Vancouver, BC – The Western Region Society of Nuclear Medicine (WRSNM) will honor François Bénard, MD, with the presentation of their Distinguished Service Award. The Award will be presented at the 2023 WRSNM Annual Meeting, November 3-5, 2023 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The WRSNM Distinguished Service Award is given annually at the WRSNM Meeting to a physician, physicist or scientist, or a Nuclear Medicine technologist based on the individual’s exceptional service to a Western Regional Chapters, their local chapter or to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).
Dr. Bénard is a distinguished scientist at the BC Cancer Research Institute and Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of British Columbia. He holds the BC Leadership Chair in Functional Cancer Imaging.
As a clinician scientist, his research interests are in positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear medicine, cancer imaging and radioligand therapy. His team developed several new radiopharmaceuticals targeting tumour receptors, notably peptides and small molecule ligands. He initiated the program that developed cyclotron production of 99mTc, which received Health Canada approval for clinical use. He has established extensive multidisciplinary collaborations, and he and his colleagues were awarded the 2015 Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering by NSERC.