Volume 25, Number 11

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February 8, 2017

Unlocking the Researcher in Every Physician

It’s impossible to separate the practice of medicine from medical research. As a Pediatric Nephrologist, I am continuously impressed with how research combined with meticulous analysis of clinical disease is informing how we understand kidney disease and what we can do to improve the lives of children we care for. That’s not to say that every doctor is — or should be — a physician-scientist, or that health research is the sole realm of doctors. But practice and research are inevitably and necessarily intertwined. Research discoveries broaden our understanding of health and disease, identify new prevention strategies and diagnostic tools, and present new therapies that guide the care we provide. At the same time, our engagement with patients raises new questions that research can answer. The dialogue between clinical care and medical research is essential to improving patient outcomes and advancing the long-term health of our communities.


Norman Rosenblum, MD, FRCPC
Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Training
Faculty of Medicine



Teaching Humanism, Nurturing Empathy

He quotes Dante’s Inferno, keeps German philosophy in his office book case, and sees parallels between medicine and Jewish mysticism. Professor Arno Kumagai’s conversation takes surprising twists — much like his career as a doctor, scientist and educator.

U of T Keeps Close Watch on U.S. Travel Restrictions

“The idea of targeting and restricting the travel of individuals on the basis of their nationality or birthplace is antithetical to everything we stand for as an institution and a country,” said U of T President Meric Gertler.

Pap Quiz: When Were You Last Screened?

Screening rates for cervical cancer among recent immigrants and women who live in low-income neighbourhoods are much lower than for other Canadians. Why? That’s one question that drives Professor Aisha Lofters.

Confronting the Past for a Healthy Future in Nunavut

Professor Barry Pakes is almost a year into his job as Nunavut’s deputy chief medical officer of health and it’s a challenge: "It's hard to create comprehensive solutions to complex health problems when you're constantly putting out fires," he says.

UofTMed Alum: Better Design, Healthier Patients?

Internal medicine specialist and “dochitect” Diana Anderson on why we need to put more focus on the importance of architectural design in health care — and on researching the elements and impact of our built environment.

MBA and PhD Students Come Together for Regenerative Medicine

A unique project launched last fall by the Rotman School of Management and Medicine by Design is helping U of T students map the global market for stem cell and other regenerative medicine therapies.

It’s Prostate Cancer. But is it Deadly?

Professor Robert Bristow on how new research is changing the prognosis and treatment for men with prostate cancer.

Mental Health Through Occupational Therapy

Almost a third of short- and long-term disability claims are attributable to mental health. Professor Bonnie Kirsh talks about how occupational therapy can promote mental health in the workplace.

A Glimpse into the Work of Government Scientists

For graduate students and post-doctoral fellows preparing for a competitive job market, applying for jobs can be almost as daunting as figuring out what's out there.

U of T Professor to Present on Parliament Hill

Professor Beverley Orser is one of two Canadian neuroscientists who will speak at a health research caucus this month in Ottawa, where Members of Parliament will hear about the importance of neuroscience, anesthesia and memory loss.

New Funding for Research in Neurodegenerative Disease

Brain Canada and the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery have awarded Professor Jean-Martin Beaulieu $1.4 million to study RNA binding proteins in brain disorders. The funding is spread over three years and will support Beaulieu’s drug discovery research with McGill University and ImStar Therapeutics.

Honours and Awards


Professor Robert Silver

2017 Clinical Teacher Award, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Professor Ronald Laxer

2016 Distinguished Rheumatologist Award, Canadian Rheumatology Association

Professor Lori Albert

2016 Teacher-Educator Award, Canadian Rheumatology Association

UofTMed Magazine

2016 Domtar In-House Design Award, Association of Registered Graphic Designers

Call for Applications


Food Services Advisory Committee

Have an opinion about on-campus food options? Have your say. Applications are now open for this committee, which meets three times a year and provides feedback and direction for the University’s food services.

New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program

Develop your capacity to lead your team, division and other academic health science initiatives through this long-standing program offered by the Centre for Faculty Development. Early-bird application deadline is April 17, 2017.

