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Brain cancer

The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of brain cancer and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our brain cancer research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News

Researchers discover new kind of brain tumour
July 8, 2019 - Dr. John Woulfe and his colleagues have identified a new kind of brain tumour. It was removed during a young woman’s treatment, and did not match any existing tumour classifications.
New scientist profile: Dr. Fahad AlKherayf aims to improve minimally invasive brain surgery
June 26, 2019 - Neurosurgeon Dr. Fahad AlKherayf specializes in removing tumours from the base of the skull that are normally difficult for the surgeon to access by operating through the nose. His research aims to improve this minimally invasive technique.
Using stem cells to treat brain cancer: pilot study highlights potential new approach
August 16, 2018 - Stem cells are usually associated with repairing damaged tissue and treating degenerative diseases, but they also have a unique property that may be harnessed to fight cancer. When injected into the body, stem cells naturally migrate to tumours, and
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Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Ardolino, Michele
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Blood cancer, Brain cancer, Breast cancer, Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Head and neck cancer, Liver cancer, Lung cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Skin cancer, Soft tissue sarcoma Basic research, Cell therapy, Clinical research, Disease models, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research
Chakraborty, Santanu
Senior Clinician Investigator
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Brain cancer, Concussion, Dementia, Head and neck cancer, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Traumatic brain injury Bioinformatics, Clinical research, Health economics, Health professional behaviour change, Imaging, Immunization, Patient safety, Quality Improvement, Risk assessment
Lorimer, Ian
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Brain and neuromuscular disease, Brain cancer, Cancer Basic research, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cell therapy, Disease models, Molecular and cellular biology, Translational research
Santos, Marlise
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Ataxia, Autoimmune diseases of the nervous system, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Brain cancer, Concussion, Dementia, Depression, Global health, Head and neck cancer, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Infectious disease, Intellectual disabilities, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Population health, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Traumatic brain injury, Traumatic injuries, Vascular cognitive impairment, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Basic research, Behaviour, Clinical decision rules, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Imaging, Patient safety, Pragmatic trials, Prevention, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews
Woulfe, John
Associate Scientist
Brain and neuromuscular disease, Brain cancer, Cancer, Parkinson's Basic research, Clinical research, Translational research