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Historic $130-million gift to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

Largest private donation in Canadian health-care history will bring together the strengths of SickKids, UHN and U of T in personalized genomic medicine, tissue engineering, and advanced cardiac care to address heart failure across the lifespan

With the goal to reduce hospitalization for heart failure by 50 per cent over the next decade, the Hospital for Sick Children, the University Health Network and the University of Toronto have announced the creation of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, funded by an unprecedented donation of $130 million from the Rogers family – the largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health-care initiative. 

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: city builders

Jelena Damjanovic

Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways.

And this week, as the University of Toronto celebrates the achievements of its newest alumni, many of those graduates are already hard at work creating better buildings, safer streets and healthier communities.

Writer Jelena Damjanovic spoke with four U of T city builders about how their work is strengthening cities and communities across North America.

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: astronaut for hire Aaron Persad

Award-winning teacher, entrepreneur and controversial academic receives PhD
Brianna Goldberg

For Aaron Persad, ‘reach for the stars’ is far more than a clichéd phrase on a graduation card. 

“It may sound a bit wild, but I’m training as a commercial astronaut,” said Persad, who’s graduating this November with a PhD in mechanical and industrial engineering. (Read more about Persad)

Polanyi prizes for two early-career University of Toronto researchers

Paul Fraumeni

Two University of Toronto researchers, Andrea Charise and Rahul Deb, have won esteemed Polanyi Prizes – Charise for her literary research and Deb for his work in economics.

The Polanyi Prizes were created to celebrate U of T chemistry professor John Polanyi’s 1986 Nobel Prize. The areas of research they recognize mirror those of the Nobel Prizes. Winners – post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers – are awarded $20,000 by the Ontario government.

Convocation 2014: celebrating success, looking to the future

More than 4,000 students graduate this week
Hailey Parliament

They spent years studying and researching, put in countless hours volunteering in disadvantaged communities and interning with companies in Canada and around the world – and now they’re celebrating.

This week, more than 4,000 students graduate from the University of Toronto and most will return to make their final trek across front campus to storied Convocation Hall: the journey from students to alumni.

Dairy and diabetes: could dairy lower the risk?

Erin Howe

If you have high blood sugar, there is a new question to ask yourself: got milk?

Researchers in the department of nutritional sciences have reported that a type of saturated fatty acid found mostly in dairy products known as pentadecanoic acid, or 15:0, is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes. While it’s not yet clear why 15:0 is effective, this research links 15:0 to improvements in the body’s ability to produce insulin. 

CNN medical analyst, Dallas Morning News reporter, Munk School graduate

"Epidemiology is about connecting people’s stories and finding patterns in diseases. Journalism is the same," says Dr. Seema Yasmin
Terry Lavender

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began, numerous commentators have appeared on television news shows to discuss the disease and its implications.

One of the most visible of those health experts has been Seema Yasmin who regularly appears on CNN to talk about Ebola and other health issues. 

Waste not, want not: the cost of throwing out perfectly good food

U of T to host food waste symposium on November 24
Dominic Ali

Many kids have faced mothers who threatened punishment for not eating everything on their plates and wasting food. But, judging from the estimated $27 billion worth of food Canadians throw away each year, that tactic hasn’t worked.

Things may change with the upcoming food waste symposium taking place at the University of Toronto November 24, organized by Trudeau Foundation Scholar and PhD candidate Tammara Soma and Lauren Baker, a U of T course instructor and Toronto Food Policy Council member. 

Researcher calls for national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women

New study examines impact of recent policy changes by federal government
Jelena Damjanovic

Recent changes to Canadian immigration policy mean fewer social and health supports for immigrant women with a precarious immigration status – putting them at an increased risk of violence, researchers say. 

Prostate cancer researchers develop personalized genetic test to accurately predict recurrence risk

Heidi Singer

U of T researchers have developed a genetic test to identify which men are at highest risk for their prostate cancer to come back after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy.

“The clinical potential is enormous for thousands of patients,” said Professor Robert Bristow. “This is personalized cancer medicine to the hilt – the ability to provide more targeted treatment to patients based on their unique cancer genetic fingerprint plus what’s going on in the cancer cell’s surrounding environment.”

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