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About SSuRe Weekly Scientific Seminars:

Each week, a leading SickKids scientist provides a dynamic, engaging talk intended to teach you something about a different area of research happening in the hospital and research institute. By the end of the summer, you'll have a better understanding and appreciation of the key roles basic and clinical research have in advancing our knowledge of human health and disease (have you or your PI received a Lunenfeld Studentship this year? Guess what...the seminar series are mandatory for you to attend). This week's topic?

Addressing Inequities in Global Childhood Cancer Outcomes with Dr. Helen Dimaras

Helen Dimaras

About Dr. Helen Dimaras:

Dr. Helen Dimaras is Director of Global Eye Health Research in the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences at SickKids, and Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program and Member of the Centre for Global Child Health at the SickKids Research Institute. She also holds positions as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto; and Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Human Pathology at the University of Nairobi. She has a PhD in Molecular & Medical Genetics, and completed post-doctoral training in clinical trials and global health.

Dr. Dimaras’ research spans the disciplines of global health, cancer genetics and clinical science. Her studies have contributed to the understanding of the molecular genetic development of retinoblastoma. She is currently studying approaches to reduce the global retinoblastoma survival gap that results in poor survival in developing countries. Key initiatives include the establishment of a centralized digital pathology laboratory in Nairobi; design of comprehensive cancer genetics services to meet the needs of low-resource settings; and the development of a global retinoblastoma map, One Retinoblastoma World (www.1rbw.org), to track patients and treatment resources worldwide.

Dr. Dimaras teaches undergraduate courses in genetics and global health within the U of T Human Biology Program, and a module on technology & innovation for global health within the Global Health Education Initiative at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her interest in global health education has also led her to study the ethics of voluntourism and global health study abroad/service learning experiences.

For more information on Dr. Dimaras' work visit:

SickKids website: http://lab.research.sickkids.ca/dimaras/

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=dimaras

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/helendimaras

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hdimaras


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