Toronto, ON – Infants in Canada’s north are facing alarming rates of respiratory infection, but providing an antibody to all infants will prevent hundreds of hospitalizations of babies in the Arctic and save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. In a paper published today in CMAJ Open, researchers conducted the largest study ever of infant admission due to lower respiratory tract infections. They focused on admissions to health facilities by children under 12 months old in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik – the northern region of Quebec. The research uncovered wide disparity in admission rates, ranging from 3.9 per cent in the Northwest Territories to 45.6 per cent in Nunavik, which is the highest rate ever reported in the world. By comparison, the rate of respiratory infection in the first year of life in North America is estimated to be between one and three per cent. More than 40 per cent were diagnosed specifically with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), either alone or with other viruses. “The likely reasons for these high rates may include living in overcrowded conditions, exposure to cigarette smoke as well as the associated challenges of living in remote areas and poverty. But, there could be a genetic risk specific to Inuit. The fact is, nobody knows for sure,” said Professor Anna Banerji, Faculty Lead of Indigenous and Refugee Health in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Banerji was lead author on the paper that included co-authors from across the country and was based in five northern hospitals and four tertiary hospitals. “What really stands out is that in certain areas, two to three per cent of all babies born are put on life support. As a result of the infections, many babies are evacuated by air to southern health centres in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal, where they receive intensive care. They’re young babies – on average three months old – and generally don’t have any underlying risk factors, but they’re often at death’s door. In addition to long periods of hospitalization, they can be placed on life support for extended periods of time and frequently suffer from complications, some of those having long-term consequences” said Banerji. In a second paper also published in CMAJ Open, researchers found that by providing universal access to the RSV antibody palivizumab in regions of Nunavut and Nunavik, the rates of hospitalization could be substantially reduced and in certain areas it would actually save money. Currently, palivizumab is given by monthly injections during the RSV season to infants considered at high risk for severe disease excluding most Inuit infants. But the researchers found that by giving the antibody to all healthy babies under six months of age at the start of the RSV season, some northern health systems can save $35,000 to $50,000 per RSV infection avoided. The regional Government of Nunavik has just announced that will be providing palivizumab to all term Inuit infants. “It’s a very cost effective to give this antibody to healthy term Inuit babies in regions of Nunavut and Nunavik. It’s much cheaper to prevent RSV with this antibody than to pay for hospital treatment. We’d save money and prevent suffering and long term suffering,” said Banerji. -30- For More Information: Liam Mitchell Associate Director, Office of Communications Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 416-978-4672 (office) 647-522-2513 (mobile) liam.mitchell@utoronto.ca

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Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

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The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

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Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

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Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

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The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

Social justice education professor Megan Boler, shares her view on whether we are seeing the so-called "Trump effect" starting to appear in Canada. Read more.

TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

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Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto have investigated the amount of free sugar in Canadian prepackaged foods and beverages. The results suggest that new guidelines and better food labeling is needed to help consumers make better choices. Free sugar, commonly referred to as added sugar, is considered a “hidden” source of calories, as it’s not always apparent to consumers they are present. Also, the excessive consumption of free sugar has been associated with an increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and tooth decay. The same ill-health effects are not associated with naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in fruits and vegetables, because they are still in their natural or intact form along with many vitamins, minerals, and often fibre. The research team, which was led by Professor Mary L’Abbé, used a vast database of food labeling information – the University of Toronto’s Food Label Information Program – to identify the grams of sugar present in more than 15,000 products. The products were categorized into 17 sugar-focused major food groups, including 77 major subcategories and 207 minor categories. The researchers then applied an algorithm, that primarily uses the total sugar content and ingredient list, to determine what percentage of the total sugar came from free sugar. The results show that eight of the 17 food groups have more than 75% of the total sugar coming from free sugar. Those with the highest proportion, as might be expected, were desserts (94%), sugars and sweets (91%) and bakery products (83%). Free sugar contributed 20% of calories overall in prepackaged foods and beverages. The findings were reported in the journal Nutrients on September 21, 2016. “Without information on the free sugar content of foods, it’s hard for consumers to know how much free sugar is too much,” said Jodi Bernstein, who was first author of the paper. Bernstein and L’Abbé are hoping this paper will help demonstrate to policymakers the need for clear food labels that will help consumers monitor their consumption compared to the daily amount of free sugar that is recommended. “People are rightfully concerned about how much sugar they are consuming,” said L’Abbé. “If they are going to be concerned about sugar, we want to make sure their concern is focused is on the right kind of sugar: free sugar.” She points out that Health Canada is currently reviewing food labeling policy in Canada, which occurs every 10 to 15 years. While a similar review in the United States led the Food and Drug Administration to require added sugar to be reported on labels starting in July 2018, that hasn’t yet happened in Canada. “While Canada and the United States generally have very similar food labeling requirements, it’s unfortunate that we haven’t taken a similar step in this instance,” said L’Abbé. -30- For more Information: Liam Mitchell Associate Director, Office of Communications Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 416-978-4672 (office) 647-522-2513 (mobile) liam.mitchell@utoronto.ca

