Nuclear energy giant Bruce Power is pairing up with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) to initiate research associated with the environmental and human impacts of the nuclear power industry.
The med school has appointed Dr. Douglas Boreham as division head of medical sciences and the Bruce Power chair in radiation and health. Boreham, who serves as manager of the integration department at Bruce Power, will be responsible for helping to recruit physicians to the Grey-Bruce area and support medical education for local and Aboriginal students.
“Bruce Power and NOSM are committed to meeting the health needs of the people of Northern Ontario while also conducting research in areas important to Bruce Power, its regulators and stakeholders,” Boreham said in a news release.
The chair will provide scientific oversight and direction for research associated with environmental and human impacts of the nuclear power industry. This partnership will foster better educational outreach in radiation and health and build a strong university network of expertise to support the future scientific and health needs of Bruce Power, NOSM and Ontario.
Originally from Elliot Lake, Boreham was previously a professor in the department of radiation and applied radiation sciences at McMaster University.
His research interests lie in the effects of low dose radiation on humans and the environment and he has published more than 70 scientific research manuscripts, won four major teaching awards and lectured about radiation around the world. Dr. Boreham was the 2012 Canadian representative for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.