2017 Awardees

2016 Award Winners

2017 Award Recipients

2017 Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship

Brendon Cook, Graduate Center at the City University of New York

  • "Pretargeted PET Imaging of Bone in Non-Human Primates"

Nicolas Guehl, Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • "Development of methods for simultaneous rest-stress myocardial blood flow (MBF) measurements

Ariana Nodoushani, Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • "Quantifying Light Chain (AL) Cardiac Amyloidosis with 18F-florbetapir PET and MRI"

2017 Paul C. Aebersold Award

Martin Pomper, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins Medical Center

2017 Loevinger-Berman Award

Michael Lassmann, PhD, Unievrsitaetsklinikum Wuerzburg

2017 Michael Welch, PhD, Award

Jason Lewis, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

2017 Michael Welch, Post-Doctoral Travel Grant Award

Lingyi Sun, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

2017 Robert E. Henkin, MD, Government Relations Fellowship

Ashley Mishoe, PharmD, USCF

Daniel Yokell, PharmD, Massachusetts General Hospital

2017 Ursula Mary Kocemba-Slosky, PhD, Professional Relations Fellowship

David Douglas, MD, Stanford University

2017 Hyman-Ghesani RAD-AID SNMMI Global Health Scholarship

Samuel Friedman, MD, Pitts Radiology, PA

James Gannon, MD, Rochester General Hospital

2017 Paul Cole Technologist Scholarship

Michael Bornholdt, Certificate Program, Mayo School of Allied Health Sciences

Sarah Braun, Certificate Program, Research Medical Center, School of Nuclear Medicine Technology

Taylor Glueck, Certificate Program, Research Medical Center, School of Nuclear Medicine Technology

Kenzie Jorgenson, Associate's Program, Bellevue College
Arielle Knafel, Bachelor's Program, Indiana University School of Medicine

Aouatif Libtinioui, Bachelor's Program, Regis College

Jessica Malave, Bachelor's Program, Adventist University of Health Sciences, Florida

Julie Rivas, Bachelor's Program, Virginia Commonwealth University

Katrina Sohl, Associate's Program, Santa Fe College, Florida

Tara Vasey, Associate's Program, Bellevue, College

2017 Mitzi & William Blahd, MD, Pilot Research Grant

Jana Ivanidze, MD, PhD, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College

2017 ERF SNMMI-TS Advanced Degree Program Award

Crystal Botkin, PhD Candidate
Tina Buehner, PhD Candidate
Maria Costello, Master's Degree Candidate

2017 ERF SNMMI-TS Bachelor's or Entry-Level Master's Degree Completion Scholarship

Jessica Williams
Matthew McMahon
Jody Leopardi
Jason Colloton

2017 JNM Best Paper Awards

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Editors’ Choice Award

Steven P. Rowe, Katarzyna J. Macura, Anthony Ciarallo, Esther Mena, Amanda Blackford, Rosa Nadal, Emmanuel S. Antonarakis, Mario A. Eisenberger, Michael A. Carducci, Ashley E. Ross, Philip W. Kantoff, Daniel P. Holt, Robert F. Dannals, Ronnie C. Mease, Martin G. Pomper, and Steve Y. Cho
Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland

Comparison of Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen–Based 18F-DCFBC PET/CT to Conventional Imaging Modalities for Detection of Hormone-Naïve and Castration-Resistant Metastatic Prostate Cancer
J Nucl Med. 2016;57:46–53

Heiko Schöder, Andrew D. Zelenetz, Paul Hamlin, Somali Gavane, Steven Horwitz, Matthew Matasar, Alison Moskowitz, Ariela Noy, Lia Palomba, Carol Portlock, David Straus, Ravinder Grewal, Jocelyn C. Migliacci, Steven M. Larson, and Craig H. Moskowitz
Molecular Imaging and Therapy Service, Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Prospective Study of 3′-Deoxy-3′-18F-Fluorothymidine PET for Early Interim Response Assessment in Advanced-Stage B-Cell Lymphoma
J Nucl Med. 2016;57:728–734

Ryan Hickey, Robert J. Lewandowski, Totianna Prudhomme, Eduardo Ehrenwald, Brian Baigorri, Jeffrey Critchfield, Joseph Kallini, Ahmed Gabr, Boris Gorodetski, Jean-Francois Geschwind, Andrea Abbott, Ravi Shridhar, Sarah B. White, William S. Rilling, Brendan Boyer, Shannon Kauffman, Sharon Kwan, Siddarth A. Padia, Vanessa L. Gates, Mary Mulcahy, Sheetal Kircher, Halla Nimeiri, Al B. Benson, and Riad Salem
Section of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

90Y Radioembolization of Colorectal Hepatic Metastases Using Glass Microspheres: Safety and Survival Outcomes from a 531-Patient Multicenter Study
J Nucl Med. 2016;57:665–671

