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Technical University of Munich visits McMaster to kick-off nuclear research collaborations

A group of people from McMaster and the Technical University of Munich stand outside of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor.

McMaster University and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are building on the Strategic Partnership Agreement they signed in November 2021, exploring opportunities for collaboration in nuclear research and education at both institutions. Earlier this month, a team from the TUM Center for Nuclear Safety and Innovation visited McMaster University to kick-off research collaborations and […]

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MPP Bill Walker visits McMaster Nuclear Reactor

MPP Bill Walker standing in front of the reactor pool at McMaster Nuclear Reactor.

The provincial member for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound had a first-hand view of Canada’s most powerful nuclear research reactor, which has been recognized as a global leader in medical isotope production. (Photo by Nick Switalski/McMaster University) McMaster’s reactor produces two medical isotopes used for diagnoses and cancer treatments: iodine-125 and holmium-166. It supplies 60 per cent of the world’s […]

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Nuclear research and education at the core of new international collaboration

Overhead view of McMaster Nuclear Reactor's glowing blue core.

McMaster University and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to advance nuclear research and education at both institutions. It’s the first step in what promises to be a long-standing and dynamic collaboration between the two universities; each highly regarded for its unique nuclear capabilities and programs, says Dave Tucker, […]

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Nuclear Operations & Facilities: Home to Canada’s most powerful nuclear research reactor

Two technicians wearing lab coats and gloves insert a sample into the pool of McMaster Nuclear Reactor, where it will be irradiated in the core.

  McMaster University is Canada’s most research-intensive university and home to Canada’s most powerful nuclear research reactor. Nuclear Operations & Facilities houses a unique suite of world-class nuclear research facilities anchored by the McMaster Nuclear Reactor – a multi-purpose research reactor that provides neutrons for medical isotope production and scientific research. […]

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New partnership advances medical isotope technology

Overhead view of McMaster Nuclear Reactor's glowing blue core.

McMaster University and Promation – a leading Canadian manufacturer in the nuclear, automotive and industrial sectors – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to bring a new medical isotope technology developed at McMaster to the marketplace. At the center of this collaboration is a new technology for producing lutetium-177 (Lu-177), an […]

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President’s Award Win for NO&F!

An isotope technician prepares a rig for irradiation inside the McMaster Nuclear Reactor.

Nuclear Operations & Facilities is proud to announce that our Medical Isotope Supply Chain Team has been awarded a President’s Award for outstanding service to McMaster University! McMaster University’s Medical Isotope Supply Chain Team is comprised of more than a dozen staff members who are involved with producing, processing, and distributing medical isotopes generated at […]

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In Canada, shippers race to move cancer treatments as COVID-19 grounds flights

An airplane is being loaded with cargo on a runway.

MONTREAL/TORONTO (Reuters) -Medical companies and shippers in Canada are racing to transport time-sensitive radiochemical materials used to treat cancer, as a pandemic-induced drop in passenger flights has narrowed transportation options and created cargo delays. Before the pandemic, the McMaster Nuclear Reactor in the Canadian province of Ontario could ship its iodine-125 isotope anywhere in a […]

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McMaster to spearhead collaborative project on building a resilient Canadian medical isotope supply chain

Researcher uses remote handling tool to hold a vial containing a medical isotope.

In June, the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC) and Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) announced a joint study to identify challenges — and evaluate potential technology, logistical, regulatory and policy solutions – facing Canada’s medical isotope supply chain. Today that partnership took a major leap forward with McMaster University formally agreeing to lead the research and […]

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McMaster University and Quirem Medical announce the first clinical case using the McMaster Nuclear Reactor

Text reads first clinical case using the McMaster Nuclear Reactor.

McMaster University and Quirem Medical announce the first clinical case using the McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) for the irradiation of QuiremSpheres®.  QuiremSpheres®, the next generation of radio-embolization microspheres, are the only commercially available microspheres that contain the radioactive isotope Holmium-166. In recent trials, holmium microspheres were shown to be safe[1] and effective[2] for the treatment […]

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McMaster joins the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council

A technician holds a bottle containing medical isotope iodine-125.

In an effort to ensure Canada’s status as a world leader in nuclear isotope production, McMaster Nuclear Operations & Facilities has joined the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC). It is an independant organization formed to advocate for the nation’s production of radioistopes – which can be used in health, energy, medicine, sterization and space exploration […]

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