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Join SNMMI’s $100M Movement to Transform Disease Treatment and Patient Care Forever

Through precision nuclear medicine and theranostics, we’re not just treating diseases, we’re aiming to end them. Be a part of this monumental effort.

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The ‘Mars Shot for Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Imaging, and Molecularly Targeted Radiopharmaceutical Therapy’ is a forward-looking glimpse into the future of nuclear medicine. The manuscript—published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM)—outlines visionary but achievable goals for the many facets of nuclear medicine. The paper was written by a multidisciplinary group of scientists and physicians from the research and discovery domain of the SNMMI’s Value Initiative. 

The goal of the SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund is to support innovative, transformative, nuclear medicine imaging and radiopharmaceutical therapy research. Today, we can prolong the lives of patients with cancer with RPTs. Tomorrow, we may be able to cure cancer in many patients with cutting edge use of imaging and RPT tools.

Why Mars Shot?

The SNMMI Mars Shot will leverage nuclear medicine to illuminate new paths to curing complex diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s with precision therapies that deliver real-time results. It represents the pinnacle of human achievement, mirroring the audacity and ambition of traveling to Mars.

Innovative Research

Supports high-risk, high-reward projects addressing cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other critical diseases.

Integration of Disciplines

Physics, molecular biology, human physiology, and artificial intelligence, showcasing an innovative and comprehensive approach.

Transformative Synergies

Collaboration with top academic institutions and industry leaders.

Precision Medicine

Real-time diagnostics and therapies that are more effective and less invasive.

2024 Mars Shot Grants

The deadline has been extended for two of the $100,000 SNMMI Mars Shot grants for 2024: diagnostic pathways in prostate cancer, and community-based theranostics..

The grant portal for these applications will now close on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

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2023 Inaugural Mars Shot Research Award Winners

The SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund is excited to announce 5 awardees for 2023, its inaugural year: Amir Iravani, MD, Paul Ellison, PhD, Craig Levin, PhD, Julie Sutcliffe, PhD, and Randy Yeh, MD. Congratulations!

Ellison, Scott and Sanford Receive SNMMI Mars Shot Fund Award

Reston, Virginia—The SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund is excited to announce that Paul Ellison, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison (principal investigator); Peter J. H. Scott, PhD, ass

Craig Levin, PhD, Receives SNMMI Mars Shot Fund Award

Reston, Virginia—The SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund is excited to announce that Craig Levin, PhD, professor of radiology, physics, electrical engineering and bioengineering at Stanford University in Stanford, California, has been selected as the recip

Julie Sutcliffe, PhD, Receives SNMMI Mars Shot Fund Award

Reston, Virginia—The SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund is excited to announce that Julie Sutcliffe, PhD, professor of internal medicine and biomedical engineering, University of California–Davis, has been selected as the recipient of a $500,000 grant fro

Amir Iravani, MD, Receives SNMMI Mars Shot Fund Award

Reston, Virginia—The SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund is excited to announce that Amir Iravani, MD, associate professor of radiology in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, has been selec

Randy Yeh, MD, Receives SNMMI Mars Shot Fund Award

Reston, Virginia—The SNMMI Mars Shot Research Fund is excited to announce that Randy Yeh, MD, a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and assistant professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College

SNMMI Mars Shot/Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance

Marina Sharifi MD, PhD was selected as the recipient of the joint SNMMI/LBCA Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Imagining Research Fellowship. Dr. Sharifi was awarded $100,000 for her proposal, “Integrating minimally invasive biomarkers of estrogen signaling to detect endocrine therapy resistance in metastatic invasive lobular cancer.” 

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Making the Case for Nuclear Medicine

By using drugs that emit small amounts of traceable radiation— radiopharmaceuticals, or tracers—nuclear medicine now has the capability to image every major organ system in order to diagnose and manage the treatment of cancer, heart disease, and disorders of the brain, gastrointestinal tract, lung, bone, kidney, thyroid, and more.

Prepare for the Future Today

Contact Sharon Jenkins to learn how you can get involved in the SNMMI Mars Shot Initiative.

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Overview & Panel Discussion

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has announced the creation of the Mars Shot Fund, an initiative to raise $100 million to help pay for research into nuclear medicine, molecular imaging, and therapy. The campaign kicked off with an informative session at the SNMMI 2022 Annual Meeting in Vancouver with Dr. Richard Wahl. 

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Funding nuclear medicine and molecular imaging treatments will create new paths to curing complex diseases.
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Jul 9 2024 12:00PM - Jul 9 2024 1:00PM ACNM Webinar Series - Advancing Precision Therapeutics
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