How You Can Support

The Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Fund has received over $146,000 in pledged donations, which means we are nearing our goal of $250,000.  Donors can make a tax-deductible, one-time gift or commit to a pledge that is payable in annual installments over 5 years. 

This fund is permanently endowed. Endowed gifts provide security over the long term by expanding the Foundation’s permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income for the awards provided. The base amount provided by donors will be invested and the investment earnings will be utilized to fund Sam’s awards in perpetuity. View the Sam Gambhir Honor Roll of Donors.


Award Recipients

Inaugural Award           Andrei Iagaru, MD, FACNM

2023 - Peter Scott, PhD, FSNMMI


Prof. Peter Scott is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, encompassing the development of radiolabeling methods, design and translation of radiotracers for PET imaging, cGMP radiopharmaceutical manufacture, and the application of artificial intelligence in the radiochemistry laboratory of the future. With an extensive publication record of over 160 papers, 30 book chapters, and numerous conference abstracts, Prof. Scott is recognized for his contributions to the field. His laboratory, funded by the National Institutes of Health, engages in collaborations with academic institutions, biotech and pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

About The Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Award

The Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Award is named after Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized pioneer in molecular imaging.  Gambhir dedicated his career to developing methods of early disease detection, ushering in a new era of molecular imaging to flag signals of disease in its nascent stages.  Within the field of radiology, Gambhir was known for the development of positron emission tomography reporter genes, which can flag molecular activity that signals something’s gone awry in the body.  Within the imaging community, he was known as a leader and scientist with sprawling expertise and a work ethic to aspire to. 

More than that, colleagues and many others who knew him said he was a kind and generous friend, a nurturing mentor, and a catalyst for collaboration.  Everyone loved and admired him for the wonderful human being that he was.  Sam’s presence can be felt in every corner of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. 

To that end, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (ERF) created a permanently endowed fund in Sam’s memory.