Gassan Massarweh, PhD

Contact Information

Email: gassan.massarweh [at] mcgill.ca (Gassan Massarweh)
Tel: 514-398-8527
Recent Publications: PubMed
Academic Affiliations: Neurology and Neurosurgery
Research Groups: Neuroimaging and NeuroinformaticsNeurodegenerative Diseases


Massarweh (PhD, U Hamburg) is the Director of Cyclotron and Radiochemistry.  He has worked at UQAM, the MNI, then as Head of the Radiochemistry Unit at Dalhousie and as Head of Cyclotron at the CRCHUM. We are very fortunate that all BIC users can now benefit from his tremendous experience in radiosynthesis. Massarweh is a key resource person to make your PET project successful.

Selected Publications

PET imaging of cholinergic deficits in rats using [18F]fluoroethoxybenzovesamicol ([18F]FEOBV); Maxime Parent, Marc-Andre Bedard, Antonio Aliaga, Jean-Paul Soucy, Evelyne Landry St-Pierre, Marilyn Cyr, Alexey Kostikov, Esther Schirrmacher, Gassan Massarweh, Pedro Rosa-Neto; Journal of NeuroImage. 2012 Aug 25;62(1):555-61.

In vivo and in vitro validation of reference tissue models for the mGluR(5) ligand [(11)C]ABP688;  David Elmenhorst, Luciano Minuzzi, Antonio Aliaga, Jared Rowley, Gassan Massarweh, Mirko Diksic, Andreas Bauer, Pedro Rosa-Neto ; J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2010 Aug ;30 (8):1538-49

Synthesis of 17 alpha-substituted ethynylestradiols: potential ligands for drug vectors.
Amadou R Yaya, Mohamed Touaibia, Gassan Massarweh, Fernande D Rochon, Livain Breau Steroids 2010 Jul 17;75(7):489-98. Epub 2010 Mar 17.

Time-efficient and convenient synthesis of [18F]altanserin for human PET imaging by a new work-up procedure; G. Massarweh, M.Kovacevic, P.Rosa-Neto, A.C.Evans, M.Diksic, R.Schirrmacher ;  Applied Radiation and Isotopes    Volume 67, Issue 11, November 2009, Pages 2040-2043

Improved work-up procedure for the production of [18F]flumazenil and first results of its use with a High Resolution Research Tomograph (HRRT) in human stroke; Gassan Massaweh, Esther schirrmacher, Christian la Fougere, Miriam Kovacevic; Carmen Waengler, Dean Jolly, Paul Gravel, Andrew J. Reader, Alexander Thiel, Ralf Schirrmacher; Nuclear Medicine and Biology, 2009  Volume 36, Issue 7, Pages 721-727

Synthesis and Study of Pt(II)-Aromatic Amines Complexes of the Types cis- and trans-Pt(amine)2(NO3)2 and cis-Pt(amine)2(R(COO)2); Fernande D. Rochon, Gassan Massarweh, Catherine Bonnier. Inorganica Chimica Acta 361 (2008) 1437–1446

Synthesis, multinuclear magnetic resonance and crystal structures of Pt(II) complexes containing amines and bidentate carboxylate ligands; Fernande D. Rochon, Gassan Massarweh. Inorganica Chimica Acta 359 (2006) 4095–4104

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