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BER/DOE Supported Scientist Wins Major Award in the Field of Nuclear Medicine
Published: July 23, 2003
Posted: August 01, 2003

The Society of Nuclear Medicine's Education and Research Foundation announced Michael J. Welch, PhD, to be the recipient of the 2004 Cassen award at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine in June 2004 in Philadelphia. This prestigious prize is named in honor of the late physicist Benedict Cassen, whose invention, the rectilinear scanner, enabled for the first time image displays of abnormal organ function with a variety of radiotracers. To date, the award has been given to six scientists whose work has led to major advances in basic or clinical nuclear medicine. Four of the six past awardees have been recipients of major DOE funding, and Dr. Henry Wagner has been a member of BER's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). Moreover, Benedict Cassen himself was supported by DOE's predecessor agency, the AEC. Dr. Welch will receive the Cassen Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the fields of radiochemistry and radiopharmacology. Dr. Welch and his research group have had longstanding program support from BER/DOE.

Contact: Peter Kirchner, SC-73, 301-903-9106
Topic Areas:

  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition
  • Legacy: Radiochemistry and Instrumentation

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-73 Medical Sciences Division, OBER)


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