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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

Alumni 2003

Aurelia Peraud

Dr. Aurelia Peraud, MD is a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She is participating in a clinical and research fellowship at SickKids and the BTRC.

Dr. Peraud's Neurosurgical residency began in 1994 and she soon became interested in brain tumour research. During a 16 month postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Neuropathology, Universitätsspital Zürich in Switzerland and at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France she worked with Paul Kleihues and Hiroko Ohgaki on molecular genetic alterations in gemistocytic astrocytomas and giant cell glioblastomas. Dr. Peraud also participated as a coauthor and editor for the World Health Organization (WHO) publication, “Pathology & Genetics of Tumours of the Nervous System.”

After her return to Munich in 1998 she established the Neurooncological Laboratory at the Neurosurgical Department and worked on different research projects granted by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Medizinische Fakultät of the University of Munich. The work looked at the prognostic impact of molecular genetic alterations in low grade astrocytomas WHO grade II with regard to tumour recurrence and progression, CCM1 mutations in sporadic cavernous malformations, and several clinical studies.

Clinically, Dr. Peraud developed an interest in Paediatric Neurosurgery and after finishing her training in July 2001 she was looking for a subspeciality training in Paediatric Neurosurgery. To accomplish her clinical and research goals she has come to the BTRC and SickKids. Her research, after years of gene mutational analysis, will now focus on the protein interaction in brain tumour development. She is participating in a project about the interaction of GFAP and Fascin in tumours of astroglial origin as well as the role of DAL-1 in medulloblastomas.

Raafat Yahya

Dr. Raafat Yahya, MD Dr. Yahya is interested in paediatric neurosurgery. Throughout his training as a junior resident at The American University of Beirut, he focused his interest in this area with encouragement from teachers and colleagues.

He is interested in basic science, not only to understand disease processes better but also due to the improved treatment methods for disease that research provides.

Dr. Yahya was attracted to The Hospital for Sick Children due to its international reputation in the field of neurosurgery. SickKids has provided him with an opportunity to study and have a wide exposure to a variety of neurological diseases affecting children. As well, it may allow him to be involved in a variety of research projects, in both clinical and basic science research in the area of neurosurgery.

Clinically, Dr. Yahya is interested in working with and learning from SickKids neurosurgeons, due to their contributions to present neurosurgery practices.

In his own words Dr. Yahya sums up his intentions as such:

"I have come to The Hospital for Sick Children to learn how to be a surgeon, a scientist, a teacher and a friend."