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Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2011 5:37 PM
Subject: Nomination of BNL's RatCAP project to the Leonardo da Vinci competition
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From: []
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:01 AM
Subject: Nomination of BNL's RatCAP project to the Leonardo da Vinci competition

Subject: Nomination of BNL's RatCAP project to the Leonardo da Vinci competition

Dear Dr. Vaska:

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 project. In the email of the nomination of your project was also stated: “So when I read that Brookhaven National Laboratory did not plan to participate, I was surprised and don’t understand why not.  Perhaps they are afraid they cannot compete, but I believe the success of this competition, and therefore the success for early cancer detection depends upon as many projects as possible being compared”. From the press release reader could get to the document

The following are the references that were included with the nomination of your project:

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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