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Volume 23, Number 11 | February 11, 2015  

   Message from the Dean

Being a Better Partner to Hospitals

Medicine can’t be taught or practised in an Ivory Tower. Hospitals provide an immersive experience critical to the successful training we deliver. The lessons we gain, as we work alongside our colleagues and with our patients, inform what we teach, how we teach it, the research we do and how we practise our craft.
As I wrote in the last issue, the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) is the jewel in our partnership crown. A genuine partnership depends on the relationship being mutually beneficial. The hospitals provide us with these rich opportunities for learning, but are we at U of T Medicine providing enough in return?

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Crohn’s Drug May Help in Bone Marrow Disorder

Professors Anca Prica and Rena Buckstein may have found a new way to treat a bone marrow disorder. A drug called adalimumab, which is commonly used to treat Crohn’s disease, may help people who have myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The drug is also used to treat other conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
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Q and A with Professor Brian Goldman 

Professor Brian Goldman of the Department of Medicine is an emergency room specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital, a medical journalist, writer and broadcaster. His most recent book, The Secret Language of Doctors, interprets some of the invented “slang” doctors use among their peers in hospitals across North America. 
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Drug Combinations a Good Approach for Infectious Fungus, Research Shows

Professor Leah Cowen has discovered that Candida albicans — a leading cause of potentially fatal hospital-acquired infections — rarely develops resistance to combination drug therapy and, when it becomes resistant, it also becomes less dangerous. Cowen may also have found a new way to eliminate the fungus in humans.
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U of T Researchers Call for Greater Transparency in Vaccine Decision-Making

A group of U of T researchers including Professors Natasha Crowcroft, Ross Upshur and Shelley Deeks is urging the world’s health authorities to overhaul how vaccine decisions are made and communicated, saying such decisions should no longer happen behind closed doors.
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Merck Gives $7.5 Million to the Structural Genomics Consortium at U of T

Global health care leader Merck has joined the Structural Genomics Consortium at U of T with a $7.5 million contribution. Merck’s support will fund development of chemical probes to study genetic traits. The probes will expand the understanding of biology in several disease areas, particularly cancer and inflammatory diseases.
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Faces of U of T Medicine: Andrew Boozary

Dr. Andrew Boozary isn’t afraid to tackle tough health challenges head on. The family medicine resident started the Harvard Public Health Review to engage experts in evidence-based debate about issues such as race relations and health. He also focuses on a wide array of health policies as a Special Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. He talked to us about his work.
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Continuing Professional Development Recognizes Education Excellence

Continuing Professional Development announced the winners of the 2013-14 Continuing Education Awards. The accolades recognize excellence in research, scholarship, innovation, teamwork and long-term commitment to continuing education.
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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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Daffydil 2015: A Song of 'Scripts & Scrubs

February 18-21, 2015

Join the Faculty of Medicine for the 104th production of Daffydil. All proceeds from this musical comedy support the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Daffydil Alumni Reception

February 21, 2015

The Medical Alumni Association and Alumni Relations Office will host a reception before the final Daffydil 2015 show.  Relive your Daffydil experience with past and present cast members and attendees.
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Innovating Education Seminar Series: Generating New Revenues from Existing Educational Assets

February 23, 2015

Learn how to create new revenue streams for your course or program from existing educational materials.
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Pink Shirt Day 2015

February 25, 2015

The Office of Equity and Professionalism invites you to participate in Pink Shirt Day to end bullying and promote acceptance and diversity.
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Partners in Progress: BRIDGES Annual Conference 2015

March 31, 2015

The BRIDGES Annual Conference will bring together health system leaders and providers to share lessons they’ve learned integrating care for patients with complex needs.
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Global Health Day at PGME

June 11, 2015

Join U of T medical trainees and graduates of the Global Health Education Initiative for a day of discussion, hosted by the Postgraduate Medical Education office.
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Honours and Awards

Professors Patrick Gullane, Gary Levy, Dave Williams and Hans Messner

Four Faculty members have been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour. The Order recognizes current and former residents of Ontario who have achieved excellence in any field.
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Professor Agostino Pierro

Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) 
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Professor Angela Colantonio

2015 University of Texas Medical Branch School of Health Professions Robert L. Moody Prize
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In Memoriam 


Professor Jim Ruderman

Professor Jim Ruderman passed away on January 29, 2015. Ruderman joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1979. He was Chief of Women’s College Hospital’s Department of Family and Community Medicine from 1992 to 2014, as well as Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2013. He established the hospital’s Academic Family Health Team and founded the Frigon Blau Chair in Family Practice Research.
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Professor Gordon McLorie

Professor Gordon McLorie passed away on February 3, 2015. McLorie was a paediatric urologist at The Hospital for Sick Children from 1982 to 2003. During his four-decade career, McLorie made contributions to experimental human trials in bladder replacement, among many other achievements.

Call for Abstracts


Second Annual Canadian Burn Symposium: Challenging Paradigms in Burn Care

Submit an application for the Second Annual Canadian Burn Symposium: Challenging Paradigms in Burn Care. The deadline has been extended until March 2, 2015.
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Call for Applications

2015 CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Awards

Submit applications for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Awards.
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In the News


Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea?

Professor Valerie Tarasuk in the New York Times
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Rabies: What to Know About the Virus in Canada

Professor Allan Grill on CBC
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Liver Transplant Ethics: Should Alcoholics be Sober First?

Professor Gary Levy on CBC
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Probiotics May Hold Key to Improving Mental Health

Professor Valerie Taylor on CTV
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Canadian Researchers Use Electricity to Stimulate Brains of Alzheimer's Patients

Professor Andres Lozano on CTV
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Canada to Face Three-Person Baby Debate

Professor Kerry Bowman in Metro
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Assisted Death: How to Weigh Doctors’ Rights with Right to Die?

Professor James Downar in the Toronto Star
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Funding News and Opportunities — Local, National, International


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February 25, 2015
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