Argonne-U. of C. Collaborative Seed Grant to Fund Novel PET System

OCTOBER 25, 2010

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A novel positron emission tomography (PET) system for molecular imaging is one of seven initiatives receiving funding from Strategic Collaborative Initiative (SCI) seed grants following a rigorous competition managed by Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. Wah-Keat Lee of the Argonne X-ray Science Division (XSD) is the Argonne Investigator on the project, and Chien-Min Kao, Associate Professor of Radiology, is the University of Chicago Investigator.

The award of $75,000 will support the development of a prototype configurable (flexible) PET detection system that is compatible with XSD beamline 32-ID at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Photon Source at Argonne. The project goal is to be able to do both PET and x-ray computed tomography in vivo, simultaneously.

The SCI program, begun in 2005 when the University of Chicago renewed its contract with the DOE to manage Argonne, encourages intellectual synergies that support the strategic objectives of both institutions. The program funds not only collaborative research projects, but also strategic joint appointments and joint institutes. The University extended the program to Fermilab when it became co-manager of that laboratory in 2006. Together, both Argonne and Fermilab attract approximately $950 million in sponsored research funding.

The full list of collaborative seed grants can be found here.

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