Professor Taiga Yamaya, PhD

Taiga Yamaya, Ph. D, is a Team Leader of Imaging Physics Team at National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST) in Japan. His research interest is the development of next generation positron emission tomography (PET) systems as well as development of radiation detectors and image reconstruction algorithms. He obtained his Ph. D degree in 2000. He has been awarded more than 10 prizes, one of which was the 1st prize of German Innovation Award (2012). He has accomplished more than 100 peer reviewed publications and more than 50 registered patents. He has also visiting professor positions in Chiba University and Yokohama City University. In Yamaya’s laboratory at NIRS-QST, using their core technologies of depth-of-interaction (DOI) measurement, they are developing a new equipment concept of “OpenPET” for joint PET - therapy imaging and a brain-dedicated PET scanner for earlier diagnosis of dementia.