Research & Ideas

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

There is a steep personal cost to caregiving, from chronic stress to physical injury. How can we help those who minister to family and friends?

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Preventing Disease through AI

Laura Rosella is using machine learning to suggest ways to reduce diabetes rates – and save millions in potential health-care costs

U of T professor Nav Persaud

The High Price of Pills

More than two million Canadians don’t take their full dose of medications because of the cost. How can they be helped?

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AI and the MD

Doctors will soon use artificial intelligence to help diagnose and treat patients, opening up new possibilities for better health

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Dark Data

The usefulness of “steps per day” and other information our devices help us track

From left: Jeff Reading, Howard Hu, Lee Vernich and Earl Nowgesic have all been involved with U of T’s cancer study in the First Nation community at Northwest Angle 33.

A Community Grapples with Cancer

Researchers at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health have teamed up with a First Nation in northwestern Ontario to solve a generation-old medical mystery

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Let’s Get Physical

U of T professor Peter Donnelly is tracking the physical activities multicultural Torontonians enjoy

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The Hidden Epidemic

Prof. Esme Fuller-Thomson researches the devastating effects of child abuse on health. Now she wants to ensure all survivors get the help they need

U of T students Alex Boross-Harmer (left) and Megan D’Souza at the new Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Centre

Lift Weights to Lift Mood

U of T opens one of the first research facilities in the world to integrate the study of physical activity and mental health

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Pssst, Wanna Buy a Kidney?

Most people recoil at the thought of selling human organs. But supplying the right information can change attitudes, a U of T study finds

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Team Spirit

Adolescents who play team sports are less likely to experience mental illness later in life, study finds

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A Cut Above

A “black box” for the operating room is leading to improved training for physicians and better knowledge of surgical errors

Photo of a doctor with a mobile phone.

Healthy City

How can we improve the health of some of the city's most vulnerable residents?

James Till (left) and Peter Zandstra celebrate the announcement of U of T's Medicine by Design initiative .

Regenerating the Body

U of T scientists will help usher in a new era of designing and creating cells, tissues and organs, thanks to historic $114-million federal grant

Lingo: Hyperpalatable

Some foods are engineered to be so tasty they're difficult to resist, says nutritional scientist Venket Rao

A U of T medical student examines a patient at the IMAGINE clinic.

Team Health

City residents without a health card get care from U of T undergrads

The Power of Three

The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research brings together three of Canada’s leading centres for cardiac care and research

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Barrier to Entry

Canada’s process for screening potential immigrants for HIV is opaque and unfair, says prof Laura Bisaillon

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Sugar Rush

Foods that seem healthy often aren’t, and sugar is the latest culprit

From left to right: Prof. Stan Zlotkin, Prof. Yu-Ling Cheng, Prof. Joseph Wong, Mimi Liu, Hayden Rodenkirchen, Kay Dyson Tam, Poornima Vinoo, Tameka Deare, Anandan Sundarmurthy (Prakti Manufacturing Director), and Dr. Mouhsine Serrar (Prakti Founder and CEO) at Prakti’s clean cook stove factory in Chennai, South India.

Healthier Cooking

U of T students are collaborating with an Indian social enterprise to reduce the health hazards of indoor smoke