Comunication to the Author of the Project     /     Comunicazione all'autore del Progetto


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Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2011 5:50 PM
Subject: Nomination TOF PET spatial resolution
Importance: High

From: []
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:12 AM
Subject: Nomination for the Leonardo da Vinci competion


Subject: Nomination for the Leonardo da Vinci competion
FERMIlab Dr. Erik Ramberg: TOF spatial resolution  
cc. Dr. Roy Rubibstein  
Dear Dr. Ramberg:

People trust science, and the institutions like yours and they would like to know the most efficient solution in particle detection for early cancer diagnosis or any solution with high potential to reduce premature cancer death.

Therefore, following the press releases of May 12, and May 26, 2011 regarding the Leonardo da Vinci competition which were sent to 400 and 6,000 media outlets respectively, published on 255 websites with a total traffic of 374 million visits/month, sent by mail to 100 US Senators and 435 Congressmen, sent via email in English to about 10,000 scientists, 100,000 people and sent via email in Italian to about 2 million people including cancer organizations, physicians, politicians, professionals, layman, etc. your project was among those nominated for inclusion in the competition and will be compared publicly with the others on June 8th, 2010.

See distribution list at the web page

In the following email you will find details of the other projects that have been nominated like yours.

The attached documentation and the following references were submitted in support to your claim reported in the document People would like to see the issue of improving spatial resolution vs efficiency in PET resolved.

First reference:

Second reference:

Please feel free to add any reference material supporting your project and claims and provide also the information to people who care to solve the cancer problem by filling in the questionnaire that you can find at

In the event you claim your project to be superior in efficiency or if there is another reason you can claim that it has higher potential to reduce cancer death when compared to the other projects, please submit up to five pages (for each project) demonstrating the superiority of your project with respect to the others by 2:00 pm (time in Italy) June 8th, 2011 as specified in the rules of the competition at

Best Regards,
Vincenzo Vigna MD
Chairman of the Leonardo da Vinci competition

Former Professor of Cardio-Surgery at the University of Pavia. 
Specialist General Surgery, Cardio-Surgery, Lung/Thoracic-Surgery. 
Leader, first-level at the Institute for Scientific Research and Cure, Polyclinic San Matteo of Pavia.

Policlinico I.R.C.C.S. San Matteo, 
Piazzale Golgi, 27100, 
Pavia (Italy)

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