U of T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114-million federal grant

Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world’s leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.

How stem cell research and regenerative medicine saved this man's life

Jonathan Furneaux shares his story about the impact of Medicine by Design
Alan Christie

Jonathan Furneaux flew in from St. John’s for a news conference at the University of Toronto July 28.

But just 18 months ago he was sure he would not be alive to see the day.

Understanding Medicine by Design

The Medicine by Design initiative announced July 28 will establish a leading centre in regenerative medicine at the University of Toronto.

Researchers at the centre will focus on discovering new therapies based on the design and manufacture of molecules, cells, tissues and organs that can be used safely and effectively to treat degenerative diseases. 

These U of T physicians and therapists are keeping athletes in the Games

Valerie Iancovich & Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Watch closely as Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito make their final Pan Am dive and you will notice athletic tape wrapped snuggly around Filion’s left ankle.

That tape helped win the Canadian duo a gold medal in the 10-metre platform event.

This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning

Meet Deep Genomics, a privately-held company that seeks to harness the power of deep learning to transform medicine
Marit Mitchell

It’s the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology.

Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Why bad genes don't always lead to bad diseases

“We hope that this will eventually lead to new therapies,” says Professor Andy Fraser, “a new way to tackle these life-threatening conditions”
Jovana Drinjakovic

That two people with the same disease-causing mutation do not get sick to the same extent has been puzzling scientists for decades.

Now Professor Andy Fraser and his team have uncovered a key part of what makes every patient different.

Kenyan medical resident on U of T exchange program: “My life will never be the same again”

Elizabeth Kagotho talks about what it's like to train with top pathologists and learn from this city's diverse patient population
Katie Babcock

It was her first time traveling outside of Africa, and it was an experience that didn’t disappoint. Elizabeth Kagotho, a clinical pathology resident from Aga Khan University Hospital in Kenya, recently completed a two-month observership in hematological pathology at U of T.

This PhD candidate and nutrition expert is helping Pan Am/Parapan Am athletes fuel up for competition

Nanci Guest on avoiding dehydration, diarrhea, while coping with nerves, new foods and more
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

At the Pan Am Games, anxiety and nerves can have athletes skipping meals and not drinking enough water before key events. How do you ensure they’re still fueled and ready to go?

Give them sport drinks to supply carbohydrates and electrolytes, says the University of Toronto's Nanci Guest, lead dietitian to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Peeking into the brain: U of T and Tel Aviv University researchers explore the potential of bio-imaging

Terry Lavender

The mechanisms that cause cancer and various brain illnesses are becoming clearer, says Peter Lewis, the University of Toronto’s associate vice-president for research and international relationships.

And it's thanks to research on bio-imaging done by U of T scientists and their colleagues at Tel Aviv University (TAU), Lewis says.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the Change Room Project

Michael Kennedy & Valerie Iancovich

“The first time I encountered a homophobic slur, it was written on the wall in a locker room in my elementary school.” – Elise, lesbian, graduate student

Walking into a gym locker room can evoke a spectrum of emotions. For many users, it’s a get-in-and-get-out-fast type of experience. But few people talk about why they feel the way they do about these spaces.

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