the past five years, the Division of Neurosurgery has experienced
an unprecedented growth and is widely regarded as a leading
neurosurgical academic unit in Canada. MORE
INNOVATION The PoleStar® iMRI Navigation System, a revolutionary compact iMRI and navigation system, provides surgeons with real-time, high-quality images before, during, and after brain tumor surgery. MORE
RESEARCH This has been another great year for research in the
Division of Neurosurgery. Division members are involved in a
wide spectrum of research. MORE
The major objective of the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program
at Dalhousie is the development of skilled neurosurgeons in
the clinical care of neurosurgical patients. MORE
Neurosurgery in Atlantic Canada was established in 1948 by Dr. William D. Stevenson. Over the years, neurosurgery has grown into a leading neurosurgical service in Canada. Our patients benefit from the expertise of talented and compassionate individuals in all areas of neurosurgical care. State-of-the-art technology is used on a routine basis to treat conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord. A strong research commitment has made our division an internationally recognized leader in neural transplantation, regeneration and neuronal survival. We are convinced that research and innovation ultimately lead to better patient care. Our approach to patient care, research and education is based on the excellence, commitment and dedication of all members of the neurosurgical team and our partners. This multi-disciplinary approach has resulted in world-class neurosurgical patient care, research and education.
David B. Clarke, MDCM, PhD, FRCSC, FACS,
Professor and Interim Head of the Division of Neurosurgery
The Division has experienced tremendous growth
in its research activities including funding and publications.
Three basic science laboratories provide research training
to neurosurgical residents, postdoctoral fellows, as
well as graduate and undergraduate students. Major research
programs have been established in neural transplantation,
stem cell research, neuronal survival and motor control.
These research programs are world-class and have been
directly responsible for the capture of external funding
for the Division’s research endeavors.
BRAIN REPAIR CENTRE
Division of Neurosurgery is an integral part of the
Repair Centre, the largest and most comprehensive
health research initiative in Atlantic Canada. The Brain
Repair Centre combines clinical and basic research and
is under the directorship of a neurosurgeon. Over the
past three years, the Brain Repair Centre has attracted
new infrastructure with the establishment of the Neuroimaging
Research Laboratory at the Halifax Infirmary and the
state-of-the-art Cell Restoration Laboratory at the
Medical School. The Brain Repair Centre has been the
catalyst for a new five-storey Life Sciences Research
Institute building, providing an ideal environment for our basic science research which is of crucial importance for the continued development
of neurosurgical research in our region.
Our Residency Training Program is central to our teaching/education mandate; success in this area is recognized by our ability to attract top-notch medical school applicants from across the country.
Our outreach programs have also expanded with incorporation into the Residency Training Program of
foreign graduates who have successfully completed the
Residency Program and have gone back to establish successful
neurosurgical practices in their countries of origin.
The Division has established close relationships with
all of the neurosurgical units in Atlantic Canada.