Missouri university awarded $6.3M to develop novel PET tracers

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL) was awarded a five-year, $6.3 million grant to establish a new research center to develop and test novel PET tracers.

The PET Radiotracer Translation and Resource Center will be part of WUSTL’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, and will collaborate with groups across the country to develop tracers to address signs of inflammation and oxidative stress seen in diseases such as atherosclerosis, various cancers, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the original grant application.

“The objective of the Center is to provide these radiotracers and others currently available to interested collaborators around the country with the goal of using them in biomedical research to improve human health,” wrote Robert J. Gropler, MD, professor of radiology at WUSTL, in the original grant application.

Gropler received the grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).