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2013 - 03 - 07 The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Research Centre, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto now associated to CRP-Santé-Luxembourg

Luxembourg - March 7, 2013 - CRP-Santé and the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Research Centre have signed a framework agreement in order to cooperate and establish a network of scientific collaborations within the field of Neuro-Oncology research. This collaboration may be considered as a real change in CRP-Santé’s history due to the recognition, expertise and quality of research conducted at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre. This new initiative brings forward the international recognition and scientific expertise of CRP-Santé throughout the Norlux-Neuro-Oncology Laboratory - and its partner in Bergen Norway- which represents one of the widest European research centers focusing on glioblastoma.

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The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre brings together scientists and clinicians studying the problem of human brain tumours from The Hospital for Sick Children and the University Health Network of the University of Toronto teaching hospital system. This center has achieved excellence in molecular neuro-oncology research focusing on basic and applied research involving different tumour types of the central nervous system.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Prof. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, FAANS is a world-renowned neuro-surgeon and researcher in neuro-oncology. He is director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre and Chair of the Neurosurgery Department at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

The research at the Labatt center encompasses all types of malignant brain tumors and focuses on the in depth molecular and genetic characterization of tumors, the targeting of cancer stem cells, the processes of angiogenesis and invasion.

The collaboration between SickKids and CRP-Santé will be from now on an opportunity to set up exchanges of scientists, expertise and materials and to conduct joint research projects in the areas of advanced basic science and applied translational research. In May 2012, in the context of an economic mission, a scientific delegation from CRP-Santé presented its research projects in Canada and met Prof Rutka on this occasion in Toronto: this was the beginning of a new and promising partnership.

On March 7, 2013, the signing between CRP-Santé and The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre was held in the presence of Mr. Etienne Schneider, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Luxembourg, Prof. James T. Rutka, Director of Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre - Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Dr. Jean-Claude Schmit, CEO of CRP-Santé and Prof. Rolf Bjerkvig, Head of the Department of Oncology, CRP-Santé.