New Honorary Professor at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences
Georges El Fakhri, Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School has been appointed an Honorary Professor in the discipline of Medical Radiation Sciences at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.
Dr El Fakhri is an internationally recognised expert in quantitative Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) and Positron Emission Tomography-Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PET-MRI).
Dr El Fakhri is also the Director of the Center for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences at Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Harvard Medical School.
The appointment of Dr El Fakhri means productive, ongoing research collaborations between staff in his lab at Harvard Medical School and key researchers at the University of Sydney who are working on medical imaging and radio chemistry research projects of mutual interest.
Dr El Fakhri was nominated by Associate Professor Roger Fulton, who has been collaborating with Georges on motion correction techniques for human PET, MR and CT imaging for several years. Georges and Roger have also worked together, under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on a PET/CT technical standards document, and delivered expert teaching missions in developing countries.
In 2013, Dr El Fakhri visited the University of Sydney as a Harvard Club of Australia Foundation Fellow to strengthen the collaboration between Harvard Medical School and the University of Sydney. It is planned that the two institutions will submit joint grant applications in the next National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) rounds to exploit their complementary expertise in motion correction research.
The honorary position was taken up by Dr El Fakhri on Sept. 3, 2014.