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Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

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The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

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Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

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25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

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December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

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The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

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Toronto, ON – Discovering stem cells here was just the beginning. Now, the University of Toronto is pushing the frontiers of regenerative medicine even further with a $27-million investment in 20 transformative projects. The team projects, which range from attempting to improve failing eyesight in aging populations to finding better treatments for stroke and liver disease, are receiving funding through the university’s newly created Medicine by Design initiative. “These projects are bringing together leading life scientists, engineers, doctors and computer scientists at U of T and our partner hospitals to tackle and solve some of the biggest hurdles in regenerative medicine,” said Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto, “I look forward to seeing discoveries emerging from these projects that will transform the way we develop cures to devastating diseases.” “In addition to researching fundamental questions, the Medicine by Design projects include innovations slated to be ready for clinical trials within a few years, as well as enabling technologies with the potential to accelerate their cost-effective implementation,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation. “They will help strengthen U of T’s reputation as a global centre in the growing field of regenerative medicine and cell therapy, power Toronto’s vibrant biomedical ecosystem and — most importantly — lay the foundation for improved outcomes for patients around the world,” he said. Last summer, the federal government gave the University of Toronto the largest single research award in its history — $114 million — to support Medicine by Design, which builds on a rich legacy of U of T contributions to regenerative medicine, starting with the identification of blood stem cells by biophysicist James Till and hematologist Ernest McCulloch in 1960. This discovery was instrumental in the use of blood stem cell transplants to treat diseases such as leukemia. The funding for Medicine by Design was the first grant announced under the government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund. In the decades since the Till and McCulloch discovery, stem cells have come to be seen by scientists as potentially offering ways to treat — and perhaps cure — a host of devastating and costly illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, blindness and neurodegenerative disorders. Medicine by Design provides a framework to design the cells, materials and therapeutics to reach this goal. It harnesses the exceptional expertise at U of T and its affiliated hospitals and fosters unique multidisciplinary collaborations to generate new discoveries in regenerative medicine. Through strategic investments and partnerships, it is also creating a pipeline from research to commercialization that will enable Canada to realize the full value of its research advances and bring them to the world. Globally, the regenerative medicine industry is expected to grow in value to tens of billions of dollars in the next five years. The $27 million will be shared over three years by 20 teams composed of more than 75 researchers and clinicians from diverse disciplines across U of T and its affiliated hospitals. The funding marks Medicine by Design’s first investment in collaborative team projects. “These projects launch at a very exciting time in biomedical research. We are accelerating the use of engineering design principles and quantitative biological modelling to nurture innovative environments where breakthroughs will emerge. That’s what Medicine by Design is all about,” said Peter Zandstra, executive director of Medicine by Design, the Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering and a University Professor in theInstitute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering. Funded projects include research aimed at:
  • Restoring vision in patients with age-related macular degeneration, led byMolly Shoichet, a University Professor in U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering;
  • Generating functional liver cells and engineered liver tissues from stem cells to study liver disease, test new treatments and assess new drugs, led byGordon Keller of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at University Health Network, and U of T’s Department of Medical Biophysics;
  • Better understanding the circuits that control brain tissue growth through computational biology to improve treatments for stroke and cerebral palsy, led byGary Bader of theDonnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research and the departments of Molecular Genetics and Computer Scienceat U of T; and
  • Designing a new probiotic bacterium that could help the gut lining renew itself to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, led byDavid McMillen, a professor in theDepartment of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
See the full list of funded projects. The teams were selected through a rigorous competitive process, which involved international reviewers and Medicine by Design’s scientific advisory board, composed of eight global academic leaders in regenerative medicine. Medicine by Design also offers New Ideas Grants,Commercialization and Clinical Translation Funds and post-doctoral fellowships. About the University of Toronto The University of Toronto is Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation and one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. It contributes $15.7 billion to the Canadian economy every year and has created 61 new companies based on research and technologies in the last three years, more than any other institution in North America. Established in 1827, the university operates in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, as well as in nine renowned partner hospitals. – 30 – Media Contact: Ann Perry Senior Communications Officer Medicine by Design 416-946-8375 ann.perry@utoronto.ca

