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  • SCK CEN - Ondertekening PPP met IRE - Prostaatkanker - Lutetium-177 (2020)
    13 February '20

    IRE and SCK CEN Partnership on lutetium-177 production: a ray of hope for prostate cancer treatment

    IRE (Institut National des Radioéléments) and SCK CEN are joining forces to benefit medicine. Both organisations specialised in the research, development and production of medical radioisotopes, signed a public-public partnership whose initial aim is to produce lutetium-177 (Lu-177). This medical radioisotope gives a ray of hope to treat prostate cancer, which causes around 90,000 deaths per year in Europe.

  • RISE - raderdiertjes naar ruimte (2019)
    12 November '19

    The University of Namur and SCK CEN are sending Rotifers In SpacE (RISE Project): a world premiere

    This autumn, the University of Namur (UNamur) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) are sending a unique experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). A spatial enterprise strictly led by Belgian labs! As part of this research, hardware has been developed to keep rotifers alive autonomously, i.e. without any intervention from an astronaut. These rotifers have an extraordinary radioresistance.

  • Biorock SCK CEN (2019)
    06 August '19

    Moon farming: SCK CEN sends experiment into space

    On July 24, 50 years after the first moon landing, the SPACEX-18 rocket left the Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for the International Space Station (ISS). Within the rocket are basaltic rock and some bacteria. “With this experiment in flight, we will examine whether ‘local’ rocks (e.g. moon rocks) can be used to make biological life in space possible”, explains microbiologist Natalie Leys (SCK CEN). Will this experiment be our gateway to the ambitious moon village?