Call for Proposals


Intersections: Where Industrial Design Meets Learning Science

The University of Toronto's 11th annual Teaching and Learning Symposium for faculty and staff will explore ideas about course and curriculum design and learning science. Proposal submission deadline is February 27, 2017



Daffydil 2017: Dr. Gabe and the Ward of Wonders

February 22 to 25, 2017, 8:00PM

Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, U of T


This long-running theatre production by Faculty of Medicine students raises offers a great night out for the U of T community while raising money for cancer research. Alumni Reception before the final show on February 25, from 6:30 to 7:30PM.


Tax Webinar for Medical Residents and New Doctors

February 9, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00PM


This free webinar will address frequently asked tax-related and accounting issues, including: which tax deductible expenses you can claim against professional income; investing through a professional corporation versus an RRSP or TFSA; and how incorporation affects deductible expenses.


Starting the Conversation: Staff Diversity at U of T

February 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 1:00PM

Faculty Club, DV 3140, 3359 Mississauga Road


Join a topical debate and discussion with Professor Sonia Kang from the Institute for Management & Innovation and Professor George Dei from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.


From Concept to Market Launch: Human Factors Informed Design

February 15, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:30PM

263 McCaul Street, Room 120


Hear Professor Joseph Cafazzo talk about human-factors and research evaluation for national and provincial governmental agencies, start-ups and multi-national companies, and clinical patient safety leaders.


Genomic Medicine Canada 2017: Symposium on Precision Medicine

March 1, 2017, from 8:30AM to 5:00PM

Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning Auditorium, SickKids, 686 Bay Street


Join local and international experts in genomics, including David Glazer (Verily/Google Genomics) and Dr. Mark Caulfield (Genomics England), as they discuss big data, translational genomics and the impact of precision medicine.


Cellular Network in Muscle Regeneration

March 8, 2017, from 8:00 to 9:00AM

585 University Ave., Munk Building, Toronto General Hospital, Astellas Conference Room, 11th Floor, Room 190


Dr. Fabio Rossi, Director of the Biomedical Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, will give a visiting speaker talk as part of the Training Program in Regenerative Medicine/Multi Organ Transplant rounds.


Primary Care Oncology Day

March 24, 2017, from 7:00AM to 3:00PM

Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre, 8525 Mississauga Road, Brampton


This event for primary care providers, nurses, specialists and trainees is hosted by the Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program. It showcases many topics related to cancer, with a keynote address by Professor Irfan Dhalla (Health Quality Ontario).


World Health Summit

May 8 and 9, 2017

Palais des congres de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec


Join more than 800 other global health leaders and practitioners at this inaugural summit, focused on diversity and the theme, “Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies.”


(IM)MATERIAL CULTURE: Health History Collections in a Digital Era

November 10, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30PM and November 11, 2017, from 10:30AM to 6:00PM

1 King's College Circle, Medical Sciences Building, U of T


This interdisciplinary symposium will feature speakers, panels and exhibits focused on broadening perspectives on health as represented in material culture. In particular, it will explore how collections can aid the recovery and presentation of histories of previously "invisible" or marginalized people.

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In the News

What it’s like ... to role-play for medical students?

Susan Greenfield and the Standardized Patient Program in The Globe and Mail

I came to Canada as a refugee. When I heard Syrians needed help, I couldn’t refuse

Medical student Tarek Bin Yameen in Toronto Life

Canada's proposed new opioid guidelines don't address prevention, sources say

Dr. Abhimanyu Sud and Professor Meldon Kahan in The Globe and Mail

Mental health in the digital world

Professor Bruce Ballon on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Doctors’ Notes: How ‘maestros of mood’ control the way you feel

Professor Evelyn Lambe and Dr. Derya Sargin in the Toronto Star

Doctors’ Notes: Why Toronto is a liver cancer hot spot

Professors Korosh Khalili and Hla-Hla Thein 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 we condemn the tragic and reprehensible attack in Quebec City and mourn its victims, let us recommit to promoting inclusion, respect, and civility in our University community and beyond,” said U of T President Meric Gertler in a statement last week on the events in Quebec City.


Next issue publication date:
February 22, 2017
Submission deadline:
February 15, 2017

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