Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

June 10, 2010 13:03 ET

New Book on Canada's Isotope Crisis Points Way Forward

History of Medical Isotope Predicament Unravelled

Attention: Environment Editor, Energy Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2010) - What can Canada do to restore its stature as the world's largest supplier of medical isotopes and to help ensure that people around the globe can obtain the diagnostic tests and treatments they require? How did Canada get mired in bureaucratic squabbles and missed opportunities? Canada's Isotope Crisis: What Next? brings together some of the most accomplished minds in nuclear physics and nuclear medicine to address these questions. The work is the first in a series of books on compelling engineering and policy issues launched by the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) and published by the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

For 50 years Canada has been the world's main source of medical isotopes, which are used to detect and treat diseases such as neurological conditions and many kinds of cancer. It has been estimated that some 5,000 procedures using medical isotopes are performed in Canada every day, and another 45,000 around the world.

"We undertook the book series to help engineers communicate their vast experience and ideas to policy-makers," notes Jana Levison, OCEPP's acting executive director. "Engineers don't typically write for non-technical audiences. This book presents well-researched analyses of the medial isotope problem and recommendations for its resolution, which can contribute immensely to the public policy debate on this issue."

Among the book's contributors are Frederick Boyd and Albert Driedger, pioneers in Canada's nuclear industry, as well as Christopher Whipple, who chaired the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Medical Isotope Production Without Highly Enriched Uranium. The book is edited by Jatin Nathwani, executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Donald Wallace, a Toronto consultant.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is the only institute of its kind in Canada and it is committed to engaging Ontario's 79,000 engineers and engineering interns in public policy and to helping safeguard the public interest. The centre focuses on specific areas of research including smart infrastructure, tomorrow's energy solutions, healthy communities, and a new generation of engineering talent. OCEPP publishes The Journal of Policy Engagement six times a year. As well, the centre actively reaches out to members of the engineering profession, the academic community, policy-makers, opinion leaders and others interested in advancing the public interest. OCEPP was founded in June 2008.
/For further information: Jana Levison, Acting Executive Director, 416-224-1100, ext. 1203, jlevison@ocepp.ca; or Catherine Shearer-Kudel, Business Manager, 416-224-1100, ext. 1204, cshearerkudel@ocepp.ca./ IN: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY

Contact Information

  • Jana Levison, Acting Executive Director, Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
    Primary Phone: 416-224-1100 ext. 1203
    E-mail: jlevison@ocepp.ca