THUNDER BAY – A new research centre in Thunder Bay will expand health research, improve health care services and create about 194 construction jobs and about 50 jobs at the centre. “This centre will be a vital hub in the North for research in the detection and treatment of diseases and will continue to create good-paying jobs for Thunder Bay residents,” stated Bill Mauro, the MPP for Thunder Bay Atikokan.
The province is supporting the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute to conduct research into the early detection and treatment of diseases, such as cancer. The centre will also help recruit and retain research teams and healthcare professionals to the region. With a new cyclotron and laboratory, the institute will be able to produce, test and distribute radioisotopes used for medical imaging and treatment. Scientists’ will be able to conduct research that will help serve more patients and provide more diagnostic options.
“By investing in this project, we are further positioning Northwestern Ontario as a leader in the development of molecular imaging research. Investing in new technology is a key component in increasing overall productivity in our economy,” enthused Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).
“We are thrilled with the Province of Ontario’s commitment to bring a cyclotron to the Northwest. Our patients will benefit greatly, and for the first time our clinical, academic and research programs will have the advantage of access to this precious commodity of medical isotopes for medical imaging and medical research in our region. We thank the Ontario government for their ongoing support and commitment to improving healthcare in the Northwest,” shared Michael Power, CEO of Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and Vice President of Regional Cancer and Diagnostic Services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).