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About Joanna Fowler

Joanna Fowler

Dr. Joanna S. Fowler is a former member of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Chemistry and Medical Departments (1969-2014) and director of the laboratory's Radiotracer Chemistry, Instrumentation and Biological Imaging Program. Dr. Fowler's research involved developing radiotracers for brain imaging; she played a leading role in the use of fluorine-18-labeled 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-D-glucose (FDG) for non-invasive imaging of brain metabolism and cancer diagnosis. This has become a mainstay of PET imaging in medicine. Her research was aimed at understanding the mechanisms behind addiction.

Dr. Fowler was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and, in 2009, was awarded the National Medal of Science by former President Barack Obama.

In addition she was awarded: Society of Nuclear Medicine's Paul C. Aebersold Award for outstanding achievement in basic science (1997); American Chemical Society's Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal (1998); E.O. Lawrence Award, awarded by the Department of Energy (1998); Society of Nuclear Imaging in Drug Development's Alfred P. Wolf Award (2000); American Chemical Society's Glen T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry (2002); Distinguished Basic Scientist of the Year Award from the Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI) (2001); National Medal of Science, administered by the National Science Foundation and bestowed by the president of the United States (2008); National Academy of Science Award in Chemical Sciences, awarded by the National Academy of Sciences (2009); Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Award, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (2011); Distinguished Scientist Fellowship, sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research; Wallace Carothers Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society (2016); Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2017); Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (2019).

Dr. Fowler published more than 530 peer reviewed publications and has an h-index of 108.

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Joanna Fowler
Joanna Fowler
Joanna Fowler