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Editors’ Choice Award

Parmanand Singh, Silvia González-Ramos, Marina Mojena, César Eduardo Rosales-Mendoza, Hamed Emami, Jeffrey Swanson, Alex Morss, Zahi A. Fayad, James H.F. Rudd, Jeffrey Gelfand, Marta Paz-García, Paloma Martín-Sanz, Lisardo Boscá, and Ahmed Tawakol
Cardiology Division, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York

GM-CSF Enhances Macrophage Glycolytic Activity In Vitro and Improves Detection of Inflammation In Vivo
J Nucl Med. 2016;57:1428–1435

Ana P. Kiess, Il Minn, Ganesan Vaidyanathan, Robert F. Hobbs, Anders Josefsson, Colette Shen, Mary Brummet, Ying Chen, Jaeyeon Choi, Eftychia Koumarianou, Kwamena Baidoo, Martin W. Brechbiel, Ronnie C. Mease, George Sgouros, Michael R. Zalutsky, and Martin G. Pomper
Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

(2S)-2-(3-(1-Carboxy-5-(4-211At-Astatobenzamido)Pentyl)Ureido)-Pentanedioic Acid for PSMA-Targeted α-Particle Radiopharmaceutical Therapy
J Nucl Med. 2016;57:1569–1575

Simone U. Dalm, Julie Nonnekens, Gabriela N. Doeswijk, Erik de Blois, Dik C. van Gent, MarkW. Konijnenberg, and Marion de Jong
Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands for

Comparison of the Therapeutic Response to Treatment with a 177Lu-Labeled Somatostatin Receptor Agonist and Antagonist in Preclinical Models
J Nucl Med. 2016;57:260–265

2017 JNMT Best Paper Awards

Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Editors’ Choice Award

Shelley N. Acuff and Dustin Osborne
Department of Radiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee

Clinical Workflow Considerations for Implementation of Continuous-Bed-Motion PET/CT
J Nucl Med Technol. 2016;44:55–58

Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Editors’ Choice Award

Grace Brayshaw, Sharon Mosley, and Geoff Currie
Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California

Increased Gastric Activity on Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
J Nucl Med Technol. 2016;44:195–198

Yoya Tomita, Masaki Ishida, Yasutaka Ichikawa, Naohisa Suzawa, Shigeki Kobayashi, Hisato Maeda, Kan Takeda, and Hajime Sakuma
Central Division of Radiology, Mie University Hospital, Tsu, Mie, Japan

The Effect of Misregistration Between CT-Attenuation and PET-Emission Images in 13N-Ammonia Myocardial PET/CT
J Nucl Med Technol. 2016;44:73–77

Sarah R. Pigmon, Kara D. Weatherman, Nicholas C. Brehl, and Cybil J. Nielsen
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Necessity of Using Heparin in the UltraTag RBC Kit When Tagging Blood for a Nuclear Medicine Study
J Nucl Med Technol. 2016;44:230–233

The Benedict Cassen Prize

The Benedict Cassen Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and work leading to a major advance in nuclear medicine science. The prize award is $25,000 and is only offered every other year (even years).

This prestigious prize is named in honor of the late physicist Benedict Cassen, whose invention, the rectilinear scanner, first brought the ability to image patients to nuclear medicine. His widow, Mary Wylie Cassen, made a bequest to the Foundation to establish a major award. The awarding of this prize is in recognition of outstanding achievement is essential to encourage development and growth in nuclear medicine.

Award Recipients

1994 - Hal O. Anger, B.S., D.Sc. (Hon.), for his invention of the scintillation camera.

1996 - David E. Kuhl, M.D., for his development of emission reconstruction tomography and quantitative measurements of brain physiology.

1998 - Henry N. Wagner, Jr., M.D., for his many contributions to Nuclear Medicine as a scientist, teacher and clinician.

2000 - Sally J. DeNardo, M.D., and Gerald L. DeNardo, M.D., for their fundamental contributions to present and future medical care through work in developing radiolabelled antibodies and contributions to the radioimmunotherapy of cancer.

2002 - Michael E. Phelps, PhD., for his exceptional involvement and work to translate PET science into clinical medical practice.

2004 - Michael J. Welch, PhD., for his work on rapid synthesis of positron-labeled organic chemicals which were of vital importance in the application of PET technology’s application to diagnostic medicine.

2006 - Alexander Gottschalk, M.D., for his pioneer work in the clinical applications of the Anger gamma camera and the use of Technetium radiotracers.

2008 - Mathew Thakur, PhD., for his original and major advances in the development of novel radiopharmaceuticals that have led nuclear medicine to play a major role in the management of patients with infections, vascular thromboembolism, and cancer.

2010 - Sung-Cheng (Henry) Huang, D.Sc., for his scholarship in applying biomathematics to the development & application of tracer kinetic models used as imaging assays of biological process in vivo with PET, from basic to clinical sciences.

2012 - Abass Alavi, MD, MD(Hon), PhD(Hon), DSc(Hon), for his contributions to the development of modern imaging techniques including Positron Emission Tomography, as revolutionary tools for conducting basic science research and improving patient care.

