The goal of this work is to pursue the research activity in BNC and the installation of a therapy facility in the position
presently occupied by the thermal column. With these objectives the experimental studies in mice and cells are continuing
while improvements in the facilities are created or prepared. For this effect: (1) the installation of lead shield in the
vertical access of the thermal column, which resulted in an enhancement of the Φth toDγ ratio, was performed, (2) the adaptation of a beam tube to deliver a dominantly thermal or epithermal beam in two possible
beam openings is being done and (3) Monte Carlo calculations aiming at the optimization of the conditions for the therapy
installation are in progress.