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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

BTRC News 2009

December 2009

SickKids-led international study identifies important piece of puzzling brain tumour
“Normal neural stem cells don’t keep multiplying,” says Dr. Annie Huang, principal investigator of the study, who is also a Staff Oncologist in the Paediatric Brain Tumour Program, Scientist, and Principal Investigator at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at SickKids. “Here, they have somehow lost the stop signal and keep growing.” learn more

November 2009

Dr. Michael Taylor Inaugural Award Winner 2009
Dr. Michael Taylor, 2009

Dr. Michael D. Taylor receives Canadian Cancer Society Award for Excellence in Cancer Research

On November 16, 2009 Dr. Michael D. Taylor was presented with the Canadian Cancer Society 2009 Young Investigator Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to basic biomedical research. Dr. Taylor joined the SickKids Research Institute in 2005.

June 2009

Brain tumour and blood repository database
Mr. James Loukides, a new member of our centre, has established a brain tumour and blood repository database. The launch of this program within SickKids is the first step leading to a collaborative effort among several hospitals in Toronto.

Cancer stem cell studies could open the door to personalized, targeted treatments for brain cancers - Dr. Peter Dirks Lab
Scientists in Toronto and in the United Kingdom have developed a new technique to efficiently grow cancer stem cells in the lab. This finding not only provides insight into how malignant brain tumours are formed; it is also a significant step forward in the quest to develop individualized therapy for patients with brain cancer. The research was published in the June 4 advance online edition of the journal Cell Stem Cell.  learn more


Graham Peeters

May 2009

Graham Peeters acknowledged with the Youth of the World award
Peeters, son of b.r.a.i.n.child president Elizabeth Peeters, was recognized for his community and volunteer activities all centred on raising awareness and funds for childhood brain tumours. He is the second Canadian to receive this award and the first Canadian Scout to be recognized.

 Dr. Michael D. Taylor has been awarded one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 learn more.


Dr. Frost, Dianne and Mike Traynor

March 2009

On March 17, 2009 Dianne and Mike Traynor along with their medical consult Dr. Frost paid our centre a site visit. They met with children who have been affected by brain tumours, with the scientist at our centre and spent time with some volunteers key to the centre. It was a productive and enjoyable day and an excellent way to celebrate the one million dollar gift their Foundation generously provided to support the work of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre.

Genetic research narrows in on cause of childhood brain cancer
Researchers hope the discovery of multiple genetic mutations leads to improved cancer treatments learn more


Dr. Todd Mainprize

January 2009

Todd Mainprize, MD
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Todd Mainprize from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has joined our scientific group. His skills will be a welcome addition to the pool of talent at the BTRC.