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Year in review: global stories from 2014

Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto’s impact is global. 

Students and faculty travel throughout the world to study, research and help local communities. They collaborate with colleagues internationally and make discoveries aimed at improving lives both at home and abroad. 

U of T's great cities stories of 2014: the year in review

Improving everything from traffic to building design: eight of our favourite urban tales
Dominic Ali

Across the globe, researchers say, universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways.

2014 in review: our 5 biggest entrepreneurship stories

First-of-their-kind product launches and more than 40 new companies this year alone
Brianna Goldberg
This was the year it all started coming together.
The University of Toronto’s entrepreneurship statistics were already solid. U of T regularly topped international rankings for numbers of companies started; its researchers and alumni were boosting economies in Canada and beyond with university-developed businesses grounded in innovative tech, chemistry, medicine and more. 

Governing Council approves appointments to U of T leadership

President Meric Gertler announces vice-presidencies

President Meric Gertler has taken several steps to build the University of Toronto's senior administration team, with the announcement of five appointments and reappointments.  

Machine learning reveals unexpected genetic roots of cancers, autism and other disorders

Researchers from engineering, biology and medicine teach computers to ‘read the human genome’ and rate likelihood of mutations causing disease, opening vast new possibilities for medicine
Marit Mitchell

In the decade since the genome was sequenced in 2003, scientists, engineers and doctors have struggled to answer an all-consuming question: Which DNA mutations cause disease? 

A new computational technique developed at the University of Toronto may now be able to tell us.

Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters discovered deep underground at locations around the world

Finding represents "a quantum change in our understanding" of how much of Earth’s crust may be habitable, says world-renowned researcher
Kim Luke

A team of scientists led by the University of Toronto’s Barbara Sherwood Lollar has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometres beneath Earth’s surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. 

Still too salty: slight decrease in sodium levels for some foods at chain restaurants, whopping increase for others

Jim Oldfield

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that sodium levels in Canadian chain restaurant meals have changed little since 2010, despite the food industry’s commitment to offer more meals with less sodium.

The researchers analyzed nutrition information from 61 sit-down and fast-food restaurants in 2013 and found that compared to levels in 2010, 54 per cent of foods did not change. In 30 per cent of foods, the amount of sodium decreased marginally and in 16 per cent of foods, levels increased.

Cell biologists discover on-off switch for key stem cell gene

Discovery may propel advances in regenerative medicine
Sean Bettam

Researchers at the University of Toronto say it's a discovery that could mean a major advance in the emerging field of human regenerative medicine.

But to understand its importance you must first consider the relationship between an air traffic controller and a pilot.

Everyone knows the pilot gets the passengers to their destination while the air traffic controller decides when the plane can take off and when it must wait. But did you know that same relationship plays out at the cellular level in animals, including humans?

Tech wearables holiday gift roundup: U of T startups take on smart watches, biometrics and more

Bionym, Whirlscape among the companies with products already on the market
Brianna Goldberg

The holidays are upon us and as savvy shoppers search for gift ideas with a personal touch, wearable gadgets from U of T-developed companies are pret-a-porter for the fashionable tech lover on your list.

Stem cell pioneer's major multinational discovery may speed research

Five articles published simultaneously by Professor Andras Nagy and scientists from four continents

There's a new class of stem cell that's exciting researchers around the world – and it was discovered by an international  team of almost 50 scientists on four continents, led by U of T researchers.

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