Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has this week announced federal funding to build a new home for nuclear medicine at TRIUMF, the national particle accelerator centre in Vancouver.
The Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI) will provide a first-of-its-kind hub in Canada and will feature contributions from the Province of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia, and BC Cancer, industry partners, academic researchers and clinicians.
The hub will seek to advance medical isotope production as well as drug development, cancer therapy, clinical imaging, and radiopharmaceutical research.
The new 2,500-square-metre building will house a particle accelerator, as well as research facilities, equipment, laboratories, and office space.
Mr Trudeau said: “The Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes will be a state-of-the-art facility where industry leaders and academics can work together to push the boundaries of research and discover new ways to protect and improve our health.
“We will continue to invest in cutting-edge research and facilities – like the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes – to ensure Canada remains a world leader in medical research and innovation.”
John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, added: “The new drugs and cancer treatments developed by TRIUMF and the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes will help people live longer, healthier lives.
“Investing in the front lines of the fight against cancer will give life and hope to people here in British Columbia and around the world.”