On Growth, Success and Well-being in Academia

Arman Rahmim
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

"On Growth, Success and Well-being in Academia

Abstract: “Good is the enemy of great.” There are bad, good and great ways of being an academic scientist, practitioner and faculty member. In this talk, we aim to provide some perspectives and insights on growth, success and well-being in the academic context. It is important for trainees and junior faculty members to be well informed of what may lie ahead in the academic world, and for all of us to share information, experience and perspectives on how to navigate successful and satisfying careers.


1) To discuss challenges, opportunities, and subtleties within academia.

2) To discuss the importance of seeking mentorship and putting oneself in the company of balanced high-achievers.

3) To discuss an array of ideas towards more effective, successful publications, grants, lab/team formation, training, etc.

Arman Rahmim, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology and Physics, University of British Columbia

Senior Scientist & Provincial Medical Imaging Physicist, BC Cancer

Bio: Arman Rahmim is Associate Professor of Radiology and Physics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), as well as Senior Scientist and Provincial Medical Imaging Physicist at BC Cancer, Vancouver, Canada. He received his PhD in medical imaging physics at UBC. Following doctoral studies, he was recruited by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to lead the high-resolution brain PET imaging physics program and to pursue research at the JHU Department of Radiology. In 2018, he was recruited back to Vancouver, where he leads the Quantitative Radiomolecular Imaging & Therapy Lab and Provincial Program ( He has published a book, over 140 journal articles and 280 conference proceeding papers/abstracts, and delivered more than 100 invited lectures worldwide. He was awarded the John S. Laughlin Young Scientist Award by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in 2016, was Vice President (2017-18) and President (2018-19) of the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences (PIDS) Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), and is Chair of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force of the SNMMI (2020-).

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