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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-112

Welcome to Saigon


President, WARMTH, and Editor-in-Chief, WJNM

Date of Web Publication12-Nov-2011

Correspondence Address:
Ajit Kumar Padhy
President, WARMTH, and Editor-in-Chief, WJNM

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DOI: 10.4103/1450-1147.89773

PMID: 22144868

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Padhy AK. Welcome to Saigon. World J Nucl Med 2011;10:111-2

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Padhy AK. Welcome to Saigon. World J Nucl Med [serial online] 2011 [cited 2019 Dec 15];10:111-2. Available from: http://www.wjnm.org/text.asp?2011/10/2/111/89773

The World Association of Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Therapy (WARMTH) proudly welcomes you to its 4 th International Conference on Radiopharmaceutical Therapy (ICRT 2011), scheduled to be held at the historic Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam from 28 November to 2 December 2011. The conference is being organized in conjunction with the 10 th AGM of Asia Regional Cooperative Council for Nuclear Medicine (ARCCNM). Over 400 participants from more than 50 countries will attend the congress.

Several years ago, I came across an article in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine by Dr. LM Freeman entitled, "Nuclear Medicine in Vietnam." [1] Dr. Freeman wrote, and I quote, "Despite the presence of many bright Vietnamese nuclear medicine physicians and scientists, the level of clinical practice languishes seriously behind that of Europe, the United States, Japan and most other parts of the world." Today if Dr. Freeman visits Vietnam, I am sure he will witness dramatic changes in nuclear medicine in the country. In the past few years, Vietnam has taken a quantum jump in the field of nuclear medicine with the introduction of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in several centers across the country. Major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Danang now have several well-equipped nuclear medicine departments/centers with state-of-the-art equipments and provide high-quality clinical services. Some of the PET centers in Vietnam are world class and the services provided are in no way less than those found anywhere else in the world.

Dr. Freeman was right when he wrote Vietnam had many bright nuclear medicine physicians and scientists. This is precisely the reason why WARMTH is honoring eight of the senior physicians and scientists who have contributed immensely to the growth and development of nuclear medicine in Vietnam.

My association with Vietnam goes back to 1998 when I visited the country for the first time as an IAEA professional and was truly impressed with the quality of professionals working in nuclear medicine, their intense drive and innovativeness in meeting the challenges of nuclear medicine under severe adverse conditions, where the needs are high and resources are meager. That was when I decided to involve Vietnam in the IAEA's Thematic Coordinated Research Project on Radionuclide therapy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. True to its promises, Vietnam contributed immensely to the success of this remarkable multi-national study, in terms of clinical input (maximum number of patients), expert advise (country has some of the outstanding experts dealing with HCC therapy), training, logistics management and organization of workshops and training courses. Vietnam's contribution to the study was immense.

As a mark of our recognition of Vietnam's role in leading the emergence of nuclear medicine as an independent and vibrant specialty in the developing world, WARMTH has awarded the country the responsibility of holding its annual signature event, ICRT. We are extremely grateful to the authorities of Cho Ray Hospital, especially to Dr. Nguyên Truòng Son (Director, Cho Ray Hospital) and Dr. Nguyên Xuân Canh (Organizing Secretary), as well as the members of the local organizing committee for their enormous contribution in the organization of ICRT 2011. All necessary steps are being taken to organize a meaningful and successful congress filled with scientific and social activities.

The proud nuclear medicine community of Vietnam will be delighted to welcome all participants of the congress. They have been looking forward to this event and have been intensely preparing for this congress for the past 1 year.

On a personal note, I am extremely happy to welcome you all to ICRT 2011. Within a short period, WARMTH has grown in strength and stature to become a truly international organization of repute. This has been possible because of your tremendous support and goodwill. The Vietnam congress would provide all of us one more opportunity to celebrate our success, share results, meet friends, renew friendship, and further strengthen our universal professional network, which we all have created through years of hard work, sincerity, dedication and creativity.

Welcome to Saigon.

 
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1.Freeman LM. Nuclear medicine in Vietnam. Eur J Nucl Med 1996;23:1636-40.  Back to cited text no. 1
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