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Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

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The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

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Toronto, ON –  In what University of Toronto President Meric Gertler called “an historic investment in Canadian science and innovation,” the federal and provincial governments are joining with the university to provide almost $190 million to upgrade almost half of U of T’s research labs over the next two years. The announcement of the Lab Innovation for Toronto (LIFT) project was made Thursday at U of T’s Medical Sciences Building by President Gertler, federal Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, and provincial Higher Education Minister Deb Matthews. The university will provide $91.8 million, while the federal and provincial governments will contribute $83.7 million and $14.3 million respectively for a total of $189.8 million. “These investments will us attract and retain talent from around the world and across the country. It’s really critical,” Gertler told reporters in a scrum following the announcement. “We’re very well known as a research powerhouse but as the ministers have said if the [lab research] space is substandard it limits what this talent and faculty and student body can do. By modernizing that space the sky is really the limit.” The LIFT project will lead to the renewal of 47 percent of U of T’s research space, said Scott Mabury, vice-president operations. The labs to be renovated by the project are on average 50-years-old and comprise more than 50,000 square metres of inefficient space, he said. Work has already begun and will be complete by the spring of 2018. Using a square metre as a prop at the event, he gave the appreciative crowd an impromptu lesson in what the scale of the infrastructure project really means. If you add the current inefficient lab space up, he said, it’s equivalent in total size to 15 soccer pitches. And, if U of T was building all-new labs instead of rejuvenating existing facilities, the total cost per square metre would be approximately $12,000, totaling close to $650 million. “The renovations will modernize U of T’s research labs to increase usable space and enhance the quality of the research and learning environment,” Mabury said. “They will also improve air handling, climate and electrical systems.” The federal contribution is part of the government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, Bains said. “This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation,” he said, adding that the funding would “create the conditions for innovation and long-term growth that will keep the Canadian economy globally competitive.” Duncan, who has had first-hand experience of U of T lab facilities as both a student and instructor, agreed. “It’s a little extra special to be here today. I’m a proud UC graduate and a former faculty member . . . being back at the university is bringing back wonderful memories,” she told the crowd. “Science has a central role in [Canada’s] Innovation Agenda . . . Through investments such as these, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada as a global leader in scientific excellence.” “Through investments such as these, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada as a global leader in scientific excellence.” Deb Matthews, Ontario's minister of advanced education and skills development, said: “Our government is proud to support this important project, which will give University of Toronto students access to the renewed facilities they need to prepare for successful careers in science and research. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow and this investment will help us to do it.” “The LIFT project will equip our brilliant scholars, students and staff with the cutting-edge facilities they need to learn, collaborate and discover,” President Gertler said as he thanked the federal and provincial ministers. “The modernization of these labs will also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions significantly. The University of Toronto greatly appreciates the federal and provincial governments’ support of postsecondary education and research, and their leadership in ensuring Canada secures its place among global leaders of science and technology.” Daniel Haas, dean of U of T’s Faculty of Dentistry, also thanked the ministers for the infrastructure funding, which will allow the faculty to sustain its excellence and to make much-needed repairs. “Our research facilities are badly outdated,” Haas said. “Our primary building opened 57 years ago in 1959, and a number of our researchers are working out of a facility built in 1927. We have exceptionally talented people who are being limited in what they can accomplish, simply because of infrastructure. The funding announced today will allow our faculty to capitalize on their potential. It will help us modernize our existing facilities and sustain our position as leaders in health research.” The LIFT project will affect all three campuses and nine academic divisions. The facilities to be renovated include not only medical, dental, biology, chemistry and engineering labs, but also include a former horse barn north of Toronto now used for ecological research, a green roof on the historic 1 Spadina Avenue building (the new home of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design), an electro-acoustic music studio at the Faculty of Music and many others. For example, at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the campus vivarium and the S-Wing research labs will undergo $17.8 million in renovations, while the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Davis Building will get a $17.1 million upgrade. In total, 546 labs will be fully renovated, providing state-of-the-art research facilities to an estimated 1,100 researchers and 5,500 students. Mario Ostrowski is one of those researchers. A renowned HIV scientist affiliated with St. Michael’s Hospital and U of T’s Faculty of Medicine, Ostrowski says there is fierce competition among research institutions for the best graduate students and post-docs. State-of-the-art labs will help U of T recruit the best and the brightest students, he said, and will also inspire existing researchers and students to greater achievements. “Just like great architecture inspires people every day to achieve excellence, if you’ve got a nice lab that’s state of the art, rather than something old and decrepit that’s falling apart, it inspires and stimulates people to produce excellence.” - 30 – For more information, contact: University of Toronto Media Relations Tel: (416) 978-0100 media.relations@utoronto.ca  

