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Dr Michael Taylor
Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize recipient in 2009
Dr Taylor is a pediatric neurosurgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). He is interested in the molecular genetics and epigenetics of medulloblastoma and ependymoma, 2 of the most common malignant childhood brain tumours. Through a better understanding of these tumours, he and his team hope to devise new, more effective treatment strategies for these children.
Dr Taylor obtained his MD degree in 1994 from the University of Western Ontario. He did a PhD in molecular pathology at the University of Toronto (U of T) and completed his neurosurgery residency training in 2003. He trained in pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric neuro-oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, where he also did a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental neurobiology.
He joined the SickKids division of neurosurgery in 2004 and is an assistant professor in both the departments of surgery & laboratory medicine and pathobiology at U of T.
Dr Taylor has won numerous awards, including a “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” award in 2008. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and frequently speaks at international meetings.
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
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