Research and Discovery Tactics

  1. Encourage and promote research in the field
    1. Develop a broad-based Vision document outlining precision imaging's and radiopharmaceutical therapy's role in the cancer, neuroimaging, and unmet medical needs
    2. Increase funding for R&D
    3. Increase the number of facilitated collaborative research efforts among academic sites with industry
    4. Work with the Small Business Advisory Alliance to assist with clinical trials.
    5. Identify non-proprietary tracers that academic sites can help move to approval- such as FDG for infection and inflammation imaging
    6. Conduct (or collaborate with other societies) to grant-writing training course or boot camps for nuclear medicine residents and scientists
  2. Increase the number of initiatives targeting the discovery and validation of diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, radiotherapeutics and instrumentation.
    1. Organize meetings/events to involve experts from the field in identifying high-impact, unmet clinical needs
    2. Summarize and publicize advancements in the NM/MI community including clinical trial updates

  3. Improve the quality of nuclear medicine trials and literature
    1. Enhance the checklist for JNM submission; enhance editorial enforcement. (DONE)
    2. Offer educational sessions on study design
    3. Develop a series of papers to publish in JNM focusing on study design and the appropriate areas to include in papers submitted to JNM
    4. Develop template protocols for common molecular imaging studies (e.g., dose ranging) and publish
    5. Develop training materials for new radiopharmaceuticals for the NM community professionals and referring physicians

  4.  Increase dollars for research grants
    1. Work with the Development Department to identify research funding opportunities
    2. Continue the relationship and develop new ones with NIH institutes to ensure they are aware of the importance of supporting nuclear medicine and theranostics research and products
    3. Work with disease-specific organizations to identify potential areas of collaboration and research support
    4. Create and fund new research awards and grants, especially for young scientists and physicians

  5. Enhance research on how nuclear medicine data can be implemented clinically in conjunction with informatics, etc.
    1. Collect a carefully curated training data set of PET/CT data and make it publicly available