By studying soft and biological materials with sophisticated tools like neutron beams, graduate students in biophysics are able to develop advanced analytical skills that can be transferred to a wide range of professional careers in all areas of Canada’s economy.
Memorial University physicists are using neutron beams to shed light on the molecular behaviours that are fundamental to the inner workings of living cells.
Continue reading Neutron beams provide insights into bio-molecular diffusion
A University of Manitoba physicist is part of an international research team developing a cancer treatment method that uses magnetic nanoparticles to kill tumours with heat. Continue reading Neutrons Aid the Development of Cancer-Killing Nanoparticles
University of Saskatchewan scientists use neutron beams to observe plant roots in soil to aid breeding of drought-resistant crops.
Continue reading Science to solve world hunger: Neutron research with plants
An international research team led by a Brock University scientist used neutron beams to resolve a scientific controversy over how cholesterol behaves when surrounded by unsaturated fatty acids such as “omega-3’s” and “omega-6’s” within cell membranes. Continue reading Understanding Cholesterol as an Essential Nutrient
Neutron beams reveal the molecular mechanisms behind a new technology that could reduce the risk of complications and death from heart bypass surgery and dialysis. The same technology might soon help more women survive ovarian cancer. Continue reading Increasing Bio-Compatibility of Medical Devices
Using neutron beams at the CNBC, scientists gather direct molecular-level evidence for the role that Vitamin E plays in the human body—a feat that has been unattainable using other experimental techniques.
Continue reading Clarifying the Role of Vitamin E
Fundamental research that uses neutron beams to investigate how our bodies work may lead to better health outcomes in the future by shedding light on our understanding of cholesterol and Aspirin.
Continue reading Aspirin Disrupts Cholesterol Rafts in Lipid Membranes
Researchers from McMaster University accessed the CNBC to make ground-breaking observations of order in cell membranes.
Continue reading Direct Experimental Evidence of Rafts in a Fluid Lipid Membrane
Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a leading cause of death in babies up to one month old in the developed world because it makes breathing difficult. Researchers from Brock University use neutron beams to study biomolecules in the hope that it will lead to more effective treatments for RDS and other diseases, and to a molecular-level understanding of what vitamin E does in our bodies.
Continue reading Studying Bio-Molecules in Cellular Membranes