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Dear Colleagues

I am very pleased to welcome you all to the 3rd Iranian Human Brain Mapping Congress 2016 website. This year's Congress is particularly timely as we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the introduction of Fluoro-Deoxy-Glucose (FDG) to medicine across the globe. FDG discovery represents one of the major landmarks in the history of medical imaging, and I may even say, in medicine. It provided the most specific and powerful functional brain imaging technique thus far. This revolutionary agent combined with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) have brought about a paradigm shift in the diagnosis, management and understanding many disorders including brain diseases. I was instrumental in conceiving the idea of labelling 18-Fluorine to Deoxy-Glucose and was the first physician-scientist to perform and acquire first functional brain images and then the whole body image in normal human beings. Our main motivation to develop this imaging modality was to assess brain function in normal and diseased states, which was materialized in Aug 1976. However, this technology has had far reaching impact on day to day practice of oncology, cardiology and many other disciplines in medicine. A such, over time FDG-PET has become the main molecular imaging modality in medicine, particularly when combined with CT and MRI. Without the introduction of FDG, PET would have never survived as an imaging modality.

Unfortunately, restrictions imposed over the last 3 decades have prevented Iranian physicians and scientists to use PET technology for early diagnosis, and advance research into medical disorders using PET technology. However, this year Iranian Human Brain Mapping Congress is held when meeting of minds cracked a tall wall of mistrust developed during the past decades. I have accepted to preside over this year's congress to raise the profile of PET research in Iran and to encourage the international community to collaborate with young and enthusiastic Iranian scientists to take advantage of PET technology for the benefit of mankind.

I am sure you will enjoy visiting Iran as well as meeting a community of young, well educated and enthusiastic scientists and physcians.

Abass Alavi
President of IHBM2016