Vesna Sossi received a Laurea degree in high energy Physics from the University of Trieste Italy and a PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of British Columbia in 1991. She switched her research interests to Medical Imaging after completing her graduate degree, taking on a post-doctoral fellowship in the UBC/TRIUMF PET group. She currently holds a Professor position in the UBC Physics and Astronomy Department and directs the UBC PET imaging laboratory. This laboratory is one of the only 17 PET centers worldwide with the highest resolution PET brain scanner (Siemens HRRT); she lead an international research group focused on the optimization of the scanner performance and development of advanced data quantification algorithms. Her research spans PET imaging algorithms and instrumentation, analysis and modeling of PET data, as well as using imaging in the study of neurodegeneration both in humans and animal models of disease. Her work contributed to identifying relevant mechanisms contributing to dopaminergic degeneration in Parkinson’s through development of novel imaging protocols. She has over 150 peer reviewed journal publications, sits on several national and international review committees and received several NSERC and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research awards during her career.
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