Samuel Larreal | Asst. News Director
FIU received $2 million in federal funding to acquire a new medical imaging system allowing researchers to better study degenerative diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Obtained through the congressionally-approved Federal Community Project, the funding will allow the Robert Stempel College of Public Health to obtain Positron Emission Tomography and Cyclotron equipment.
“The technology that’s going to be available to us with the PET Cyclotron will help to detect and treat multiple diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s,” said Keneth Jessel, Interim President of FIU. “This technology allows for earlier detection than ever before. And obviously, the earlier it’s detected, the more likely it is to cure those diseases.”
The funding, secured by Florida House Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, will make FIU the only public university in Florida that has a PET Cyclotron imaging system.
“Investing in public education is so critical, particularly because in a public institution like FIU, we have far more opportunity to bring access to a world-class education to a diverse student population. Particularly because public education is far more affordable than private education,” said Wasserman-Schultz.