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December 5, 2016

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25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

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December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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CBC News | December 7, 2016

Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

Social justice education professor Megan Boler, shares her view on whether we are seeing the so-called "Trump effect" starting to appear in Canada. Read more.

TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto discussed her notion of Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. Read more.

Nanovista is one of the first 22 up-and-coming companies selected to be part of JLABS @ Toronto, an innovative research centre designed to advance bio/pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health programs. “Being a part of JLABS brings us one step closer to commercializing and delivering this product to market to help patients,” said Jinzi Zheng of her company’s injectable imaging agent that helps surgeons see where tumours are located and remove them more precisely, while leaving healthy tissue intact. “They’ll give us the right exposure to the business side and they’ll help us carve out a clear path to market. We’re scientists, we don’t have that expertise.” Of the 22 startups at JLABS announced today, at least eight have ties to the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals — like Nanovista, which developed out of research started by Zheng as she worked towards her PhD in medical biophysics. The others include: 6Biotech, App4Independence, AvroBio, DNAstack, Ketogen Pharma, Ubiquitech and Proteorex Therapeutics Inc., which is working closely with Professor Robert Batey, chair of the department of chemistry. Their new home is a gleaming 40,000-square foot facility that has cutting-edge, modular and scalable lab space, equipment and, most importantly, access to scientific, industry and capital funding experts. It also features JLABS’ first device and digital prototype lab, which was shown off today at its official opening to dignitaries such as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory and U of T president Meric Gertler. The space, which is rented by JLABS from the University of Toronto, is the result of a unique collaboration between global giant Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, the university, the Government of Ontario, Janssen Inc., MaRS Innovation and several hospital partners. “The project to transform and fit out the floor into the first Canadian location for JLABS, budgeted at $18.3 million, came in on time and more than a million dollars under budget,” said Scott Mabury, U of T’s vice-president of operations.” Every speaker at the event mentioned the university and the critical role it played in making JLABS @ Toronto a reality, including Premier Wynne.   [caption id="attachment_14895" align="alignnone" width="640"] Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory, Ontario cabinet minister Reza Moridi and U of T president Meric Gertler were on hand for the official opening of JLABS @ Toronto (all photos by Johnny Guatto)[/caption]   “The opportunities that JLABS will create for Ontario are immense,” she said. “And while the driving force behind those successes will be the people who take their research from lab to market, we need to recognize that there are other factors. “If it weren’t for MaRS, if it weren’t for U of T, the strategic partnership stream of our Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the life sciences corridor that surrounds us today, and the whole innovation ecosystem that we’ve built here in Ontario, there would be no JLABs launch today.” With five locations in the United States, coming to Toronto next made sense. “Canada’s startup scene is booming,” explained Melinda Richter, head of JLABS. The location is also perfect — smack dab in the centre of Toronto’s bustling ecosystem of hospitals, businesses and university labs that already attract more than $1.4-billion in research funding each year to the city. The university’s Banting and Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is also just across the street making this stretch of College Street the place to be for ambitious researchers to hang out their shingle with the hope of turning their discovery into the next big thing. “We’re excited to have JLABS @ Toronto join the University of Toronto as the newest addition to our vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Gertler. “Together with our nine campus-led accelerators, under the umbrella of our Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, we’re fuelling the creation of new companies, new jobs and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.” [caption id="attachment_14897" align="alignnone" width="750"] U of T president Meric Gertler at the official opening of JLABS @ Toronto (all photos by Johnny Guatto)[/caption]   For Zheng and her Nanovista co-founders, Christine Allen and David Jaffray, a world of possibilities has now opened up by joining the JLABS family. This in addition to their academic positions at U of T where Zheng is an assistant professor in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering and a scientist in the Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health with the University Health Network; Allen is a professor in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and GSK Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery; and Jaffray is a professor, director of TECHNA and executive vice-president of technology and innovation at UHN. “It’s going to be great to be able to bounce ideas around with the other startups,” Zheng said. “They’re going to have some of the same challenges as us, which means we can learn from each other. They’ll be a healthy competition.” And aside from dreams of having operating rooms around the world stocked with vials of their product, Zheng says ideally they’d like their time at JLABS to lead to them meeting the right people who can take over the business side of their company, freeing them to focus on what they know best — pushing the science forward. -30- For more information: U of T Media Relations 416-978-0100 media.relations@utoronto.ca

