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Northern Ontario School of Medicine conducting research on radiation and the environment

The world's largest operating nuclear generating facility is investing $5 Million in health research at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Glenn Thibeault, minister of Energy and MPP for Sudbury, Frank Saunders, Bruce Power’s vice president, regulatory affairs, and Dr. Doug Boreham, Bruce Power chair in radiation and health at NOSM and manager of integration at Bruce Power. The group announced Bruce Power’s $5 million donation to NOSM on Nov. 10. (CNW Group/Bruce Power)

The world's largest operating nuclear generating facility is investing $5 million in health research at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Bruce Power specifically wants to continue studies into radiation and the environment.

The $1 million in annual funding for five years will be used to continue research that began over the last few years.

"Our research looks at what happens to the body when we're exposed to low doses of radiation," said Dr. Doug Boreham, Bruce Power chair in radiation and health at NOSM and manager of integration at Bruce Power.

NOSM researchers are expected to look at:

  • The impact of low-dose radiation on health.
  • The environmental impacts of radiation and how they impact health.
  • The effects of radiation and diagnostic imaging on fetal programming.
  • The effect of radiation on specific species of fish.
  • The impact of radiation on Indigenous communities.

"We have found that, contrary to popular belief, low-dose radiation has a net positive effect on an organism's health, leading to less cancer and longer life expectancy," Boreham continued.

"Essentially, low doses of radiation stimulate repair systems and make organisms healthier, stimulating a similar effect on the body as exercise."

Bruce Power's contributions to NOSM will consist of:

  • A $5 million investment over the next five years to support the NOSM/Bruce Power Research Centre for Health, Environment, and Radiation.
  • The renewal of the Bruce Power Chair in Radiation and Health at NOSM, which was established in 2013.
  • A free, clean energy electric car charging station that is open and available to the public, as well as an electric car for conducting research.

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