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Volume 23, Number 14 | March 25, 2015  

   Message from the Dean

Our Networked Environment

In this newsletter — and maybe elsewhere — you’ve heard me talk a lot about partnerships and their importance to the Faculty of Medicine. Whether it’s in U of T, across the Toronto Academic Health Science Network, with government — or beyond — our Faculty has to be a strong partner so we can collectively succeed.  

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New Master’s Program Will Teach Students to Apply Medical Research

The Master of Health Science in Translational Research is a two-year program run by the Institute of Medical Science. It will teach skills such as problem solving, design thinking, entrepreneurship and understanding intellectual property, and includes a “capstone” project in which students develop, prototype and evaluate a product or process to address a medical need.
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Universal Public Drug Plan Could Save Money for Canada

Contrary to common public perception, Canadian taxpayers could save billions through a universal public drug plan that provides prescriptions to all Canadians, according to new research by Professor Danielle Martin and her colleagues.
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Mom’s Diet Can Affect Food Choices and Brain Development 

Professor Harvey Anderson has found that high-vitamin diets in pregnant rats can alter their offspring’s brain development and behaviour. The study raises questions about the effects of diets, fortification of foods with nutrients and the use of vitamin supplements on prenatal brain development.
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Faces of U of T Medicine: Vijay Shahani

Vijay Shahani knows just how confusing chemistry can be. To help budding scientific minds better understand complicated concepts, he has developed Chemversity, a computer program meant to help students and educators alike.
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Faces of U of T Medicine: Melanie Bechard

Melanie Bechard started her political career at a young age. She was only 15 years old when she met with her local Member of Parliament to get career advice and discuss youth homelessness. It’s no surprise that she now is Vice President, Government Affairs for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.
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How to Kill a Fungus — and Why

MRSA. C. difficile. Most of us have become familiar in recent years with the ominous alphabet of drug-resistant bacteria. We’ve heard the alarms about the improper use of antibiotics and read features about a frightening future without these wonder drugs available to treat strep throat or to protect us during routine surgical procedures. Professor Leah Cowen is sounding a slightly different alarm. 
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Dennie Recognized for Outreach Work

Driven by her own personal experience, Faculty of Medicine Outreach Coordinator La Toya Dennie has been recognized for her commitment to inclusivity and diversity by U of T’s Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office.
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In the News

National Pharmacare Program Could Save $7.3 Billion: Study

Professor Danielle Martin in the Toronto Star
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Novel Drinks Deliver Nutrient Overkill, Create Health Concerns for Consumers

Professor Valerie Tarasuk in the Globe and Mail
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Dementia Patients May One Day Get Assistance From Robot Helpers

Research manager Jennifer Boger and Professors Sharon Cohen and Alex Mihailidis on CBC
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Canadian Inventors Hope Slip-Free Rubber Will Help Winter Walkers Get a Grip

Postdoctoral fellow Reza Rizvi on CTV News
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Using the Brain to Retrain the Body to Overcome Dystonia

Professor Robert Chen in the Globe and Mail
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Doctors’ Notes: Cataracts are Inevitable, but Fixable

Professor John Lloyd in the Toronto Star
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In Memoriam

President Emeritus George Connell

With the passing of Professor George Connell, the University’s 12th president (1984-1990), the University of Toronto community has lost a great leader, scientist, colleague, and friend. Connell spent most of his academic career at the University of Toronto, starting with his undergraduate and graduate degrees, and continuing as a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry. He was an outstanding researcher and teacher, and a skilled administrator who went on to serve as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, Associate Dean of Medicine, and Vice-President of Research and Planning.
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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

Professor Janet Rossant

University Professor Janet Rossant has been honoured with the 2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. Rossant was recognized for her contributions to developmental biology, her international leadership in stem cell biology and policy-making, and for her pivotal role in advancing research programs for children’s health.  
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Professor Allison McGeer

2015 Canadian Medical Association May Cohen Award for Women Mentors.
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Professors Edsel Ing and Ophyr Mourad 

2015 Professional Association of Residents of Ontario Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
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Professors Stacey Bernstein, Kymm Feldman and Andrea Waddell 

2015 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit
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Call for Applications


Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Certificate

The Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is accepting applications for this certificate course, which runs for 60 hours over 10 months and includes lectures, interactive workshops and project presentations by class participants. 
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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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Going Glo-cal: Global Lessons for Local Benefit

May 6 - 8, 2015

This conference on global mental health brings together perspectives from policy, health and the arts, among others, to evaluate Canada’s role in the field. Guest speakers include writer and director Deepa Mehta and consumer advocate Margaret Trudeau.
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Bioethics Seminar — Care at the End of Life:  An Evolving Canadian Landscape

April 1, 2015

Jeff Blackmer, Vice-President, Medical Professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association will give an update on end-of-life care in Canada, with a focus on the work of the CMA.
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2015 Charles H. Best Lecture and Reception

April 2, 2015

Douglas Melton, a Professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, will give this lecture on making human beta cells to understand and treat diabetes
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St. Michael’s Applied Health Research Centre Workshop: The Operations of Grants and Grantsmanship

April 9, 2015

This session provides tips on how to refine a clinical question and build a study rationale, identify team members and infrastructure, and communicate research impact, among other topics.
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Innovating Education Seminar: Virtual Interactive Case (VIC) System

April 15, 2015

VIC is a system for simulating clinical encounters with patients and exercising student skills in clinical reasoning to determine a diagnosis and management plan. The system is licensed for all Faculty educators.
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2015 Canadian Conference on Medical Education Alumni and Friends Reception

April 26, 2015

Dean Trevor Young invites you to attend a reception for alumni and friends at the 2015 Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Vancouver.
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President Emeritus George Connell in 1966. Connell oversaw a large expansion of the Department of Biochemistry between 1965 and 1977, and he began some of the first collaboration with hospital research institutes. After a period at the University of Western Ontario, Connell returned to U of T in 1984 and as President helped build the University into a research powerhouse. He passed away on March 13, 2015. (Photo by Robert Lansdale.)
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