Health

Why did U of T name its entrepreneurship hub after Banting and Best?

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

They saved lives here at home and around the world and they launched the first cohort of entrepreneurs at the University of Toronto – in 1923.

“Banting wasn’t an entrepreneur. Best wasn’t an entrepreneur. But the emergence of insulin really was an example of entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto,” says Michael Bliss, historian and author of The Discovery of Insulin.

Living in the third person: this memory glitch affects healthy, high-functioning people

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“They cannot re-experience the past with a vivid sense of personal reliving. It's as if their past was experienced in the third person,” says researcher
Author: 
Kelly Connelly

Imagine living a healthy, normal life without the ability to remember personal events from your past. You have heard about them from family and friends, but you can't see or imagine yourself in any of them.

Cognitive scientists from the University of Toronto had a rare opportunity to examine three middle-aged adults (two from the U.S., the other from the U.K.) who live their lives in the "third person" because of a condition known as lifelong severely deficient autobiographical memory (SDAM).

Preventing deformed limbs: researchers discover link to physical forces

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Layers of cells speak to each other both mechanically and biochemically
Author: 
Peter McMahon

University of Toronto engineers and a U of T pediatric surgeon have discovered how physical forces such as pressure and tension affect the development of limbs in embryos – research that could someday be used to help prevent birth defects.

One simple medical test for all infections

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U of T researcher uses new technology to fast-track diagnoses and provide targeted treatment
Author: 
Katie Babcock

If you’re returning from abroad with a fever, your doctor will likely test you for malaria. You’ll give multiple blood samples at the lab, and if the results are inconclusive, you’ll face yet another round of tests. 

But researchers from the University of Toronto are fast-tracking this process with new technology. With one sample, they can quickly and accurately diagnose a patient and recommend targeted treatment against any bacteria or virus. 

Chancellor Michael Wilson named chair of Mental Health Commission of Canada

Author: 
Michael Kennedy

The University of Toronto’s 33rd chancellor, The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, has been appointed chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 

The long-time champion of mental health initiatives in Canada will replace outgoing chair Dr. David Goldbloom. A professor in U of T’s department of psychiatry and a pillar in the mental health community, Goldbloom has served as both chair and vice-chair of the commission since it was established nearly 10 years ago by the federal government.

From rock ‘n’ roll to research: PhD student trades life on the road for HIV research in lab

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Former alt-rock guitarist goes from academic bridging program to Vanier scholar, community volunteer and research leader
Author: 
Katie Babcock

In 2007, Jonathan Cook played in his final Vans Warped Tour, North America’s longest-running alternative rock festival.

Today, he’s a third-year PhD candidate at U of T working with Professor Jeffrey Lee.   

U of T medical residents help Ontario coroner's office

Author: 
Suniya Kukaswadia

Conducting, observing and assisting autopsies, visiting crime scenes and observing court testimony – those are just a few of the challenges faced by University of Toronto medical residents this year.

It's the first time it's been done anywhere in Canada, organizers say.

Can hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games make Toronto a healthier city?

Author: 
Valerie Iancovich

This summer, thousands of the world’s top athletes will descend on our city to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, showcasing not only athletic prowess, but the dynamic and thriving City of Toronto.

Organizers say a key priority of TO2015 is to “foster sport development and healthy living” and Professor Peter Donnelly says there are plenty of opportunities for international games to create a legacy of health for a host city.

SeamlessMD: helping patients prep for surgery and recover faster

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New tech from alumni startup at hospital in the GTA
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
A mobile app and web platform from U of T medical and engineering grads is improving readiness and recovery for surgery patients at Toronto East General Hospital.
 

Making vaccinations less painful and scary

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Anna Taddio takes her findings to WHO
Author: 
Michael Kennedy

Its goal is to increase vaccination rates and reduce the spread of disease globally – so the World Health Organization turned to the University of Toronto's Anna Taddio

Next week, the world-renowned leader in childhood pain management travels to Geneva to present research and recommendations on reducing pain, distress and fear during vaccinations.

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