Plenary Sessions and Highlights Symposium

These informative sessions feature keynote speakers, significant awards and accomplishments, the SNMMI business meeting, installation of the new SNMMI and SNMMI-TS presidents, a synopsis of all the research presented during the meeting, announcement of the Abstract of the Year and Image of the Year, and much more.

Opening Ceremony and Highlight Country Address

Kick off the SNMMI 2023 Annual Meeting with the official opening ceremony and welcome session, including introductory remarks from SNMMI President Munir Ghesani, MD, FACNM, FACR, and SNMMI-TS President Krystle W. Glasgow, CNMT,NMTCB(CT),NMAA, and an overview of the Annual Meeting from Scientific Program Chair, Heather Jacene, MD.

Sunday Opening Plenary Session and Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD, Lectureship
In addition to the Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD Lectureship, this plenary session features welcome remarks from the SNMMI and SNMMI-TS Presidents.

Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD, Lectureship Speaker
: David A. Mankoff, MD, PhD, Matthew J. Wilson Professor of Research Radiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"Bringing Molecular Imaging Science to Breast Cancer Patients: Physics and Chemistry Meet Biology"
Dr. Mankoff is a renowned researcher, educator, and clinician. He is widely recognized for his extensive research in breast cancer imaging and its applications for precision therapy and treatment. As a patient-facing researcher and educator, Dr. Mankoff challenges the nuclear medicine community to keep a vigilant “Eye on the Patient” by his example ... as Dr. Wagner did.

SNMMI Business Meeting and Special Plenary Session
In addition to the Hal Anger Lectureship, the SNMMI Business Meeting will take place featuring Society updates, significant awards and accomplishments and the induction of the new President.

Hal Anger Lectureship Speaker: Taiga Yamaya, PhD, Deputy Director, Department of Advanced Nuclear Medicine Sciences, Institute for Quantum Medical Science, National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST)

"Application-Specific PET Systems Expanding the Potential of Nuclear Medicine"
Dr. Yamaya’s impressive and unique work on PET instrumentation, including brain imaging, small-animal imaging, and in beam monitoring of proton irradiation, has influenced the field for many years and embodies the legacy of Dr. Anger.

SNMMI-TS Plenary Session

All SNMMI-TS members are invited to attend the SNMMI-TS Plenary.

Technologist Plenary Session Speaker: Brad Nieder, MD, The Healthy Humorist®

"Laughter is the Best Medicine"
“The Healthy Humorist®” has been known to skewer such topics as healthcare lingo, diet plans, pharmaceutical ads, medical marijuana and scrubs. He’s even been known to break into song! You’ll laugh as you learn why laughter really is good medicine … for combating stress, feeling better and living longer..  

2023 Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD Highlights Symposium
Each year the meeting concludes with the extremely popular Highlights Symposium. During this session, four experts will provide an overview of all the science that has been presented during the meeting. This session is extremely informative and a great way to conclude your meeting experience. 

We are very pleased to announce this year’s lineup of Highlights speakers:

Oncology and Therapy Highlights
Delphine L. Chen, MD

Dr. Chen is Professor of Radiology and holds the Wil B. Nelp, MD Endowed Professorship in Nuclear Medicine at the University of Washington. She is also the Director of Nuclear Medicine/Molecular Imaging and Therapy service at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, establishing nuclear medicine as an integral member of multidisciplinary cancer care teams. As an NIH-funded physician/scientist, her research focuses on the development and translation of novel PET imaging methods for phenotyping cancers and quantifying host immune responses in lung and oncologic disease. Her clinical expertise includes optimizing the use of oncologic multimodality molecular imaging and treating patients with radiopharmaceutical therapies. She currently serves SNMMI as the President of the Center for Molecular Imaging, Innovation, and Translation.

Cardiovascular Highlights
James Thackeray, PhD

Prof Thackeray is a Heisenberg Professor of Translational Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in Ottawa, Canada. In 2012 he relocated to Germany as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently Principal Investigator and W2 Professor (Associate). He leads a dynamic international team focused on applying radionuclide imaging to gain mechanistic insights into the progression of cardiovascular disease and to optimize delivery of novel reparative and regenerative therapies. His research has been recognized with numerous awards including the Herman Blumgart Award from the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council (2023) and the George von Hevesy Prize of the German Nuclear Medicine Society (2019).

General Nuclear Medicine Highlights
Twyla B. Bartel, DO, FACNM, FSNMMI

Dr. Twyla Bartel is currently Co-Owner of Global Advanced Imaging, PLLC.  She is very involved with the SNMMI with some of her roles being SNMMI Director-At-Large, Academic Council President, PET Center of Excellence Secretary/Treasurer, and the Southwestern Chapter Historian.  She is also Past President of ACNM and a current board member.   She is a board member of the ABNM and is involved with other groups such as ACR, ARRS, and the ABR.  Prior to owning her own business, she was a PET Director, Residency Program Director, and Chief of Nuclear Medicine at an academic institution.  She is involved in many facets of our specialty including governance/advocacy, clinical guidelines, research, and mentorship, but her primary interests are in educational items and the business of nuclear medicine.

Neurosciences Highlights
Richard E. Carson, PhD

Dr. Carson is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale University and Emeritus Director of the Yale PET Center. His research focus includes development of mathematical models for novel PET radiopharmaceuticals, applications of PET in clinical populations and preclinical models of disease, and development of state-of-the-art brain PET systems. Dr. Carson has published over 400 papers, given over 175 invited lectures, and has received numerous awards including the Kuhl-Lassen award and the Edward J. Hoffman Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research, and the Edward J. Hoffman Award for Medical Imaging from the IEEE. He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2019.