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The Institute of Nuclear drugs, based in 1961, celebrates with this Festschrift, its Golden Jubilee. it's been a impressive 50 years of development of the radionuclide tracer method. From preliminary, body structure dependent experimentation, a whole self sufficient clinical self-discipline advanced, and with it, a complete scientific carrier. prognosis and therapy with radiotracers have tested the root for Nuclear medication. Technological advances have permeated the sphere like none different, its multidisciplinary personality and its translational learn are embedded within the heritage of the Institute and its luck. contemporary and most modern advances within the box promise a destiny as vibrant as has been witnessed and documented within the final 50 years.
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Considerable controversy has nevertheless centred on it, largely in consequence of its commercial importance and the unjustified claims made by certain manufacturers. Ekins has played a significant part in resolving this controversy, and in identifying scientifically sound material from the claims and counter claims advanced by different manufacturers. 44 The development of ultra-sensitive, non-isotopic, immunoassay techniques has also assumed major importance in the past few years. Ekins’ work in this field commenced in the mid-1970s at which time considerable doubts existed regarding the possibility of developing assay techniques significantly superior in sensitivity to conventional RIA (8).
It is the first major step in the study of thyroid function, which avoids the administration of radioactive material to the patient. 2) Hamolsky labelled tri-iodothyronine red cell uptake test for thyroid function. This is already on a semi-routine basis and over 100 cases have been tested. 3) Determination of circulating Vitamin B12 in plasma. This test, recently developed in the Institute, is of extremely high sensitivity and may prove to be of great clinical importance. If staff are available it is hoped to offer it as a routine test on a limited basis in the fairly near future.
Williams became Acting Director. He was, on Professor Roberts’ return, asked to accept ultimate responsibility as Director. From the outset the Institute had a staff of varied interests and the research projects being tackled were wide. Some staff was seconded from the Physics Department and some from radiotherapy while others were supported by grants from the Medical Research Council and some from the British Empire Cancer Campaign (now the Cancer Research Campaign – CRC). The policy at the time of the establishment of the Institute is best set out by reproducing an extract of a document from the time.