Research & Ideas

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

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Superbugs

Drug-resistant infections are a man-made problem. Is it one we can solve?

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The Superbug Hitlist

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are considered the most urgent or serious threats

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Visual Aide

The biomedical communications program at U of T Mississauga helps students communicate complex ideas

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Herb Appeal

Scientists aim to isolate and harness marijuana’s pain-killing properties to create more effective medicines

Help in a Heartbeat

Toronto’s public defibrillators could save more lives if they were placed in better locations, U of T researchers find

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Iron Man

By fortifying two everyday foods, Prof. Levente Diosady aims to reduce malnutrition worldwide

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Get Better, Sooner

Seamless Mobile Health aims to reduce hospital readmissions following surgery and save millions in medical costs

Prof. Matt Ratto holds a conventional prosthetic socket (left) and one his lab printed.

A Foot in Two Worlds

3-D printing is creating new opportunities – and raising intriguing questions – as digital and physical realms meld

Illustration of medical professionals attempting to capture disease in a book.

When Germs Get Tougher

An Internet-based surveillance system gives physicians the ability to track dangerous new strains of tuberculosis in real time

Rose Harrison in her Yonge and Eglinton apartment

Housing First

It turns out that a good way to help homeless people is to actually give them a home

Patrick Gunning. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Starving Cancer Cells

Many scientists work for years to find a cure for a single type of cancer - Patrick Gunning has his sights set on four

Samir Sinha. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Aging Well

Samir Sinha wants to help keep older Canadians healthy and independent for longer. As the population ages, the viability of our health-care system depends on it

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Peace of Mind

A U of T project aims to bring better mental health to a country where most illnesses go untreated

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Neighbourhood Health

People who live in less “walkable” communities, especially new Canadians, are more likely to develop diabetes

Frugal Fortification

A U of T nutritional scientist has developed a low-cost product to fight vitamin and mineral deficiency in developing countries

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Ingenious Medicine

Genetic testing may soon reveal what pharmaceutical drugs work best for you, with fewest side-effects

Personalized Medication

Genetic testing may reveal what pharmaceutical drugs work best for you, with the fewest side effects

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Perfect Harmony

A new U of T research centre will investigate the curative power of music

Dr. Marcelo Cypel and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee.

A Cut Above

U of T researchers have devised a way to refurbish donor lungs before they’re transplanted

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Seeing Disease

Researchers are developing better ways to detect serious illnesses before they become life-threatening – and while they’re still treatable

Safer Births

Equipping health workers in Kenya with smartphones could bring better care to pregnant women and their infants

Eggplants

Roadside Harvest

Toxic elements in most city-grown vegetables are at acceptable levels, according to a new study. But be careful of the eggplant!

Peer Pressure

A nursing prof is using social networks to help reduce the spread of HIV-AIDS in Ghana

Bev Bradley

Breath of Life

Bev Bradley is developing technology to give hospitals in low-income countries a more reliable supply of medical oxygen

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Defeating Dementia

Mark Tanz’s $5-million gift will support research into Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

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Understanding Autism

Scientist Stephen Scherer aims to uncover the genetic causes of an incurable neural disorder

The ABCs of Autism

Contrary to stereotypes, most autistic children don’t bang their heads, and fewer than one per cent are brilliant savants

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Don’t Overdo It!

Women who exercise strenuously may be at greater risk of developing dementia later in life, study finds

Folic’s Effects

The synthetic version of a micronutrient found in broccoli may have role in breast cancer, study finds

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One Patient, One Record

There are plenty of compelling reasons for health records to go digital. So why are some doctors resisting?

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Parents – At Last!

Reproductive science has made huge strides over the past 30 years, bringing hope to millions of infertile couples. But some formidable barriers remain

The Age Barrier

Even with the best medical technology, most women over 40 have little chance of getting pregnant

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Mapping the Mind

Ambitious 10-year project will create a detailed electronic atlas of the brain

Addicted to Love

The American Psychiatric Association is considering whether "hypersexual disorder" should be included in its next guide to mental illness