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April 30, 2012

Borschel and Tabori honoured with Ontario Early Researcher Awards

The Government of Ontario announced the winners of Round VIII of the Ontario Early Researcher Awards (ERA), Monday, April 30 2012. SickKids is home to two of the awardees this year. Drs. Gregory Borschel and Uri Tabori of SickKids were among the 28 winners in the GTA recognized by the Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation at an event at the University of Toronto.  

Dr. Gregory Borschel
, Associate Scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine and Plastic Surgeon at SickKids and Assistant Professor, Departments of Surgery and Biomaterials, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, received the ERA funding in support of his project, Enhancing recovery following nerve injury. Nerve injuries are common but current treatments can leave patients with pain, paralysis and numbness. Borschel is investigating whether nerve regeneration can be improved using growth factors and electrical stimulation. If successful, these technologies could be applied in operating rooms worldwide.

Dr. Uri Tabori, Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology and Staff Oncologist at SickKids and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto is focused on improving treatment for childhood brain tumours. Through his research project, Prevention of tumor recurrence by targeting telomere dependent self-renewal capacity of neural tumor initiating cells, he is exploring a new way to treat brain tumours by exhausting the self-renewal of cancer stem cells. The approach could transform the lives of children with brain tumours – and could have applications for treating adult brain cancer as well.

“Drs. Borschel and Tabori are precisely the types of individuals who have the skills, ingenuity, knowledge and expertise to help Ontario innovate and move toward a knowledge-based economy,” commented Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at SickKids. “I congratulate them both on their early success and look forward to seeing their growth in the future.”

The ERA program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.