NOVOSIBIRSK, February 13. /then 24/. Specialists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) of SB RAS plan to start the pre-assembly of part of the accelerator complex for cancer treatment using the promising method of boron neutron capture therapy in April 2022 at the Novosibirsk Institute. In the future, the facility, whose researchers plan to complete the manufacture by the end of the year, will be transferred to the NN Blokhin State Research Center in Moscow for testing, Petr Bagryansky, deputy director of the Institute of Scientific Works, Then24 said.
In August, during a visit to the INP SB RAS, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko instructed the head of the Ministry of Education and Science Valery Falkov to develop a scientific and technical project complete for the creation and launch of the first facility in Russia operating on a promising method of cancer treatment – boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). This method is aimed at the selective destruction of malignant tumor cells, in which a boron isotope is accumulated and then irradiated with a flux of neutrons. Experiments show the effectiveness of this method of treating brain tumors and other types of cancer that are difficult to treat with traditional methods.
“We started this work in the middle of last year. It consists of two parts: the installation itself – a neutron generator for boron neutron capture therapy and the preparation of the premises of the National Research Center NN Blokhin for the placement of the accelerator complex. The premises are not yet prepared, only the technical design is in progress. During these six months, we have completed about a third of the accelerator complex.
Now, INP SB RAS specialists are working on the design and manufacture of the remaining parts of the accelerator. Bagryansky explained that the transport to Moscow and the launch of the complex are planned for 2023. In addition, a medical clearance procedure for the facility is planned for 2023, which could take several months.
Following a working trip to the Novosibirsk region in February 2021, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Development economical to develop proposals for funding the renovation of the experimental and experimental production base of the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics (INF) of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, including for research in the field of the BNCT.