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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Seeing is believing: medical isotopes improve the view on cancer


John Valliant, McMaster University
CEO, Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization

The way we diagnose and treat diseases like cancer is changing. Where once we settled for comparatively simple X-ray images, today medical isotopes and molecular imaging probes give us far more comprehensive views of the human body’s inner workings. These new technologies enable us to detect cancer earlier, identify effective treatment options and to provide ongoing monitoring of patients. Such success is driving a global effort to develop, evaluate and commercialize even more technologies using radioisotopes to improve patient care. Dr. John Valliant, an internationally recognized expert in medical isotopes and imaging, will explain what medical isotopes are, how they are used and Canada’s position as a global scientific and commercialization leader in this exciting field.

Dr. John Valliant is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University and the CEO of the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC), a centre of excellence for commercialization and research (CECR) dedicated to helping academics and industry develop new radioisotope-based products. The CPDC also plays an important role, manufacturing and delivering a reliable, daily supply of imaging probes to hospitals.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Sponsored by:
--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday February 27, 2014, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday February 24, 2014