Every day, about 25 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. There are more than 120 different types of brain tumours, so effective treatment is complicated. Dr. Greg Stanisz, Canada Research Chair in Cancer Imaging, is pioneering the clinical application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to improve outcomes for patients.
Stanisz and his research team are focusing their research on several areas. They are developing new MRI techniques to probe tissue microstructure and metabolism in the brain and brain tumours. They are also using MRI as a biomarker of tumour response to cancer treatment in patients with brain metastases and primary tumours. In addition, they are developing methods to assess changes in brain chemistry and structure that arise from a diet rich in good bacteria.