Spotlight on Neurosurgery
PARKINSON'S DISEASE MAY BE A KEY TO SOLVING THE GLIOBLASTOMA PUZZLE
As the most common and aggressive cancerous brain tumour in adults, a glioblastoma diagnosis remains a death sentence due to its resistance to all currently-available treatments.
Research in this area has been slow and steady to date. Now, with promising new findings, a Canadian team of scientists is ushering brain cancer research into a new realm: the field of neurodegenerative medicine and neurochemical signalling.
“This research opens a door – it sets a new proof of principle in thinking about cancer in the brain and how it’s growing,” says the study’s principal investigator, Dr. Peter Dirks.
Dr. Taylor received this award at this year’s Gallie Day and Gordon Murray Lectureship Dinner on May 13, 2016. The Prize is given for demonstrated exceptional productivity at an international level.
"It is my pleasure to announce that Doug Cochrane has joined the staff within the Division of Neurosurgery.
Doug is the former Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at B.C. Children’s hospital and will join our division for 15 months beginning March 1, 2016 as a clinical Neurosurgeon with a focus on patient safety and quality. Aside from being an outstanding clinician, surgeon, teacher and mentor, Doug has served in many important roles including Chief of Surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital, and more recently as Vice-President of Medical Affairs and Quality at the Children’s & Women’s Health Center of British Columbia. At a provincial level he has served as Patient Safety and Quality Officer for British Columbia, Ministry of Health Services, and chair of the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council, Province of British Columbia. It is our expectation that Doug will enhance our quality and safety program within the Division of Neurosurgery and beyond, during his tenure with us."
Head, Division of Neurosurgery - Dr. James Drake
Dr. Peter Dirks was announced as the leader of a four year, $11.7 million Stand Up To Cancer grant provided by Stand Up To Cancer Canada, Genome Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. The award will fund research to better understand stem cells that allow brain tumours in children and adults. The project includes Dr. Sam Weiss (University of Calgary) as co-lead and Dr. Michael Taylor as a principal investigator.
A Globe and Mail article about the announcement can be accessed here:
Michael Taylor participated in a visit by The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, to The Hospital for Sick Children on World Cancer Day (Feb 4, 2015). He was awarded one of four brain cancer research grants announced that day by Minister Ambrose.
Photos of the event can be accessed at: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=928049
MORE HEADLINES FROM THE DIVISION:
- Dr. Rutka awarded Order of Canada
- SickKids CIGITI Team wins international contest for the Best Robotics Development
- North American first in children: SickKids doctors destroy bone tumour using incisionless surgery