September 5, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, UNM - University of New Mexico/Los Alamos Professor of Pharmacy, Robert Atcher, PhD, MBA, has been elected the 2006-07 vice president-elect of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM). Atcher is the program manager for the Department of Health and Human Services programs with Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M.

SNM is a multidisciplinary, international scientific and professional organization of more than 16,000 physician, technologist and scientist members dedicated to promoting the science, technology and practical applications of molecular imaging and nuclear imaging to diagnose, manage and treat diseases.

As the vice president, Atcher intends to assist the society in maintaining its leadership role in molecular imaging, in particular protecting and expanding reimbursement of nuclear medicine procedures; providing high-quality member service by offering essential education and training and preserving and expanding available funding to support research and development; and partnering with allied organizations.

Atcher is the former president of the SNM's Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council and has previously served as an associate professor of cardiovascular disease and radiation oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has also been an assistant professor and research associate with the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Chicago. Atcher's research interests include medical uses of radionuclides for diagnoses and therapy, tumor biology and improving the transition of technology into clinical applications.