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BTRC News 2003-2005

BTRC News from 2005

Dirks wins George Armstrong-Peters Prize

Peter Dirks, Developmental Biology, is the 2005 recipient of the George Armstrong-Peters Prize. The prize is awarded to a young investigator who has shown outstanding productivity during his initial period as an investigator as evidenced by research publications in peer review journals, grants held and students trained.

Ab Guha appointed as President of the Society for Neuro-oncology

Ab Guha has been appointed as President of the Society for Neuro-oncology. The Society for Neuro-Oncology is the most prestigious society for neuro-oncology studies, both clinical and research based, in the world. Ab has been appointed for a 2 year term. Society of Neuro-Oncology.

College honours for Dirks

Peter Dirks, neurosurgeon and scientist in Developmental Biology, is the recipient of this year’s Royal College of Surgery Gold Medal Award for research work amongst academic surgeons.

Dirk's Lab Member Singh Wins Andrew Sass-Kortsak Award

Sheila Kumari Singh, of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, Division of Neurosurgery and the Developmental Biology Research Program, is the winner of the 17th Annual Andrew Sass-Kortsak Award.

The award, given annually to a post-doctoral fellow, honors the late Andrew Sass-Kortsak, a physician, scientist and a teacher who worked at SickKids for 37 years.The award winner was selected based on publications, research projects and contributions to her program, the Research Institute and SickKids.The Selection Committee was chaired by Amu Sarkar and was made up of Phil Sherman, Brenda Banwell, Jim Hu and Lori Burrows.

In addition to winning the award and a commemorative plaque, Singh will present the Andrew Sass-Kortsak Memorial Lecture at Paediatric Grand Rounds on Wednesday, June 8 in the Main Auditorium at 9 a.m. The title of the lecture is Identification of Human Brain Tumour Initiating Cells.

BTRC News and Awards from 2003 and 2004

Peter Dirks honoured as one of the top forty under forty

In April of 2004 Dirks received a Top Forty Under 40 award from Report on Business’ ninth annual selection of the brightest achievers on the rise in Canada. Chosen from more than 1,400 nominations, Dirks was honoured for his vision and leadership, innovation and achievement, community involvement, impact, and growth and development strategy.

Rutka receives Grass Award in Neurosurgery

On Sunday May 23, Dr Jim Rutka received the Grass Award for sustained excellence in neurosurgery research from the Society of Neurological Surgeons at their annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Grass Award is the highest research honour that can be bestowed upon a member of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the oldest neurosurgical society in North America founded in 1923 by Harvey Cushing. Rutka’s lecture was titled: An odyssey in brain tumour research: of two tumours.

SickKids researchers identify cancer stem cell for brain tumours

TORONTO - A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto (U of T), led by Peter Dirks, has identified for the first time a cancer stem cell in both malignant and benign brain tumours. This discovery may change how brain tumours are studied and how this deadly condition is treated in the future. This research is reported in the September 15, 2003 issue of the scientific journal Cancer Research. more information


Peter Dirks has been promoted from the position of Scientist-Track to Scientist in the Developmental Biology Program at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. His work with this lab was recently featured on the cover of Cancer Research. Dirks has been part of the Brain Tumour Research Centre since its inception. Dirks' scientific profile

Jane McGlade was promoted to full professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics. McGlade's scientific profile