The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council is made up of members of the SNMMI who have a common interest in the radiopharmaceutical sciences. It has been set up for the purpose of providing a forum to; discuss and disseminate information relating to radiopharmaceutical sciences, promote and encourage basic research and applied technology in the radiopharmaceutical sciences, and provide the SNMMI information relating to the radiopharmaceutical sciences.
The mission of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council is to: provide a forum for members with similar interests; provide expertise in the field of interest to the membership; foster education in research and application of radiopharmaceutical sciences; provide outreach to other professionals and organizations; nurture new membership into the Society and the Council and serve as a resource to SNMMI Leadership.
The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council encourages all professionals within SNMMI to consider being members, as your input is needed to help promote and develop the many aspects of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.
The RPSC is also the founder of the SNMMI Annual Meeting Poster Mixer. Now in it's 8th year, the poster mixer has become a staple of the annual meeting. Learn more about the Annual Poster Mixer.
In St. Louis at our 2014 SNMMI Annual Meeting, I had the distinct honor of succeeding Cara Ferreira, PhD, as President of the Radiopharmaceutical Science Council (RPSC). We are all grateful to Cara for her leadership in establishing new highs for outreach to our interrelated societies both domestic and international, and within the SNMMI itself, consistent with our long term strategic plan.
We as a radiopharmaceutical science community continue to face multiple challenges associated with a dynamic changing healthcare environment. In this current environment, we have continued to experience a decrease in funding opportunities for radiopharmaceutical science research and for postdoctoral training positions along with more limited job opportunities for our radiopharmacist and technologist members. Compliance with current FDA PET drug good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements is still a relatively new and continuing challenge not only for routine production of approved clinical PET drugs but also for the many exciting new radiopharmaceuticals in the preclinical and clinical trial stages of development. Our RPSC leadership team has recognized a critical need to develop a broad based accessible flexible training and certification program for radiopharmaceutical scientists, radiopharmacists and technologists who must demonstrate required competencies to actively participate in the highly regulated complex radiopharmaceutical discovery, development and approval process. To begin to address the critical need for a harmonized training and certification program, a RPSC subcommittee has been established to work along with various international radiopharmaceutical science groups to design such a harmonized program which will also include SPECT and other multimodal molecular imaging agents. This is clearly a very ambitious goal and the RPSC leadership will keep the membership informed and undoubtedly call upon membership for support. To support this new effort further, the RPSC will continue to offer annual and mid-winter SNMMI meeting topical categorical programs and continuing education sessions focused on assisting the membership in developing their knowledge base and competencies necessary to actively participate in translational process of taking new molecular imaging agents from bench top to bedside.
We sincerely encourage all present and future, domestic and international, radiopharmaceutical scientists, radiopharmacists and technologists to be active SNMMI and RPSC members. Over the next year, the RPSC leadership will work to keep you informed and ask for your active support. We look forward to your participation!
With Best Regards,
Neil A. Petry, MS, RPh, BCNP
President, Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council
The RPSC works to provide the most up-to-date resources and educational offerings to its members. This section provides information on past educational offerings (sponsored by the RPSC), as well as important updates and areas of interest in radiopharmaceutical sciences.
National Isotope Development Center (NIDC)
Preclinical Molecular Imaging - Using microPET, microCT, & Optical methods
Preclinincal Molecular Imaging - Part II
Animal Handling for In Vivo Imaging
USP Hot Topics
RPSC Educational Resources
American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Society of Non-Invasive Imaging in Drug Development
American Nuclear Society
American Chemical Society
Royal Society of Chemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Cancer Society
National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation
The Society for Molecular Imaging
The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council offers several different awards to recognize individuals within the field who have made significant contributions to radiopharmaceutical sciences. The following awards are offered on a yearly basis by the council:
Berson Yalow Award - This award honors investigators who submit the most original scientific abstracts and make the most significant contributions to basic or clinical radioassay. Learn more about the Berson Yalow Award.
Michael J. Welch Award - The Michael J. Welch award is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to radiopharmaceutical sciences, has been involved in mentoring students, Postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and has been involved in community service community service to the field of radiopharmaceutical chemistry and molecular imaging. Learn more about the Michael J. Welch Award.
Young Investigator Awards - The YIA's are reserved for the best scientific abstracts on radiopharmaceutical chemistry nuclear medicine submitted by young investigators. Learn more about the RPSC Young Investigator Awards.
The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and moleuclar imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementatin of Society policies.
Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.
This secion provides the following council specific information.
How to Become a Member
Membership in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council is limited to members of the SNMMI. Membership can be attained by indicating the desire to join during the annual renewal of the SNMMI membership or by filing an application with the Secretary of the council.
Payment of Dues
Membership in the RPSC requires payment of dues in the amount of $20/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year.
Benefits of Membership:
Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:
Provides continuing education for professionals in the various areas relating to Radiopharmaceutical Sciences through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the RPSC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.
Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. The RPSC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics related to the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. Members will soon have access to RPSC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.
Provides expertise in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The RPSC has representation in a number of governance groups within SNMMI, including the Committee on Councils and the House of Delegates.
Learn more about the specific benefits the RPSC council has to offer.
Council membership is voluntary. Society members are eligible for council membership, and can belong to as many councils as they wish. The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council dues are $20.00. Join this council now.
Learn more about the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council member benefits.
SNMMI Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council
1850 Samuel Morse Drive
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