Abbie Memorial Lecture | Presented by Dr James Rutka
Our esteemed Abbie Memorial guest speaker, Dr James Rutka, the RS McLaughlin Professor of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, will present:
Human brain tumours: Recent advances from the leading edge and beyond
The Abbie Memorial Lecture is a lecture in the field of neuro-anatomy and related fields. It is funded by a donation from Mrs Audrey Abbie for the purpose of establishing a memorial lecture in memory of her late husband, Emeritus Professor Andrew Arthur Abbie, the Elder Professor of Anatomy and Histology from 1945 to 1970, for the promotion and advancement of studies in neuro-anatomy and related fields.
Where: Lecture theatre G030, ground floor, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, North Terrace
When: Monday 19 November, 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Malignant astrocytomas are highly proliferative neoplasms, which are characterized by invasion into regions of normal brain. Despite all forms of therapy, the prognosis for patients with these tumours is limited, with the average survival being less than two years. To develop new approaches to treat these lethal cancers, my laboratory has focused on targeting astrocytoma invasion to identify novel treatment paradigms. We have worked stepwise to identify the main molecular mechanisms by which astrocytomas invade into the brain through an analysis of the Rho-GTPase pathway; we have developed novel drug conjugates with gold nanoparticles, which have therapeutic efficacy in our model systems; and most recently, we have used magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) to overcome the obstacle of the blood brain barrier (BBB).
This is a unique opportunity to learn about Dr Rutka's team's results and the highly encouraging hope to extend the survival of patients suffering from this devastating tumour.
About Dr James Rutka
Born in Toronto and educated at Princeton University (1975-1977), and Queen's University Medical School (1977-1981), Dr Rutka completed an internship at McGill University (1981-1982) before entering the University of Toronto Neurosurgery Training Program in 1982. His training included a research fellowship at the Brain Tumor Research Centre, the University of California San Francisco, where he obtained his PhD in Experimental Pathology (1984-1987).
In 2010 - 2011, Dr Rutka served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In 2011, he became President of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2013, he became the first Canadian to be appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery, and was inducted as a Member of the Order of Ontario. In 2015, he received the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize from the University of British Columbia, the Robert L. Noble Award from the Canadian Cancer Society, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.