A Volunteer with Critical Expertise

Many health care professionals from across Canada, such as physicians, nurses, and social workers, take time out of their busy lives to help ensure brain tumour survivors, caregivers and family have access to the best brain tumour information. One of these important volunteers is Dr. David Eisenstat, a Pediatric and Adult Neuro-Oncologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada relies on his generous contribution of time and his professional expertise to help create the free resources on which brain tumour survivors and other health care professionals rely.

In 2003, Dr. Eisenstat joined Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s Professional Advisory Group (PAG) to provide medical advice and to support Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's volunteers, committees, staff and Board of Directors. Dr. Eisenstat explains his interest in this role: “I enjoy the breadth of questions that we are asked as well as the collegial and multi-disciplinary nature of the PAG.”

Janic Gorayeb, Health Information Specialist notes that, “Dr. Eisenstat is always quick and very helpful when we have a question which results in timely and accurate information getting to survivors and caregivers.”

As the Director of Neuro-Oncology with Cancer Care Manitoba as well as the Director of Advanced Degrees in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Eisenstat also oversees important research. One of his current projects is attempting to understand the regulation of cell growth and differentiation during development which has the ultimate research goal of developing new treatments for brain tumours.

Dr. Eisenstat shares this expertise in other volunteer roles such as speaking at Information Day Conferences, and representing Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at the Biennial Canadian Neuro-Oncology Meeting and with organizations such as the National Brain Tumour Society (a member of the Brain Tumor Funder’s Collaborative).

2014 Update

Dr. David Eisenstat is now a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Medical Genetics and Oncology at the University of Alberta. David is the Division Director, Pediatric Immunology, Hematology/Oncology, Palliative Care and Environmental Health (iHOPE) and is the inaugural Muriel and Ada Hole Kids with Cancer Society Chair in Pediatric Oncology. He is also serving as the Interim Co-Director of the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA).

His laboratory is interested in the interface between nervous system cell fate, cancer and development, especially childhood brain tumours and retinoblastoma.  


Story originally posted in January 2011

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