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December 6, 2004 

Press Kit: NIU launches Institute for Neutron Therapy at Fermilab

Potential Research Pursuits

  • Radio-biological cell survival
  • Optimum radiation dosages
  • Minimization of neutron radiation damage
  • Human genomics, cancer biology and radiation effects
  • Boron and/or gadolinium neutron capture therapy
  • Use of neutron therapy in combination with other forms of treatment, such as chemotherapy or conventional radiation
  • Development of prototype accelerators for medical use
  • Development of equipment for patient immobilization
  • Clinical research on the effectiveness of neutron therapy on easier-to-treat tumors

NIU Clinical Support Services

  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Counseling
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Nutritionists
  • Nursing Care

About NIU Research and Outreach

NIU holds the highest possible ranking (Doctoral/Research Universities Extensive) in the well-known Carnegie listing of research universities. The university also is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and is a full member of University Research Association Inc., a non-profit consortium of leading research universities which operates Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

NIU is a frequent partner in research with Fermilab. The university in 2001 established the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD), dedicated to the development of a new generation of particle accelerators and detectors at Fermilab.

NIU also is experienced in operating health-related clinics, including the Tri-County Community Health Center, the NIU Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, and several other clinical programs which together serve thousands of northern Illinois patients and families each year.