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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

BTRC News 2010

November 2010

Rutka new head of Department of Surgery at U of T 
Dr. James Rutka, co-founder and co-director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine for a five-year term, starting April 1, 2011. learn more

September 2010 

SickKids scientists find new types of brain cancer
A landmark international study has added a new dimension to the understanding of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant type of childhood brain tumour. Currently medulloblastoma is diagnosed by a pathologist looking at a piece of the tumour under a microscope. By using high-technology tools available only in a science hub like Toronto, the scientists found that the disease is actually four different diseases, each with its own molecular composition and clinical characteristics, including age at onset and gender specificity. learn more

May 2010

Rutka named President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
At the recent Annual Meeting of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), The Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) own Dr. James Rutka, a Neurosurgeon and Co-director & Principal Investigator at The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre as well as a Senior Scientist in Cell Biology, was named President of the organization. learn more

March 2010

SickKids discovery changes the recommended standard of care for children with rare brain tumour 
For many patients, one of the most difficult aspects of cancer treatment is undergoing radiation therapy. New research led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and funded in part by the Canadian Cancer Society, indicates that patients suffering from a rare form of paediatric brain cancer may now be spared from the debilitating effects of radiation. learn more