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December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

December 2, 2016

25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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CBC News | December 7, 2016

Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

Social justice education professor Megan Boler, shares her view on whether we are seeing the so-called "Trump effect" starting to appear in Canada. Read more.

TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto discussed her notion of Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. Read more.

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the World Health Organization are proud to launch the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency for the Pharmaceutical Sector with a policy workshop and celebration at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy on April 29, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This event will tackle all of the pressing questions impacting good governance, accountability, and transparency in the pharmaceutical sector, including:
  • How do we reconcile the need for innovative medicines with medicine affordability?
  • What needs to change to keep medicines marketing ethical?
  • What is already in place to ensure accountability in the pharmaceutical sector, and is it working?
  • How can the public be involved in ensuring pharmaceutical sector transparency?
The workshop will feature speakers from global health and health policy development institutions, academia, and the pharmaceutical industry, including: World Health Organization, Transparency International, University of Toronto, Innovative Medicines Canada, Toronto Star, St. Michael’s Hospital, and Canadian Generics Association We invite you to join us for this discussion. For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/taking-the-pulse-of-transparency-in-the-pharmaceutical-sector-tickets-23063443380 -30- For more information about the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency for the Pharmaceutical Sector and the April 29, 2016 workshop and launch, please contact: Heather McAlister Research Fellow and Communications Coordinator 647-782-4099 heather.mcalister@mail.utoronto.ca  

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December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

December 2, 2016

25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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CBC News | December 7, 2016

Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

Social justice education professor Megan Boler, shares her view on whether we are seeing the so-called "Trump effect" starting to appear in Canada. Read more.

TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto discussed her notion of Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. Read more.

Toronto, ON – Members of University of Toronto's faculty and alumni will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame at a ceremony taking place today at McMaster University, taking four of this year’s six spots. “This is something in which we can all take pride,” said Dr. Trevor Young, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and vice-dean of relations with health care institutions. “Through a variety of roles, from documenting the early history of medical practice in Canada to opening the door to women in the profession, this year’s honorees have made unique and valuable contributions to the field of medicine.” Two of the inductees, University Professor Michael Bliss and Professor David Naylor, are members of the U of T faculty. Bliss is described by the Hall as “the preeminent medical historian of this era” and is cited for his books on medical history, including The Discovery of Insulin, as well as his work on the 1991-92 strategic plan of the Medical Research Council of Canada. Dr. Naylor, a former president of U of T and dean of medicine, is the co-author of more than 300 scholarly publications and noted for “visionary contributions to health research, education, administration and policy,” including his leadership of Canada’s response to the SARS epidemic. May Cohen graduated at the top of her class at U of T in 1955 when fewer than seven per cent of medical students in Canada were women. She co-founded the first faculty of medicine women’s health office in 1991 at McMaster University. Gordon Guyatt earned his Bachelor of Science at U of T before obtaining his medical degree at McMaster, the medical faculty of which he joined in 1983. He is cited for his leadership in evidence-based medicine. Established in 1992 in London, Ontario, the CMHF honours medical great of the present and past. The new laureates, who also include former Canadian Prime Minister Sir Charles Tupper and McGill University AIDS researcher Mark Wainberg, will raise total membership to 119. The CMHF “celebrates Canadian heroes whose work has advanced health, thereby inspiring the pursuit of careers in the health sciences.” -30- For more information: U of T Media Relations Tel: 416-978-0100 media.relations@utoronto.ca

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December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

December 2, 2016

25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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CBC News | December 7, 2016

Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

Social justice education professor Megan Boler, shares her view on whether we are seeing the so-called "Trump effect" starting to appear in Canada. Read more.

TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto discussed her notion of Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. Read more.

Toronto, ON – It’s easier than ever to sequence our DNA, but doctors still can’t exactly tell from our genomes which diseases might befall us. Professor Fritz Roth is setting out to change this by going to basics — to our billion-year-old cousin, baker’s yeast. By testing the effects of human mutations in yeast, Roth’s research team at the University of Toronto’s Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute was able to identify harmful changes in the DNA better than leading algorithms. The ultimate goal of his approach, detailed in the latest issue of Genome Research is to create “look-up tables” of damaging mutations to help clinicians diagnose patients more accurately. The reason our genomes remain impenetrable is the vast amount of genetic diversity among us. Of the three billion DNA letters in the genome, three million are different between any two people. The vast majority of these differences, also called genetic variants, have no bearing on our lives. But some variants change proteins, the molecular machines that do much of the work in our cells — and this could lead to disease. “If we want to interpret people’s personal genomes, then we need a way of knowing whether variants are damaging the gene they are in,” says Roth, who is also a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Genetic Networks Program. Currently the only way to predict damaging mutations, for most genes, is through computational methods. For some genes, however, damaging mutations can be detected using yeast.  The international team led by Roth did a head-on comparison of yeast against the machine to see which approach fared better at finding disease-causing mutations. Yeast cells are simple, yet their basic architecture is similar to human cells. Because almost half of our genes have a shared ancestry with a yeast gene, it is often possible to study human genes in this easy-to-manipulate living organism. One way to test a human gene’s function is to see whether it can replace a yeast counterpart gene. Think of yeast as a ship — taking a gene out leaves a hole in the bottom. Scientists then try to stop the leak by plugging the hole with the matching human gene to prevent the ship from sinking. If the normal human gene can rescue the yeast but a mutated one cannot, Roth predicts that the mutation is damaging. Thanks to yeast’s fast rate of growth, it is possible to know within days which versions of human genes fail to keep the yeast afloat. These same variants are also likely to be damaging for human cells and could matter for our health. Roth’s team focused on 22 genes, linked to conditions such as autism, mental retardation and heart disease, and whose intact copies were able to replace their yeast counterparts. Previous work found these genes to be present in hundreds of variations among people. Roth’s group tested 179 variants, roughly half of which are reported to cause disease. To test variant function, the researchers inserted each human variant, one by one, in place of a matching yeast gene, using a comprehensive library of yeast strains created by Professors Brenda Andrews and Charlie Boone’s groups at the Donnelly Centre. They then watched how well the yeast grew and this allowed them to predict whether or not a variant was harmful. Importantly, this simple test in a billion-year old machinery outperformed the best available computational methods. Based on cell-growth data, the researchers were able to identify 62 per cent of disease variants as damaging.  By contrast, the best current computational method could confidently identify only 23 per cent of disease variants. “By every measure we are beating the computational predictions. Some might say it’s obvious that an experiment beats a computational prediction, but many clinicians would not accept evidence about human variants based on how they perform in baker’s yeast. Our paper highlights the important and direct role that model organisms can play in interpreting individual human genomes,” says Roth. For the subset of human disease genes that will be able to fill in for their yeast counterparts, Roth believes it is possible to test all variants this way. For other genes, similar assays could be done in other model organisms or using other tests in yeast. The goal is to create lists of experimentally tested mutations before they are detected in the genomes of affected patients. “I think the way to go forward is to do all of the experiments up front before you’ve even seen the variants in the clinic. Organized networks of researchers could test the variants in a common way so that we can build a resource so that clinicians can go immediately to the look-up table,” says Roth. Read what Prof. Roth thinks about home-based genetic tests in the Toronto Star Doctors’ Notes [caption id="attachment_14667" align="alignnone" width="300"] The basic concept of testing human gene variants in yeast[/caption] pic2 -30- For more information: Jovana Drinjakovic, PhD Writer at the Donnelly Centre University of Toronto Tel: +41 78 929 06 14 (Zurich) jovana.drinjakovic@gmail.com thedonnellycentre.utoronto.ca @DonnellyCentre        

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December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

December 2, 2016

25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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CBC News | December 7, 2016

Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

Social justice education professor Megan Boler, shares her view on whether we are seeing the so-called "Trump effect" starting to appear in Canada. Read more.

TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto discussed her notion of Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. Read more.

Toronto, ON - A new national research network was launched today to transform the health outcomes of individuals with diabetes and its related complications. It will be led by two of Canada’s top researchers in the field and includes researchers conducting leading-edge health and biomedical research at nine institutions across the country. “Diabetes is a huge burden to our health system right now. One in four Canadians have diabetes or pre-diabetes and it’s costing us $16-billion per year to treat. By 2020, we anticipate that more than 3 million Canadians will have diabetes. We have an opportunity to harness the tremendous research being done in Canada to find better solutions,” said Professor Gary Lewis, Director of the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist with the University Health Network. Lewis will lead the new Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Diabetes and Related Complications – with Professor Jean-Pierre Després, Scientific Director of the Cardiology Division of the Quebec Heart and Lung institute, Director of Science and Innovation at Alliance santé Québec and a Professor of Kinesiology at Université Laval. Today, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) for five SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease. “These networks will produce the innovations that improve health of Canadians and position Canada as a global leader in research on these chronic diseases,” said CIHR President Dr. Alain Beaudet. Each SPOR Network will receive $12.45-million from CIHR to be matched by partners. The SPOR Network in Diabetes and Related Complications has partnered with the Canadian Diabetes Association, JDRF, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Research Manitoba, Alliance santé Quebec, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, as well as private sector contributors including Merck Canada Inc., Astra-Zeneca Inc., Caprion Proteome Inc., and WinSanTor Inc., for a total five-year investment of an additional $19-million for the SPOR Network in Diabetes and Related Complications. “JDRF is proud to be a SPOR partner, as we greatly value Canadian researchers working collaboratively to accelerate diabetes research. This gives patients hope for a better world, a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) and this research will move us there faster,” said Dave Prowten, President and CEO of JDRF Canada. “Our network will facilitate meaningful connections between primary healthcare providers, their patients and relevant specialists to achieve improved care and significant cost savings within our health system,” said Després. “I have been living with T1D for 49 years, and have experienced how devastating diabetic related complications can be; I lost my eyesight 25 years ago. Last week my 14-year-old nephew was diagnosed with T1D. This disease continues its devastating path, which is what compels me to fight back and be a member of this SPOR Network,” said patient advocate Debbie Sissmore. “I am delighted to represent and advocate for the Canadians that need help in the prevention and treatment of diabetes related complications.” A focus for the network will be the impact diabetes has on vulnerable groups, including Indigenous peoples, immigrants, women and lower socio-economic groups. “We know that diabetes has a disproportionate impact on these groups, but there is still much more research to be done on why and how to deliver appropriate and culturally sensitive treatments,” said Lewis. The network will be based in Toronto at the University Health Network and University of Toronto. The other partner organizations are Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval, Université de Montréal, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, and the University of New Brunswick. You can learn more about the SPOR Network in Diabetes by visiting their website: www.SPORNetworkDiabetes.ca -30- For more information: Liam Mitchell Associate Director, Communications Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-4672 Email: liam.mitchell@utoronto.ca

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December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

December 2, 2016

25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

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TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto discussed her notion of Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. Read more.

