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Kigali and the Children’s: a partnership aimed at sharing knowledge and expertise

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In honour of World Humanitarian Day, we would like to highlight the visit of Dr. Tuyisenge, head of pediatrics at the Kigali University Teaching Hospital. While she was here, our two institutions signed a memorandum of agreement aimed at improving knowledge sharing. Dr. Tuyisenge visited a number of the Children’s departments, including nephrology, hematology-oncology and the Telehealth Centre, and met with department heads who explained their respective tasks as well as the hospital’s organizational structure. When Dr. Tuyisenge returns home full of new ideas, knowledge and experience that she gained within the walls of the Children’s, she hopes to be …

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By Fondation du Children,

Doc Talk: Dr. Guillaume Sébire

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In this installment of Doc Talk, we introduce you to MCH Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Guillaume Sébire, a clinician-scientist and director of Neurology in the McGill Pediatrics Department. Doctor Sébire’s research focuses on the causes of severe handicaps such as cerebral palsy and of learning disabilities and behavioral disorders such as autism.  What brought you into medicine and into this field of specialization? In the 1980’s, there was still a lot of mystery surrounding brain disease in children – there still is some, but thankfully it has thinned-out a bit – and I was drawn by these mysteries around child disease.  The …

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By Fondation du Children,

Dr. Adam Fleming

Adam Fleming. Staff Portraits taken on 1/5/2011 and 1/6/2011.

When a child is diagnosed with a brain tumour, the family faces the daunting task of learning about a terrifying diagnosis followed by navigating a very complex treatment process. At the Montreal Children’s Hospital, that process is made easier thanks to a team of professionals who work together to provide children with leading-edge techniques and treatments. Neuro-oncologist Dr. Adam Fleming is a key member of the Pediatric Neuro-oncology Program, a multidisciplinary team that works with children through every step of their treatment. “Brain tumours in children are rare,” says Dr. Fleming, “but children who present with them require highly specialized …

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The Ruvo Cousins: a Fundraising Double-Whammy.

Jennifer Ruvo

Four-year old Stefano Ruvo lives with a rare genetic disorder that impedes his ability to breathe and to digest. He needs a feeding tube and night-time ventilator support – assistance he now gets at home through the Complex Care Service of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. “Behind Stefano is a story that will inspire us”, says his grown-up cousin and fundraiser-extraordinaire, Jennifer Ruvo. At 22 years of age, Jenn is already a practiced hand at fundraising on behalf of the MCH Complex Care Service. “It gets easier year-by-year”, she notes. Her most recent effort was Brunch with Santa, held at Golf Saint-Raphael in …

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Danny Wolff: Running for The Children’s

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Danny Wolff doesn’t need to run far to find his inspiration: “When I’m running, I’m running for my children, Dylan and Riley.” Eight-year old Dylan and Riley are identical twins who were diagnosed with Canavan Disease when they were five months old. Canavan is a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive and irreversible damage to nerve cells in the brain, stunting physical and intellectual development from infancy. Most affected individuals live only into childhood. The thought of doing something concrete to help The Children’s help his two sons and others grew steadily in Danny Wolff’s mind. Though he was admittedly overweight …

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