Six Faculty Named to Order of Canada
U of T Medicine Professors Brenda Gallie, Shafique Keshavjee, Laurence Klotz, Wendy Levinson, Norman Emilio Marcon and Catherine Zahn have been named to the Order of Canada â€” the nationâ€™s highest civilian honour.
Scientists Discover Tiny Gene Fragments Linked to Brain Development and Autism
Very small segments of genes called â€œmicroexonsâ€ influence how proteins interact with each other in the nervous system, Prof. Benjamin Blencowe and colleagues have found, opening up a new line of research into the cause of autism.
Machine Learning Reveals Unexpected Genetic Roots of Cancers, Autism and Other Disorders
In the decade since the genome was sequenced in 2003, scientists, engineers and doctors have struggled to answer an all-consuming question: Which DNA mutations cause disease? A new computational technique developed by a Canadian research team led by Prof. Brendan Frey may now be able to tell us.
Shooting the Messenger: The Emotional Effect of Violence on Journalists
The recent massacre in Paris was the first time terrorism has targeted Western journalists on their own turf. If experience in other parts of the world is any indication, says Prof. Anthony Feinstein, this could have a chilling effect on the Fifth Estate, and strike a blow at democracy itself.
Sodium Levels in Canadian Chain Restaurant Food Largely Unchanged Over Three Years: U of T Study
Research from Prof. Mary Lâ€™AbbÃ©â€™s lab has shown that sodium levels in Canadian chain restaurant meals have changed little since 2010, despite the food industryâ€™s commitment to offer more meals with less sodium.
Faces of U of T Medicine: Narayan Chattergoon
Medical students have to be professional multitaskers, but Narayan Chattergoon takes it to a whole new level. Chattergoon is President of U of T Medicineâ€™s Medical Society, a student group that represents all undergraduate medical students. He spoke to writer Suniya Kukaswadia about what itâ€™s like to be a student leader at one of Canadaâ€™s top medical schools.
Writing the Genetic Instruction Manual
If decoding DNA gave scientists the genetic blueprints for the human body, Prof. Fritz Roth is helping to write the manual. Although genes are important, they are only the â€˜plansâ€™ for producing proteins or other parts of a cell.
In the Fold: New Drug Target Discovered
A team of researchers led by Prof. Julie Forman-Kay discovered a mechanism cells use for controlling disordered proteins involved in cancer and autism.
Finding Needles in the Haystack of Genomic Data
Prof. Fritz Roth and colleagues have developed two powerful computational methods to help reveal disease-causing genes within suspicious regions of the genome.
Emily Nalder Appointed Inaugural March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor
Prof. Emily Nalder has been appointed as the March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor. The professorship resulted from a $1.5 million agreement between March of Dimes Canada and the Faculty of Medicine to advance research in brain injury and stroke recovery.
PD-1 Immunotherapies Induce Painless Thyroiditis in Patients with Metastatic Malignancies
Treatment with programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) immunotherapy across various oncology clinical trials has been associated with the induction of painless thyroiditis â€” characterized by transient thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism in patients with metastatic malignancies â€” according to a presentation by Prof. Paul Walfish.
Deferred MSB Lobby Naming to Proceed
In 2005, the Faculty recommended, and Governing Council approved, the naming of the main lobby of the Medical Sciences Building for the then-departing Dean, David Naylor. As required by university policy, naming was deferred until Prof. Naylor completed his term as President. The lobby, a popular gathering spot for students and home to a new student lounge, will be named The C. David Naylor Student Commons in recognition of Prof. Naylorâ€™s leadership of the Faculty from 1999 to 2005.