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How U of T doctors and students are helping Syrian refugees access health care

To find clinics nearest refugees: 416-323-6400 ext. 5905
Allison Mullin

When family doctor Perle Feldman heard she would be seeing a recently arrived Syrian refugee with cancer, she knew she would have to act fast.

The man had been undergoing treatment in Beirut, Lebanon after moving there from a refugee camps, but he desperately needed surgery.

“By the time he had arrived in Canada he already had undergone two to three more cancer treatments than he should have – he was weak,” says Feldman, a professor in the department of family and community medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto.  

15 reasons to watch the Junos this year

43 Faculty of Music alumni, students and faculty from U of T nominated in 8 categories
Jessica Lewis

Forty-three University of Toronto musicians, from jazz to classical to world music, have received 15 Juno nominations.

Three U of T composers – one student and two alumni – have Classical Composition of the Year-nominated pieces. Dinuk Wijeratne, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate, John Burge (MMus 1984, BMus 1983) and Jordan Pal (DMA 2011) join only two other candidates in this category.

U of T researchers lead cancer-fighting Dream Team

“Our knowledge is at a turning point,” says Professor Peter Dirks
Erin Howe

When Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Canada wanted to assemble a “Dream Team” of researchers to fight brain cancer, they turned to the University of Toronto. 

Eight members of the Faculty of Medicine have joined the group, fighting brain cancer by focusing on the stem cells that drive the growth of tumours.

Christos Hatzis on his music for Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation

Faculty of Music professor worked with Indigenous musicians, artists and elders when composing
Sylvia Urbanik

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a ballet and a shattering history lesson in one.

U of T saves $54 million in operating expenses

Scott Mabury: “The most important objective is to improve the function and experience for students and all members of the U of T community”
Arthur Kaptainis

A comprehensive plan to improve operations and maximize efficiency has shaved $54 million off operating expenses at the University of Toronto, allowing these funds to be repurposed for new academic and service initiatives.

This number is not only $4 million beyond the original operational excellence target of $50 million but one year ahead of schedule, Operations Vice-President Scott Mabury told the Tri-Campus Vice-Presidents Group recently.

“Sexual violence will not be tolerated on our campuses”

Presidential and Provostial Committee on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence releases report
Terry Lavender

“Sexual violence will not be tolerated on our campuses.”

That sentence sums up the report of the Presidential and Provostial Committee on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence, which the committee has recently submitted to U of T President Meric Gertler and Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr.

Fitness tracker flaws exposed by U of T's Citizen Lab and Open Effect

Research backed by Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program
Alex Gillis

Barb Gormley didn’t know that strangers could track her fitness tracker. Or that anyone could rip off personal data leaking from the device.

The personal trainer and her clients use the exercise-boosting devices to record steps taken, calories burned and other data about their progress when working out.

“People are hooked on them,” she said. “I feel like I have a training assistant.”

But the machines also leak personal information – such as name, age and gender – communicated via wifi.

Celebrating 10 years of leadership and civic engagement: U of T's Centre for Community Partnerships

Strengthening neighbourhoods, building communities
Sarah Ryeland

“These kids are my neighbours,” says Yusuf Yusuf. “We grew up on the same street, so I feel like I can relate. Kids in the area are saying ‘I’m not going to university.’

“So we brought them to the University, showed them around and said ‘there are people like you here – people making change.’ Right there you see it has an effect on them.”

New U of T Scarborough building a greener, more efficient way to foster innovation

Don Campbell

The new home for the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Environmental Science and Chemistry programs means undergrads will be doing research in a facility built to the highest of environmental standards.

“Beyond being a beautiful building, this is an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient place to do cutting-edge research,” U of T Scarborough Principal Bruce Kidd said.

U of T's Deep Saini heads to India with Ontario premier for trade mission

Vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga will connect with leaders and promote Ontario expertise
Blake Eligh

Professor Deep Saini, vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of U of T Mississauga, will accompany Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on a trade mission to India next week.

The six-day trip will visit four cities – New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai – to strengthen economic, political and cultural ties with the world’s third-largest economy.

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