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Excellence in Contrast Media Research

Milan, Italy , 01/11/2005

Dr. Michael F. Tweedle of Bracco Research USA (BRU) was presented with one of the highest honors for researchers in the field of contrast media at the Contrast Media Research Symposium (CMR2005) in Evian, France.  Dr. Tweedle received the Harry Fischer Medal for Excellence in Contrast Media Research.

The recipient of this award is chosen from the field of academic and industry scientists by a panel of peers as the most significant contributor to the advance of contrast media research.  Established in 1989, the award is named after the late Harry W. Fischer, who was widely considered a pioneer in advancing the study and development of contrast media.

The award is not an area-specific accolade such as chemistry or biology, rather it is given in recognition of overall contribution to science related to contrast media.  Dr. Tweedle, who, as honoree, was also asked to deliver the Harry Fischer Memorial Lecture at CMR2005, expressed his heartfelt gratitude for receiving the distinction.

"It's a tremendous honor, and one I was completely shocked to hear that I had been awarded," said Dr. Tweedle.  "I'm humbled and grateful to have earned the recognition of my peers."

Maurizio Denaro, Vice President for Research and Development for the Bracco Group, praised Dr. Tweedle's accomplishment in the field of contrast media and commented: "We are all extremely proud in congratulating Mike Tweedle on his prestigious award, which marks the excellence in the sector where the Group has been active for such a long time.  This is also an additional confirmation of the Group's efforts in Research and Development towards new achievements.  At the same time, we also feel proud that Bracco Research USA fosters an atmosphere of innovation and discovery and Mike Tweedle plays a key role in moving this effort forward."

The Fischer Award is selected biannually by committees of CMR members, comprised specifically to identify honorees, and whose members are known only to each other in order to ensure unbiased and uninfluenced selection processes.  Dr. Tweedle has served on a selection committee in the past, and in fact, had volunteered to serve on this year's panel, when his services were politely declined.

"I hadn't volunteered on the committee in more than 10 years, and I thought this might be a way for me to contribute to CMR2005, but they didn't ask me to serve," laughed Dr. Tweedle.  "I'll admit I was a bit curious as to why that was, but I did not at all expect that I would actually be the one they'd name the recipient of the award.  It was a complete surprise.  It's really not something that industrial scientists ever expect."  The Fischer Award was established to honor the legacy of Dr. Harry W. Fischer, a former professor of radiology at the universities of Iowa, Michigan, and Rochester.  Dr. Fischer formerly chaired the department of Radiology at the University of Rochester.  Born in 1921, Dr. Fisher received his MD from the University of Chicago.  Following service in the US Navy, Dr. Fischer contracted polio in his final year of surgical residency, rendering a surgical career impossible.  He then focused his efforts on radiology, and became known over the next 30 years as one of the most prolific authors, researchers, and mentors for young professionals in this field.  His professional efforts largely focused on contrast media.  Dr. Fischer died in 1998, nine years after the Contrast Media Research Society established this award in his honor.

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