Volume 25, Number 10

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January 25, 2017

Let’s Talk Psychiatry

When Bell launched its annual Let’s Talk Day seven years ago, it was a bold public gesture: get people talking and texting about their experiences with mental health and put an end to the stigma one conversation at a time.

As I think about the significance of this day, I marvel at how far those conversations have advanced from where they stood when I first began my career as a psychiatrist. Today, in high schools and postsecondary campuses, in workplaces and around kitchen tables, people are no longer suffering in silence. And these conversations aren’t whispered, but spoken loudly, clearly and out in the open. That’s thanks to brave individuals discussing their struggles, but it’s also due to the work done by academic psychiatrists to better understand and treat mental illness and the associated challenges.  


Trevor Young
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions



Happy 150th Canada! U of T Researchers Sequence the Beaver's Genome

Researchers at U of T and SickKids, led by Professor Stephen Scherer and Dr. Si Lok, have sequenced the genome of the Canadian beaver, just in time to kick off the country’s 150th anniversary. Professor Scherer and Dr. Lok talk about why they undertook this unusual project, and how a better understanding the beaver could advance research into autism and other human conditions.


Canada Joins International ALS Project

Professor Ekaterina Rogaeva is joining an international team of researchers trying to determine why some people develop ALS. The team, known as Project MinE, helped discover the gene linked to ALS and now includes researchers in 17 nations, thanks to funding from the ALS Society of Canada.

U of T Releases Truth and Reconciliation Report

The University’s Truth and Reconciliation Steering Committee has released its final report, calling on the U of T community to take action on Indigenous wellness in six key areas.

Call for Applications


Academic Global Child Health Fellowship

This two-year fellowship offered by the Centre for Global Child Health at SickKids is the first in Canada to focus on preparation for an academic career in global child health. The program will develop leadership and scholarly skills for work with disadvantaged paediatric populations throughout the world. Applications are due by February 28, 2017.


Recently Awarded Research Grants

Upcoming Award Deadlines

What's New in Research Funding

Departmental News and Events

Updates on CIHR Funding



Alzheimer’s Awareness Project

January 26, 2017 from 11:00AM to 12:30PM

500 University Ave., Room 140


Hosted by the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, this event features presentations on Alzheimer’s research and care by students and faculty, including a talk by Professor Sandra Black on new approaches to prevention and imaging.

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Honours and Awards


Professor Allan Grill

2016 Award of Excellence, College of Family Physicians of Canada

Leadership and Governance


Chair, Department of Medical Biophysics

The committee to advise the Dean on the appointment of a Chair, Department of Medical Biophysics, has been revised.

In the News

The balder the man, the more likely he will get prostate cancer: study

Professor Neil Fleshner in the National Post

Depression may prevent infertile women from seeking treatment

Professor Heather Shapiro in Reuters

How the discovery of stem cells revolutionized medicine

University Professors Emeritus Ernest McCulloch (deceased) and James Till, Professors Janet Rossant, Derek van der Kooy and Freda Miller in The Globe and Mail

Coming Soon: Safe Injection Sites

Professor Ahmed Bayoumi on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Doctors’ Notes: Guys, it’s time to talk about what’s below your belt

Professor Walid Farhat in the Toronto Star

Doctors’ Notes: Why e-cigarettes are better than smoking but worse than nothing

Professor Robert Schwartz in the Toronto Star

Dr. Alexander Thomas Augusta was born on March 8, 1825 in Norfolk, Virginia. After being refused admission to the University of Pennsylvania, he enrolled in U of T’s Trinity College in 1850, becoming the first black medical student in Canada. Read more about Dr. Augusta in U of T Magazine.

Throughout Black History Month and culminating with the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario Annual Health Symposium on February 25, 2017, the Faculty of Medicine will celebrate the many accomplishments of our black faculty, students and staff, alumni and volunteers. View and comment @uoftmedicine.


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