Friday, April 19, 2002

Award Winning Nuclear Chemist To Address Imaging Drug Addiction In The Human Brain

Chestertown, MD, April 19, 2002 — The Washington College Chapter of Sigma Xi and the Department of Chemistry, as part of the Women in Science Lecture Series, present, "IMAGING DRUG ADDICTION IN THE HUMAN BRAIN," a talk by Joanna S. Fowler, Ph.D., recipient of the 2002 Glenn T. Seaborg Award in Nuclear Chemistry, and Senior Chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The lecture will be held on Tuesday April 23, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall of Dunning Hall. The public is invited to attend.
Dr. Fowler has been a pioneer in the development of organic compounds labeled with radioactive isotopes and their use in medicine. Her work in the synthesis of F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) has led to the rapid growth of positron emission tomography (PET) as a diagnostic tool for brain mapping. Her work with C-11 labeled cocaine led to the first assessment of the mechanistic action of cocaine in the human brain. In addition, her brain mapping studies have provided new insight into the behavioral and epidemiological effects of smoking.
Dr. Fowler received a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1964 from the University of South Florida, Tampa, and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1967 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her long and distinguished career at BNL followed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of East Anglia. Dr. Fowler's many awards include the 1998 Francis P. Garvin-John L. Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, established in 1936 to honor distinguished service to chemistry by U.S. women chemists; the 1997 Paul Aebersold Award of the Society of Nuclear Medicine; the1999 E. O. Lawrence Award of the Department of Energy.

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