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On Tuesday, NOVEMBER 1st, 2011, at 5:30 p.m., The Dewaan Foundation will host its 2011 FUNDRAISER at MacLaren’s On Elgin, 301 Elgin at MacLaren.

Tickets are a suggested $300. CHEQUES are payable directly TO the OTTAWA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, from whom you will receive a CHARITABLE RECEIPT for income tax purposes.

Dr. Eve Tsai will be the SPECIAL GUEST. This is an opportunity to speak with Dr. Tsai and LEARN FIRST HAND, about internationally recognized advances in Regenerative Medicine involving STEM CELLS that are taking place at our Ottawa Hospital.

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is in the course of raising $1,000,000. to fund their establishment of a Spine and Brain Regeneration Research Chair (SABR), under the leadership of Dr. Eve Tsai. SABR will tie together the important and complimentary work being done by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research and surgeons in the Ottawa Hospital Division of Neurosurgery.

The key is Dr. Eve Tsai who is from Ottawa, and who is internationally respected. Dr. Tsai was recruited by the Ottawa Hospital in 2006, from the Cleveland Clinic, where she had been awarded the Young Clinician Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurosurgeons. Dr. Tsai has also been named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Dr. Tsai, is only 38 and was admitted to medical school at the age of 19. Dr. Tsai provides an invaluable connection between research and surgery. Dr. Tsai could be doing much better paying surgery at the Cleveland Clinic; instead, Dr. Tsai divides her time in Ottawa, between surgery for which she is paid, and research for which there is very little funding.

The focus of SABR, is harnessing patients’ very own stem cells, to repair spinal cord injuries. The historical challenge with repairing spinal cord injury, is healing of the scar tissue/nerve fibre damage surrounding the injury. As we age, our bodies turn off those genes that assist in re-growth/repair of nerve fibres. An additional element of the SABR research, will involve coaxing the body, despite age, to not turn off the genes that repair damage to/regrow nerve fibres. The SABR initiative, also involves enhanced regeneration of our brain stem cells; which normally regenerate more slowly as we age. Breakthroughs in repairing damage to nerve fibres and enhancing regeneration of brain stem cells will lead to breakthroughs in treating other neurological damage, such as stroke and degenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s).

Dr. Tsai will be the Special Guest at our Fundraising Dinner on November 1, 2011. Dr. Tsai will spend time at each of the eight tables, which will provide you with an opportunity to speak with her and learn first-hand about internationally recognized advances in Regenerative Medicine involving stem cells, that are taking place at our Ottawa Hospital.

SABR Fundraiser

(Spine and Brain Regeneration Research Chair)
Special Guest: Dr. Eve Tsai

Caesar Salad
Smoked Salmon, Shrimp Cocktail
Black Angus Fillet Mignon
Grilled Canadian Lobster Tail
Grilled Potatoes, Fresh Asparagus & Dijon
Tiramisu & Seasonal Berries
All Beverages
Vegetable Platter and Fresh Fruit Salad also available, please email special requests to bwk@briankaram.com.
MacLaren’s On Elgin, 301 Elgin at MacLaren
November 1st, 2011, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Suggested $300. Cheques to Ottawa Hospital Foundation

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