2003-2004 Merck Frosst Canada Ltd/HSFC Research Fellowship - Spears

Dr. Julian Spears
University of Toronto

Dr. Julian Spears is studying the treatment of brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Arteriovenous malformations, typically affecting young people, are abnormal tangles of blood vessels in the brain that cause hemorrhagic stroke. There are several therapeutic modalities for treating AVMs to prevent hemorrhagic stroke, and brain surgery is one option. However, surgical removal of an AVM can cause adverse neurological outcomes, dependent upon the AVM's specific morphological features. Dr. Spears is conducting clinical studies of various AVM characteristics that may influence neurological outcome following surgical removal. He will then work to develop a model to predict which AVM patients would be best suited for brain surgery and which might be more appropriately managed with alternative treatments to prevent hemorrhagic stroke. 
Dr. Spears is a resident in the division of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and is also pursuing a Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Upon completion of his fellowship supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Merck Frosst, he intends to pursue an academic career in neurosurgery with a special interest in clinical cerebrovascular research.
Supported by Merck Frosst Canada Ltd