Health

From Good to Gold: science and technology in high performance sport

Author: 
Cynthia Macdonald

When Dave Ross first started coaching trampoline athletes in the 1970s, sport and science weren’t nearly as intertwined as they are now. 

“We didn’t have nutritionists, sport psychologists, or biomechanists,” he says of the days before trampoline became an Olympic sport. “There was no support for the team the way there is now.”  

Restoring eyesight and healing brains: how hydrogels can boost the work of stem cells

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U of T researchers show that engineered hydrogels not only help with stem cell transplantation, but actually speed healing in both the eye and brain
Author: 
Jovana Drinjakovic

It's a discovery that, in early lab trials, has been shown to partially reverse blindness and help the brain recover from stroke.

Using a gel-like biomaterial called a hydrogel, University of Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue.

U of T researchers uncover new mode of cardiovascular communication

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Discovery may lead to more targeted treatment
Author: 
Katie Babcock

Scientists have found that blood vessel cells have a deeper level of communication than previously believed – a discovery that could lead to new diagnostics and more targeted treatment for cardiovascular disease.

Why this astronaut-turned-surgeon (and hospital CEO) respects science fiction

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“Science fiction is a driver that challenges us to consider what might be possible. ”
Author: 
Suniya Kukaswadia

As a former astronaut, now assistant professor in the University of Toronto's department of surgery and hospital chief executive officer, Dr. Dave Williams has a unique perspective on health care.

Today, Williams is using lessons he learned in space to transform care as president and CEO of Southlake Regional Heath Centre. He spoke to writer Suniya Kukaswadia about the promise of Big Data, the future of medicine and the intersection of science and science fiction.

Dr. Mike Evans releases new video: tackling childhood obesity and nutrition

Author: 
Vitaly Kazakov

He’s the University of Toronto professor whose face is best known as a comic-style image on a whiteboard.

His short videos on everything from flatulence to palliative care have captured more than 10 million views and his work has been discussed everywhere from network news broadcasts to the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. (See the video 23 1/2 Hours.)

Sharing mental health expertise at home and around the world: Dr. Lisa Andermann

Author: 
Michael Kennedy

As one of Canada’s preeminent cross-cultural psychiatrists, Dr. Lisa Andermann is at the forefront of tackling global mental health challenges.

And it’s a challenge she began preparing for even before medical school.

Canada could learn from Japan, Korea and Taiwan as it seeks to reform health care

Author: 
Kim Luke with files from Macdonald Laurier Institute
 
Asian countries could provide insights for improving Canada’s underperforming health-care system, says a new paper co-written by University of Toronto sociologist Ito Peng.
 

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.

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