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What Makes Us Special

Our Team Approach

Krembil Neuroscience Centre has a unique team that combines expertise in neurosurgical and orthopedic spine surgery. We evaluate about 3,000 patients each year.

The Spine Program has close ties with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Spine oncology accounts for about a third of our program cases, and we care for roughly 80 patients a year with acute spine and spinal cord injuries. As well, the Spine Program is closely allied with the Arthritis Program and provides expertise in the management of rheumatoid cervical spine disease and other complex spine degenerative disorders.


Our Research

The Spine Program emphasizes the bench-to-bedside approach that fosters new scientific discoveries and improved patient outcomes. Our basic science programs focus on the study of the molecular and cellular basis of spinal cord dysfunction after trauma and innovative treatments to reduce secondary damage and repair and regenerate the injured spinal cord. Our clinical programs are aimed at advancing patient care and recovery by honing protocols designed to minimize paralysis and permanent damage in persons with acute spinal cord injuries.

The Spine Program's clinical research relies on a talent pool of dedicated health care providers and neuroscientists. The focus of our research includes investigations into:

  • Timing of surgical intervention
  • Radiographic imaging techniques
  • Plasticity of neural circuitry after spinal cord injury
  • Surgical stabilization
  • Genetic engineering technologies


Our Teaching

We not only teach future doctors, nurses and allied health care specialists, we provide specialized training for surgeons from around the world.

The Krembil Neuroscience Centre is one of the most highly sought after places to train medical professionals looking to specialize in conditions of the brain, spine and eyes.

We believe this endeavour makes us strive to do better for patients and perform more groundbreaking research.