Archive for April, 2019

Gordon Lecture Series: Identify External Funding Opportunities with Pivot


The facilitator, Amy Robb is Associate Director for Prospect Research and Funding Opportunities in the Office of Development. Ms. Robb holds a master’s in library and information science from UIUC and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the George Washington University. Below is a summary of her presentation.

Amy Robb

In this seminar, Ms. Robb taught how to identify external funding opportunities using Pivot – a library database that indexes announcements for grants, fellowships, conferences and equipment acquisition.  The advantage of Pivot is that it contains information about government, philanthropic, industry, and international funding opportunities from across different scientific disciplines. 

Ms. Robb discussed with the audience potential strategies to diversify funding portfolios. She also provided useful tips on searching funding opportunities and configuring funding alerts to provide individualized notification of new funding opportunities.

Dr. Georges El Fakhri Earns Edward J. Hoffman Award


This story was originally published on 03/12/2019 by Rad Times, a publication of the Mass General Hospital Department of Radiology.

The Edward J. Hoffman Award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to nuclear medicine research and education. The 2019 recipient is Georges El Fakhri, PhD, professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is receiving the award for outstanding contributions to quantitative SPECT, PET-CT and PET-MR imaging and to the education of nuclear medicine scientists and physicians.

Dr. Georges El Fakhri was one of twelve scientists and physicians elected Fellow to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging for his contributions to quantitative PET, CT and MR imaging during a special plenary session at the society’s 2018 annual meeting in June in Philadelphia. The SNMMI Fellowship was established in 2016 to recognize distinguished service to the society as well as exceptional achievement in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. It is one of the most prestigious formal recognitions available to longtime SNMMI members.

Gordon Lecture: Chemogenetics and Biobehavioral Imaging Integration Using PET


Dr. Juan Gomez is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in Baltimore, Maryland. At NIDA, Dr. Gomez helped design and set up a new laboratory space integrating PET imaging and behavioral neuroscience modalities. His doctoral research was conducted with Dr. Victoria Luine at Hunter College, where he studied interactions between alcohol exposure and stress in rodents and received his Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of CUNY in 2012. Below is his presentation summary.

Dr. Gomez delivering his lecture

The use of chemogenetic technologies has produced minimally invasive techniques to modulate specific brain structures and/or neural networks in research animals and potentially in humans. Utilizing these methods has provided a boon in behavioral testing that does not involve the hindrance of movement restricting devices. Assisted by PET, Dr. Gomez's lab has characterized the mechanism of action of existing chemogenetic ligands used for activating virally implanted “designer” receptors. Data gathered from these experiments has led to novel revelations about the mechanism of action of popular chemogenetic technologies and more recently to synthesis of novel chemogenetic actuators and PET ligands with high affinity and efficacy for established chemogenetic receptors. Their goal is to leverage the availability of such minimally-invasive neuromodulation technologies with biobehavioral PET imaging methods to study pertinent behavioral neuroscience questions.