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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

Alumni 2011

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Jong Hee Chang
I have been working as a research fellow under the guidance of Dr. James Rutka since February 2010. I graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea in 1991. Then, I finished the four-year neurosurgical resident program and a two-year clinical fellowship at the same hospital, followed by a one and a half-year research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis in February 2003. I have been working as a staff neurosurgeon in the brain tumor and neuro-oncology section of Yonsei University Hospital since 2003.

My clinical work is mostly focused on the management of brain tumours in adult patients, such as gliomas, metastases, meningiomas.. I am very interested in image-guided surgery and brain mapping during surgery. However, I have realized the limitations of current treatment modalities and felt the necessity of basic research for brain tumours to extend my knowledge about tumour biology, to try to find the treatment with a new concept, and eventually to help patients with a malignant brain tumour.

Now, I am very happy to work at the BTRC, one of the most updated and organized brain tumour research centers in the world. I hope and believe this one-year experience at the BTRC will be a momentous period in my life. 

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Yuzo Terakawa
I joined Dr. Rutka’s laboratory at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre in April 2010 and have recently taken part in a research project investigating the genes related to the development and tumorigenesis of medulloblastoma.

I graduated from Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine in 1999 and finished a resident program in neurosurgery in 2005. After I finished my residency, I worked as a general neurosurgeon, mainly treating patients with cerebrovascular diseases. During this period, I was also engaged in several clinical studies concerning the neuro-imaging of brain tumours with positron emission tomography (PET) and in neurophysiological experiments with magnetoencephalography (MEG) at the Osaka City University Hospital.

The Osaka City University Hospital is one of the leading hospitals treating patients with brain tumours in Japan. However, we do not yet have an organized brain tumour research team in our department. Therefore, I applied to Dr. Rutka’s laboratory to learn the skills and techniques necessary for basic research using a molecular biological approach. I am now so pleased and excited about this great opportunity to be able to be a part of Dr. Rutka’s laboratory.