Neurosurgery Research Activities
The SickKids Research Institute houses the Hydrocephalus Research Laboratory and the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre.
Dr. James Drake supervises the hydrocephalus research projects, including the pathophysiology of hydrocephalus with such techniques as autoradiography, MR spectroscopy, immunohistochemistry and computer modelling. Positions for graduate students or research fellows are available.
Dr. James Rutka is the Co-Director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, which has been successfully funded since 1990. He was joined by Dr. Peter Dirks in 1998. Molecular biologic techniques are used to determine the causes of childhood brain tumours from which several novel treatments for malignant brain tumours are being developed.
The computerized database has been in existence since the 1960s and it covers a variety of diagnoses and surgical procedures. It provides information and statistical data to assist with the preparation and publishing of reviews on paediatric neurosurgical topics. The database is being updated on a continuing basis.
During the past two decades, extensive clinical research which examined the outcomes in children treated for brain and spinal cord tumours, trauma, spinal dysraphism and other developmental disorders has been and continues to be carried out. The information has been delivered to various scientific forums as well as appearing in the traditional neurosurgical literature.
The weekly pro forma educational sessions include Combined Neurology and Neurosurgery Conference, Neurosurgical Morbidity and Mortality Rounds and Case Conference, Epilepsy Rounds and Neuro-oncology Rounds. In addition, there is a structured weekly resident's seminar which is topic oriented.