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Congratulations to Dr. Koon-Pong Wong for receiving the Computer and Instrumentation Council Young Investigator Award (Honorable Mention) from the Society of Nuclear Medicine (June 2011, San Antonio, Texas) for his abstract entitled "Simplified Quantification of FDDNP PET Studies."
Mirwais Wardak was given the Alavi-Mandell Award by the Society of Nuclear Medicine in April 2011 for his publication in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine entitled, "Movement Correction Method for Human Brain PET Images: Application to Quantitative Analysis of Dynamic [18F]-FDDNP Scans". The Alavi-Mandell Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field from young scientists, fellows, or physician residents who have published (as first authors) excellent original articles in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Congratulations on this nice achievement!
Mirwais Wardak was awarded Best Poster Presentation at the 12th Annual UCLA Biomedical Physics Research Colloquium (May 2011). The title of his poster was: "FDOPA Kinetics Using PET/CT to Diagnose Recurrent Brain Tumors". Great job, Mirwais!
Congratulations to Dr. Huang for receiving the prestigious 2010 Benedict Cassen Prize during the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), Inc.'s 57th Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Cassen Prize is given every two years by the Education and Research Foundation for the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Inc., to a living scientist or physician/scientist whose work has led to a major advance in basic or clinical nuclear medicine science. Full story,Dr. Huang's presentation (6/2010)
Congratulations to Mirwais Wardak for receiving the prestigious Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award for excellence in molecular and medical imaging (9/2009).
Congratulations to Dr. Koon-Pong Wong for receiving the Computer and Instrumentation Council Young Investigator Award (Second Place) from the Society of Nuclear Medicine (June 2009, Toronto, Canada) for his abstract entitled "A hybrid modeling approach to estimate plasma input function for FDG-PET studies in mice."
Congratulations to Mirwais Wardak and colleagues for receiving First Place in the Nuclear Oncology Council Young Investigator Award Symposium at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (June 2009) for their abstract entitled "FLT Kinetics Predict Survival in Brain Tumor Therapy."
Congratulations to David Truong, Henry Huang, et al for their abstract (An Automated System for Quantification/Analysis of Mouse PET Images) which was selected to be in Dr. Wagner's SNM Highlight Lecture, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2009, Toronto. This article is also mentioned in The Jounal of Nuclear Medicine, May 2009, Vol 50, Supp 2, Abstract Book, 174P.
Congratulations to Hillary Protas, Henry Huang, et al for their abstract (Prediction of Cognitive Change based on Hemispheric Cortical Surface Map of FDDNP) which was selected to be in Dr. Wagner's SNM Highlight Lecture, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2009, Toronto. This article is also mentioned in The Jounal of Nuclear Medicine, May 2009, Vol 50, Supp 2, Abstract Book, 279P.
Congratulations to Koon-Pong Wong, Xiaoli Zhang and Henry Huang for their abstract (A hybrid modeling approach to estimate plasma input function for FDG-PET studies in mice) which was highlighted by Dr. Robert Koeppe at the "Basic Science Summary Session", 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Toronto, Canada, 2009.
Mirwais Wardak was awarded Best Oral Presentation at the 10th Annual UCLA Biomedical Physics Research Colloquium, May 2009. Great job, Mirwais!
Mirwais Wardak has been awarded a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Training Grant. Congratulations, Mirwais!
Congratulations to Mirwais Wardak for receiving the UCLA Quality of Graduate Education Travel Award, June 2009.
Congratulations to Wei Sha for receiving the UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Travel Award.
Congratulations to Mirwais Wardak for receiving the UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Travel Award, November 2008.
Congratulations to Mirwais Wardak and colleagues for receiving First Place in the Brain Imaging Council Young Investigator Award Symposium at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (June 2008) for their abstract entitled �Monitoring Brain Tumor Therapy with [18F]-Fluoro-Thymidine.� Their research was also highlighted by Dr. Henry Wagner in the SNM Highlights Lecture, which can be found at: Wagner HN, Jr. Advancing a molecular theory of disease. Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Aug 2008;49(8):15N-34N.
Congratulations to Koon-Pong Wong, Henry Huang, et al for their abstract (Quantitative analysis of [18F]FDDNP PET using subcortical white matter as reference region) which was highlighted by Dr. Richard Carson at the "Basic Science Summary Session", Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2008, New Orleans. This article is also mentioned in The Jounal of Nuclear Medicine, May 2008, Vol 49, Supp 2, Abstract Book.
Congratulations to Mirwais Wardak for receiving the Society of Nuclear Medicine Travel Award, June 2008.
Congratulations to Dr. Koon-Pong Wong for receiving the 2007 IEEE Medical Imaging Conference Travel Grant.
Congratulations to Xiaoli Zhang, Henry Huang, et al, for their abstract (Myocardial flow reserve in viable and nonviable myocardium in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy and severe left ventricular dysfunction), First Place, Cardiovascular Young Investigator Award, 54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Washington DC, June 2-6, 2007.
Congratulations to Henry Huang and David Truong team for licensing and development agreement Kinetic Imaging System (KIS) to Mirada Solutions Ltd (a subsidiary of CTI Molecular Imaging, Inc). KIS is a fully integrated software system to assist the learning, planning, design, and data analysis of mouse microPET studies. Through computer simulation and animation of tracer kinetics in all tissue organs of a whole animal (based on a realistic 3D mouse atlas), KIS allows users to learn and to evaluate conveniently a multiple of biological, chemical, and experimental factors that could affect the mouse microPET images. Its main module, in fact, allows users to perform "virtual" mouse microPET studies quickly and conveniently without using a real animal. The system serves multiple functions-education, virtual experimentation, experimental design, and image analysis of experimental data. It consists of 4 main modules-"Dictionary", "Simulation", "Image analysis", and "Model Fitting".
Congratulations to Hillary Protas for 2005 Pharmacology Travel Award.
Congratulations to Chin-Lung Yu for 2005 Pharmacology Travel Award.
Congratulations to David Stout for receiving a SNM Pilot grant to help fund imaging of the substantia nigra in squirrel monkeys. This work represents the first step towards quantitatively imaging the entire central dopaminergic system in this important animal model of Parkinson's disease. Eventually we hope to investigate changes in the cell bodies following lesioning to see if the nigra provides earlier indications of neuronal loss compared to the usual quantitation of dopaminergic axonal terminals in the striatum.
Congratulations to David Truong, Henry Huang, et al for their abstract (An Automated Archival System for Nuclear Medicine) which was selected to be in Dr. Wagner's SNM Highlight Lecture. Dr Wagner stated that the archival system is "an exemplary example, ... every nuclear medicine department should have it ..." Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2000, St Louis. This article is also mentioned in The Jounal of Nuclear Medicine, August 2000, Vol 41, No. 8 (The Age of Communication section, 32N-34N).
Congratulations to David Truong for Staff Incentive Award for outstanding performance and contributions, UCLA Dept of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, 1998-1999.
Congratulations to David Truong, Henry Huang, et al for their Third Prize Scientific Exhibit (JANUS: A Java/Internet-based Nuclear Medicine Computing System) , Society of Nuclear Medicine, 1998, Toronto Canada.
Congratulations to David Truong for Staff Incentive Award for outstanding performance and contributions, UCLA Dept of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, 1995-1996.
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