Engineering

U of T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114-million federal grant

Author: 
Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world’s leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.

Understanding Medicine by Design

The Medicine by Design initiative announced July 28 will establish a leading centre in regenerative medicine at the University of Toronto.

Researchers at the centre will focus on discovering new therapies based on the design and manufacture of molecules, cells, tissues and organs that can be used safely and effectively to treat degenerative diseases. 

Behind the scenes of Medicine by Design with Molly Shoichet and Peter Zandstra

Author: 
Tyler Irving

More than 50 researchers and clinicians at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals are participating in Medicine by Design, the new centre for regenerative medicine announced on July 28.
 

This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning

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Meet Deep Genomics, a privately-held company that seeks to harness the power of deep learning to transform medicine
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

It’s the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology.

Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Table tennis, trampoline, track and more – U of T athletes at Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Author: 
Blake Eligh & Tyler Irving

University of Toronto student Michelle Li is U of T's first double medallist at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games – with a gold medal in singles badminton and a bronze in the doubles competition.

To take the gold, Li had to beat her doubles partner, Rachel Honderich.

Fiat lux: what do you get when you combine perovskite and colloidal dots?

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U of T researchers engineer hybrid solar-power crystal that opens new frontiers in high-efficiency lighting
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

It’s snack time: you have a plain oatmeal cookie, and a pile of chocolate chips. Both are delicious on their own but if you can find a way to combine them smoothly, you get the best of both worlds.

Researchers in the University of Toronto's Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering used this insight to invent something totally new: they’ve combined two promising solar cell materials together for the first time, creating a new platform for LED technology. 

U of T researchers launch interactive air pollution map during Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Is the air you're breathing at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games at the University of Toronto Scarborough any cleaner than the air you're breathing watching the Games at the downtown campus?

A group of researchers from the University of Toronto and the Allergy, Genes and Environment (AllerGen) Network thought members of the public might want to know the answer – so they've launched an interactive map that tracks air pollution across Toronto.

Peeking into the brain: U of T and Tel Aviv University researchers explore the potential of bio-imaging

Author: 
Terry Lavender

The mechanisms that cause cancer and various brain illnesses are becoming clearer, says Peter Lewis, the University of Toronto’s associate vice-president for research and international relationships.

And it's thanks to research on bio-imaging done by U of T scientists and their colleagues at Tel Aviv University (TAU), Lewis says.

NBA’s Ben Gordon signs on to U of T wearable tech sports coaching startup, Onyx Motion

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Former Orlando Magic player new innovation director for basketball smartwatch app
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Onyx Motion is partnering with NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon in a bid to raise the calibre of digital basketball coaching offered by the company’s first-of-its-kind-tech, a smartwatch app that offers on-court skills guidance.

“We're hoping to build a motion marketplace – a library of data, moves and audio tips from pro players,” said Onyx Motion co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Marissa Wu, a 2013 engineering science alumna.

When the SpaceX rocket blew up his experiment, this U of T engineer saw it on Facebook

Author: 
Alan Christie

Aaron Persad was on a teleconference call June 28 with his employer, a company that does contract work for NASA, when he saw the news on his phone – it was about NASA, and it wasn’t good.

Persad, a post-doctoral fellow in U of T’s Thermal Dynamics and Kinetics Lab, learned from a Facebook posting by a friend that an unmanned SpaceX spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station had blown apart two and a half minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

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