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Born in Belgium in the mid 50’s, I earned my Medical Degree at the University of Louvain, Belgium, and then pursued residency training in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. I subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Temple University in

Philadelphia. Professor of Imaging, Medicine and Biology for more than two decades I have had the opportunity and privilege to visit hospitals and medical centers and give lecture on all continents. I consider myself as a citizen of the world.

 

Through my career, I have held leadership and executive positions in Medical Imaging and Medicine in Belgium at the University of Leuven, in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and in the US at Temple University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, The Cleveland Clinic, the VA Administration and now Wake Forest University. I have extensive experience and expertise in committees and boards leadership, in the management of integrated health care systems and patient advocacy groups and at regional, national and international levels of government.

 

As Secretary of the Belgian Society of Nuclear Medicine in the 90’s I introduced a multilingual and pluralist approach to the operational tasks of the Society. As President of

the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine, I have worked closely with national and international medical associations and government health authorities to mitigate major the major health and medical isotopes crises of 2007-2008, analyzed and helped establish medical resources needs, benchmarks and allocation for key medical service areas. I have also served as consultant and advisor for Pharmaceutical, Radiopharmaceutical and Medical Systems companies. My current main interests are in Medical Isotopes Production and Supply, Patients’ Education and Advocacy, Personalized Medicine and Theranostics.

 

As President of the WFNMB, I will work tirelessly with the elected Secretary General and Treasurer, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Health and Nuclear Medicine Authorities from across the globe, all national Nuclear Medicine Societies and Association and the Nuclear Medicine Industry to 1. Secure the supply of and access to Medical Isotopes 2. Develop NM educational tools accessible to the Nuclear Medicine Communities, Patients and Referring Physicians from around the world 3. Make sure that the Nuclear Medicine Association/Societies from the emerging countries benefit from the work of the WFNMB and the regional NM Associations/Societies 4. Promote the field of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine across the globe, particularly in the underserved countries.

Jean-Luc Urbain

 

I was born in India. Live in the United Kingdom as a permanent resident. I Graduated from Mysore Medical College, India. Completed my MSc in Nuclear Medicine from Kings College London, London University, and MD from University College London, London University.

I completed my Nuclear Medicine Residency at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London UK. I was appointed as Consultant in Nuclear Medicine at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London UK, in 2007.

I moved to Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in early 2016. Currently based at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Hon Associate Professor at the University College London, London University.

My particular interest includes radionuclide Hybrid Imaging and Theranostics. My department supports the largest radionuclide peptide therapy service (ENETS) in the UK.

I am passionate about training and teaching and have extensive experience in education and training. I was appointed as the First Education Chair of the British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) and coorganized several successful Annual Meetings. Instrumental in developing 18 PET-CT-related books as a series co-editor. I was Chair of the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Special interest group (SIG) of the British Institute of Radiology and Currently chair of the BIR Therapy and Theranostics Expert Panel. I was instrumental in developing an open-access PET-CT webinar series for the BIR, which is a huge success. I was awarded Top BIR educator in 2019 by the British Institute

of Radiology. Currently a member of the Oncology and Theragnostic Committee of the European Associate of Nuclear Medicine (EANM). I had the opportunity to interact with many of the finest physicians in the field of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Co-authored national consensus document on:

1. Oral Cancer Sentinel lymph node imaging and Surgery in oral cancers (2017)

2. EANM practice guidelines for bone scintigraphy (2016)

3. SNM bone scintigraphy guideline

If Elected as Secretary-General of the WFNMB, I will work efficiently as a team player sharing my expertise and support my colleagues to promote Nuclear Medicine globally. Support and develop excellent educational platforms and programs in collaboration with national and international nuclear medicine societies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). I will play an active role as a Nuclear Medicine Ambassador to create equal opportunities and accessibility of Educational resources and training to the Nuclear Medicine Community worldwide.

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Lizette Louw

Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, I obtained my medical degree at the University of Pretoria. Only after completing residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, did I discover nuclear medicine. I quickly fell deeply in love with this field.

 

I had the opportunity to step into directorship roles within my country very early in my career and have been serving continuously on various professional bodies since 2014.

 

Coming from a multicultural society such as South Africa, I enjoy traveling, learning about various cultures and their history, and connecting with individuals from different cultures throughout the world. My passion lies in raising awareness of the value of nuclear medicine by educating governing bodies, other specialists and general practitioners, as well as furthering education of our own nuclear medicine community.

 

At present, I am a senior specialist at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), which is the largest academic nuclear medicine unit in South Africa. Through this academic platform I am able to reach out to other specialists and give regular educational talks on various topics in nuclear medicine, with the aim of increasing awareness and knowledge about the field.

 

As a female leader and single mother of two boys, I am acutely aware of gender-based bias and the unique and specific challenges that women face in their work environment and daily life across the globe. It is my privilege to speak out for and promote the rights of women, equal opportunities and support in the workplace.

 

Working with dr Jean-Luc Urbain and the rest of the WFNMB council, I aim to

1. Improve medical isotope supply and nuclear medicine services to all countries

2. Support, expand and promote nuclear medicine education

3. Ensure support to the nuclear medicine association/societies from emerging countries to establish and grow nuclear medicine services

4. Promote the field of theranostics across the globe, particularly in the underserved countries

5. Support women in nuclear medicine to reach their full potential and attain leadership positions

Gopinath Gnanasegaran

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As the new elected treasurer, I am honored to work in close relasionship with the other members of the executive committee and our colleagues of the office.

WFNMB is viewed around the world as a well respected organisation. I am dedicated to help to make more available a high quality NUCLEAR MEDICINE around the world. I sincerely believe that the WFNMB plays a major role worldwide and bring a better and closer partnership between countries to ensure the plus value of Nuclear Medicine. With the development of new detectors, new radiopharmaceuticals and the rapid deployment of

theranostics more than ever the WFNMB is need as a major interlocutor. I am currently the president of the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine (CANM) and our organisation has for more than 30 years worked hand in hand with the WFNMB. I am a university associate professor of Nuclear Medicine, ( University of Montreal Canada) I trained many residents, made many publications and strongly believe that Nuclear Medicine has a tremendous future.

I have close relationships with IAEA and I strongly believe that through the IAEA the WFNMB could bring an increase in availability of Nuclear Medicine for the patients in the emerging countries.

Already through our series of WEBINARS we are already on the road to our WFNMB 2022 congress in Kyoto Japan from the 7-11 september 2022 and to the Post-Congress Symposium September 12-13 Kanazawa Art Hall Japan under Professor Seigo Kinuya the Congress Chair.

Together almost everything is possible for our organisation the WFNMB.

Read the CV here

Francois Lamoureux