Awards and Honors

Keith Johnson Named 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher


Dr. Keith Johnson has been named to the 2017 “Highly Cited Researchers” list from Clarivate Analytics.

The list recognized 3,538 highly cited researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences. These researchers have distinguished themselves by publishing a high number of papers that rank in the top one percent most-cited in their respective fields internationally over a recent 11-year period.

Keith Johnson's research focuses on developing preventive therapies and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. His lab at the MGH Gordon Center is investigating imaging agents that can detect tau deposits in the brain related to cognitive impairment.

Keith Johnson , MD, PhD

Senior Research Technologist Honored by Coast Guard


Congratulations to Julia Scotton, Senior Research Technologist and Radiation Safety Manager at the MGH Gordon Center, for her recent promotion to Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Julia Scotton

Gordon Fellow Receives Marie Curie Fellowship Award


Dr. Heidi Jacobs, Instructor at HMS/MGH in the Johnson Lab has received a Marie Curie Fellowship Award for her work on molecular imaging of Alzheimer’s disease.

The classic neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are amyloid-beta and tau, two proteins that accumulate in a specific topographic pattern many years before clinical symptoms are noticeable. Animal studies have suggested that connectivity may drive the spread of these proteins. Dr. Jacobs' aims in this project are two-fold: first, she aims to investigate whether neuronal connectivity determines the spread of and the interaction between both proteins, and how this is related to memory problems. Second, she aims to investigate the origin of tau pathology. Autopsy studies have pointed to specific brainstem nuclei as the first region of tau deposition. It is her aim to investigate associations between brainstem measures and amyloid and tau pathology. To achieve this, Dr. Jacobs aims to combine novel molecular and state-of-the-art magnetic neuroimaging techniques with statistical modeling techniques within the group of Prof. Keith Johnson. Read more...

Gordon Fellow Wins MGH Clinical Research Day Award


Dr. Laura Ortiz-Téran won the 2017 MGH Clinical Research Day Radiology Department award for her study titled "Brain Circuit-Gene Expression Relationships and Neuroplasticity of Multisensory Cortices in Blind Children."

As a Gordon Fellow, she is currently investigating the neuroplastic changes occurring in blind adults and children using graph theory based resting-state functional connectivity analyses. She is also researching brain networks reorganization after training with sensory substitution devices in blind children as well as normal neurodevelopment in sighted children.

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CRA Certificate Recipient


Congratulations to Christina Shambaugh who was just awarded the title Certified Research Administrator (CRA) by the Research Administrator's Certification Council.

The CRA designation is awarded to individuals who met the eligibility requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council's and have demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a sponsored research administrator.

Christina has approximately 15 years of professional experience in research administration.

Christina Shambaugh BA, CRA

Congratulations Daniel Yokell, Robert E. Henkin Government Relations Fellowship Recipient


Daniel L. Yokell, PharmD, RPh, associate director, Radioactive Drug Regulatory Affairs in the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging and manager of PET Production Chemistry & PET Nuclear Pharmacy Services, has received the 2017 Robert E. Henkin Government Relations Fellowship from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and Education Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The fellows spend a week with SNMMI staff, visiting Congress, federal agencies and other medical societies where they learn first-hand how the federal legislative and regulatory process impacts nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Dr. Yokell hopes to use the fellowship to enhance his knowledge of regulatory and government affairs issues to educate stakeholders on the essential role nuclear medicine and molecular imaging plays in patient care.

Daniel Yokell working at the PET production facility of the MGH Gordon Center

Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship


Nicolas Guehl was awarded the SNMMI Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship based on his proposal “Development of methods for simultaneous rest-stress myocardial blood flow (MBF) measurements.” The fellowship is funded by the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and is designed to support research activities in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging for three months. Nicolas Guehl is a research fellow at the MGH Gordon Center.

Nicolas Guehl

Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award


Joyita Dutta, PhD, was presented the Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award for her "outstanding contributions in multimodality, and molecular image reconstruction and analysis." Dr. Dutta is Assistant in Physics at the MGH Gordon Center. Dr. Dutta is Assistant in Physics at the MGH Gordon Center.
Dr. Joyita Dutta

Dr. Joyita Dutta