Paul Scherrer Institute

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute which belongs to the Swiss ETH-Komplex covering also the ETH Zurich and EPFL. It was established in 1988 by merging in 1960 established EIR (Eidgenössisches Institut für Reaktorforschung = Federal Institute for Reactor Research) and in 1968 established SIN (Schweizerisches Institut für Nuklearphysik = Swiss Institute for Nuclear Physics). The PSI is a multi-disciplinary research centre for natural sciences and technology. In national and international collaboration with universities, other research institutes and industry, PSI is active in solid state physics, materials sciences, elementary particle physics, life sciences, nuclear and non-nuclear energy research, and energy-related ecology. It is the largest Swiss national research institute with about 1,400 (year 2011) members of staff, and is the only one of its kind in Switzerland. PSI is a User Laboratory and runs several particle accelerators. The 590MeV cyclotron, with its 72MeV companion pre-accelerator, is one of them. As of 2011, it delivers up to 2.2mA proton beam, which is the world record for such proton cyclotrons.

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Medical research

Preventing tumor metastasis

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute, together with colleagues from the pharmaceutical company F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, have taken an important step toward the development of an agent against the metastasis of certain ...

Oncology & Cancer

A promising new method for the diagnosis of breast cancer

According to a study that has just been published, a novel mammography procedure developed at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), in cooperation with the Certified Breast Centre of the Kantonsspital Baden and the industrial ...

Diabetes

Pancreas: New procedure detects tumours more efficiently

Swiss researchers have developed a method that is able to reliably localise certain tumours in the pancreas known as insulinomas. The new method was presented online in the renowned medical journal Lancet on 25 July. The ...