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8:00pm Affiliate recognition and technical presentation
James P. O'Neil, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, Group Leader
Biomedical Isotope Facility
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
My relevant training began as early as high school where I began to develop a keen interest in chemistry. During my undergraduate work I completed both analytical chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry senior theses. My postdoctoral radiochemistry training with Mike Welch and colleagues at Washington University along with the mentorship of John Katzenellenbogen at the University of Illinois expanded upon a strong foundation of doctoral work in organic synthesis that I received at the University of Utah. It is here that I started cross training with Henry VanBrocklin sharing my organic chemistry knowledge with Henry and he his radiochemistry knowledge with me. My position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) provided the opportunities to apply this experience as well as to develop the skills in engineering and automation gained by operating, maintaining, and further developing a prototype medical cyclotron and associated home-built radiochemistry systems.
Jim received a Bachelors of Science degree from CalPoly State University, San Luis Obispo in 1985 followed by a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 1991. From there his education took a turn as he did a Postdoc with John Katzenellenbogen at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and began work in radiochemistry both in SPECT and PET diagnostic tracers. This was done as a collaborative effort with the Mike Welch group at Washington University, Saint Louis. In 1994 Jim did an additional PostDoc at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab where he has remained as a scientist since. He is currently the Head of Chemistry and Radiochemistry at the Biomedical Isotope Facility at LBNL.
Topic: The Biomedical Isotope Facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The UC Radiation Laboratory, now the E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (aka LBNL, LBL, Berkeley Lab) has a long storied history of nuclear medicine research and the associated science and engineering to make it successful. After many decades of research and development, the Department of Energy funded the creation of the Biomedical Isotope Facility (BIF) at LBL. In 1995, the laboratory was completed, a commercial 11 MeV proton cyclotron was moved and sited, and research began "Dedicated to the Application of Nuclear Chemistry to Biology and Medicine." This mission quickly expanded to a variety of topics including nuclear physics, earth and environmental sciences, and targetry and target chemistry.
This presentation will provide, in a compact time frame, an overview of an equally compact biomedical cyclotron, radiochemistry laboratory, and staff that aims to provide a wide variety of services to the Berkeley National Laboratory. Radiation protection and health physics aspects of running such a program at a Department of Energy laboratory will be emphasized.
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