Richard Carson Wins IEEE Award


Prof. Richard Carson has been awarded the Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award, given by the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Carson, professor of biomedical engineering and of radiology and biomedical imaging and director of the Yale PET Center, was cited for “contributions to quantification in Positron Emission Tomography including image reconstruction, tracer kinetic modeling techniques, and development and application of mathematical and statistical methods for novel radiopharmaceuticals."

Presented last week at the IEEE Medical Imaging Conference in Atlanta, the award consists of $3,000, a certificate, and a plaque. The award is given annually to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of medical imaging science. Consideration for the award is given primarily to the impact and innovation of a nominee’s research in the field of medical imaging science. Other factors include a nominee’s research contributions over a career and his/her influence on medical imaging science through education.

Carson’s research focus includes development of mathematical models for novel PET radiopharmaceuticals and applications of PET tracers in clinical populations and preclinical models of disease, with a specific focus on neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Carson has published over 250 papers and given over 125 invited lectures. His numerous honors include the Kuhl-Lassen award and the Edward J. Hoffman Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research.