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Volume 23, Number 9 | January 14, 2015  

   Message from the Dean


Welcome back to the Faculty of Medicine, and welcome to 2015. I hope each of you found time over the break to connect with family and friends, to relax and to make new plans and set new goals for the year ahead.

I’m tremendously excited to begin my work as our Faculty’s new Dean. I’ve been able to meet with many of you in the last few months, and I’ve learned a lot about the challenges you face and your priorities and goals. As we start the new calendar year together, I want you to know that I share your commitment to education and research and that I’m looking forward to working with each of you. 

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Six Faculty Named to Order of Canada

U of T Medicine Professors Brenda GallieShafique Keshavjee, Laurence Klotz, Wendy Levinson, Norman Emilio Marcon and Catherine Zahn have been named to the Order of Canada — the nation’s highest civilian honour.
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Scientists Discover Tiny Gene Fragments Linked to Brain Development and Autism

Very small segments of genes called “microexons” influence how proteins interact with each other in the nervous system, Prof. Benjamin Blencowe and colleagues have found, opening up a new line of research into the cause of autism.
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Machine Learning Reveals Unexpected Genetic Roots of Cancers, Autism and Other Disorders

In the decade since the genome was sequenced in 2003, scientists, engineers and doctors have struggled to answer an all-consuming question: Which DNA mutations cause disease? A new computational technique developed by a Canadian research team led by Prof. Brendan Frey may now be able to tell us.
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Shooting the Messenger: The Emotional Effect of Violence on Journalists

The recent massacre in Paris was the first time terrorism has targeted Western journalists on their own turf.  If experience in other parts of the world is any indication, says Prof. Anthony Feinstein, this could have a chilling effect on the Fifth Estate, and strike a blow at democracy itself. 
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Sodium Levels in Canadian Chain Restaurant Food Largely Unchanged Over Three Years: U of T Study 

Research from Prof. Mary L’Abbé’s lab has shown that sodium levels in Canadian chain restaurant meals have changed little since 2010, despite the food industry’s commitment to offer more meals with less sodium.
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Faces of U of T Medicine: Narayan Chattergoon 

Medical students have to be professional multitaskers, but Narayan Chattergoon takes it to a whole new level. Chattergoon is President of U of T Medicine’s Medical Society, a student group that represents all undergraduate medical students. He spoke to writer Suniya Kukaswadia about what it’s like to be a student leader at one of Canada’s top medical schools. 
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Writing the Genetic Instruction Manual

If decoding DNA gave scientists the genetic blueprints for the human body, Prof. Fritz Roth is helping to write the manual. Although genes are important, they are only the ‘plans’ for producing proteins or other parts of a cell.
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In the Fold: New Drug Target Discovered

A team of researchers led by Prof. Julie Forman-Kay discovered a mechanism cells use for controlling disordered proteins involved in cancer and autism.
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Finding Needles in the Haystack of Genomic Data

Prof. Fritz Roth and colleagues have developed two powerful computational methods to help reveal disease-causing genes within suspicious regions of the genome.
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Emily Nalder Appointed Inaugural March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor

Prof. Emily Nalder has been appointed as the March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor. The professorship resulted from a $1.5 million agreement between March of Dimes Canada and the Faculty of Medicine to advance research in brain injury and stroke recovery. 
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PD-1 Immunotherapies Induce Painless Thyroiditis in Patients with Metastatic Malignancies

Treatment with programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) immunotherapy across various oncology clinical trials has been associated with the induction of painless thyroiditis — characterized by transient thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism in patients with metastatic malignancies — according to a presentation by Prof. Paul Walfish.
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Deferred MSB Lobby Naming to Proceed

In 2005, the Faculty recommended, and Governing Council approved, the naming of the main lobby of the Medical Sciences Building for the then-departing Dean, David Naylor. As required by university policy, naming was deferred until Prof. Naylor completed his term as President. The lobby, a popular gathering spot for students and home to a new student lounge, will be named The C. David Naylor Student Commons in recognition of Prof. Naylor’s leadership of the Faculty from 1999 to 2005.


The Public's Health: A Symposium on Public Health Histories

March 5-7, 2015

This academic and public conference will look at the history of public health from many perspectives including vaccination, the law and definitions of public health. The symposium is a follow-up to the University’s popular 2012 event, Taking Toronto's Healthcare History.
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Healing and the Heart: Conference on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine

January 17, 2015

This conference focuses on leading-edge regenerative techniques for maintaining and restoring cardiovascular health and function.
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AHRC Workshop: An Introduction to Medical Devices

January 28, 2015

This workshop looks at the key characteristics of medical devices, how Health Canada regulates them, and related clinical research issues. Speakers will also explore product lifecycle and clinical development strategies.
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Musculoskeletal Management Course: Low Back Pain

February 21, 2015

This one-day interactive course covers clinical skills and tools for treating low back pain. 
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Wilson Centre Atelier: Say Something, a Workshop on Outstanding Presentations

March 5 and 6, 2015

This workshop brings together four experts who will work with up to 12 participants over two days on how to create and give great presentations. Presentation techniques will include narrative and mnemonic tools, a basic understanding of memory and performance.
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The Hodges Education Scholarship International Symposium

March 12, 2015

This annual symposium recognizes Prof. Brian Hodges’ continuing work in health professions education research and provides a forum for discussion of current issues in education research.
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Call for Nominations


