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Saturday, October 25, 2014  

IAEA delegation, SQU hold talks on nuclear medicine
Staff Reporter

MUSCAT A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Saturday held discussions with the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) authorities to boost cooperation through research and development initiatives in nuclear medicine and medical physics.

HE Dr Ali Bin Saud Al Bimani, SQU Vice-Chancellor, received the IAEA experts.

The team consisted of David J. Schlyer, senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, and Manhar M. Vora, chairman, Cyclotron and Radiopharmaceuticals Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Saudi Arabia.

The experts held discussions with authorities in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences and SQU Hospital on molecular imaging facilities and laboratories at the university. The plans of SQU to establish cyclo-tron/positron emission tomography (PET) units and other advanced medical imaging techniques were also in the agenda. Other topics included present facilities and future plans for education and training programmes in nuclear sciences, pharmacy and biochemistry.

Dr Hilal Al Sabti, deputy director-general of SQU Hospital and Dr Faizal Al Azri from the Radiology & Molecular Imaging Department of SQU Hospital attended the discussion. During their visit, the experts will present their views on technical, physical and human resources requirements of Cyclotron/PET radiopharmaceutical facility in the country.

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