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Volume 24, Number 9 | January 27, 2016  

   Message from the Dean

Let's Talk About Mental Health

Today marks the sixth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, a national fundraising and awareness campaign that has raised an incredible $73 million to support mental health initiatives across Canada.
Clara Hughes, Howie Mandel, Serena Ryder – all recognizable faces of Canadian talent – are doing their part to show people that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. And if you haven’t seen the new workplace mental health commercials, check them out here; it’s powerful stuff.
As a psychiatrist and researcher, I’ve seen how reducing the stigma around mental health issues leads not only to greater acceptance and understanding but also to better care for people in need.  

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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. 
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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 — Canada’s first.  The procedure was performed at Toronto Western Hospital and as word of its success spreads, new patients are expected to come forward. 
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Canada’s Leading Indigenous Health Conference Returns

The University of Toronto’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.
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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. 
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A U of T Professor Reminds Us Alzheimer’s Patients Are #StillHere

A research-based play co-produced by Professor Pia Kontos challenges misconceptions about dementia. It’s just one way Kontos, who is a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada’s #StillHere campaign, is reducing the stigma associated with the condition. 
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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 — 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. 
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Varsity Blues Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

February 5, 2016

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues invites all faculty and staff to a free game of basketball this semester.
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Oncology Continuing Education Monthly Province-Wide Rounds — Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: The Next Generation

February 19, 2016

The Litwin Family Centre in Genetic Medicine, University Health Network’s Dr. Raymond Kim will lead this educational event, which is approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 
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Wilson Centre Atelier: Fundamentals

May 16-19, 2016

This program on the essentials of Health Professions Education research is led by Wilson Centre Scientists with expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and representing diverse theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological perspectives.  
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Call for Nominations


U of T Student Engagement in the Arts Awards

Submit nominations to celebrate a student’s engagement and leadership in co-curricular arts activities at the University of Toronto.
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Honours and Awards

Professor Michael Sefton

University Professor Michael Sefton has been awarded the 2016 Terumo Global Science Prize. The prize celebrates outstanding researchers in the biomaterials field who have produced exceptional research results that meet international standards of excellence. Sefton is recognized for his lifetime achievements in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He will accept the honour in Japan this July. 
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Professor Robert Fowler

Order of Ontario
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Professor Herbert Gaisano

Order of Ontario
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Professor Julian Nedzelski

Order of Ontario
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Professor Stanley Zlotkin

Order of Ontario
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Call for Applications


Academic Global Child Health Fellowship

The Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is accepting applications for this 2-year fellowship.
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EHPIC 2016 - Educating Health Professionals in Interprofessional Care 

Apply now for this certificate course for health professionals, educators and leaders.
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Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships in Neuroscience

Calling all PhD students who are doing translational research on neurodegenerative disease(s) of aging to apply to this prestigious award.
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In the News


Sleep Disruptions in Seniors Tied to Unhealthy Brain Changes

Professor Andrew Lim in Reuters

Rethinking Medical Education

Professors Kymm Feldman and Sanjeev Sockalingam on The Agenda

Mosquito-Spread Zika Virus Could Spread from Brazil to Vacation Hotspots Like Florida and the Caribbean

Professor Kamran Khan in the National Post

Care for Syrian Refugee Children Goes Above and Beyond

Professor Anna Banerji on CBC News Online 

Doctors’ Notes: Knowing Yourself Helps You Get the Right Health Care

Professors Robert Maunder and Jonathan Hunter in the Toronto Star

Doctors’ Notes: What You Need to Know About Concussions and Your Child

Professor Peter Rumney in the Toronto Star

Call for Submissions


Health Edge Initiative

What’s not working in healthcare? Let us know and inventive U of T students, entrepreneurial youth and innovative researchers will fix it. We are looking for BUGS—problems.  Bugs with process, policy, pathways, protocols, products, services; anything that affects the quality of the patient experience, care delivery or quality of endpoints and outcomes.
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