Public Lecture
November 20, 2018
Doors open: 2:00p.m.

Scientific Symposium
November 21, 2018
Doors open: 8:00a.m.

Koerner Hall
TELUS Centre
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1W2

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The symposium is free to attend, but you must register.

Focused ultrasound is a breakthrough technology that could change medicine forever. It has the capacity to diminish suffering and extend life for people with brain diseases where treatment options are few, if any.

The Canada Gairdner Foundation is partnering with Sunnybrook Research Institute to co-host a state-of-the-field two-day symposium on this new frontier for brain therapy. This exceptional event will showcase the extraordinary promise of focused ultrasound. This breakthrough technology has been decades in the making, and recent advances are opening up a new vista of options for brain diseases. In some cases, it is already having impact by offering therapies where none existed.

World-leading experts in focused ultrasound will share up-to-the-minute advances in the technical development, biological insights and clinical translation of focused ultrasound. Included among these innovators are those at the clinical coalface who are leading trials to move focused ultrasound closer to patient care.
Brian Greene
Physicist, string theorist and author.
TV icon and science communicator.


Featured speakers Alan Alda and Dr. Brian Greene will kick off the symposium on Nov. 20, 2018 with a public lecture that is open to all. They will talk about the pathway from scientific discovery to impact, why anyone should care and how to get the message out there. Together, they will show how science can transform lives.

Cori Bargmann
Neuroscientist and president of science of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


Internationally recognized Rockefeller University neurobiologist Dr. Cori Bargmann is the first president of science of the $3-billion Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which is championing basic science to achieve discovery and its impact. On Nov. 21, 2018, she’ll talk about how the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is accelerating science to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of this century.

About the Gairdner Foundation

The Gairdner Foundation is best known for the presentation of the Canada Gairdner Awards. The Awards are a Canadian icon, recognized as one of world’s leading prizes for biomedical and global health research. Its track record of consistently high-quality assessment by independent internationally renowned adjudication committees has resulted in global recognition and esteem. Since 1959, 373 laureates have been recognized in 30 countries, with 87 of those laureates going on to receive the Nobel Prize.

In addition to celebrating scientific excellence, the Gairdner Foundation promotes science education and inspires the next generation of Canadian thinkers, entrepreneurs and leaders.

About Sunnybrook Research Institute

Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is the research enterprise of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Its vision is to invent the future of health care. Scientists at SRI strive to understand and prevent disease, and to develop precise treatments that enhance and extend life. Each year, more than 300 scientists and their teams conduct about $100 million in research across 500,000 square feet. We are renowned for excellence in three platforms: biological, physical and evaluative clinical sciences.

Within biological sciences, SRI has expertise in regenerative medicine, developmental immunology and precision medicine. Within physical sciences, SRI leads in the development of noninvasive imaging technologies, including focused ultrasound. The research institute has the largest focused ultrasound research program in the world. Within clinical sciences, experts evaluate discoveries and outcomes in patients for real-world impact. Much of this activity takes place within the world’s first Centre for Research in Image-Guided Therapeutics.