Toronto, ON - Imagine telling a patient suffering from age-related (type-II) osteoporosis that a single injection of stem cells could restore their normal bone structure. This week, with a publication in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, a group of researchers from the University of Toronto and The Ottawa Hospital suggest that this scenario may not be too far away. Osteoporosis affects over 200M people worldwide and, unlike post-menopausal (type-I) osteoporosis, both women and men are equally susceptible to developing the age-related (type-II) form of this chronic disease. With age-related osteoporosis, the inner structure of the bone diminishes, leaving the bone thinner, less dense, and losing its function. The disease is responsible for an estimated 8.9 M fractures per year worldwide. Fractures of the hip—one of the most common breaks for those suffering from type-II osteoporosis—lead to a significant lack of mobility and, for some, can be deadly. But how can an injection of stem cells reverse the ravages of age in the bones? Professor William Stanford, senior author of the study, had in previous research demonstrated a causal effect between mice that developed age-related osteoporosis and low or defective mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in these animals. “We reasoned that if defective MSCs are responsible for osteoporosis, transplantation of healthy MSCs should be able to prevent or treat osteoporosis,” said Stanford, who is a Senior Scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and Professor at the University of Ottawa. To test that theory, the researchers injected osteoporotic mice with MSCs from healthy mice. Stem cells are “progenitor” cells, capable of dividing and changing into all the different cell types in the body. Able to become bone cells, MSCs have a second unique feature, ideal for the development of human therapies: these stem cells can be transplanted from one person to another without the need for matching (needed for blood transfusions, for instance) and without being rejected. After six months post-injection, a quarter of the life span of these animals, the osteoporotic bone had astonishingly given way to healthy, functional bone. “We had hoped for a general increase in bone health,” said John E. Davies, Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto, and a co-author of the study. “But the huge surprise was to find that the exquisite inner “coral-like” architecture of the bone structure of the injected animals—which is severely compromised in osteoporosis—was restored to normal.” The study could soon give rise to a whole new paradigm for treating or even indefinitely postponing the onset of osteoporosis. Currently there is only one commercially available therapy for type-II osteoporosis, a drug that maintains its effectiveness for just two years. And, while there are no human stem cell trials looking at a systemic treatment for osteoporosis, the long-range results of the study point to the possibility that as little as one dose of stem cells might offer long-term relief. “It’s very exciting,” said Dr. Jeff Kiernan, first author of the study. A graduate from IBBME who is beginning a Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Ottawa Hospital with the Centre for Transfusion Research, Kiernan pursued the research for his doctoral degree. “We’re currently conducting ancillary trials with a research group in the U.S., where elderly patients have been injected with MSCs to study various outcomes. We’ll be able to look at those blood samples for biological markers of bone growth and bone reabsorption,” he added. If improvements to bone health are observed in these ancillary trials, according to Stanford, larger dedicated trials could follow within the next 5 years. Stem cells were first discovered in the early 1960s by University of Toronto Professors James E. Till and Earnest McCulloch. UofT continues to be a world leader in stem cell research. Full reference: Systemic Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Transplantation Prevents Functional Bone Loss in a Mouse Model of Age-Related Osteoporosis. Jeffrey Kiernan, Sally Hu, Marc D. Grynpas, John E. Davies, William L. Stanford. Stem Cells Translational Medicine. 2016;5:1–11 Funders: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Research Chair About the University of Toronto: The University of Toronto has assembled one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in breadth and depth on any other Canadian campus. U of T faculty co-author more research articles than their colleagues at any university in the US or Canada other than Harvard. As a measure of impact, U of T consistently ranks alongside the top five U.S. universities whose discoveries are most often cited by other researchers around the world.  The U of T faculty are also widely recognized for their teaching strengths and commitment to graduate supervision. Established in 1827, the University of Toronto today operates in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, as well as in nine renowned academic hospitals. About The Ottawa Hospital: The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and an annual budget of over $1.2 billion. Our focus on research and learning helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care. -30- Media Contacts: Erin Vollick, Communications Officer, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto Erin.vollick@dentistry.utoronto.ca | (416) 979-4900 ext. 4381| (416) 409-4633 (cell) Jennifer Ganton, Director, Communications and Public Relations, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute jganton@ohri.ca |613-798-5555 ext. 73325 |613-614-5253 (cell)

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December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

December 2, 2016

25 top University of Toronto scholars named Canada Research Chairs

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U…

December 1, 2016

Researchers Expose Censorship on Popular Chat App, WeChat

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages…

December 1, 2016

Post-merger layoffs moderated, corporate takeovers cut when labour protections strengthened, Rotman research finds

Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in…

November 23, 2016

The time is ripe for the City of Toronto to implement taxes, says IMFG

Toronto, ON – As cities like Toronto face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands on local government, a newly released paper from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs argues that additional taxes are entirely appropriate and necessary for Canada’s major cities to continue to thrive. In the IMFG Perspectives Paper (No. 15) released today, New Tax Sources for Canada’s Largest Cities: What Are the…

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CBC News | December 7, 2016

Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

Social justice education professor Megan Boler, shares her view on whether we are seeing the so-called "Trump effect" starting to appear in Canada. Read more.

TVO The Agenda | December 6, 2016

The Future of Medicine

U of T's Molly Shoichet talks about the future of medicine and her research. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Watch here. 

Times Higher Education | December 6, 2016

Scholars advised on dealing with the aftermath of US election

Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto discussed her notion of Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. Read more.