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November 23, 2016

We're Competing with Netflix

Connecting with Medicine alumni is a formidable task. They’ve got busy practices, labs and lives — half are age 35 to 54, prime years for family life and career demands. Not to mention Netflix.

So how does U of T Medicine cut through the din and remain relevant once our grads have bid campus farewell? Instilling pride is one way but universities know that means more than waving pendants and sending solicitous emails. Med grads are a sophisticated global crowd — our work has to reflect that.

That’s why we aim to surprise, challenge and (hopefully) delight alumni with UofTMed magazine’s provocative themes and eye-popping design. Twice a year, we handcraft a magazine that will leap out amid the junk mail and stand the test of time on coffee tables, in waiting rooms and hospital lounges.

That’s also why the Council for the Advancement of Scholarship and Education (CASE) named UofTMed its 2016 Magazine of the Year. We joined the esteemed ranks of Stanford Medicine and Harvard Medicine, the first Canadian publication to win in the award’s 73-year history.

So what have we got for alumni this fall? How do we keep getting better?


Linda Quattrin
Executive Director
Office of Communications, Faculty of Medicine



Study Uncovers New Schizophrenia Risk Genes

U of T and international scientists in the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium have found six new schizophrenia risk genes, adding to evidence of the important role genes play in disease susceptibility.


Basic Income Can Reduce Food Insecurity and Improve Health

The University hosted a conference on food insecurity last week, just after a major report for the Ontario Government recommended testing a basic-income approach to social assistance in this province. Professor Valerie Tarasuk commented on the report and the strong links among income, food insecurity and health.

Rehabilitating Veterans: U of T’s Ongoing Commitment

The University’s rehabilitation programs emerged from the ravages of the First World War. Today’s students, faculty and alumni carry the spirit that generated those programs as they improve the quality of life for veterans and soldiers injured in warzones.

A Bridge to Practice

Tathiana Santana Shiguemoto was an established medical professional in Brazil before moving to Toronto in 2011. She talks about her journey to become a licensed physiotherapist in Canada.

Teamwork = Better Health Care. Fact or Fallacy?

Professor Elise Paradis, a new faculty member and Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Healthcare Practice, talks about her qualitative research on team dynamics, physician dominance, struggles over space and other potential barriers to collaboration.

Faces of U of T Medicine

MD/PhD student Natasha Lane did her doctorate on gerontology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Now in the second year of the MD program, she talks about her transition back to medical study and how she hopes to improve elder care.

Medical Students Get a Healthy Take on Nutrition

First-year medical students attended a cooking class and grocery store tour as part of the new Foundations Curriculum. The outings were part of a week devoted to lifestyle medicine.

New Germ-Free Core Facility

Toronto’s first germ-free animal facility is open for all interested research faculty. Germ-free housing is available on site in the Medical Sciences building, with germ-free re-derivation of strains coming soon.

For more information on this service, contact

In Focus


Rehabilitation Sciences

Four rehabilitation sciences students who convocated on November 9 talk about their programs and how they hope to shape the future of Canadian health care.

Christian Blake is the editor of the Toronto-based website AccessTO, which highlights accessible and inclusive bars, restaurants, cafes and other venues. He speaks about his program and its fieldwork component.

Mujeeb Duranai is a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award winner and the valedictorian for the class of 2016. He sees his future in manual and manipulative physiotherapy.

Teenu Sanjeevan talks about her research on the connections between language and motor development in children.

Emily Neufeld shares her interest in speech and language disorders and delays in preschool children.

Call for Nominations


2017 W. T. Aikins Awards

Submit nominations for the Faculty of Medicine’s W. T. Aikins Awards, which recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Call for Applications


Helen P. Batty Awards for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development

The Centre for Faculty Development administers these awards, which recognize excellence in faculty development through programs, evaluation and teaching. 

Leadership and Governance

Two Advisory Committees to the Dean welcome comments and nominations for the following roles:

Chair, Department of Anesthesia

Chair, Department of Medical Biophysics


Recently Awarded Research Grants

Upcoming Award Deadlines

What's New in Research Funding

Departmental News and Events

Updates on CIHR Funding

H2i Spotlight


App Connects Patients to Health Care

Anyone looking for a doctor on short notice can quickly find one and book an appointment with iamsick, an app co-developed by Dr. Ryan Doherty while he was a doctoral student in Medical Biophysics at U of T.



EarthTones Benefit Concert

November 24, 2016, from 7:00 to 9:00PM

Great Hall, Hart House


This 16th annual concert will raise funds to combat child hunger while showcasing the musical talents of U of T students, faculty and staff. Hosted by UTIHP and the Faculty of Medicine.


Strides in Research Toward Fall Prevention

November 24, 2016, from 11:00AM to 12:00PM

500 University Ave., Room 140


This event is part of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute’s monthly awareness project and includes talks on footwear neuromechanics, spinal injury and handrail design.


Dr. Peggy Hill Memorial Lecture on Indigenous Health

November 24, 2016, from 5:30 to 7:30PM

Mining Building, 170 College St., Room 128


Professor Suzanne Stewart will give this year’s annual lecture, on Indigenous knowledge, healing and Aboriginal homelessness. Prof. Stewart is Director Designate at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health.


Rehabilitation Rounds

December 1, 2016, from 12:10 to 1:00PM

500 University Ave., Room 132


Dr. Armando Vásquez Barrios, Regional Advisor for the Pan American (World) Health Organization, will present on the WHO’s disability action plan.


TBEP Research Seminars

December 5, 2016, from 5:00 to 6:00PM

MaRS West Tower, 14th Floor Lounge


Dr. Tzung Hsiai from the University of California, Los Angeles will present on 4-D light-sheet imaging to elucidate shear stress modulation of cardiac trabeculation.


December 8, 2016, from 10:00 to 11:00AM

MaRS West Tower, 14th Floor Lounge


Dr. Patrick Mathieu from Laval University will present on gene regulation pathways in calcific aortic valve disease.

Honours and Awards


Professor Monica Justice

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science


Professor Lawrence Leiter

Canadian Diabetes Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Research Excellence

Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Robert Volpe Distinguished Service Award


Dr. Wei Zhang

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation



Chair, Family and Community Medicine

Professor Michael Kidd will begin a five-year term as Chair on May 1, 2017. He is currently Professor of Global Primary Care and Executive Dean at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.


Chair, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

Professor Rita Kandel will begin a five-year term as Chair on April 1, 2017. She is a Professor in the department, Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital (Sinai Health System), and Associate Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System. 

In the News

Regular milk may beat low fat for kids

Professor Jonathon Maguire in the New York Times

Basic income a solution to food insecurity, says professor

Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC

New approach to Ebola, SARS leads to research award

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Wei Zhang in the Toronto Star

Toronto medical student who fled war pays it forward giving Syrian refugees gift of sight

Medical student Tarek Bin Yameen at

Doctors' Notes: Help your child cope with diabetes

Professor Ian Zenlea in the Toronto Star

Doctors' Notes: Stopping opioid use completely will only cause more problems

Professor Peter Selby in the Toronto Star

The academic procession moves into Convocation Hall during U of T's graduation ceremonies on November 9, 2016.


Next issue publication date:
December 14, 2016
Submission deadline:
December 7, 2016

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