel, MD, PhD, professor and assistant medical director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany.
  • Oncology and Therapy HighlightsAndrew Scott, MD, FRACP, DDU, FAICD, FAHMS, FAANMS, director, Department of Molecular Imaging and Therapy, Austin Health; laboratory head, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute; professor, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne; professor, School of Cancer Medicine, La Trobe University.

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