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Tom Ruth

Tom Ruth

Adjunct Professor
PhD, Clark University
Office: TRIUMF - Nuclear Medicine DivisionPhone:
604-222-7526
email: truth@triumf.ca


Thomas Ruth, PhD, is Emeritus Senior Research Scientist at TRIUMF and Emeritus Senior Scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre. Dr. Ruth holds Adjunct Professorships in Chemistry at Simon Fraser University, Physics at the University of Victoria and Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Overview of research

 

Dr. Ruth is a leader in the production and application of radioisotopes for research in the physical and biological sciences. He has served on a multitude of national and international committees, including the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Medical Isotopes (1995) and on the National Academy of Science's Committee on the State of the Science in Nuclear Medicine (2009), the panel for the Production of Medical Isotopes without Highly Enriched Uranium (2010) and the Nuclear Physics Decadal Report 2010-2020. He serves as an expert on radioisotope production for the IAEA. Most recently he served on the Subcommittee of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee's Subcommittee on Isotopes for the Nuclear Physics Program of the US DOE. He has published more than 280 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.

Dr. Ruth received a Masters of Arts in Nuclear Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. in nuclear spectroscopy from Clark University. He is the 2011 recipient of the Michael J. Welch Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine for his contributions to Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. Most recently, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency has appointed Dr. Ruth to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications (SAGNA).

Positions and Honours

  • 1964-65  Chemist, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., VA. Quality control for coolant systems for Naval Power Reactors
  • 1967-71   Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, Thomas More College, KY
  • 1973-76  Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Physics Departments, Sacred Heart University, CT
  • 1975 (May-June)  Visiting Scientist, Chemistry Department Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY. Developed separation chemistry for astatine for double charge exchange reaction
  • 1976-78  Research Associate, Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Lab, NY
  • 1978-80  Assistnat Chemist, Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY
  • 1980-84  Research Scientist II, Applied Programs, TRIUMF, BC, Canada
  • 1984-88  Research Scientist III, Applied Programs, TRIUMF, BC, Canada
  • 1984-2012  Adjunct Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
  • 1988-2012  Senior Research Scientist, Life Science Programs/Nuclear Medicine Division, TRIUMF, BC, Canada
  • 1989-present  Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Department, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
  • 1988-89  Deputy Division Head, Applied Programs, TRIUMF, BC Canada
  • 1984-89  Associate Director, UBC/TRIUMF PET Program, BC, Canada
  • 1989-2008  Director, UBC/TRIUMF PET Program, BC, Canada
  • 1990-present  Research Professor of Medicine, Vancouver Hospital, BC, Canada
  • 1996-2008  Head, Life Science Program, TRIUMF, BC, Canada
  • 1997-present  Adjunct Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
  • 2002-present  Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2008-present  Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2012-present Emeritus Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2012-present Emeritus Senior Research Scientist, TRIUMF, BC, Canada

Education/Training

BSc 1964 (Chemistry) St. Francis College, PA

MA 1967 (Nuclear Chemistry) College of William and Mary, VA

MA 1973 (Physical Chemistry) Clark University, MA

PhD 1973 (Nuclear Spectroscopy) Clark University, MA

PDF 1976 (Nuclear Chemistry) Brookhaven National Lab, NY

Publications

Here is a full listing of my publications

Graduate Students

Jason Crawford (PhD)
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