Volume 25, Number 12

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February 22, 2017

Allied for Inclusion

At a time when the world seems more transfixed on building walls than bridges — literally and metaphorically — we need to take a moment to reflect on how we in the Faculty of Medicine are building and sustaining an equitable community. As John Donne wrote in 1642, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Or put more succinctly: We’re all in this together! And because of that, it’s important to consider the role each of us plays in fostering an inclusive environment.

I have found the concept of “allyship” helpful in approaching this topic. Being an ally isn’t a title you apply to yourself. Instead, it’s a process you undertake throughout your life to build relationships rooted in trust, consistency and accountability with marginalized individuals and groups. That sounds straightforward, but how do we actually live it? To begin with, we can turn to our colleagues at Mount Sinai Hospital who have developed a terrific campaign — Are you an ALLY? — which includes great resources that both define this concept and help us understand how we can practise it.


Lisa Robinson
Chief Diversity Officer, Faculty of Medicine
Professor, Department of Paediatrics



Racism: The Missing Social Determinant of Health

Doctors and public health practitioners have long known that the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age have a profound impact on their health. But there is an important one missing from the list, argues the University of Toronto's Dr. Onye Nnorom: racism.

Spotting Signs of Psychosis Early

Professors Joanna Henderson and Aristotle Voineskos are working to bridge the gap between child mental health services and adult care, and they’re launching a new research project aimed at identifying early signs of psychosis.

Faces of U of T Medicine: Renée Beach

Dermatologist Dr. Renée Beach wants to ensure all skin tones receive the best care possible. She also wants to ensure medical school admissions are as fair and transparent as possible, to attract the best students. Beach speaks about her career path and efforts to support those who want to follow in her footsteps.

New Patent Targets "Brain Fog" 

Twenty years of research by Professor Beverley Orser has led to a new U.S. patent, which covers a class of drugs that may help mitigate troubling and costly disorders such as delirium and cognitive dysfunction that can arise after general anaesthesia.

How Can Universities Build a Better Future for Ontario?

If you have ideas about how Ontario’s universities can help ensure a bright future for the province, the Council of Ontario Universities wants to hear from you. Get the conversation started with a quick online survey.

Dalon Taylor: Taking on Race and Health

The Black Health Alliance is working to improve health outcomes for Black Canadians, who have unique and often underserved medical needs. Dalon Taylor, a PhD candidate at York University and President of the Alliance, talks about overcoming systemic barriers to Black health in our region and beyond.

Graduate Faculty Members Honoured with Teaching Awards

The Faculty of Medicine announced the winners of the Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards, which recognize full-time faculty who teach in doctoral-stream or professional graduate programs. Recipients will receive their awards at the Faculty’s annual Education Achievement Celebration on May 15, 2017. 

Daffydil 2017 Auction

The Faculty of Medicine’s annual musical charity auction is now live, with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Bidding will close on February 26th at noon.

Faces of U of T Medicine: Paul Galiwango

For the past five years, Dr. Paul Galiwango has organized the annual Black Physicians Association of Ontario Symposium, which is one of the primary forums for physicians and health care workers to learn the latest medical information on conditions affecting Black communities in the province. He speaks about the symposium and his pathway to medicine.



Director, Resident Wellness, Post MD Education

Professor Julie Maggi has been appointed Director of Resident Wellness in the Post MD Education program. She will assume the role on April 1, 2017.

Call for Applications


Director, Wightman-Berris Academy

This position provides leadership for the planning and delivery of undergraduate medical education across the Academy, which is based at University Health Network and Sinai Health System.



2017 BPAO Health Symposium

February 25, 2017

Mount Sinai Hospital, Ben Sadowski Auditorium


The Black Physicians' Association of Ontario hosts this day-long annual forum. Dr. Husam Abdel-Qadir, a specialist in cardiology and internal medicine at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, will give the keynote talk, “Should we SPRINT towards a lower Blood Pressure Target?"


Daffydil Alumni Reception

February 25, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30PM

East Common Room, Hart House, University of Toronto


Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, see Daffydil memorabilia and mingle with alumni and the student participants in this year’s production, Dr. Gabe and the Ward of Wonders.


Competency-Based Training Workshop

April 21, 2017

Mount Sinai Hospital, Level 2, Surgical Skills Centre


This full-day workshop covers how to develop and implement a competency-based training curriculum in residency programs, and it will include interactive breakout sessions with expert faculty implementing competency-based efforts in various specialties.


15th Annual Education Achievement Celebration

May 15, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30PM

Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto


The Faculty of Medicine’s annual Education Achievement Celebration showcases and rewards excellence in teaching and education. Faculty members, staff and students to welcome. RSVP by May 1st, 2017.


Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully Workshop

May 28 and 29, 2017, 8:30AM to 5:00PM

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Ave.


This workshop is a semi-structured, evidence-based, psychotherapeutic intervention for advanced cancer patients and their primary caregivers, with the goals of reducing and preventing psychological distress.

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Honours and Awards


Professor Stuart Foster

2017 Foreign Member, National Academy of Engineering

Professors Paolo Campisi, Maria Mylopolous and Cynthia Whitehead

2017 Certificate of Merit, Canadian Association for Medical Education

In the News

Which doctor you see could determine how long you use opioids, study says

Professor David Juurlink on CNN

Scientists cautiously lay ground rules for rewriting human DNA

Professors Janet Rossant and Ronald Cohen in The Globe and Mail


Heavy snowfall tied to higher heart attack risk for men

Professor David Alter in Reuters

Doctors’ Notes: Toronto researchers turn to high-tech help to prevent dementia

Professors Benoit Mulsant and Tarek Rajji in the Toronto Star

Doctors’ Notes: Teens’ weight struggles can damage mental health

Professor Elizabeth Dettmer in the Toronto Star


Recently Awarded Research Grants

Upcoming Award Deadlines

What's New in Research Funding

Departmental News and Events

Updates on CIHR Funding

As part of Black History Month, mother-daughter pairs danced together on February 17th at Think Afro-Pink, a breast cancer awareness event at U of T’s Hart House.


Next issue publication date:
March 8, 2017
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March 1, 2017

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