National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

June 19, 2009 10:03 ET

NRC: Powerful MRI Technology Could Unlock Mysteries of Neurodegenerative Diseases Such as Alzheimer's

World-leading research laboratories to collaborate on MRI technology

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - Scientists at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Commissariat a l'energie atomique (CEA) are working together to develop innovative technologies that will use high-powered magnets through advanced medical imaging to unlock the mysteries of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

A delegation from NRC is in Paris, France, today to sign an international agreement with the CEA to collaborate on ultra high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

"The Government of Canada - through international partnerships such as this - is committed to building a competitive advantage for Canada based on excellence in science and technology," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "This important collaboration will provide much-needed information to help health experts diagnose diseases at an earlier stage, which is critical to improving patient outcomes and improving the lives of all Canadians."

MRIs provide detailed images of the human body without the radiation associated with X-ray-based diagnostic imaging. This collaborative research will improve the way high-powered magnets are used for medical imaging and possibly lead to earlier diagnosis of potentially life-threatening diseases.

"NRC's international research and development partnerships help strengthen the Canadian economy by creating knowledge and commercializing technology," said NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe. "Important collaborations such as this make it easier to develop innovative solutions for all Canadians in priority areas such as health and wellness, sustainable energy and the environment."

This is the second project under a NRC-CEA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed in Ottawa in July 2008. The MOU followed the recently ratified Canada-France Economic Agenda, which acknowledges the intention of the two countries to work together in areas related to science, technology and innovation.

The National Research Council of Canada is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology.

The Commissariat a l'energie atomique is recognized globally as a leader in science, technology research and development, and innovation in Europe.

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