Richard Laforest, PhD

Richard Laforest, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Radiology, Division of Radiological Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

The physics aspect of small animal functional imaging. Our department is equipped with a small animal PET camera capable of producing high-resolution images. Cancer diagnosis is performed with the use of metabolic, transport and receptor molecular probes labeled with various PET radio-nuclides. My research consists of evaluation and optimization of imaging techniques with nonstandard PET nuclides.


  • 1991: MS, experimental nuclear physics, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada
  • 1994: PhD, experimental nuclear physics, Laval University


  • 1994 - 1995: Postdoctoral research associate, University of Caen, Caen, France
  • 1995 - 1996: Post-doctoral research associate, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario
  • 1996 - 1998: Post-doctoral research associate, Texas A&M University, College Station

Selected Research Publications

MIRD Pamphlet No. 29: MIRDy90-A 90Y Research Microsphere Dosimetry Tool.
  • Marquis H, Ocampo Ramos JC, Carter LM, [...] Laforest R, Kesner AL
  • J Nucl Med 2024
Cure of Disseminated Human Lymphoma with [177Lu]Lu-Ofatumumab in a Preclinical Model.
  • Shim K, Longtine MS, Abou DS, [...] Laforest RS, [...] Wahl RL
  • J Nucl Med 2023
First-in-Humans Evaluation of Safety and Dosimetry of 64Cu-LLP2A for PET Imaging.
  • Laforest R, Ghai A, Fraum TJ, [...] Dehdashti F
  • J Nucl Med 2023
MIRD Pamphlet No. 27: MIRDcell V3, a revised software tool for multicellular dosimetry and bioeffect modeling.
  • Katugampola S, Wang J, Rosen A, [...] Laforest R, [...] Zanzonico PB
  • J Nucl Med 2022
Harmonization of PET image reconstruction parameters in simultaneous PET/MRI.
  • Laforest R, Khalighi M, Natsuaki Y, [...] Hope TA
  • EJNMMI Phys 2021
Evaluation of attenuation correction in PET/MRI with synthetic lesion insertion.
  • Hamdi M, Natsuaki Y, Wangerin KA, [...] Laforest R
  • J Med Imaging (Bellingham) 2021

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