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Japan, the UK, Canada, the US and France have agreed to co-operate to reduce dependence on Russia as a supplier of nuclear materials and technology. Their statement was issued at the Nuclear Energy Forum being held in Japan’s Sapporo alongside the meeting of Group of Seven (G7) ministers on climate, energy and environment. It was published on the UK government website.

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfive-g7-nations-aim-to-cut-dependence-on-russian-nuclear-technology-10770200

Russia’s Mashinostroitelny Zavod in Elektrostal (MSZ, part of Rosatom Fuel Company TVEL) has manufactured and delivered new second-generation nuclear fuel for the PIK research reactor. The PIK high-flux research reactor at the BP Konstantinov Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics (PNPI) in Gatchina (part of the Kurchatov Institute) is the world's largest neutron source.

Date: Saturday, 15 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-fuel-produced-for-russias-pik-high-flux-research-reactor-10759761

Advances in emerging field of ‘theranostics’ are a game-changer Millions of patients around the globe rely on the regular and timely production of diagnostic and therapeutic isotopes produced in research reactors and accelerator facilities. Image courtesy IAEA. Advances in medical isotope diagnostics and therapy are holding promise for cancer patients, despite challenges facing the nuclear medical field in recent years related to radionuclide production and supply, rising costs, and stricter regulation.

Medical isotopes are radioactive substances used in various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to treat various types of cancers and other conditions. They are essential for modern medicine, allowing physicians to visualise and target specific organs, tissues and cells in a patient’s body.

Over more than a decade, personalised medicine using nuclear techniques has been gaining pace, allowing doctors to tailor therapies and treatments to the specific needs and physiology of a patient, and to avoid harm to healthy organs or tissues.

According to Sven Van den Berghe, chief executive of Belgium-based isotope producer PanTera, one technique that has seen significant advances is known as theranostics – the term used to describe the combination of using one radioactive drug to diagnose and a second to deliver therapy to treat the main tumour and any metastatic tumours.

Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sector-aims-to-tackle-isotope-supply-problems-as-excitement-grows-over-targeted-therapies-4-4-2023

Hungary will veto any EU sanctions imposed on Russian nuclear energy organisations and enterprises, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the morning programme one Kossuth radio.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-will-veto-any-eu-sanctions-against-russias-nuclear-sector-10558203

Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium has doubled since Iran began its nuclear development programme, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has told a recent meeting of Iranian lawmakers. Eslami praised parliament for passing the “Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interests” in December 2020, saying the law had contributed to the development of Iran’s nuclear industry.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-welcomes-increase-in-uranium-enrichment-capacity-10451635

After leading the 14-member Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzia (ISAMZ), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi summarised the situation at the NPP sayng that the physical integrity of the plant had been violated.

Date: Tuesday, 06 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszaporizhizhia-physical-integrity-violated-9977999

The PIK research reactor and all its elements have been upgraded, Rosatom has announced. The new "mega science facility" is one of only four high-flux research reactors in the world.

Date: Tuesday, 08 February 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russian-PIK-research-reactor-upgraded

Russia’s DV Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA) has sent a cyclotron to Thailand manufactured for the Institute for Nuclear Research (NRI) in the Thai province of Nakhon Naiok. The equipment, dispatched between 15 and 17 July, for the isochronous cyclotron SS-30/15, comprised nine containers with a total cargo weight of 120 tons. Rusatom Helskea JSC and Kinetics Corporation Ltd are building a cyclotron-radiochemical complex in Thailand commissioned by NRI. The cyclotron SS-30/15 with proton energies up to 30 MeV is a key part of the complex intended for the development of nuclear medicine and scientific research. The shipment was made after the successful completion of the acceptance tests and confirmation of all required characteristics.

Date: Thursday, 23 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-sends-cyclotron-to-thailand-8039584