SNM grants Japanese awards
The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) has announced the recipients of the 2011-2013 SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship, which is a two-year fellowship designed to provide extensive training and experience in the fields of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging for Japanese physicians in the early stages of their careers.

"The SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship is a unique opportunity for Japanese researchers to travel to the U.S. and expand upon their training in their field of interest," said Henry N. Wagner, MD, professor emeritus of medicine and radiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and co-founder of the fellowship program. 

The 2011-2013 fellows, each receiving an annual stipend of $24,000, are:
  • Masayuki Matsuo, MD, PhD, of Kizawa Memorial Hospital in Gifu, Japan, whose research interest focuses on oncology—in particular brain/glioblastoma multiforme—is conducting research at the radiation oncology branch of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, under the supervision of advisor Murali C. Krishna, PhD.
  • Tetsuya Tsujikawa, MD, PhD, of University of Fukui in Eiheiji-cho, Japan, whose major fields of interest are neurology and radiology, is studying with advisor Robert B. Innis, MD, in the molecular imaging branch of the National Institute of Mental Health.

The SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship program, sponsored by Nihon Medi-Physics in Japan, is now entering its fifth year. The program has graduated eight fellows since its inauguration in 2008; currently, four fellows are studying at host institutions across the U.S.