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The Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program at Sunnybrook is like no other. We were the first in the world to open up the blood brain barrier to deliver chemotherapy directly into the tumour of a brain cancer patient. This remarkable achievement ushers in a new era in brain sciences – one in which brain disorders can be painlessly treated by penetrating the protective barrier around the brain, not with a scalpel, but by using focused ultrasound waves guided by sophisticated imaging.

Next we’ll test this technology in Alzheimer’s disease.

Focused ultrasound is but one of the many innovations in brain sciences that take place at Sunnybrook each year. We study and treat a wide range of brain disorders, from brain cancer to mental illness, dementia, ALS, and stroke, while focusing on all age groups, from adolescence to the elderly. By addressing these conditions together, we accelerate what we know about the brain and change the lives of families devastated by brain disorders.

To further advance research and discover new treatments, we are building a state-of-the-art facility – the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre. Coming soon to Sunnybrook.

Learn more about the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre