Core to Clinic - Medical Isotopes at Mac


Location: London Pub, 9724 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 1V8

Fee: $15 plus a small Eventbrite processing fee



medical-isotopesThis presentation will focus on the “core to clinic” vision at the McMaster University. The vision is focussed on making radioisotopes in the “nuclear core” of the University’s research reactor or the “magnetic core” of the University’s cyclotron facility and using these unique particles to further the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The talk will cover what an isotope is and why they are so important in health care. An introduction to radiotherapy and radio imaging, their usage and the isotopes involved.

A brief description and overview of McMaster University’s Nuclear Facilities used in the “C to C” vision and how they are impacting the health of Canadians and people around the world. The presentation will discuss how medical isotopes are made at the University’s Nuclear Facilities and how they are used by physicians. Finally, the talk will look at planned future activities and services at the facilities which will be coming online within the next couple of years.

speaker-chris-heyselOur Speaker, Chris Heysel, P.Eng. graduated with an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queens University in 1987. Prior to coming to the University Chris spent 14 years at AECL’s Chalk River National Laboratory working at the 135 MW National Research Universal (NRU) research reactor. During his tenure with AECL, Chris held various operations roles at the reactor including Engineering Manager, Technical Section Head and Senior Reactor Shift Engineer. Chris joined McMaster University as the Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities in June 2001. As the Director of Nuclear Operations, Chris is responsible for the safe and effective operation of University operated Nuclear Facilities. These facilities include a 5 MW research reactor with isotope production facilities, 3 particle accelerators, a cyclotron production and research facility, a state of the art high level laboratory facility, a large PIE (Post Irradiation Examination) Hot Cell facility and two intense irradiation facilities.

It is Wings Night at the Pub and with the purchase of a beverage, the Chapter will buy you a pound of Chicken Wings. Networking and socializing encouraged.
*Note: Please drink responsibly and arrange for a safe ride home

Guests of engineers are also welcomed.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Vender, P.Eng.,
Program Director
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