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Volume 24, Number 3 | October 7, 2015  


   Message from the Dean

Realizing the Future, Today

Heart valves produced by 3D printing. Severed nerves repaired through targeted drug delivery. Sight restored with stem cell photoreceptors.
 
Not very long ago, you could only read about such things in science fiction. But thanks to the dedicated work of many researchers at the University of Toronto, we are turning these ideas – and more – into science fact.
 
This summer, the University received an unprecedented grant from the Canadian government: $114-million from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund to support the new Medicine By Design initiative. Announced July 29, it will help Canada lead the global medical industry and become a major international supplier of regenerative medicine technologies and therapeutics. That industry is expected to reach $50 billion by 2019 and has the power to transform medical care here at home and around the word. 

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News

What Powers the Pumping Heart?

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto has discovered hundreds of proteins, each believed to play a critical role in normal heart function. The study, led by the Department of Physiology’s Anthony Gramolini and the Department of Medical Biophysics’ Thomas Kislinger, provides new insight into what makes people’s hearts pump.
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The Healing Power of Tai Chi

By looking at information from about 1500 people with chronic conditions like cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Professor of Physical Therapy Darlene Reid has found that Tai Chi can help reduce people’s symptoms and increase their quality of life — without causing pain or breathlessness.
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Prions Reveal How Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases May Spread

Professor Joel Watts, a prion disease expert in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Biochemistry, explains why prions may shed light on how conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases develop.
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Faces of U of T Medicine: Kyle Eastwood

MD/PhD student Kyle Eastwood is developing a new approach to treating epilepsy through non-invasive brain surgery, which would result in a faster recovery period. His interest was piqued by curiosity about the brain and an engineer’s love for solving complex problems. For this achievement, Eastwood was presented with Mr. Robert and Ms. Francine Ruggles Innovation Award. He was also named a 2015 Vanier Scholar. He spoke to us about his work.
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Events

Moonshot 2015 


October 14, 2015

Friends and colleagues of the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (IHPME) are invited to join IHPME and the IHPME Society of Graduates for their signature networking and alumni recognition event. 
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Oncology Continuing Education Monthly Province-Wide Rounds: Molecular Subtypes for Prediction of Breast Cancer Radiation Response

October 16, 2015

The Department of Radiation Oncology’s Professor Anthony Fyles will lead this educational event, which is approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
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2015 Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP 2015)

October 20, 2015

The second annual pre-International Conference on Residency Education will take place in Vancouver this year. The event welcomes thought leaders, educators, patients, learners, faculty and other stakeholders to further the discussion on the requisite leadership competencies for the physician leaders of today and tomorrow.
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Graduate and Undergraduate Research Information Fair

November 12, 2015

Graduate and Life Sciences Education is hosting its fourth annual information fair. The event will feature a career centre seminar, a graduate alumni panel discussion. 
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Call for Abstracts


Indigenous Health Conference: Towards Health and Reconciliation

Submit an application for the Indigenous Health Conference: Towards Health and Reconciliation. Abstract submissions close Friday, January 15, 2016. 
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Honours and Awards

Professor Daniel Durocher

Professor Daniel Durocher (Department of Molecular Genetics) has won Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre’s 2015 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The prize recognizes promising investigators aged 45 and under for their efforts to advance cancer research. He is being honoured for his research into how cells maintain the integrity of their genomes, and especially how they deal with damage known as DNA double-strand break.  
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Professor Subodh Verma

The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
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Professors Daniel Durocher, Brendan Frey, Anne-Claude Gingras, Andreas Laupacis, Arthur Slutsky

Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
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Professor Trevor Young

2015 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research 
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In the News


‘It’s the Perfect Storm’: Toppling TV Sets are Injuring More Kids, Study Finds

Professor Michael Cusimano on NBC News Online
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Most ‘Low Fat’ and ‘Fat Free’ Foods Sold in Canada are Just as Full of Calories, Study Finds

Professor Mary L’Abbé and research assistant Alyssa Schermel in the National Post
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How Do I Choose a New Family Doctor?

Professors Joshua Tepper and Lisa Del Guidice in The Globe and Mail
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Should Eye Exam Be Mandatory for School-Age Kids?

Professor Elizabeth Lee-Ford Jones in the Huffington Post
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Blood Seeping From the Walls, Killer Doctors: ICU Hallucinations Haunt a Staggering Number of Patients

Professor Margaret Herridge in the National Post
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How Heart Attacks Go Unnoticed

Professors Harindra Wijeysundera and Stephanie Poon in The Globe and Mail
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Doctors Notes: What One Doctor Thinks of Medical Dramas on TV

Professor Brian Goldman in the Toronto Star
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Doctor’s Notes: It’s Time to Turn Research Into Tangible Solutions

Professor Joseph Ferenbok in the Toronto Star
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Research

 

Recently Awarded Research Grants

 

Upcoming Award Deadlines

 

Funding News and Opportunities — Local, National, International

 

Departmental News and Events

 

Updates from the CIHR University Delegate

Next issue publication date:
October 21, 2015
 
Submission deadline:
October 14, 2015


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