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Redefining infant brain tumours to improve treatment

“There is no benefit in giving radiation, ” says Annie Huang. “Radiation can have devastating effects.”
Katie Babcock

For years there was little hope for children diagnosed with rhabdoid brain tumours.

Infants with the rare disease would undergo surgery, chemotherapy and sometimes radiation, but these treatments had toxic side effects and often failed.

Now researchers from the University of Toronto have discovered how to categorize these tumours, allowing for more targeted treatment of this deadly disease.

FIFA arrests: sports experts at U of T on why this took so long and what it all means for the future of soccer

Valerie Iancovich

Seven FIFA officials were arrested May 27, accused of “rampant, systematic and deep-rooted corruption” – and that’s good news for soccer, say experts at the University of Toronto, who’ve tracked problems with FIFA for more than a decade.

New chip makes testing for antibiotic-resistant bacteria faster, easier

University of Toronto researchers' diagnostic chip reduces testing time from days to one hour, allowing doctors to pick the right antibiotic the first time
Marit Mitchell

It’s a device that could transform a doctor’s ability to treat infections: a test for antibiotic resistance that works in just one hour – instead of several days. 

Laying the groundwork for prosperity: Canadian cities and their universities

President Meric Gertler addresses Empire Club of Canada
Terry Lavender

Canada’s cities are building the foundations of our future prosperity, University of Toronto president Meric Gertler told a capacity crowd at the Empire Club of Canada. 

Though in the past the country has been able to prosper from high oil prices or a strong manufacturing sector, Canada needs to look at the bigger picture, he said at the May 22 talk at the Toronto Sheraton Hotel. 

From Good to Gold: science and technology in high performance sport

Cynthia Macdonald

When Dave Ross first started coaching trampoline athletes in the 1970s, sport and science weren’t nearly as intertwined as they are now. 

“We didn’t have nutritionists, sport psychologists, or biomechanists,” he says of the days before trampoline became an Olympic sport. “There was no support for the team the way there is now.”  

Drone experts: U of T to train 150 grad students to fight forest fires, monitor crops, pipelines and railways with drones

Tyler Irving

The word ‘drone’ often conjures up invasive images of military aircraft, but if Professor Hugh Liu of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies has his way, that perception is about to change.

Liu has just received $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to train 150 new experts in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a variety of useful purposes, from agriculture to environmental monitoring.

Cities of Learning: The University in the Americas

How universities in North and South America can strengthen their cities – and vice versa
Terry Lavender

In seven weeks, athletes and visitors from throughout the Americas will converge on the Greater Toronto Area – including the University of Toronto – for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Restoring eyesight and healing brains: how hydrogels can boost the work of stem cells

U of T researchers show that engineered hydrogels not only help with stem cell transplantation, but actually speed healing in both the eye and brain
Jovana Drinjakovic

It's a discovery that, in early lab trials, has been shown to partially reverse blindness and help the brain recover from stroke.

Using a gel-like biomaterial called a hydrogel, University of Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue.

The weather on alien worlds: astrophysicists prepare forecasts for planets beyond our solar system

Sean Bettam
“Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon.”
While this might describe a typical late-summer day in many places on Earth, it may also apply to planets outside our solar system, according to a new study by an international team of astrophysicists from the University of Toronto, York University and Queen’s University Belfast.

Research2Reality: understanding the ground-breaking work supported by your taxes

U of T science advisor launches national research advocacy program
Paul Fraumeni

When University of Toronto physicist Dick Peltier began researching the interaction between the Earth’s land, atmosphere, water and biosphere, he created mathematical models depicting how climate evolved over 750 million years and how it will change in the future.

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