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New X-Ray Machine from Bruce Power Will Advance Cancer Research at NOSM

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) recently received a state-of-the-art x-ray irradiator. The x-ray irradiator machine, generously donated by Bruce Power, has been installed in NOSM’s medical school building in Sudbury.
 
The x-ray irradiator is able to expose cells to x-ray radiation, the same type and dose of which a patient would receive if undergoing diagnostic x-ray testing at the hospital. The new instrument will allow researchers and students to study factors that lead to cancer, as well as how the disease progresses. The x-ray irradiator will be used in a number of research projects taking place in Sudbury, many in collaboration with the SNOLAB. Among these projects will be the investigation of the health of miners and the effects of radon gas on the body.
 
The research projects using the new x-ray irradiator will be led by Dr. Doug Boreham, Bruce Power Chair in Radiation and Health at NOSM. This initiative is part of Bruce Power’s $5 million investment in funding over the next five years to establish and support the Bruce Power Centre for Health, Environment and Radiation (BP-CHER) at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. 
 
“Throughout my career, my research has focused on the effects of low-dose radiation exposure on our health, which includes the effects of exposure to diagnostic imaging such as x-rays and CT scans,” says Dr. Doug Boreham, Bruce Power Chair in Radiation and Health at NOSM. “The donation of the x-ray irradiator will allow researchers in the region to utilize an incredibly powerful tool to answer research questions regarding the effects of radiation on our health.”
 
“Cancer is one of the leading causes of illness and death in Northern Ontario, with Northern Ontarians facing higher rates of cancer than other parts of the province,” says Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean. “As a socially accountable medical school, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine focuses its research on the priority health concerns of the region. We are grateful for our partnership with Bruce Power, which is allowing NOSM researchers and students to further investigate health issues impacting the people and communities of the North.”


Photo Caption: From left to right: Andrew Zarnke, PhD student at Laurentian University studying biomolecular sciences; Dr. Chris Thome, post-doctoral research fellow at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Jake Pirkkanen, PhD student at Laurentian University studying biomolecular sciences; and, Dr. Doug Boreham, Bruce Power Chair in Radiation and Health at NOSM stand in front of the new x-ray irradiator installed in the medical school building at NOSM at Laurentian University. 


 

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Kimberley Larkin
Communications Officer
Phone: 705-662-7243
Email: klarkin@nosm.ca 

 

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