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Medical Mission Statement

The Medical Department's mission is to take advantage of the unique facilities and expertise at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for their potential application in medical research. In that process it uses nuclear technology and radiopharmaceuticals to develop new treatments, new diagnostic tools, and to study human physiology and the mechanisms of disease in the areas of oncology and neuroscience.

The major, long term research goals of the Department include:

Radiation Treatment

Investigate new forms of radiation treatment.


(A) Characterize the molecular changes underlying drug addiction and alcoholism and their relationship to function and treatment, and assess the neurobiological characteristics associated with predisposition for drug addiction. 
(B) Investigate molecular changes underlying normal aging and their relationship to vulnerability to neurodegenerative disease and treatment. 
(C) Investigate the actions of therapeutic drugs in the human body to optimize their beneficial effects, minimize toxicity and expedite their introduction into the practice of health care.


(A) Supply isotopes for medical diagnosis in the USA. 
(B) Development and evaluate radiopharmaceuticals for cancer diagnosis and treatment.


(A) Use the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) to develop new radiation treatments based on the delivery of very narrow beams of high doses of irradiation for the treatment of malignant brain tumors. These narrow beams allow delivery of significantly higher doses of radiation to the brain without the problems of irradiation necrosis encountered with conventional treatments. 
(B) Use NSLS for computed tomography (CT) scanning, mammography and bronchography. The high flux enables delivery of monochromatic rays that provide considerable improvement on the contrast gradient for structures with different densities than those obtained with conventional X-ray machines.


(A) Investigate the cellular mechanisms involved with radiation induced cell damage. 
(B) Investigate the effects of heavy particle radiation that mimics radiation effects of space on cells and whole organisms.

The success of our research program is dependent upon the propitious use of the unique facilities and resources at BNL. Although much of the work is clinical, with direct application to human health problems, the Department also maintains basic research capabilities that provide an infrastructure for the clinical studies. To this end, collaborations with other BNL departments, particularly Biology, Chemistry, NSLS and the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS), as well as with non-BNL institutions, are critical. The research is dependent on the collaboration from various clinical institutions including the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Columbia University, New York University, and Beth Israel Medical Center.

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Last Modified: October 20, 2011
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