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BER Scientist Dr. Steven M. Larson Receives Charles de Hevesy Award
Published: July 18, 2005
Posted: August 03, 2005


Steven M. Larson, M.D., chief of the nuclear medicine service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, N.Y., was awarded the 2005 Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for his distinguished contributions to nuclear medicine. The award was presented during the societys 52nd Annual Meeting June 1822 in Toronto. Each year since 1960, the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) presents the award to an individual (or individuals) for outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear medicine. De Hevesy received the 1943 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in determining the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of radioactive compounds in the human body. His work led to the foundation of nuclear medicine as a tool for diagnosis and therapy, and he is considered the father of nuclear medicine. Dr. Larson's research has resulted in many novel findings, especially in understanding cancer. He has made significant contributions to the advancement of positron emission tomography (PET) as a clinical tool for oncologic imaging, and has treated cancer patients with malignant melanoma using iodine-131-labeled monoclonal antibodiesan event that has influenced the history of nuclear medicine. In addition to many honors and awards, Dr. Larson currently serves on the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) of the Department of Energy and the Advisory Committee of the Department of Life Sciences for Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Larson has long standing grant support from the Department of Energy for his innovative application of new radiopharmaceutical development for cancer diagnosis and therapy, and he continues to be an important part of the BER Medical Sciences program. His research efforts are truly exemplifies the successful translation of our Department's investments in science and energy-related research into current medical practice, with the advancement of the quality of life for all.

Contact: Peter Kirchner, SC-23.3, (301) 903-9106
Topic Areas:

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

Division: SC-23.1 Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, BER
      (formerly SC-23.3 Climate Change Research Division, OBER)


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