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Balik Scientist continues collaboration with PNRI for nuclear medicine development

Dr. Thomas Neil Pascual (left), an international expert in nuclear medicine and Balik Scientist, formally continues his second year of collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) during the contract signing on September 17, 2020 at PNRI. Also signing the agreement is PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla.

Formerly an expert from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr. Pascual was in charge of pioneering capacity building projects for nuclear medicine in Africa as well as in Asia and the Pacific region.

He first served as Balik Scientist with PNRI in 2019. Among the ongoing projects resulting from his collaboration with PNRI is the establishment of a cyclotron and PET-CT facility which will help make early diagnosis of diseases more accessible to Filipinos.

The Balik Scientist Program is an initiative of the DOST since 1975 that aims to encourage Filipino, experts, scientists and researchers based in foreign countries to return to the Philippines and contribute their expertise to the improvement of various fields and sectors.