[News-releases] Nuclear Medicine at TRIUMF Gets a Boost

Tim Meyer tmeyer at triumf.ca
Tue Aug 24 13:13:41 PDT 2010

News Release | For Immediate Release | August 24, 2010


(Vancouver, BC) - A federal investment of over $911,000 to support
innovative medical and pharmaceutical research at TRIUMF through the Western
Diversification Program was announced by the Honourable Lynne Yelich,
Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

"Our Government believes that science, technology and innovation are vital
to stimulating productivity, competitiveness and growth," said Minister
Yelich.  "Research funding is an investment in scientific discovery, in new
ideas and products, and in job creation through tough economic conditions."

Today's funding will support TRIUMF in upgrading essential infrastructure
and in the acquisition of equipment which creates Positron Emission
Radiopharmaceuticals (PERs).  These radiopharmaceuticals are essential for
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning; an important medical diagnostic
procedure used for the detection of cancer.  The upgraded equipment will
ensure the facility has continued compliance with industry standards.
Today's project contributes to the infrastructure that is essential to
improving medical and pharmaceutical research in British Columbia.

"The promise of nuclear medicine is its potential to understand the
individual diagnosis and treatment plan for each person in real time and
non-invasively," said Dr. Thomas J. Ruth, senior scientist jointly at TRIUMF
and the BC Cancer Agency. "Today's investment will not only move forward our
research programs with the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre and the BC
Cancer Agency in understanding movement disorders and cancer, but it will
also enhance our efforts bring these results into the clinic following the
strictest quality controls for use with humans."

Since its inception as a local university in 1968, TRIUMF has evolved into
Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics while
maintaining strong ties to the research programs of Canadian universities.
It is owned and operated by a consortium of 15 Canadian universities.
TRIUMF is a leader in the emerging medical revolution that brings together
physics, chemistry, and biology.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works with provinces, industry
associations and communities to promote the development and diversification
of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West
and represents the interests of western Canadians in national


Media Contacts:
For additional information (media only) contact:

Jerra Byrne
Senior Special Assistant - Communications
Office of the Minister of State - Western Economic Diversification
Email: jerra.byrne at wd-deo.gc.ca

Timothy Meyer
Head, Strategic Planning & Communications
Tel: 604-222-7674
Cell: 650-464-8955
Email: tmeyer at triumf.ca

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