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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

BTRC News 2006

October 2006

Landing on MaRS
On October 18, 2006, the Labatt BTRC moved from the 3rd floor of the Elizabeth McMaster Building one block north to the 11th floor of the Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) building at the corner of College and Elizabeth Streets. 

July 2006

Annie Huang is now a scientist in the Centre following her promotion
Annie Huang has just been promoted within the Research Institute at SickKids to Scientist from the Scientist-Track position. This is outstanding news for our Centre. scientific profile »»

June 2006

James Rutka has been awarded with International Order of Smile
James Rutka, SickKids Neurosurgeon, has been awarded the International Order of Smile.

The award honours people for their love, care and aid of children. Established in 1968 by Kurier Polski, a Polish magazine, the award was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1979. Today, the order is awarded by an independent Chapter of the Order of Smile. Candidates for the award are nominated by children, which makes it the only international award granted by minors. Previous recipients of the Order of Smile include Hillary and Bill Clinton, Peter Ustinov, Steven Spielberg and Sarah Ferguson.

April 2006

"The Wismer family of and their Tribute to Life"
Walker Wismer of Calgary, died from a brain tumour and due to the request of Walker’s family Annie Huang of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre has been the recipient of tribute in Walker’s name with the generosity families like the Wismer’s research into brain tumours has been greatly supported.

For more information about Walker’s hope see the Spring issue of Brainstorm #62

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons medal in surgery.
Peter Dirks, scientist, Developmental Biology has been awarded the 2005 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons medal in Surgery. Each year the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) awards a medal in surgery to recognize outstanding young clinical investigators.

Rutka named secretary of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
James Rutka, senior scientist, Cancer Research, co-director and principal investigator, Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, and professor and chair, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, has been named secretary of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). An active member of AANS since 1983, Rutka has served on the AANS Board of Directors since 2003 and is a member of several of the association’s committees.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, AANS is a scientific and educational association with more than 6,800 members worldwide. AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public.

Researchers determine that the prognosis for some paediatric brain tumours is correlated with expression of the protein telomerase
A team of researchers from SickKids has identified a new prognostic marker for two types of paediatric brain tumours related to the expression of the protein telomerase. This research was reported in the February issue of the journal Neoplasia and the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. More information »»

February 2006

Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre investigators receive major grant
Research into the deadliest type of childhood cancer has received a large boost from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) which has awarded research grants totalling $2.25 million for 2005. The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at SickKids was one of six institutions to receive funding, along with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Baylor University College of Medicine and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The SickKids, UCSF, and CHLA grants join the PBTF’s ongoing financial commitment to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Institute at DukeUniversity, which is devoted exclusively to paediatric brain tumour research. With these new grants the researchers at SickKids, UCSF, CHLA, and Duke will collaborate to generate scientific knowledge of paediatric brain tumours that will bring about innovative and less invasive clinical treatments. As part of this collaborative project, the SickKids research team received $450,000 US. Members of the team at SickKids include neurosurgeons Michael Taylor, Peter Dirks and James Rutka.

“When the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Institute was established at Duke, it was with the intention of expanding to other institutions in the future,” says Rutka, senior scientist in Cancer Research and professor and chair of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. “This collaboration will help to fast-forward our understanding of paediatric brain tumours.”

January 2006

Jim Rutka received the 2006 Royal College Janes Visiting Professorship. This will enable Rutka to travel to several universities across Canada to teach medical students and residents about neurosurgery.