2012 - Steven M. Larson, M.D., for his research and leadership that have advanced nuclear medicine science, especially in uses of radionuclides for diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

2014 - Barry A. Siegel, M.D., for his sustained contributions to clinical translation of nuclear medicine science and, in particular, his visionary leadership in developing scientific methodology for evidence-based clinical trials that resulted in widespread acceptance of imaging studies using positron emission tomography.

2016 - H. William Strauss, M.D., in recognition of his seminal studies in cardiovascular nuclear medicine. These studies have greatly advanced nuclear medicine science and have had exceptionally high clinical impact.

2018 - Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, M.D., Ph.D., in recognition of his visionary leadership and rigorous science in developing and translating strategies for the imaging of human diseases using novel multimodality reporter genes and imaging agents.

The Benedict Cassen Postdoctoral Fellowship  

This grant was established by the Estates of Benedict Cassen and Mary Wiley Balfour Cassen to provide early-career scientists with mentoring experience and the opportunity to develop preliminary data for federal or other competitive research support. The grant will provide support for the postdoctoral fellow to carry out the research under the supervision of the junior faculty member with the assistance of a senior faculty member or principal investigator.

2014 - Marc David Normandin, PhD, Instructor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School Assistant in Physics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Radiology.

Georges El Fakhri, PhD, DABR, Director, Center for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences (CAMIS), Co-Director, Division of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, Professor of Radiology Harvard Medical School is Dr. Normandin’s advisor.

2015 - Kyle Lapidus, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director of Neuromodulation, Stony Brook University, Department of Psychiatry.

Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Director of PET Research, Stoney Brook School of Medicine, is advisor to Dr. Lapidus.

The Alexander Gottschalk Award for the best SNMMI abstract on Clinical Oncology PET presented by an MD of a country member of the ALASBIMN (Latino-American Society of Biology and Nuclear Medicine)

Omar Alonso, Prospective comparison of 11C-Choline versus 68Ga-PSMA using a tri-modality PET/CT-MR system for the diagnosis of prostate cancer patients with biochemical recurrence

The Drs. Tapan K. Chaudhuri and Tuhin K. Chaudhuri Award for Best SNMMI Abstract in Breast Cancer Research

Raychel Castillo, 18F-FDG PET/CT for Systemic Staging of Newly Diagnosed Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)

2014 Award Winners

2015 Award Winners

2017 ERF-SNMMI Annual Meeting Travel Awards

Tobey Betthauser
Daiqin Chen
Feng Chen
Emily Ehlerding
Shana Ellman
Shreya Goel
Mohsen Khosravi
Patrick Lao
Dalong Ni
Sarah Sheikhbahaei
Raheleh Taghvaei
Sarah Pourhassan Shamchi
Rudolf Werner
Di Wu
ChengCheng Zhang

2017 ERF-SNMMI-TS Annual Meeting Travel Awards

Paul Riley
Martin Schnitt
Harsh Gandhi
Erin Snay
Alan Stuckey
Tiffinee Swanson
Christopher Sharpe
Thuy Tran
Shelley Acuff
Lily Krnezich
Jessica Williams

2017 ERF-SNMMI NMT Student Annual Meeting Travel Awards

Carol Lewis
Hon Nam Lam
Jessica Malave
Michael Bornholdt
Ezekiel Braun
Gabrielle Brosius
Shelby Bryant
John Bullock
Rachel Bunnell
Pamela Garcia
Jason Grannum
Jessica Hauser
Alex Koenen
Stephanie Korziuk
Alana Kraft
Kristie Krogman
Heidi Leblanc
Craig Leier
Krystal Mackereth
JoElle Marlow
Amy Ryan
Aylssa Szponder
Andrew Thrams
Victoria Vincent
Lynn Wallace

2017 Arthur Weis, MD, Award in Radiation Dosimetry and Safety

Jean-Mathieu Beauregard, MD, MSc, FRCPC

 2017 ERF SNMMI MI Research Grant for Junior Academic Faculty

Giuseppe Carlucci, PhD, NYU School of Medicine

2017 ERF SNMMI Predoctoral MI Scholar Recipient

Jaeyeon Choi, University of Pittsburgh

2017 ERF SNMMI-TS Outstanding Educator

Dusty York, CNMT, PET, RT(N)(CT)

2017 ERF SNMMI-TS Outstanding Technologist

Amanda Abbott, CNMT, RT(N), PET

2017 ERF SNMMI-TS Technologist Best Oral Abstract

Jessica Williams
Douglass Vines
Jozef Nycz

2017 ERF SNMMI-TS Student Oral Abstract

Shelby Bryant
Andrew Thrams
Craig Leier

2017 ERF SNMMI-TS Technologist Best Poster Award

Erin Snay
Kunihito Tsuboi
Scott Persohn

2017 ERF SNMMI Council Award Winners (BIC/YIA)

Jenny Ceccarini
Hui LIu
Cristina E. Popescu