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Volume 23, Number 6 | November 5, 2014  

Message from the Dean

Ranking Our Impact

Fall is the time to reflect on the scope and impact of our research activity. We hosted the Gairdner Awards Symposia last week, a celebration of Canada's top biomedical scientists. Next week, we will host the annual Research Awards reception, celebrating the outstanding work of our own faculty members.

This is also when university global rankings are published, which — depending on the particular ranking — help to evaluate the impact of our research. We monitor four of these closely: the Times Higher Education, the Quacquarelli Symonds,  the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the National Taiwan University Rankings.
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U of T Researchers Discover Why Anesthetics Cause Prolonged Memory Loss

Prof. Beverley Orser and PhD candidate Agnes Zurek have shown why anesthetics can cause long-term memory loss, a discovery that can have serious implications for post-operative patients.
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Restaurant Menu Labels Could Lower Calorie and Salt Consumption, U of T Study Shows

Doctoral student Mary Scourboutakos and her team in Prof. Mary L’Abbé's lab have found that a large majority of Canadians want nutrition information on restaurant menus — and that many would use it to make healthier food choices.
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Addressing the Cracks in Treatment at the Crossroads of Mind and Body

What happens when a person with schizophrenia gets cancer or someone with diabetes shows signs of depression? Too often, people with such concurrent diagnoses fall through the cracks of our fragmented health care system, says Prof. Benoit Mulsant
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Awarding Alumni Achievements

The Faculty of Medicine celebrated three of its most outstanding medical alumni at the Dean’s Honour Roll Luncheon on November 3rd.
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Bethune’s Spirit Strengthens International Bonds

Fang Li, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto, visited the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research on October 17 to see how its scientists honour Dr. Norman Bethune’s legacy through their collaborations with labs at leading universities in China and around the world.
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Small Farms, Good Fats: Science for the Food Revolution

Ontario’s Rolling Meadow Dairy has launched a line of milk this fall from cows that eat mainly grass. This new alternative — which is a better choice for consumers concerned about fat — is informed by the work of Prof. Richard Bazinet.
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Alternative Hospital Funding Proposal Risky, Says Study 

A new study says Canadian federal and provincial policymakers should be wary of funding hospitals through an activity-based funding (ABF) model. The study involved 19 researchers at several Canadian, Swiss and Australian universities, including Dr. Danielle Martin, a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
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Researchers Discover Possible Cause of Common Dementia, Opening Avenues for Treatment 

Prof. Daniel Mandell and his team have potentially discovered that tiny strokes could be a major cause of dementia.
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Service of Remembrance

November 11, 2014

The annual Service of Remembrance at the St. George Campus will take place outside at the base of the Soldiers’ Tower.
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2014 Indigenous Health Conference

November 20-21, 2014

Join Aboriginal health experts, care providers and community members as they discuss how to address health disparities faced by Canada’s Indigenous populations.
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54th Annual Walter Wright Symposium
Neuro-Ophthalmology: Challenges in Diagnosis and Management

December 5-6, 2014

The 54th Annual Walter Wright Symposium covers current approaches for diagnosing and managing common neuro-ophthalmic conditions that ophthalmologists see in daily practice.
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28th Annual Update in Emergency Medicine

February 22-25, 2015

This four-day update will help you better identify, assess and treat patients with a number of common, yet potentially challenging, problems in adult and paediatric emergency medicine.
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The Public’s Health: A Symposium on Public Health Histories

March 6-7, 2015

Learn about public health history from unique and diverse perspectives. The symposium features peer-reviewed sessions and public talks.
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Education Achievement Celebration

May 12, 2015 

Save the date for the Faculty’s 13th annual Education Achievement Celebration, which to showcases and rewards teaching and education excellence.
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Honours & Awards

Prof. Kullervo Hynynen

Prof. Kullervo Hynynen (Department of Medical Biophysics) has won the 2014 Rayleigh Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society. The annual award is the Society’s highest honour in the field of ultrasonics. 
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Prof. Pamela Catton

2014 American Association for Cancer Education’s Margaret Hay Edwards Achievement Medal.
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Prof. Mary Gospodarowicz

2014 American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology’s Gold Medal 
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Leadership and Governance


Director, Centre for Ambulatory Care Education

The Faculty of Medicine and Women’s College Hospital have struck a committee to advise on the appointment of Director, Centre for Ambulatory Care Education. 
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President, International Association of Forensic Sciences

Prof. Michael Pollanen has been named President of the International Association of Forensic Sciences. 
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Call for Applications


Faculty Lead, Care of the Elderly/Geriatrics

Undergraduate Medical Education is recruiting applicants for the role of Faculty Lead, Care of the Elderly/Geriatrics.
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Integrated Leadership Portfolio Director

Undergraduate Medical Education is recruiting applicants for the role of Integrated Leadership Portfolio Director. 
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Call for Abstracts


2nd Annual Canadian Burn Symposium

Submit an abstract for the 2nd Annual Canadian Burn Symposium.
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Call for Nominations


2014 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Submit nominations for the 2014 University of Toronto Alumni Awards of Excellence.
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In the News

Doctors’ Notes: As Ebola Scare Continues, Let's Have Some Compassion for People Who Fear Illness

Prof. Robert Maunder in the Toronto Star
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What Canada Can Do About Ebola

Prof. Jane Philpott in the Toronto Star
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Successful Retina Transplant Sparks Hope

Profs. Janet Rossant and Derek van der Kooy in the Globe and Mail
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Doctors From Across Canada Take Top to Bottom Challenge to Raise Funds for Colon Cancer Research

Profs. Zane Cohen and Andy Smith in the Edmonton Journal
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Doctors’ Notes: The Severe Form of Depression You May Not Know About 

Prof. Edward Shorter in the Toronto Star
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Recently Awarded Research Grants


Upcoming Award Deadlines


Funding News and Opportunities — Local, National, International


Departmental News and Events


Updates from the CIHR University Delegate

Next issue publication date:
November 19, 2014
Submission deadline:
November 12, 2014

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