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Volume 23, Number 15 | April 8, 2015  


   Message from the Dean

What’s the Big Deal About Big Data?

Everywhere these days, we’re hearing about Big Data. 

Retailers use big data to collect information on customers and to better understand the relationships between demographics and purchases.  Online advertisers use it to deliver predictive advertising. And in fields like physics, researchers are using big data to discover interesting correlations among diverse data sets. 

Medicine, though, has been slow to put Big Data to use.  Our Big Data challenges are very different from those faced by other disciplines.

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News

The Goldilocks Gene 

INPP4B is the Goldilocks of genes. If there’s too little of it, your risk for developing a variety of cancers increases. And new research from the University of Toronto shows that if there’s too much, you’re at a greater risk of developing leukemia.
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How a Deadly Fungus Evades the Immune System 

New research led by Professor Leah Cowen has scientists re-thinking how a lethal fungus grows and kills immune cells. The study hints at a new approach to therapy for Candida albicans, a common cause of bloodstream infections. 
Read more.
 

Mighty Microexons Take Centre Stage in Shaping the Brain 

University of Toronto researchers developed a new model to allow researchers to better understand the physiology behind many complex brain disorders like autism or schizophrenia.
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U of T Scientists Create New Technology for Precision Tumour Treatment 

Professor Gang Zheng and his research team created a new type of microbubble that may deliver targeted, therapeutic payloads in tumours. 
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U of T Medicine Students Help the Ontario Coroner’s Office 

It’s the kind of stuff you see on TV, but it’s happening in real life, right here in Ontario — and University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine residents are helping make it happen. 
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In the News


Germanwings: Depression Stereotypes Worsen the Tragedy

Professors Zafiris Jeffrey Daskalakis and Kwame McKenzie in the Globe and Mail
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New Test Speeds Up Tuberculosis Diagnosis in Nunavut, Study Finds

Professor Michael Gardam on CBC
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Dealing With a Preschooler’s Nervous Tics

Professor Sandra Mendlowitz in Parents Canada
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Suicide-Prevention Efforts After 1st Attempt Must Last Longer, New Research Suggests

Professors Yaron Finkelstein and David Juurlink on CBC
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Doctors' Notes: Can You Unplug, or Are You ‘Addicted’?

Professor Bruce Ballon in the Toronto Star
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Doctors’ Notes: Minimal Exercise Can Counteract Sedentary Lifestyle

Professor Dina Brooks in the Toronto Star
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Research

 

Recently Awarded Research Grants

 

Upcoming Award Deadlines

 

Funding News and Opportunities — Local, National, International

 

Departmental News and Events

 

Updates from the CIHR University Delegate


Honours and Awards

Caroline Sutherland

2015 Lois Ross CAIR Award for Service to Residents
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Professor Agostino Pierro

2015 ICCO (Italian Chamber of Commerce Ontario) Arts, Science and Culture Award
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Call for Applications


Staff IMPACT Awards

The Staff IMPACT Awards program recognizes the contributions of appointed administrative and technical staff across the Faculty of Medicine. 
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IDEAS — Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors

The application process for the IDEAS Advanced Quality Improvement Learning Program is open through June 1 for programs beginning in August and September.
Read more.

 

2015 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health

This $50,000 annual prize, sponsored by McGill University, recognizes an academic whose research has helped understanding of how physical activity, nutrition, fitness or psychosocial context can influence health. 
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Events

CCME Community Event

April 26, 2015

Dean Trevor Young invites you to a reception for alumni and friends, during the upcoming Canadian Conference on Medical Education. Please join us for an opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and colleagues.
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Translational Research Program InfoXchange 

April 14, 2015

The Institute of Medical Science is hosting an InfoXchange to give prospective students an opportunity to find out about the new Translational Research Program, meet faculty members and share experiences and ideas in-person or by webinar.
Read more.
 

DemoCampToronto 2015 

May 12, 2015

The Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management will host DemoCampToronto, which brings together innovators, technology entrepreneurs and thought leaders in research commercialization. 
Read more.

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U of T Medical student Jeffrey Wong enjoys a moment of quiet reflection at the Ontario Medical Students Association Wellness Retreat by Lake Simcoe. Students from medical schools across the province took part in the weekend of physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation from March 27 to 29 (photo courtesy of Jeffrey Wong).
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