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Benjamin Larimer, Ph.D., was named advocacy lead by the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research as the newest Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI²). As a part of the early career council alumni, he will help the Academy to continue advancing this program's reach and work to better cultivate imaging's advocates of tomorrow.

"I am very excited to be able to translate to a leadership within the Academy of Radiology and Biomedical Research’s Council for Early Career Investigators. The Academy offered me tremendous support and opportunities as an early career investigators, and I hope to do the same moving forward" said Larimer. 

While in this position, Larimer will work closely with the Academy’s senior director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Michael Heintz, on continued CECI² advocacy programming for the incoming class of 2022-23 and the growing network of alumni to create advocates for imaging research. He will also help identify suitable advocacy programming and training, work with the Academy to ensure advocacy materials are appropriate, help to enhance the visibility of the Academy’s advocacy efforts to others in the CECI² program, and provide an important perspective as a hands-on resource. 

"We are delighted that Dr. Larimer has been selected to represent UAB in this important and impactful program" said Suzanne Lapi, Ph.D. who is vice chair of Translational Research in the Department of Radiology at UAB.