Federal government funds for a new home for nuclear medicine at TRIUMF
Nov 3, 2018
Global Korean Post
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced federal funding to build a new home for nuclear medicine at TRIUMF.
The Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI) will provide a first-of-its-kind hub in Canada. With contributions from the Province of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia, and BC Cancer, industry partners, academic researchers, and clinicians will work together to advance medical isotope production, drug development, cancer therapy, clinical imaging, and radiopharmaceutical research – advancements that have the potential to help thousands of Canadians who suffer from illness.
The Government of Canada is contributing $10,232,310 to this project through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Province of British Columbia has contributed $12,250,000, TRIUMF is contributing $5,352,638 and, through fundraising initiatives, BC Cancer and the University of British Columbia are each contributing $2 million.
The new 2,500-square-metre building will house a particle accelerator, as well as research facilities, equipment, laboratories, and office space. By concentrating all aspects of creating, handling, and testing isotopes in one location – from the creation of raw materials to clinical trial work of potential therapies – the IAMI will help Canada stay a leader in the production and research of medical isotopes worldwide.
This project will provide students and local researchers with access to a modern educational facility with innovative spaces for instruction, research, and laboratory work. It also provides TRIUMF and its network with the opportunity to develop new educational programs, increase research capacity, and attract new students from across Canada and around the world.