The past two years have been challenging due to the pandemic, for health care and medical professionals. We are still not completely out of it and are adjusting to the improving situation with the new normal. Despite the difficulties, molecular imaging & nuclear medicine have been making steady progress. Several new developments are seen in technology, clinical applications, and radiotracer therapies. The Arabian Gulf region has seen new emerging diagnostic and therapy centers. Molecular imaging & Nuclear medicine at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar, also made a big leap by acquiring a second PET/CT to commence Cardiac service, positron emission mammography for clinical and research applications, and replacing SPECT cameras with SPECT/CT; a daycare radiotracer therapy suite has been assigned and a most modern General Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmacy was established. Therefore, it is the right time for nuclear medicine professionals in the region to meet and share the experience, learn about new happenings and extend cooperation and collaboration. The joint organization of the first Qatar Molecular Imaging and 9th Gulf Nuclear Medicine Conference in Doha, Qatar from March 17-19 2022 is a step in this direction. This is a joint effort of nuclear medicine professionals in the GCC region. Several scientific sessions are planned with parallel sessions for scientists, nursing staff, and technologists. An exhibition by the vendors to showcase the new technology and radiopharmaceutical products is also planned. Experts in the field from the region and the world will be delivering lectures on the topics of current interest in their specialty. The accreditation of CME hours is in the process. The conference is being organized under full Covid 19 SOPs. As the situation develops, registrants and participants will be updated. Those who would be attending this event in person will enjoy pleasant weather in Qatar which is also the venue for FIFA World Cup 2022. You will have the opportunity to tour the city to see grand stadia, renovated markets and malls, and decorated Corniche. A wide range of eatery options with delicious cuisine is something that everyone will be able to enjoy.
I look forward to seeing you at Joint Qatar-Gulf 2022 MINM conference.
Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Shah Syed, Qatar.
Chairman Organizing Committee