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BTRC news

February 2018

SickKids researchers bust commonly held myth about medulloblastoma
By the time a patient has been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, there is a high probability the cancer has already spread (metastasized). Learn more

January 2018

SickKids researchers to benefit from major investment in genomics and precision health research
The promising new avenue of precision medicine aims to transform traditional health care into truly individualized care based on the unique genetic makeup of each patient. To help advance the rapidly evolving research in this area, the Government of Canada announced two new major investments ... Learn more

October 2017

SickKids scientists create new way to classify cancers based on unique hypermutant footprint
A game-changing study by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) suggests there could be a day where cancers are not classified by their tissue of origin. Learn more

SickKids team receives $2.99 million USD from SU2C Catalyst program to develop combination therapy for most aggressive cancer predisposition syndrome
A team from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), led by Dr. Uri Tabori, was recently awarded $2.99 million USD from Stand Up To Cancer, SU2C Catalyst® program. Learn more

September 2017

Changing the face of cancer care at home and around the world
Paediatric brain tumour biopsies from across Canada and around the world are being analyzed at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) using new, state-of-the-art diagnostic, prognostic and predictive tests for childhood cancers. Learn more

June 2017

The dirty dozen: 12 new subtypes of medulloblastoma discovered
SickKids study takes another step closer to personalized medicine for kids with a form of brain cancer. Learn more

May 2017

SickKids researchers awarded $4.8 million for brain cancer research
A brain cancer research project led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of five major studies that will receive a portion of $24 million in Translational Research Initiatives (TRIs) funding over two years from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Learn more

March 2017

Congratulations to our staff on their recent awards and accomplishments
James Rutka presented with honorary degree from Queen's University. Learn more

January 2017

SickKids-supported research facilities receive $116 million to fund genomics and advanced computing research in Canada
Three projects supported by researchers from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) were awarded over $116 million in funding by the Government of Canada today as part of a $328-5-million investment into 17 national research facilities across the country. Learn more

December 2016

Science Show & Tell: Study uncovers three subgroups of rare children’s brain cancer
Dr. Annie Huang, Senior Neuro-Oncologist in the Paediatric Brain Tumour Program and Senior Scientist in Cell Biology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), has made a living studying the rare. Learn more
 

November 2016

Congratulations to these SickKids staff on their awards and achievements
Michael Taylor recognized with 2016 Zülch Prize for research improving the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours. Learn more

June 2016

Parkinson’s disease may be a key to solving the glioblastoma puzzle: SickKids-led study 
A study led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) explores new links between glioblastoma and dopamine, a chemical signal of the brain’s reward system. Learn more

April 2016

Clinicians studying rare brain tumours around the world connect through new SickKids registry
With the goal of accelerating and improving diagnosis and treatment strategies for children affected by these rare and often fatal tumours, a new online registry for rare paediatric brain tumours was launched.  Learn more

March 2016

Uri Tabori receives Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize
Congratulations to Dr. Uri Tabori, Staff Physician, Haematology/Oncology and Senior Scientist, Genetics and Genome Biology on receiving the Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society. Learn more

February 2016

SickKids Dr. Peter Dirks to lead SU2C  Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team
On World Cancer Day, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was the venue for an announcement of $11.7 million in cancer research funding. Stand Up To Cancer Canada (SU2C), along with their partners from the federal and provincial governments and other funders introduced the SU2C Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team, led by SickKids Dr. Peter Dirks and co-led by Dr. Samuel Weiss, Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the University of Calgary. Learn more

January 2016

Biology of tumour changes when childhood brain cancer recurs, Canadian study finds.
New research co-led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the BC Cancer Agency offers a simple explanation as to why new and experimental treatments fail for children with recurrent medulloblastoma, the most common cancerous brain tumour in children.  The study, part of the Medulloblastoma Advanced Genomics International Consortium (MAGIC) project, is published in the January 13 online edition of Nature. Learn more.