PBMED 268 - Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies


Recently Prof. Michael van Dam co-developed an introductory course in radiochemistry and automation with Prof. Saman Sadeghi and Prof. Pei Yuin Keng as part of a postdoctoral training program called Scholars Trained in Advanced Radiochemistry Technologies (START). 
The program was created as a part of a grant from the Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research, and was designed to transition scholars into the fields of radiochemistry and molecular imaging. Molecular imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) is a powerful and sensitive way to observe biological and biochemical processes in vivo and is the leading method to diagnose many cancers and neurodegenerative diseases as well as monitor response of patients to treatment. Increasingly, PET will be used in personalized medicine to match the right patient to the right drug in clinical trials and ultimately in clinical care. PET can also be used to study metabolism of plants with applications in renewable energy and environmental remediation. More details of the program can be found here.
The START Program was designed to train the next generation of individuals at the interface of radiochemistry for careers in academia and industry in the areas of (1) PET radiochemistry, (2) instrumentation and technologies for radiochemistry, (3) PET tracer design and development. Training was accomplished through hands-on research under the guidance of pioneering faculty members in the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA, in combination with specialized courses and seminars. 
Online materials from the course can be found here.  Portions of the course are now offered as PBMED 268.

Overview of START program

Other Courses

Prof. van Dam also participates in the teaching of several other courses:
  • PHARM M248 / PB MED M248 - Introduction to Molecular Imaging
  • PB MED 260 - Seminar: Physics and Biology in Medicine
  • BE 299 - Seminar: Bioengineering Topics
  • MIMG C234 - Ethics and Accountability in Biomedical Research