Pediatric Brain Cancer Impact Grant

Kids need to do more than survive brain cancer. They deserve to thrive.

2018 Update: Thanks to the generosity of donors, the goal of $1.25 million dollars has been reached, meaning that this project will be fully funded. While the funding for this project is now complete, the research continues! We look forward to updating you all on the work that Dr. Taylor is doing and the impact that this is having for patients!
2017 Update: Dr Taylor and his team have now identified 12 subtypes of medulloblastoma. They have also discovered that each subtype is completely different at the time of recurrence, so another resection is needed to determine the new type. This also means that a new treatment might be necessary for the new subtype. Dr Taylor and his team continue to work on what those treatment types should be. More to come... In the meantime, you can read the full report here.
2016 Update: Dr. Taylor and his team have now completed the first year of this five year research project. And we have received the first report, which you can read here! 

It’s time for exceptional change in the progress of brain cancer research.

Because of kids’ growing brains and bodies, chemotherapy and radiation are detrimental to their ongoing development. Those who do survive a brain cancer diagnosis are often left with devastating side effects that change their lives forever.

What happens to a child after they are treated for brain cancer? 

Children treated with chemotherapy or radiation are eight times more likely to develop severe health problems, especially as they age into their 20s and 30s. The higher the dose of drugs and the more extensive the radiation, the more problems are to emerge. The impact of brain cancer treatments can include: blindness, fertility issues, hearing loss, learning and emotional disabilities, memory deficits, stunted puberty or hormone problems, the list goes on.

The Solution: Personalized Brain Cancer Treatment

Medulloblastoma is the most common childhood brain cancer.

Renowned researcher, Dr. Michael Taylor, was the first to discover that medulloblastoma wasn’t just one form of brain cancer, but four distinct types — each with their own DNA footprint, and therefore potential treatment needs. Thanks to the first year of research, we now know that there are at least ten different types. Read more...

Now Dr. Taylor and his team of researchers want to know how each type of medulloblastoma changes in response to treatment, and how to develop personalized care for every child diagnosed. This means the most aggressive treatments are only used on the most aggressive brain cancers, saving children from life-changing side effects or secondary diseases. 

About Dr. Michael Taylor

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Impact Grant recipient Dr Michael Taylor

Pediatric neurosurgeon and principal investigator at one of Canada’s leading brain tumour research centres

Has published ~100 medical publications and is a renowned international speaker 

Received a 2014 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Research Grant

Awarded the Schweizguth Prize from the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, Great Britain (2005)

Recipient of the National Cancer Institute of Canada Fellowship (1998)
 

Together, we are providing what every Canadian affected by a brain tumour needs, hope.

About the matching funds

All donations made to this unique Impact Grant were matched, dollar for dollar, through our partnership with Brain Canada.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the goal of $1.25 million dollars was reached in 2018, meaning that this project will be fully funded.

These lifesaving gifts will propel childhood brain cancer research forward, even faster!

While the funding for this project is now complete, the research continues! We look forward to updating you all on the work that Dr. Taylor is doing and the impact that this is having for patients!

We are now looking for our next pediatric brain tumour research project. There is a lot more work to be done and we need your help!

Donate now and change the future of childhood brain cancer.

Donate Online Today or contact:

Suzanne Fratschko Elliott
Fundraising and Engagement Manager
sfelliott@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755, ext. 227 

 

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