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BNL Scientist and BERAC Member Receives the 2005 Distinguished Basic Scientist Award from the Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI)
Published: April 11, 2005
Posted: April 29, 2005

At the annual AMI conference in March, Joanna Fowler was presented with the Academys Distinguished Basic Scientist Award for her remarkable contributions to the field of molecular imaging. Joanna Fowler, Ph.D., is a senior chemist and director of the PET program at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the Brookhaven Center for Translational Neuroimaging. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003 and appointed a member of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) in 2004. The AMI award recognizes her contributions to the design and synthesis of 18F-FDG, a radiotracer widely used to study brain function and also to diagnose cancer and to guide its therapy. She also developed the radiotracer 11C-cocaine, providing the tools for the first documentation that cocaine movement in the human brain parallels its behavioral effects. Among her other recent research achievements is the mapping of monoamine oxidase (MAO) to measure the turnover rate of MAO B in the living human brain. This method provided the first documentation that cigarette smokers have reduced brain MAO.

Contact: Peter Kirchner, SC-23.2, (301) 903-9106
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  • Research Area: Research Technologies and Methodologies
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition
  • Legacy: Radiochemistry and Instrumentation

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


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