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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

The primary objective of the BTRC is to "cure" children and adults harbouring brain tumours. A secondary objective is, more realistically, to achieve far greater and more predictable clinical control of brain tumours. It is our belief that the achievement of our primary and secondary objectives depends on the support of ongoing basic science and clinical research at The University of Toronto. We have identified several specific research goals:

  • Investigate the molecular basis of brain tumour progression through an analysis of genes which control the cell cycle, signal transduction pathways, tumour angiogenesis, and invasion;
  • Study the role of cell death (apoptotic) and tumour suppressor gene pathways in human brain tumours.
  • Develop novel agents and methods to treat patients based on our increased knowledge of the basic biology of human brain tumours. In this way, discoveries from the research laboratory will be translated in a timely fashion to effective clinical trials for patients harbouring intracranial neoplasms.
  • Maintain tumour banks for adult and childhood brain tumours in which specimens can be kept to serve as a University of Toronto and nation-wide resource for investigators in molecular neuro-oncology.

We believe that by determining the molecular mechanisms of brain tumour formation, we will be in a unique position to develop novel therapies which hold both scientific and clinical merit. To accomplish the aims listed above, we will need to continue to provide a fertile environment for effective interdisciplinary research and training of staff, fellows, and students in brain tumour biology and therapy.

The establishment of this interdisciplinary research and training centre was made possible with donations from Arthur and Sonia Labatt totalling $15 million.

BTRC Principal Investigators

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Dr. Peter Dirks Dr. Jane McGlade Dr. Annie Huang Dr. James Rutka Dr. Cynthia Hawkins Dr. Uri Tabori Dr. Michael D. Taylor Dr. Gelareh Zadeh Dr. Todd Mainprize Dr. Sunit Das Dr. Paul Kongkham
Dr. Peter Dirks Dr. Jane McGlade Dr. Annie Huang Dr. James Rutka Dr. Cynthia Hawkins Dr. Uri Tabori Dr. Michael D. Taylor Dr. Gelareh Zadeh Dr. Todd Mainprize Dr. Sunit Das

About the BTRC logo

The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre logo was created in January 1999, at the time of the grand opening of the Centre. The logo depicts a dove, symbolizing hope, carrying a twig in its beak. The twig is actually a piece of double-stranded DNA representing molecular medicine. Hence, the logo symbolizes the mandate of the BTRC which is "Hope through molecular medicine."

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