Radiological Research Accelerator Facility

Radiological Research Accelerator Facility RARAF is funded by grant number P41 EB002033 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

Operating as usual

06/05/2020

....and we're back!! Well, partially.

RARAF has been given the go ahead to start a phased reopening. We have just finished our first irradiation since March 12th! We look forward to an active summer as we try and catch up with all the postponed work.

Congratulations to our own Manuela Buonanno who is being spotlighted as the Early Career Investigator (ECI) of the Month...
03/02/2020

Congratulations to our own Manuela Buonanno who is being spotlighted as the Early Career Investigator (ECI) of the Month by the Radiation Research Society.

https://www.radres.org/page/ECI

Accelerator maintenance doesn't care that tomorrow is a holiday. It has to be done when it has to be done! Planning on c...
11/27/2019

Accelerator maintenance doesn't care that tomorrow is a holiday. It has to be done when it has to be done! Planning on closing still today so we can take Thanksgiving off as it pumps down for the gas transfer.

Wild early day out here at RARAF.  Already wore out a fawn.
06/03/2019

Wild early day out here at RARAF. Already wore out a fawn.

This morning a baby faun was lying in the grass just outside the Nevis research building. It was barely a foot across. We left it alone so that its mama could find it. #NatureAtNevis

Dr. Brenner and our UVC team made the Wall Street Journal.  Get your flu shots folks. Our systems aren't commercialized ...
11/20/2018
New Ideas to Fight the Flu

Dr. Brenner and our UVC team made the Wall Street Journal.

Get your flu shots folks. Our systems aren't commercialized and out there yet.

How about a shot of ultraviolet light instead of a flu shot? With seasonal vaccines often proving ineffective, researchers work on germ-killing lamps and a ‘universal vaccine’ to keep the virus at bay.

Dr. Hei presenting at our Radiation Oncology Research Retreat. This brings together our clinicians, residents, and resea...
11/16/2018

Dr. Hei presenting at our Radiation Oncology Research Retreat.

This brings together our clinicians, residents, and researchers to talk about our ongoing research in the department. We've had at least one cross pollination grant application come out of this annual event.

Keeps the lab work focused on the clinical needs and the clinic aware of the lab support of future ideas for therapy.

Outside our back door.  Love our Nevis Campus location!
06/20/2018

Outside our back door. Love our Nevis Campus location!

A small faun decided to take a rest outside the Nevis Cyclotron building. #NatureAtNevis

Columbia University Medical Center - Center for Radiological Research
06/07/2018
Columbia University Medical Center - Center for Radiological Research

Columbia University Medical Center - Center for Radiological Research

Online Game Application Wins IAEA Student Competition

Sometimes "video games" are not just wasting your life away!

The App “100 Things about Nuclear Science and Life” develop by a Malaysian team won the IAEA international student competition. The goal of this competition is to challenge students to develop innovative approaches to spread the knowledge about nuclear science and technology among the public.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/online-game-application-wins-iaea-student-competition

02/13/2018
How ultraviolet light could be used to fight the flu

Dr. Brenner was on CBS Evening News talking about our far UVC project.

A doctor and his team are testing a device that uses UV light to kill the influenza virus in the air without damaging human tissue

Dr. Brenner presenting at our annual Radiation Oncology Research Symposium. Cross pollinating through the laboratory/cli...
10/06/2017

Dr. Brenner presenting at our annual Radiation Oncology Research Symposium.

Cross pollinating through the laboratory/clinic barrier encouraging new translational research pathways by introducing current research going on to both groups.

Putting the postdocs to work on the accelerator maintenance. Sometimes progress requires a little disassembly.
07/17/2017

Putting the postdocs to work on the accelerator maintenance. Sometimes progress requires a little disassembly.

RARAF turns 50 tomorrow! Happy Birthday to us! Not quite a microbeam on that cake, but here we go.
03/31/2017

RARAF turns 50 tomorrow! Happy Birthday to us! Not quite a microbeam on that cake, but here we go.

Dr. Brenner was interviewed for PBS news hour on the tracking of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb survivor cohorts for ca...
05/27/2016
Scientists still tracking health effects of U.S. nuking of Japan

Dr. Brenner was interviewed for PBS news hour on the tracking of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb survivor cohorts for cancers induced from the radiation of the bombings.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health-effects-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-atomic-bombings-still-carefully-tracked/#.V0ca_qxXRJ4.email

More than 70 years have passed since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the long-term health effects of nuclear radiation are still not fully known. But American and Japanese scientists have been studying survivors since the end of the war, and are uncovering valuable information about how…

Steve Marino presenting "50 years of RARAF" at the CRR Centennial Celebration today.  We are entering our 50th year of o...
04/29/2016

Steve Marino presenting "50 years of RARAF" at the CRR Centennial Celebration today. We are entering our 50th year of operations as RARAF and will be celebrating throughout the year.

04/29/2016

Congratulations go out to our Manuela Buonanno on being awarded the Jack Fowler Award for an outstanding early career investigator from the Radiation Research Society and the University of Wisconsin.

Hi All!  Reminder that we are still taking applications for the Microbeam Training Course through next Monday, Feb. 29th...
02/24/2016

Hi All! Reminder that we are still taking applications for the Microbeam Training Course through next Monday, Feb. 29th at 5 pm EST.

We are extending the application deadline for the 5th RARAF Microbeam Training Course to February 29, 2016.

We are extending the application deadline for the 5th RARAF Microbeam Training Course to February 29, 2016.
02/08/2016

We are extending the application deadline for the 5th RARAF Microbeam Training Course to February 29, 2016.

Somedays you just need to grab a selfie with your particle accelerator...Don't forget that we are holding the RARAF Micr...
01/12/2016

Somedays you just need to grab a selfie with your particle accelerator...

Don't forget that we are holding the RARAF Microbeam Training Course again this year. http://www.raraf.org/microbeamtrainingMain.html
Applications are due on Feb. 8, 2016.

The RARAF Microbeam Training Course is back for 2016!http://www.raraf.org/microbeamtrainingMain.html
12/22/2015
Microbeam Training Course

The RARAF Microbeam Training Course is back for 2016!
http://www.raraf.org/microbeamtrainingMain.html

The RARAF microbeam training course at Columbia University's Nevis Laboratory in Irvington, New York is designed to provide a “pipeline” of researchers interested in the use and development of microbeam facilities for research in biology, radiation biology, and radiation physics.

We have our 7T Cryogen-free Magnet System from Cryomagnetics up and running. We have a little return field coming back t...
11/13/2015

We have our 7T Cryogen-free Magnet System from Cryomagnetics up and running. We have a little return field coming back through the table holding the wrench up. Gotta keep the credit cards and phones away, but this will definitely focus our particle beams.

09/20/2015

Several of us are in Fort Lauderdale for the Radiation Research Society meeting. Grab us and say Hi! Always wanting to talk with our friends!

Our own Dr, Manuela Buonanno et.al. are featured on the cover of the August issue of Radiation Research!http://crr.colum...
08/17/2015
Dr. Manuela Buonanno et al. were featured on the cover of Radiation Research's August 2015...

Our own Dr, Manuela Buonanno et.al. are featured on the cover of the August issue of Radiation Research!
http://crr.columbia.edu/news/dr-manuela-buonanno-et-al-were-featured-cover-radiation-researchs-august-2015-publication

Dr. Manuela Buonanno et al. were featured on the cover of Radiation Research's August 2015 publication for their paper "A Mouse Ear Model for Bystander Studies Induced by Microbeam Irradiation.

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