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2014-01-21 at 13:00

Big upgrade

MP Greg Rickford (Con., Kenora) announces $1.4 million in FedNor funding Tuesday morning.
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
MP Greg Rickford (Con., Kenora) announces $1.4 million in FedNor funding Tuesday morning.
By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute is getting a big upgrade.

Like any equipment, magnetic resonance instruments only have so many years before they're no longer state-of-the-art. Researchers at the institute need equipment to be cutting edge in order to stay competitive.

"It's like buying a new iPhone," vice-president of research Roxanne Deslauriers said.

Except that this $1.4 million purchase of a new and improved MRI, made thanks to FedNor, that will help the institute conduct experiments that will save lives, create 16 new jobs and and eventually take the fruits of that research to market.

"Science can power commerce, there are appropriate and responsible ways in which that can occur," MP Greg Rickford (Con., Kenora) said Tuesday morning in Thunder Bay after announcing the funding.
"It takes supporting science and research to get there."

The institute has been using an MRI since its inception. Deslauriers said that happens two ways. Using cancer as an example, she said first an MRI allows for a picture of a lump to be taken. Then researchers can use spectroscopy to analyze biochemistry and the actual makeup of the cells.

"It can actually tell you what type of metabolic defect is there," she said.

With the right hardware, technicians and relentless curiosity of researchers the institute can generate seemingly infinite data that can be studied. The federal funding lets that happen with the latest in technology, which Delauriers said usually only has a shelf life of about five years.

"The questions you can ask, the ability to be competitive just skyrockets," she said.

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pc says:
nice to see what the Feds are doing for north western Ontario.
Mew technology and a few more jobs.
all good news. Thanks Prime Minister Harper.
1/22/2014 2:15:02 PM
Johnny75 says:
This is a great idea, not to mention the added jobs.
1/22/2014 9:54:49 AM
CM Punk says:
How about also trying to get more beds for our hospital.
That I guess would mean some type of hospital expansion in the structural sense.
Still, that would be money well spent.
1/22/2014 9:31:37 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Did the $1.4 million include that extra "Thunder Bay Factor"?
1/22/2014 6:19:15 AM
outofgas says:
Great to hear of the periodic upgrade to medical mri equipment. But I miss how 16 new jobs will be created, for a replacement item. And what usually happens from a political announcement, usually there is no new money to operate it, so any new jobs will be paid from existing program money.
1/21/2014 10:42:03 PM
Eastender says:
How many MRI's could you buy for 106 million? How many people could be diagnosed sooner if we had more of these macines? I guess hockey and the fortunes of contractors, and bar and restaurant owners comes first.
1/21/2014 10:35:32 PM
razor_burn says:
Doesn't matter if you still have to wait over a year to get in for one.
1/21/2014 7:31:01 PM
pc says:
I don't know where you came up with the year wait. I get in within a month.
1/22/2014 4:55:22 AM
Joey88 says:
A year?? I can get within a month. Do you know how to book an MRI, or do you need help?
1/22/2014 1:52:14 PM
NewAgeOutlaw says:
That makes you seem pretty incompetent if you cant even book your own appointments, lol
1/22/2014 2:20:14 PM
pc says:
My husband saw the Dr. Monday afternoon and he goes for an MRI next Friday. So let's say 2 weeks. Far from a year wait.
1/24/2014 4:59:04 AM
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