Surgical Research

The Division of Surgical Research offers research facilities for graduate students or surgical residents who wish to register for the degree of MSc or PhD in experimental surgery.

Membership in the Department of Surgery is multidisciplinary with basic scientists and surgeon-scientists from all surgical subspecialties within the department. Research interests are focused in the following areas:
  • Islet transplantation
  • Xenotransplantation
  • Burns and wound healing
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Urologic oncology
  • Surgical education and hepatitis
Research spans the entire range of investigation from molecular and cell biology to translational and educational research to multicentre randomized clinical trials. Work is in the most challenging disciplines of medicine including critical care, oncology, transplantation, trauma and surgery.

Major areas of research excellence include:
Tissue engineering,
Reconstruction and regeneration,
Metabolic, immunologic and cognitive response to injury and disease, and the molecular biology of inherited and acquired diseases.

Facilities are available for the following current projects:
  • Islet transplantation,
  • The immunology of diabetes,
  • Glucose regulation studies,
  • ECMO studies,
  • Assessment of respiratory reflexes with respect to sleep state,
  • Gastrointestinal motility studies,
  • Experiments for extending the application of laparoscopic surgery,
  • Metabolic aspects of organ preservation (liver, heart, small bowel).
The senior director of the Division of Surgical Research, Dr. Colin Anderson, chairs the research committee overseeing research programs in the division. The research committee is made up of members from each division within the department as well as a surgical resident and a basic science student to represent graduate students.