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Transatlantic Science Week 2014 at U of T

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Arctic experts to tackle challenges from climate to health to human rights
Author: 
Nicole Bodnar and Sarah McDonald

As the world grapples with the question of how best to address climate change, many scientists are looking to some of the coldest places on Earth for answers.

Transatlantic Science Week 2014 (TSW2014) brings together scientists, policy-makers and industry leaders from Norway, Canada and the United States to share knowledge and approaches for dealing with the challenges unique to the Arctic, with a focus on societies, sustainability and safety. The conference also aims to strengthen the link between research and education surrounding arctic issues.

Global Health Summit: exploring power, politics and privilege

Author: 
Elaine Smith

What roles do power, politics and privilege play in public health? 

That’s one of the questions participants can explore at the University of Toronto’s upcoming Global Health Summit, Creating a Pandemic of Health, organized by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health from November 3 to 5.  

Children who drink non-cow's milk twice as likely to have low vitamin D

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In children, low levels of vitamin D can cause bone weakness or, in severe cases, rickets
Author: 
Geoff Koehler

Children who drink non-cow’s milk such as rice, almond, soy or goat’s milk, have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow’s milk, new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found.

Non-cow’s milk is becoming increasingly popular because of perceived health benefits, milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

Ebola: controlling outbreak in West Africa most effective way to decrease international risk, paper says

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Focus on "exit screening" not "entry screening" says Dr. Kamran Khan
Author: 
Leslie Shepherd

Controlling the Ebola virus outbreak at the source in West Africa is the most effective way to decrease international risk of transmission, a new study published in The Lancet has found.

Honouring World Mental Health Day at U of T

Author: 
Michael Kennedy

On World Mental Health Day, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Reza Moridi visited the University of Toronto to announce continued provincial funding of the Mental Health Innovation Fund.

Funding will be extended for an additional two years, with the Ministry inviting a third round of project proposals, Moridi said.

Fertility startup: a year in the life of the researcher-turned-entrepreneur

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QSperm looks back on international pitching competition, support from U of T
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

In vitro fertilization is a costly, invasive process – but what if there was a way to vastly improve a woman’s chances of getting pregnant in fewer in vitro sessions?

Enter QSperm, a startup grounded in U of T-developed research.

Gold key for University of Toronto's Donald Stuss

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Award recognizes extraordinary service in the field of rehabilitation
Author: 
Michael Kennedy

Professor Donald Stuss has been selected as the recipient of a prestigious award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. 

Fight flu early with annual vaccine, doctors urge

Author: 
Erin Howe

Very soon, people of all ages across Canada will roll up their sleeves for their flu shots.

The vaccine is already available in many doctors’ offices in time to help people protect themselves from the illness.

It’s impossible to predict exactly when and how severely influenza will strike, but in Canada, most cases occur between November and April.

Top 30 under 30 award for researcher in child under-nutrition

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Carmen Ho among world's top-ranked young social scientists
Author: 
Terry Lavender

When the Pacific Standard published its list of the top 30 social scientists under the age of 30 this year, it was looking for “the world’s not-yet-known Milton Friedmans and Philip Zimbardos and Margaret Meads.”

The magazine’s search led to U of T political science PhD candidate Carmen Jacqueline Ho, who received the accolade for her research on child under-nutrition.

Global Health Summit: using big data to assess health of nations

Author: 
Elaine Smith

Big data are large information sets that – when interpreted accurately – can illustrate the success of public health and healthcare delivery. But can they also provide an effective means for understanding both global and local health problems and creating solutions?

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