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Dear ISORBE members,

It is our great pleasure to inform you of a wonderful accomplishment from one of our members, Dr. Vijay Kumar. Vijay has been awarded an appointment as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia as of January 26, 2017.

The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognize Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.

Vijay’s medical career began in 1974 when he came to Sydney to work at St. Vincents Hospital and later Liverpool Hospital. For over 20 years now he has worked at Westmead Hospital at the Department of Nuclear Medicine, where he is currently a principal radiopharmaceutical scientist.
He is also currently Treasurer and Governing Council Member of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology. Until last year he was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine.
In addition, he is a consultant scientific expert for the United Nations IAEA, where he has aided in establishing nuclear medicine facilities in many SE Asia and African nations.
He is also currently on the board of directors for ISORBE. His research interests include designing radiolabeled radiopharmaceuticals in pre-clinical animal studies, which are then used in clinical patient studies.
His work has aided in developing Ga-68 labeled PET agents for imaging prostate cancer, bacterial infections and neuroendocrine tumors, as well as imaging agents in F18 FET for brain tumors.

Vijay has made a meaningful impression in the field of nuclear medicine and we are very pleased that his achievements have been recognized and awarded with such a remarkable award!

Congratulations Vijay from all of us at ISORBE!




On May 19th 2016, Helmut Sinzinger received the honorary membership of
the Slovak Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis as only the 3rd in their history.
A couple of weeks before he was already honoured for his “great scientific achievements and
his outstanding merits for the Viennese Physicians Society” founded 1837, with the most prestigious
Billroth- medal named after the most important and long-lasting president, the well-known Viennese
surgeon Theodor Billroth.

ISORBE Members Recent Accomplishments
Putthiporn Charoenphun:
28th Annual EANM Conference (Hamburg, Germany, October 2015)
-       Influence of geometry on the measurement of an alpha emitter radionuclide, Ra -  233.K.Thongklam,P.Charoenphun
Fany Ekoume:
28th Annual EANM Conference (Hamburg, Germany, October 2015)
-       Assessment of microbiological monitoring for the evaluation of GMP-compliance at a department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging of the University Medical Center Groningen. M. Beugeling, F. Ekoume, H. J. Woerdenbag, G. Luurtsema, M. N. Lub-de Hooge, D. J. Touw, S. M. Rubow, H. H. Boersma

Edel Noriega:
-       28th Annual EANM Conference (Hamburg, Germany, October 2015)
-       M2M - Featured: Molecular & Multimodality Imaging: PSMA
-       35° Congredo Sociedad Espãnola de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular (SEMNIM) (Burgos 17-19 Junio 2015)
-       Results of the survey about the use of SPECT-CT in bone pathology in Spain during 2012. 2015. Médecine Nucléaire; 39: 419-478
-       Hipoestesia mentoniana como manifestación de metástasis mandibular diagnosticada en la gammagrafía ósea. "Numb chin" syndrome as a manifestation of jaw metastasis diagnosed in a bone scan. 2015. Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen molecular. (accepted pending publication)
XXV Alasbimn Congress (Punta del Este, Uruguay, 18-21/november/2015):
-       Corrección por decaimiento en el diagnóstico de las infecciones osteoarticulares con leucocitos marcados con 99mtc-hmpao
-       La gammagrafía con leucocitos marcados con corrección del tiempo de adquisición por decay a las 8 o 24 horas y su papel en el diagnóstico de infección osteoarticular

Biennial 17th Conference of ISORBE (Izmir, Turkey, march 4-8, 2015):
       -       SPECT_CT in bone infection
       -       Imaging techniques for assessment of inflammatory bowel disease
XXV Alasbimn Congress (Punta del Este, Uruguay, 18-21/november/2015)
-       Concordancia Inter-Observador En La Valoración Visual De Imágenes Planares En La Gammagrafías Con Leucocitos Marcados En Pacientes Con Material De Osteosíntesis
Edel Noriega Álvarez; María Teresa Bajén Lázaro; Ana María Benítez Segura; Alba Rodríguez-Gasén; Pablo Saldaña; Oriol Puig Calvo; Guillermo Alfredo Martínez Pimienta; María Pilar Boya Román; Jaime Mora Salvadó

