Molecular imaging centre gets
the green light
Ont. – The Molecular Medicine Research Centre (MMRC), a unique
cross-Ontario collaboration involving Sunnybrook Research Institute,
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Lakehead University and
Philips Medical Systems has received a $14.7 million investment from the
Government of Canada. (Pictured: Dr. Fred Gilbert, Dr. Michael Julius,
Minister Tony Clement, MP Joe Comuzzi, Ron Nelson, John Cieslowski, Dr.
Terry Sullivan, Michael Power.)
This investment matches provincial support for MMRC and complements more
than $10 million of municipal support.
“Canada will achieve global competitiveness through multi-sector
partnerships like the MMRC, where support of excellence in discovery
research can align with and capitalize on industry investment. This is a
transformative initiative, and we’re proud to be part of it,” said Dr.
Michael Julius, Vice President, Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences
“This investment completes a partnership of world-class organizations
pursuing molecular medicine and imaging strategies and will translate
directly to patient care,” said Ron Saddington, President and CEO,
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
The MMRC will conduct research merging biology, physics and engineering
towards the development of new molecular imaging technology and imaging
guided diagnostics and treatment for cancer. Discovery and translational
research conducted at MMRC will establish new standards for best
clinical care and ultimately improve national cancer prevention and
“The MMRC is an incredible asset for Northwestern Ontario and for the
entire country. The federal investment announced today, together with
the contributions of other partners will enable new discoveries which
improve the diagnosis and treatment of all cancer patients,” said Dr.
Terry Sullivan, President & CEO, Cancer Care Ontario.
The MMRC has appointed Dr. John Rowlands as Founding Scientific
Dr. Rowlands is a senior scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute and
head of medical physics research, Odette Cancer Centre. He brings his
expertise to this research collaborative and will oversee infrastructure
and resource sharing, leading up to the MMRC’s opening scheduled for
His areas of focus include developing new detectors for improved
diagnosis using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and High-Intensity
Ultrasound (HIFU) guided by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to harness
heat to destroy cancers deep in the body without surgery.
About Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Odette Cancer Centre
(formerly Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre)
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is transforming healthcare through the
dedication of its more than 10,000 staff members who provide
compassionate and innovative patient focused care. Odette Cancer Centre
provides care to over 10,000 new patients every year, offers a full
range of inpatient and outpatient treatment and supportive care
programs, is a Cancer Care Ontario partner and is fully affiliated with
the University of Toronto. As the sixth largest comprehensive cancer
centre in North America, the Centre is ranked among a select group who
engage in intense research and community outreach, and who provide the
full spectrum of patient care.