Welcome to our Brain Tumour Bank Network

Four hospitals,
one goal

Fostering cutting edge translational medicine and drug discovery, worldwide.

A central virtual registry to facilitate the posting and annotation of available samples from all CNS tumour cases across four Toronto University Hospitals: SickKids, St. Michael's, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and UHN.

This central databank encourages collaborations between University Hospitals, academic institutions, and industry partners to accelerate the goal of developing effective treatments of brain and spinal cord tumours.

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Henry Ford
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Our mission

The Michael and Amira Dan Brain Tumour Bank Network is a multi-institutional tumour, blood and cell biobank initiative inspired by Dr. Michael Dan and supported by the University of Toronto and the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Dan's generous donation of $2 million provided the funding needed to establish the infrastructure for a Biobank Network, enabling the implementation of biobanks at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael's Hospital and improvements to existing Biobanks at SickKids and UHN. In addition, a central virtual registry was created to facilitate the posting and annotation of available samples from all CNS tumour cases across the four University Hospitals.

The unification of resources will advance research and accelerate development toward effective treatment of patients with brain and spinal cord tumours. Investigators will have access to hundreds of samples including frozen and fresh tissue, blood, DNA, RNA, plasma and CSF, saved continously throughout the year. A central biobank network will also encourage collaborations between university hospitals, academic institutions, and industry partners.

In addition to advancing research and treatment of brain and spinal cancer, The Michael and Amira Dan Brain Tumour Bank Network is creating a comprehensive virtual Biobank at the University of Toronto. This biobank will serve as critical cornerstone for the brain tumour research community in Toronto and internationally, fostering cutting-edge translational medicine and drug discovery worldwide.

Our team

The Michael and Amira Dan Brain Tumour Bank Network is a multi-institutional tumour, blood and cell biobank initiative inspired by Dr. Michael Dan and supported by the University of Toronto and the Department of Surgery. It is a collaborative effort made possible by the efforts of the following researchers and coordinators.

SickKids Hospital

James Rutka - Professor and Chair Department of Surgery University of Toronto - Pathological materials - Archival retention - Cryopreserved

James Rutka

Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
University of Toronto
Peter Dirks - Professor of Neurosurgery Department of Surgery University of Toronto - Biological specimens - Genomics - Proteomics

Peter Dirks

Professor of Neurosurgery
Department of Surgery
University of Toronto
Cynthia Hawkins - Professor of Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Cynthia Hawkins

Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology
University of Toronto
Jim Loukides - Manager - Adult tumours - Pediatric tumours - Spinal tumours

Jim Loukides

Manager
James Rutka - Professor and Chair Department of Surgery University of Toronto - Pathological materials - Archival retention - Cryopreserved

James Rutka

Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
University of Toronto
Peter Dirks - Professor of Neurosurgery Department of Surgery University of Toronto - Biological specimens - Genomics - Proteomics

Peter Dirks

Professor of Neurosurgery
Department of Surgery
University of Toronto
Cynthia Hawkins - Professor of Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Cynthia Hawkins

Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology
University of Toronto
Jim Loukides - Manager - Adult tumours - Pediatric tumours - Spinal tumours

Jim Loukides

Manager

St. Michael's Hospital

David Munoz - Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology University of Toronto - Diagnostic technologies - Molecular diagnostics - Epigenetics

David Munoz

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
University of Toronto
Sunit Das - Assistant Professor Division of Neurosurgery University of Toronto

Sunit Das

Assistant Professor
Division of Neurosurgery
University of Toronto
David Munoz - Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology University of Toronto - Diagnostic technologies - Molecular diagnostics - Epigenetics

David Munoz

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
University of Toronto
Sunit Das - Assistant Professor Division of Neurosurgery University of Toronto

Sunit Das

Assistant Professor
Division of Neurosurgery
University of Toronto

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Julia Keith - Associate Professor Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University of Toronto - Next Generation Sequencing - Transcriptomics -Machine learning

Julia Keith

Associate Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Toronto
Todd Mainprize - Assistant Professor Division of Neurosurgery University of Toronto

Todd Mainprize

Assistant Professor
Division of Neurosurgery
University of Toronto
Nancy Pennell - Brain Tumour Bank Coordinator - Cranial Nerve - Cerebral hemisphere - Optic pathway

Nancy Pennell

Brain Tumour Bank Coordinator
Julia Keith - Associate Professor Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University of Toronto - Next Generation Sequencing - Transcriptomics -Machine learning

Julia Keith

Associate Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Toronto
Todd Mainprize - Assistant Professor Division of Neurosurgery University of Toronto

Todd Mainprize

Assistant Professor
Division of Neurosurgery
University of Toronto
Nancy Pennell - Brain Tumour Bank Coordinator - Cranial Nerve - Cerebral hemisphere - Optic pathway

Nancy Pennell

Brain Tumour Bank Coordinator

University Health Network

Gelareh Zadeh - Assistant Professor of Surgery Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto - Drug Screen - Crisper - Translational Medicine

Gelareh Zadeh

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Kenneth Aldape - Professor Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University of Toronto - Tumour - Primary CNS - Cancer

Kenneth Aldape

Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Toronto
Paul Kongkham - Assistant Professor of Surgery Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto - Drug Discovery - Molecular subtyping - Brain tumour

Paul Kongkham

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Takyee Tung - Clinical Research Coordinator Biobank Manager - Cerebellum - Sellar - Supratentorial

Takyee Tung

Clinical Research Coordinator
Biobank Manager
Gelareh Zadeh - Assistant Professor of Surgery Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto - Drug Screen - Crisper - Translational Medicine

Gelareh Zadeh

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Kenneth Aldape - Professor Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University of Toronto - Tumour - Primary CNS - Cancer

Kenneth Aldape

Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Toronto
Paul Kongkham - Assistant Professor of Surgery Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto - Drug Discovery - Molecular subtyping - Brain tumour

Paul Kongkham

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Takyee Tung - Clinical Research Coordinator Biobank Manager - Cerebellum - Sellar - Supratentorial

Takyee Tung

Clinical Research Coordinator
Biobank Manager

Contact us

For questions, comments and further information:

James Loukides
Tumour Bank Manager
Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street Toronto, ON M5G OA4
Room 17-9800
416-813-7654 x. 304787
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