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McMaster opens new $22-million nuclear research facility. August 24, 2011

McMaster University officially unveiled today its newly expanded Nuclear Research Building, a new cyclotron facility and improvements to the McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) Building: facilities which are now available for the world's leading nuclear scientists and engineers.
McMaster opens new $22-million nuclear research facility.  August 24, 2011

McMaster University officially unveiled today its newly expanded Nuclear Research Building, a new cyclotron facility and improvements to the McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) Building. Photo from Daily News.

 

Nuclear sciences and engineering received $22-million from the federal and provincial governments in 2009 as part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The money was used to upgrade physical infrastructure, expand isotope research and production capacity, and enhance research and education facilities for the nuclear industry and health care sectors.

"This investment has reinforced McMaster's position as one of the world's top nuclear science and engineering research universities and significantly enhances our innovation and education goals," says Patrick Deane, president of McMaster. "This will also enable the university and our researchers to make a real difference in the lives of many people within our own community."

A new facility houses a 10-ton, $2-million cyclotron which will produce PET scan medical isotopes. McMaster intends the facility to primarily be used for the development of new drugs for the early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. The facility will be able to produce imaging isotopes every day in the facility, where can be immediately delivered to a local hospital and used for the patients who need them most.

Click here to read the original 'Daily News' article...