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Volume 24, Number 11 | February 24, 2016  

   Message from the Dean

Inspiring Entrepreneurship

With innovation and entrepreneurship on the lips of everyone from the Prime Minister and Governor General to funding agencies and community partners, we have a huge opportunity here at U of T Medicine.

Spend some time with Professors Paul Santerre and Joseph Ferenbok and you’ll see what I mean. They are the enthusiastic co-directors of the Health Innovation Hub (H2i), one of a number of startup accelerators across the University of Toronto working with budding entrepreneurs in pursuit of success. It’s part of a broad network at U of T available to help transform smart ideas into new products and opportunities.

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Cytopathology: Training for a Field of the Future  

A new fellowship in cytopathology is preparing physicians to study cells and tiny tissue fragments to determine the nature or cause of diseases like cancers, infectious and autoimmune conditions. Professor Joerg Schwock is a recent graduate of the program and one of a growing number of cytopathologists making key contributions to personalized medicine. 
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The Complex Challenge of Cannabis in Medicine

While cannabis is known to help relieve pain, it’s unclear as to why that’s the case. Could the painkilling benefits of medical marijuana be activated without the high or the dependence? It’s a question Professor Ruth Ross, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is working to answer. 
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U of T Medicine Gains 11 New Canada Research Chairs

The University of Toronto has been awarded 34 new Canada Research Chairs and seven renewals, federal minister of science Kirsty Duncan announced February 9. The Faculty of Medicine is home to 11 of those new chairs, as well as five renewed chairs.
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Canada’s First Indigenous Forensic Pathologist Starts Work

On the same day she found out she’d passed the exam certifying her to practice forensic pathology in Canada, Kona Williams was offered a job by the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. Williams, who completed a fellowship in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, performs medical and legal autopsies when people have died suddenly or under suspicious circumstances.  
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Call for Applications


Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships in Neuroscience

This award enables students to travel to and work in world-renowned labs to further their research, build international collaborations, foster influential neuroscience research, and bring enhanced research capabilities back to Canada. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. 
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Preventing Running Injuries: Separating Fact from Fiction

May 12, 2016

Does running cause knee arthritis? Should you be running barefoot? Do compression sleeves aid in recovery? These and other hot topics will be addressed at this public lecture hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy. Presented by physiotherapists Esther Waugh and Sue Ellison.
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Narrative Healthcare Atelier & Certificate Program 

June 3-6, 2016

This intensive, interactive atelier will apply narrative theory and reflective practice in the contexts of interprofessional patient-centred healthcare, research and education. Themes related to relationship-centered care, professionalism, team collaboration and the hidden curriculum will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry.
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Recently Awarded Research Grants


Upcoming Award Deadlines


What's New in Research Funding


Departmental News and Events


Updates on CIHR Funding

Honours and Awards

Professors Shelly Weiss and Vincent Chan 

Colin Woolf Award for Long Term Contributions to Continuing Education
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Professors Yvonne Chan, John Lee and Dr. Allan Vescan

Colin Woolf Award for Excellence in Course Coordination
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Professor Rene Wong

David Fear Fellowship 
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Professor Peter Selby

Fred Fallis Online Program Award 
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Professor Diana Kljenak

IPE Team Award 
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Professor Kazuhiro Yasufuku

Ivan Silver Innovation Award
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In Memoriam

Professor Margaret Stoicheff 

A leader in the field of speech-language pathology and former professor and chair at the University of Toronto has passed away. Margaret Stoicheff died February 9 at the age of 82.

Professor Jean Walker remembers her colleague as “one of the early pioneers in speech-language pathology in Ontario. She made an outstanding contribution to the development of the profession, a contribution which was recognized by the Ontario Speech-Language Association when she was presented with the Honours of the Association in 1985.”

Stoicheff earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from U of T before earning her PhD from the State University of Iowa. When she joined the Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), Stoicheff was the first full-time member of the academic staff to hold a PhD. She served as Chair of the Department from 1983 to 1989.
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In the News


Bullying Still Rife in Medical Training

Professor Glen Bandiera in the Canadian Medical Association Journal

Concussion Raises Suicide Risk, Says Study

Professor Donald Redelmeier and Dr. Gabriela Ilie in The Globe and Mail

Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids

Professor Richard Bazinet in the The New York Times

Operation Job Share: Surgeons Split Work to Tackle ‘Unrelenting’ Problem of Unemployment 

Professors John Cameron and Stan Feinberg and Drs. Sebastian Tomescu and Elliot Wakeam in the National Post

‘Unacceptable’ Number of Winter Traffic Deaths in Canada vs. Sweden: Docs

Professor Donald Redelmeier on Global News

Doctors’ Notes: Reducing the Risk of Late-Life Mental Illness

Professor Robert Madan in the Toronto Star

Doctors’ Notes: Bullying is a pervasive problem that can escalate as the bully ages

Professor David Wolfe in the Toronto Star

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