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DR PRADEEP GARG

Executive Director

About

Dr. Pradeep Garg leads the CMIT as executive director, focusing his research on the evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals as diagnostic and therapeutic agents. His expertise is in the translation of basic research into beneficial patient products. He has been instrumental in many research projects relating to oncology, cardiology and neuroimaging over the years.

As a lead investigator in molecular imaging, Dr. Garg has conducted clinical trials to study different types of imaging probes to monitor the success of therapy in patients, the prognostic value of imaging probes in patients with diseases like prostate and esophageal cancer and the development of imaging probes to help with the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to joining the BRF, his team created a PET analogue of MIBG for cardiac imaging, an element that bears the potential for imaging conditions like myocardial infarction and sympathetic innervation of the heart with PET. He has more than 25 years of experience developing imaging probes for SPECT and PET scans. Dr. Garg has extensive experience in the interrogation of dopaminergic, serotonergic and norepinephrine receptors.

Dr. Garg has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in national and international journals as well as six book chapters. He actively serves on numerous committees and is a member and leader of several professional organizations, such as the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Chemical Society and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Education

Dr. Garg received his Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from Kurukshetra University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry from Lucknow University. From 1987 to 1995, he worked at Duke University Medical Center before moving to the Department of Radiology at Yale University Medical Center. He later went on to become the Director of the Yale University PET Center. Before joining the CMIT, Dr. Garg was a professor of Radiological Sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he directed the PET Research Center and led an active research platform.