28th Annual EANM Conference (Hamburg, Germany, October 2015)
-       99mTc-HMPAO white blood cell labelled scintigraphy in patient with osteosynthesis material and interobserver reproducibility. E. Noriega, M. Bajén Lázaro, A. Benítez Segura, A. Rodríguez- Gas.n, P. Saldaña, O. Puig Calvo, G. Martínez Pimienta, M. Boya Román, J. Mora Salvadó
-       Contribution of labelled leukocytes scintigraphy with decay correction at 8 or 24 hours in the diagnosis of osteoarticular infection. J. Rodríguez-Rubio Corona, E. Noriega Álvarez, I. Gil Viciano, A. Rodríguez-Gasén, A. Benítez-Segura, I. Romero-Zayas, G. Martínez-Pimienta, M. Boya-Román, M. Roca Engronyat.
35º Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular (SEMNIM) (Burgos, 17-19 Junio/2015)
-       Análsis de la concordancia inter-observador en la interpretación de las imágenes planares de gammagradías con leucocitos marcados.  Edel Noriega Álvarez, María Teresa Bajén Lázaro, Ana Benítez Segura, Alba Rodríguez-Gasén, Pablo Saldaña Gutiérrez, Oriol Puig Calvo, Guillermo Martínez Pimienta, María Pilar Boya Román, Jaume Mora Salvadó 
-       Aportación de la gammerfía con leucocitos marcados con correccíon de decaimento a las 8 o 24 horas en el diagnostic de la infección osteoarticular. Julio Rodríguez-Rubio Corona, Edel Noriega Álvarez, Isabel Gil Viciano, Alba Rodríguez-Gasén, Ana Benítez Segura, Inmaculada Romero Zayas, Guillermo Martínez Pimienta, María Pilar Boya Román, Manel Roca Engronyat
Mike Sathekge:
28th Annual EANM Conference (Hamburg, Germany, October 2015)
-       Imaging Infection in the Immunocompromised Patient- “Imaging Infection in the HIV positive patient”
-       “Korea Night” at the EANM October 13, 2015
-       Presidential Invitation at EANM October 12, 2015
Helmut Sinzinger:
3rd International Medical Olympiad (Thessaloniki, Greece, October 2-4 2015)
-       In-111-polyclonal HIG identifies patients but not atherosclerotic lesions at risk-a 5 years follow-up. H. Sinzinger et al. (Winner of the first prize for the contribution to the “Diagnosis of Atherosclerotic Lesions” )
Victoria Soroa:
IPET (Vienna, Austria, October 5-9 2015)
The sum is more than the parts in PET/CT´- Poster 10
Matthew Thakur:
Named „Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research” by the Academy of Radiology Research in 2015
Cooperation with the IAEA - IPET 2015 - Vienna 5-9th October 2015

This year’s IPET-2015 (PET–CT in the Era of Multimodality Imaging and Image Guided Therapy) was held in Vienna, Austria, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The objective of the conference was to review important clinical aspects and uses of medical imaging, namely PET and PET-CT for the spectrum of cancer management, as well as other diseases. This conference is important, as it is a platform for physicians, radiologists, technologists, physicists, radiochemists and radiopharmacists, as well as other scientists to come together and share their knowledge and ideas in this significant field of medicine.
ISORBE was well represented at this year’s IPET with our president giving two presentations and chairing two sessions. In addition, a session on infection and inflammation imaging was very well received, with our president Mike Sathekge providing a lecture on SPECT and PET Imaging in Infection and Inflammation, as well as PET/CT Imaging in Tuberculosis and HIV Tuberculosis.
Overall, the conference was a success with intriguing discussions, passing of knowledge, and collaborations being born.
We would like to thank and congratulate the organizers of IPET-2015 on a job well done!


IAEA booklet

This is to inform you that the booklet , who is the external contribution of the ISORBE members A.Ellman , C. Palestro, H. Sinzinger and V. Soroa, just appeared  and is available now !

ISORBE Celebrates Silver Jubilee

ISORBE Celebrates Silver Jubilee
ISORBE was established in 1989. During the one day ISORBE session on August 29th, 2014 at the 11th congress of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology, ISORBE had chosen to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Silver Jubilee. ISORBE presidium had asked Mathew Thakur, one of its founding members, its first president, and the first John McAfee Gold Medalist, to do the following three things;

1. A brief history:

Mathew provided, for the benefit for those who may not have known, a brief history of his work that began in 1974 in collaboration with late John McAfee, MD, and the work Mathew carried out subsequently with his other collaborator. These important milestones are listed below in Table 1. This led to the foundation of ISORBE in 1989 and this exciting field, which has further grown and continued to contribute so much in the field of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

2. To honor the past presidents of ISORBE:

As of 2014, ISORBE has 8 living past presidents. Unfortunately, one past president Wolfgang Becker (MD, PhD, 1997-1999) passed away in 2003. We miss him dearly. The eight presidents are Mathew Thakur (1989 – 1992), Helmut Sinzinger (1992-1995), Jose Martin-Conin (1995-1997), Alberto Signore (1999-2001), Margarita Rodriguez (2001-2003), Chris Palestro (2003-2007), Victoria Sonoa (2007-2011), and Kutlan Ozker (2011-2013). The current president, Michael Sathekge joined Mathew in thanking the past presidents for their valuable contributions to the field, to ISORBE, and for their continued support to ISORBE, to its sustainability, and its enhanced growth. Each attending president was given by Mathew a personal gift as a token of his appreciation of their time and effort and a lapel pin (Fig 1) on behalf of the current president and the presidium of ISORBE.

3. Second John McAfee Gold Medal:
On this occasion of the Silver Jubilee of ISORBE, the presidium had chosen one of the founding members of ISORBE. Not only has this person helped found ISORBE, but he also helped Mathew and John McAfee to establish ISORBEs constitution and its registration in Vienna, Austria as an International Society. Over the past 25 years, this individual not only served as the president of ISORBE, but worked diligently to enhance its growth, educational activities, and preserved and protected the ISORBE constitution. Needless to add that he also made and continues to make intellectual contributions to the field of ISORBE. That person and the recipient of the second John McAfee Gold Medal was Dr. Helmut Sinzinger.
Mathew and the president Sathekge thank Helmut and offered him the medal, the inscription of which read as below:

A photograph taken at that historical event is given below.

We congratulate Helmut for this honor, well deserved.

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