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Fedoruk Centre Announces $2 Million Funding for Nuclear Research in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASK – Developing new ways to use medical isotopes for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and other diseases in humans and animals, designing more robust materials for nuclear power plants and the long-term storage of nuclear waste, measuring greenhouse gas emissions in the uranium industry, and understanding how people communicate and receive scientific information are just some of the topics that will share over $2 million in funding from the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

“The Fedoruk Centre is very impressed with the quality of the research that was proposed and the projects’ potential for positive impacts,” says John Root, the Fedoruk Centre’s Interim Executive Director. “These projects will lead to new opportunities for Saskatchewan people in nuclear innovation and training, while doing research that could improve the health and well-being of people and the environment.”

“On behalf of the Fedoruk Centre, I would like to thank everyone in the Saskatchewan research community, who submitted proposals along with their partners,” he says.

Eleven projects, led by researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, were selected from proposals received by the Fedoruk Centre during a call for proposals last February. Several companies and research institutions from across Canada’s nuclear sector are partners on the projects.

The Royal University Hospital Foundation and the Saskatoon Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad are also partners in a project each.

Uranium mining companies AREVA and Cameco are working with a team from the U of S College of Engineering and Golder Associates Ltd. to analyze the greenhouse gas emissions of producing and milling uranium in Saskatchewan and compare it to levels reported from other jurisdictions.

“A leading provider of low-carbon energy solutions, AREVA is continuously working to improve its operations. This research will reveal how much the industry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy at Saskatchewan’s uranium mine sites. AREVA is pleased to contribute to the body of knowledge demonstrating the low-carbon footprint of nuclear energy from uranium mining to power production,” said Dale Huffman, Vice President Safety, Health, Environment and Quality.

Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. is a partner in four of the research projects: one in nuclear medicine investigating ways to better target cancer chemotherapy, a nuclear energy and safety systems project looking at materials to be used in next generation reactors and two environmental projects – understanding how to better communicate scientific evidence and modeling groundwater in the vicinity of radioactive storage sites.

The research projects support development in the Fedoruk Centre’s four impact areas: nuclear medicine, nuclear techniques for materials research, nuclear energy and safety, and the physical environmental and social aspects of nuclear development. Descriptions of all 11 projects are available on the Fedoruk Centre website.

To be eligible for funding, projects had to be led by a researcher from a Saskatchewan-based, publicly-funded research institution, have a fixed term of up to two years and measurable outcomes that support the advancement of nuclear research, development and training in Saskatchewan. Projects were ranked by an advisory committee of experts from outside of the province, according to four criteria:  (1) alignment with the purpose of the Fedoruk Centre; (2) partner contributions; (3) feasibility; and (4) pathway to social and economic impact.  Leaders of each research team will be expected to publicly report on the progress and impacts of their work during the Fedoruk Centre’s annual nuclearFACTS conference.

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Established in December 2011, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation aims to place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry for maximum societal and economic benefit. Working with Saskatchewan-based research leaders, our investments are intended to enable the acquisition, generation and interpretation of knowledge in the nuclear domain in the areas of nuclear medicine, materials research with nuclear methods, energy and safety engineering including small reactors, and managing the risks and benefits of nuclear technology for society and our environment. The Fedoruk Centre is funded by Innovation Saskatchewan as an independent, not-for-profit subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan. www.fedorukcentre.ca.

For editors and producers:

Project descriptions are here. Reporters interested in interviewing spokespeople for the research projects can contact the Fedoruk Centre for assistance with setting up arrangements.

Contact:

Matthew Dalzell
Communications Officer
Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation
Phone: (306) 966-3379 Cell: (306) 280-6245
matthew.dalzell@usask.ca