Zandstra Named Director of Medicine by Design; New Funding Announced
Regenerative medicine at the University of Toronto took a big step forward on January 13 thanks to a series of announcements, including the appointment of Professor Peter Zandstra as the inaugural director of Medicine by Design. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand for the announcements, where he heralded regenerative medicine as the way of the future for Canadian health care.
Planning Means Hand/Arm Transplants Available to More Canadians
After five years of planning, 18 surgeons from the University of Toronto completed a rare forearm and hand surgery â€” Canadaâ€™s first. The procedure was performed at Toronto Western Hospital and as word of its success spreads, new patients are expected to come forward.
Canadaâ€™s Leading Indigenous Health Conference Returns
The University of Torontoâ€™s Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development is hosting the 2nd Biennial Indigenous Health Conference at the Hilton Meadowvale, May 26-27, 2016. This year, the conference will focus on how we can work together towards improving the health inequities faced by Indigenous populations and provide a forum to discuss ways to move towards reconciliation.
Study Suggests Whole-Genome Sequencing Should Be Primary Genetic Test For Patients
New research led by Professor Christian Marshall finds that whole-genome sequencing uncovered four times as many genetic variants useful for diagnosing illness than standard genetic testing. In a single test, whole genome sequencing can help clinicians determine the underlying genetic cause of a disease.
A U of T Professor Reminds Us Alzheimerâ€™s Patients Are #StillHere
A research-based play co-produced by Professor Pia Kontos challenges misconceptions about dementia. Itâ€™s just one way Kontos, who is a spokesperson for the Alzheimerâ€™s Society of Canadaâ€™s #StillHere campaign, is reducing the stigma associated with the condition.
Collaborating to Fight Common Cause of Kidney Disease
Four U of T researchers are teaming up to fight a common cause of end-stage kidney disease in Canada â€” kidney scarring caused by diabetes. A million-dollar Transformational Diabetes Team Research Grant from the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre will support the project and help establish a new Centre for Advanced Therapeutics in Diabetic Kidney Disease.