Michael Taylor Named Stuart Rowe Lecturer

Michael TaylorPittsburgh, August 8, 2018 -- Michael Taylor, MD, PhD, professor of surgery at the University of Toronto and principal investigator at the Hospital for Sick Children's Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre in Toronto, has been named the honored guest for the 14th annual Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship and Resident Research Day set for September 12 at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Taylor's is a renown expert in molecular genetics and epigenetics of medulloblastoma and ependymoma, two of the most common malignant childhood brain tumors. He has personally led the formation of the Medulloblastoma Advanced Genomics International Consortium (MAGIC), a tumor bank containing over 1,200 frozen medulloblastoma tumors from around the world. His team is studying RNA and microRNA expression profiles of samples from this unique resourse to develop biomarkers to more reliably and accurately classify medulloblastomas. In 2008, Dr. Taylor was recognized by “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” award.

The Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship and Resident Research Day is a day set aside for showcasing research activities in the field of neurological surgery. During this day, a series of talks are presented by department residents, each spotlighting a topical research issue relevant in the field. These talks are followed by discussion moderated by our honored guest. He will follow this discussion with a special lecture of his own. Dr. Taylor's lecture will be on "Classification of Medulloblastoma and Ependymoma in the Molecular Era. Important, Even for Neurosurgeons." Dr. Taylor will also select a "Best Presentation" award, presented at a special reception held in his honor later in the evening.

This spotlight on research was a principle first emphasized by Stuart Niles Rowe, MD, the first formally-trained neurosurgeon to practice in Pittsburgh. Rowe is widely considered the founding figure of neurosurgery training in the city, establishing the base of what would later become the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery. Rowe believed that neurosurgery training should not only teach exceptional technique, but also the critical clinical decision-making skills necessary to succeed. He preached the underlying need for thorough literature review and independent research as a means for broadening clinical knowledge. 

Lectures will be held in the department’s main conference room located at B-400 in UPMC Presbyterian. Resident lectures are scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. with Dr. Taylor's lecture slated for 4:00 p.m. A complete list of all lectures will be announced as they become available.

For more information on this year's event, please contact Diann Bruni at 412-647-6358.