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Reflections and Expectations

SRS Immediate Past President, Yasuhisa Fujibayashi

It is surprising for me that my two-year term as President of the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences has come to the end. Dr. Albert D. Windhorst, Head of Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam Netherlands, has begun his term as the new SRS President. Dr. Windhorst is a young and active researcher and leader in the field, and his ability has already been demonstrated through his role as Chairman of ISRS 2011. I believe that he will bring a breath of fresh air into our Society.

I served as the fourth President following the establishment of the SRS, and it has been a period of stabilization as well as a period of preparation for next steps. Fortunately, our financial condition and member numbers have been healthy during my term. This cannot be realized without the continuous and effective efforts of the Board of Directors, especially SRS Officers: Drs. Wynn Volkert, Albert D. Windhorst, Sally Schwarz and Eyal Mishani. Close cooperation with Mr. Charles Metzger, SRS Executive Director, has been also an essential part of my job. I would like to express my deep appreciation to all of them for their support.

During my term, a new relationship was created between the SRS and Elsevier, publisher of Nuclear Medicine and Biology. This was a big challenge for the Society and involved a contract revision responsive to young, paperless-age members. SRS leadership believe that this renegotiated contract will also positively affect the financial future of the Society.

The establishment of an “Emeritus” category of SRS membership was a response to the maturation of the Society. Members who have accumulated at least five consecutive years of SRS membership and who have fully retired from the field of radiopharmaceutical sciences but who wish to remain members of the SRS may become Emeritus Members.

Now, it is time to make a leap forward. I look forward to working with Dr. Albert Windhorst, the new SRS President, as he leads the Society with a new wisdom, dream and enthusiasm.


Congratulations and Gratitude

SRS Past President, Wynn VolkertThe SRS continues to make important strides to take advantages of exciting opportunities the global environment offers and to help address the challenges our membership is experiencing in today’s rapidly evolving world. The ISRS 2013 meeting in Jeju, Korea (May 12-17) offers a diverse and strong scientific program highlighting recent advances in radiopharmaceutical research. The SRS remains committed to supporting students and post-doctoral fellows in travel bursaries to present their research results at SRS sponsored and co-sponsored meetings and symposia.

In addition to these activities and notable advances in other areas (e.g., SRS website expansion and upgrades), we have received commitments from esteemed SRS members to serve the Society in leadership positions. The following members will initiate their respective terms of office following the ISRS 2013 meeting:
  • President-Elect: Henry VanBrocklin (President-Elect)
  • Director from the Americas: Michael Adam
  • Director from Europe: Anthony Gee
  • Director from Asia/Oceania: Yearn Seong Choe
  • Director-at-Large: Jason Lewis
Please join me in congratulating our newly elected SRS leaders who will devote considerable energy, expertise and guidance that will ensure a dynamic and effective Society to serve our membership into the future.
I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the SRS officers and staff—whom I have had the pleasure of working with during my tenure in office—for their dedication, insights and tireless efforts in their service to our Society and its members. Charles Metzger, Executive Director of the SRS, has done an excellent job since taking over the reins of managing the SRS since the ISRS 2011 meeting and will continue to be a valuable advocate for progressive future changes. The members of the SRS Executive Committee deserve special recognition for the extraordinary contributions of time and leadership. It has been my honor privilege to serve you and the Society, and I look forward to the continued growth and expansion of radiopharmaceutical sciences worldwide.

Make Plans to Attend ISRS 2013

SRS President, Yasuhisa FujibayashiHappy New Year! It is the year of the 20th International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences (ISRS 2013), being held in Jeju International Convention Center on Jeju Island, Korea. The first ISRS meeting was held in Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1976; subsequently, the biennial meeting has been held throughout the world. ISRS 2013 is the fourth ISRS meeting held in Asia and Oceania, a good indication of the expansion of our field not. The deadline for abstract submission closed December 18, 2012, and the Program Committee is now working hard to realize a successful meeting.

I hope that all SRS members are already planning a trip to Jeju Island and will bring new researchers/students with them. Further information can be obtained at
  • If you have not yet renewed your SRS membership or joined for 2013, please note: SRS full members gain an ISRS 2013 discount of approximately $230 USD (significantly more than the cost of membership, $150 USD).
  • A new, Emeritus membership category has been created (awaiting member approval when voting concludes on January 20). Fully retired individuals with at least five years of consecutive membership are welcome to renew their membership at the rate of $35 USD, including e-only access to the journal.
  • The gateway to continue your membership is found on the SRS website at Only with your support, can the SRS realize its contribution to research and education in radiopharmaceutical sciences. 
The year 2013 is also the election year for President-Elect and Board of Directors members. The deadline for 2012 members to vote is January 20, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. US ET, and if you were a current member in 2012, you should have received an email directing you to the online ballot. Voting for leadership is an essential right and duty for the members, which allows us to maintain the successful operation of the SRS. Please exert your right to vote. 
Your contribution is the only source to empower the future of the SRS.

Yasuhisa Fujibayashi
President, Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences



SRS President-Elect, Albert D. Windhorst

One of the key benefits of SRS membership is complimentary subscription (e-only) to Nuclear Medicine and Biology. The journal affords us the opportunity to review some of the newest and best research being conducted by our colleagues. But the main purpose of this blog post is to encourage you to interact with fellow radiopharmaceutical science professionals by (1) planning to participate in ISRS 2013 and (2) participating in this new SRS blog.

(1) Abstract submission for the 20th International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences (ISRS 2013) opens on October 16, 2012 and closes on December 18, 2012. Please don't miss this opportunity to attend this event and interact with your colleagues. ISRS 2013 will be held in Jeju, Korea from May 12 to May 17, 2013. This symposium represents the most important symposium series within our field.

(2) SRS leaders and guests will regularly post to this blog, and the goal is not merely to inform you, but to interact with one another. There is almost no end to possible topics, so please comment letting us know which topics you would like to see discussed within the next few months. I would like to see this blog evolve into a very useful forum and interactive tool for our society.

We solicit suggestions for further improvement of the site. Please submit your input as a comment to this post or through the Contact page. This site has been created with you in mind, and we want to continue to improve it with your input.

The SRS takes care of its members, so please renew your membership for 2013!


Albert D. Windhorst, SRS President-Elect

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