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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

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
Electromagnetic field therapy improves survival in brain cancer patients
January 19, 2018 - A JAMA study co-authored by Dr. Garth Nicholas shows that a wearable device that transmits low-intensity electrical fields into the brain can prolong survival in people with a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. The randomized trial included ne
Researchers find potential new treatment target for deadly brain cancer
April 25, 2016 - A team of researchers has found a key player in brain tumour formation that may lead to new therapies for a deadly and incurable cancer. The study published in Nature Neuroscience is the first to show that a protein called OSMR (Oncostatin M


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, 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, 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, Drug development, 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, Translational research
Woulfe, John
Associate Scientist
Brain and neuromuscular disease, Brain cancer, Cancer, Parkinson's Basic research, Clinical research, Translational research