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Yale PET Scientists receive Early Career Investigator travel awards for 2019 BRAIN PET Meeting

June 17, 2019

Takuya Toyonaga, Xiaotian Fang, and Pragalath Sadasivam were awarded Early Career Investigator travel awards by the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (ISCBFM) to attend the BRAIN & BRAIN PET conference in Yokohama, Japan.

Takuya Toyonaga, MD, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, will present the potential effect of neuronal activity on 11C-UCB-J PET at a poster session. In addition, he will give a talk at a symposium about imaging synaptic density in the living brain. Takuya also will be chairing an oral presentation session on Imaging in Neurological Diseases.

Xiaotian (Tsong) Fang, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, will present recent work from his ongoing investigation on source-based network patterns in synaptic density based on 11C-UCB-J PET. Tsong will also be chairing a poster presentation session on Psychiatric Disorders and Addictions.

Pragalath Sadasivam, MSc, Postgraduate Associate, will talk about the novel 18F-SDM-8 (synaptic density) radiotracer tracking synaptic density changes in the rodent hippocampal region as a potential prognostic marker for Alzheimer’s Disease.

These presentations by Takuya, Praga, and Tsong are part of ongoing studies being conducted at the Yale PET Center to investigate synaptic density in vivo using PET and its application as a disease biomarker. Drs. Richard E. Carson and Jason Cai are senior authors on the studies.

Submitted by Angel Machon on June 17, 2019