Cyclotron & Radiopharmacy
One of the benefits of conducting research at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute is our in-house radiopharmacy program. The cyclotron housed in the Health Services Building at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is one of the few in Canada attached to a hospital, and the only one in Northern Ontario. Installed in February 2015, it produces both 18F and 99Tc for patient care and for scientists working at the Health Research Institute. Previously, all radioisotopes had to be shipped from southern Ontario and were subject to delays and decay.
The cyclotron has opened new avenues for research and made others more accessible. Projects underway at the Health Research Institute include probe development as part of SOFIE Biosciences’ Elixys platform and a study investigating a new method of diagnosing Parkinson’s disease – and diagnosing it earlier – using PET imaging.
Funding for the cyclotron came from several sources including the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), Fednor, the City of Thunder Bay, and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.