Metro Toronto Convention Centre to host world's largest nuclear medicine event



    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - This month, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
(MTCC) will host SNM's 56th Annual Meeting: an event that has been welcomed
personally by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Toronto Mayor David
Miller. The 2009 SNM Annual Meeting will be held from June 13-17, bringing
more than 6,000 physicians, technologists and scientists to the city to share
research, learn about the latest breakthroughs and trends and discuss
important issues in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
    "Molecular imaging is changing the way that common diseases are diagnosed
and treated," explained SNM President Robert Atcher, Ph.D., M.B.A. "Molecular
imaging and nuclear medicine scans allow physicians to see exactly what is
happening and how a disease is responding to therapy. More than 20 million
people have molecular imaging procedures each year. These procedures are
commonly used to diagnose and monitor treatment in patients with cancer, heart
disease, Alzheimer's disease and stroke, to name just a few."
    In separate messages to SNM, both the prime minister and mayor
articulated the significance of hosting this event, pointing to the importance
of molecular imaging to the future practice of medicine and the fit of Toronto
as a host city. Mayor Miller cited Toronto's high concentration of research
institutes, business support services and world-renowned medical researchers
as key factors making the city an excellent choice.
    "We are pleased to host an event of such positive impact. Not only does
the SNM Annual Meeting spark discussion and sharing to improve patient care,
it has an immediate positive impact on the local economy of $10 million in
visitor spending," said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the MTCC. "As for
participants, Toronto is centrally located within a 90-minute flight time from
nearly 60 percent of the U.S. population: an excellent location for an event
of this size and scope."
    SNM will hold a press conference on Monday, June 15, from 11:30 a.m. to
12:45 p.m. in Room 810 of the MTCC. In addition to research highlights,
experts will discuss how the current medical isotope crisis and shutdown at
the Chalk River reactor continue to impact patient care. Members of the press
can register to attend by contacting Amy Shaw at (703) 652-6773 or
ashaw@snm.org.

    About the MTCC

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No.1 convention and trade
show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted approximately
12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For further
information, please visit www.mtccc.com.

    About SNM: Advancing Molecular Imaging and Therapy?

    SNM is an international scientific and medical organization dedicated to
raising public awareness about what molecular imaging is and how it can help
provide patients with the best health care possible. SNM members specialize in
molecular imaging, a vital element of today's medical practice that adds an
additional dimension to diagnosis, changing the way common and devastating
diseases are understood and treated.
    SNM's more than 17,000 members set the standard for molecular imaging and
nuclear medicine practice by creating guidelines, sharing information through
journals and meetings and leading advocacy on key issues that affect molecular
imaging and therapy research and practice. For more information, visit
www.snm.org.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, (416) 585-8106, cchiu@mtccc.com; Amy Shaw, SNM, (703) 652-6773,
ashaw@snm.org


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