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MSRD 2015 Coordinators

Ryan Muir, Teja Voruganti, Ghassan Elkarim, Valérie Lemieux, Azza Eissa

MSRD 2015 CoordinatorsMSRD 2015 Coordinators


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Andres M. Lozano, MD PhD

Dr. Andres M. Lozano, MD PhDDr. Andres M Lozano, MD PhD, is a 1983 graduate of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. He completed his Neurosurgical Training at McGill University. During his residency at McGill, Dr. Lozano earned his Ph.D in Experimental Medicine in 1989. Dr. Lozano joined the Neurosurgical Staff at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1991. Dr. Lozano is currently the Professor in the Department of Surgery and inaugural Chair Holder of the Ron Tasker Chair in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at UHN. He also holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience. Dr. Lozano is a Senior Sciencest in the Division of Brain Imaging & Behaviour Systems - Neuroscience at the Toronto Western Research Institute. He also holds the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and is the RR Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at UHN. Dr. Andres Lozano's research group investigates the surgical approaches to treat Parkinson's disease, depression and Alzheimer's disease. They utilize brain imaging, electrophysiology and surgical techniques. Their research in humans is complemented by laboratory work involving cell death in Parkinson's disease, effects of stimulation on hippocampal neurogenesis and animal models of deep brain stimulation.
It was in 2003 when Dr. Andres Lozano and his team were operating on a 53-year old patient - a 420 pound gentleman - with a long history of obesity, when a fascinating discovery was made. In an attempt to suppress the eating centres of the hypothalamus using deep brain stimulation (DBS), this patient's fornix - which is a major constituent of the brain's memory circuit - was serendipitously activated. The patient had remarkable improvement in verbal memory when DBS was applied to the fornix compared to when it was turned off. This finding set the stage for an investigation in patient's with Alzheimer's Disease (AD), to see whether DBS could potentially alter the trajectory of memory decline in patients with AD. A phase 2, multi-centre trial is now underway where 50 patients with AD will have electrodes implanted in their brains, but only half will recieve stimulation. Dr. Lozano has also demonstrated fascinating applications of DBS in the context of depression and Parkinson's disease.
An article by Mark Witten quotes Dr. Lozano saying, "“Deep brain stimulation is being tested and used to treat conditions where we’re stuck. We can place electrodes anywhere in the brain. It’s like exploring space. There is so much that’s unknown and so much to discover. That’s where the excitement is,” - See more at:

Oral Abstract Presenters

Christropher Tran, MD 1T6 Candidate. 
Abstract Title: Comparing the ambulatory care and outcomes for rural and urban patients with chronic ischemic heart diease:  a population-based cohort study.
Robert Vanner, MD/PhD Candidate. 
Abstract Title: Targeting medulloblastoma stem cells with mithramycin to prevent tumour relapse
Tara Justice, CREMS Summer Research Scholar and MD 1T6 Candidate. 
Abstract Title: Overnight blood glucose control with a Dual-hormone artificial pancreas system in type-1 diabetes: single centre results from a three-way, randomized, cross-over clinical trial. 

Poster Category Winners

First Year: Mark Barszczyk
CREMS Scholar: Kevin Kirouac
Determinants of Health: Alex Cressman
International: Daniel Abrams
Basic Science: Ahmed Cherry
Clinical Science: Anne Mullen, Akanksha Kulshreshtha, Carolyn Sawicki
Health Care: Ali Damji
MD/PhD: Robyn Elphinstone

Conference Booklet

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  • Participants - they are the foundation of this conference and key to the future innovation in healthcare.
  • Dr. Neil Sweezey, CREMS Program Director
  • Ms. Lisa Charette, CREMS Program Coordinator
  • Ms. Sandy McGugan, Administrative Manager of MD/PhD Program 
  • Desmond She and Team Lab Coat (website development)
  • Justin Lam and Shara Nauth (photographers)


We would like to thank the following organizations for their contribution to MSRD 2015:

Ontario Medical Association Peters-Boyd Academy   UofT Medical Society

MD Financial Management UofT Faculty of Medicine  CREMS