2015 Governing Council and Academic Board

The Governing Council and the Academic Board at U of T are accepting seat nominations.
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2015 W.T. Aikins Awards

Submit nominations for the W.T. Aikins Awards.
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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:
January 28, 2015
Submission deadline:
January 21, 2015

MedEmail Archive
Faculty of Medicine Boundless Campaign Newsletter
U of T Boundless Campaign Newsletter

Honours & Awards

Prof. David Jenkins

Prof. David Jenkins (Department of Nutritional Sciences) has won McGill’s 2014 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. Prof. Jenkins’s research helps people make healthy eating choices that can lower cholesterol and blood glucose, prevent chronic disease and provide long-term health benefits. He is the first Canadian to win the prize. 
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Prof. Arthur Slutsky

2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Health Researcher of the Year 
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Prof. Michael Julius

2014 Research Canada Leadership Award 
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Prof. Brian Levine

2014 International Neuropsychological Society’s Benton Mid-Career Award for Research 
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Prof. Anna Zavodni

2014 Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence
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Prof. Padraig Warde

Honorary Fellowship, Faculty of Radiologists of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 
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Prof. Cindy-Lee Dennis

2015 Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology Lecturer Award 
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Call for Submissions


Comics and Medicine 2015: Spaces for Care

Submit a paper for Comics and Medicine 2015: Spaces for Care. This year’s conference looks at space as a critical element in health care and comics.
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Fourth Canadian Obesity Summit

Submit abstracts for the Fourth Canadian Obesity Summit. The multidisciplinary event focuses on prevention, treatment, policy and practice.
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Leadership and Governance


Interim Director, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

Prof. Helene Polatajko has been appointed Interim Director of a new EDU-B — the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, formerly the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science. 
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Chair, Department of Physiology

Prof. Graham Collingridge has been appointed Chair, Department of Physiology. 
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Director, Institute of Medical Science

Prof. Mingyao Liu has been appointed Director, Institute of Medical Science.
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Call for Applications


Chair, Department of Psychiatry

The Faculty of Medicine invites applications for the role of Chair, Department of Psychiatry.
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Faculty Lead, Medical Psychiatry Alliance

The Faculty of Medicine’s MD Program is accepting applications for the role of Faculty Lead, Medical Psychiatry Alliance. 
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Mentors, Diversity Mentorship Program

Undergraduate Medical Education is seeking faculty members to participate in the Diversity Mentorship Program. 
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Course Director, Transitions UME

The Faculty of Medicine’s MD Program is accepting applications for the role of Course Director, Transitions. 
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Curriculum Research Scientist, UME and Wilson Centre

The Faculty of Medicine’s MD Program and the Wilson Centre are accepting applications for the role of Curriculum Research Scientist. 
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In the News


War Chest of Discoveries Seeds Toronto’s Northern Biologics

Profs. Sachdev Sidhu, Jason Moffat and Brenda Andrews in the Globe and Mail
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Ten to Watch in 2015

Profs. Joshua Tepper and Lili-Naz Hazrati in the Toronto Star
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Computer Taught How to Read Human Genome

Profs. Brendan Frey and Stephen Scherer in the Toronto Star
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Tiny Gene Fragments Linked to Altered Brain Development in Autism, U of T Scientists Say

Prof. Benjamin Blencowe and postdoctoral fellow Manuel Irimia in the Toronto Star
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Make Exercise a Vital Sign

Prof. Brian Goldman on CBC Radio
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Doctors at St. Mike's Launch Project to Address Root Causes of Poor Health

Prof. Gary Bloch and Andrew Pinto in the Toronto Star
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Funding Changes Usher in a Dark Age for Canadian Science

Profs. Igor Stagljar and Julie Claycomb in the Globe and Mail
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Parkinson's Disease

Prof. Galit Kleiner-Fisman on
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Doctor’s Notes: How to Find a Family Doctor

Prof. Lynn Wilson in the Toronto Star
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Doctor’s Notes: U of T Health and Fitness Experts’ New Year’s Resolutions Might Surprise You

Profs. Mike EvansGreg WellsCarol GreenwoodLynda Balneaves and PhD candidate Nanci Guest in the Toronto Star
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Doctor’s Notes: A Belly Laugh Will Do You a World of Good

Prof. Mel Borins in the Toronto Star
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In Memoriam 

Prof. Pamela Catton

Prof. Pamela Catton passed away on December 23, 2014. She was a Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology and a Radiation Oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Prof. Catton was an innovator and leader in health professions education who helped create Canada’s first radiation therapy degree program at U of T and the Michener Institute, which has trained over 1,500 health professionals. She also shaped education in Canada for medical undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty — and for patients — through work with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and other national bodies, and she mentored dozens of trainees and junior faculty.
Read Prof. Fei-Fei Liu’s tribute to Prof. Catton.
Read a news story about Prof. Catton’s career. 

Professor Emeritus Don Cowan

Professor Emeritus Don Cowan — former Associate Dean of Clinical and Institutional Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine — passed away on December 22, 2014. Prof. Cowan was a Professor in the Faculty’s Department of Medicine and was Physician-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre from 1974 to 1986. His many leadership roles included Executive Vice President at Cancer Care Ontario and President of the Canadian Hematology Society and Canadian Oncology Society. He continued to make significant teaching contributions long after his retirement from clinical practice.
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Dean Trevor Young enjoys his first day on the job: January 5, 2015.
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