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Research Areas

Radiopharmaceutical

CMIT’s radiopharmaceutical research group is the backbone of our research program. These researchers work to develop novel radiopharmaceuticals and to  optimize and improve radiopharmaceutical synthesis methods. We have the expertise to develop and optimizes new and improved radiochemistry production techniques and quality control methods.

Translational

CMIT translational research brings novel pharmaceuticals from bench top experiments and preclinical models to introduction into humans.  Assessing and evaluating pharmaceutical efficacy and safety are a key component of this work.

Clinical

CMIT’s clinical research brings cutting edge clinical trials using diagnostic and therapeutic agents in new and exciting ways to our region. With the help of research collaborators and subjects, this work can lead to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment for many diseases. These clinical trials range from pharmaceutical safety and bio distribution studies to outcome driven studies for many different diseases.

Chemistry

We’re working in organic and medicinal chemistry to identify, develop and test new molecules and compounds for a variety of purposes. This work can lead to new diagnostic or therapeutic agents or provide new information as to how a particular disease or biologic process works.

Preclinical

Our short term goal is to add a new state-of-the-art preclinical imaging facility, which will include a vivarium, and SPECT, PET, CT, optical and MRI scanners.

Researchers

Dr. Pradeep Garg

Dr. Pradeep Garg

Executive Director

Dr. Sudha Garg

Dr. Sudha Garg

Director of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Stephen Lokitz

Dr. Stephen Lokitz

Director of Imaging Sciences

Dr. Amol Takalkar

Dr. Amol Takalkar

Medical Director

Rachid Nazih

Dr. Rachid Nazih

Site Manager/Radiochemist

Pulak Chakraborty

Dr. Pulak Chakraborty

Radiochemist

Yanjun Wu, Data Analyst

Dr. Yanjun Wu

Data Analyst

Recent Accomplishments

  • Dr. Pradeep Garg presented a keynote address at the Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference 2016 on molecular imaging and the relevance to biomechanical engineering
  • Dr. Pradeep Garg presented an invited Chancellor’s Lecture at LSUHSC in New Orleans on the role of molecular imaging in translational research
  • Dr. Amol Takalkar presented an invited lecture at the Southwest Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging on the role of PET Imaging in Dementia
  • Dr. Stephen Lokitz presented an invited lecture at the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine on the physics of radioisotope supply
  • CMIT had three scientific poster presentations at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
  • CMIT had one scientific oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging