Research & Ideas

U of T’s World Wide Web

The university’s scholars are collaborating with partners in every region of the globe to answer questions that challenge us all

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

Homophily

The like-attracts-like nature of social media could be bad for democracy

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Travel Upgrade

For many Torontonians, the daily commute is a spirit-crusher. What if it could enrich your life instead?

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Bright Idea

A U of T grad's paper-thin lamp technology could revolutionize the lighting industry

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A New Kind of Telescope

The Dragonfly telescope created at U of T and Yale has led to the discovery of never-before-seen celestial structures

Since becoming CEO of Canada Goose in 2001 at the age of 27, Dani Reiss (BA 1997 Woodsworth) has built the company into one of Canada’s most recognized brands. Photo: Daniel Ehrenworth

The Reluctant CEO

Arts grad Dani Reiss wanted to become a writer, then realized there was more than one way to tell a story

The Power of Three

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

Illustration of molecular structures.

Elementary, My Dear Watson

Computer science students are developing a legal application for IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer as part of $100,000 contest

Illustration of a barbecue and a log.

Biochar

Agriculture scientists have become interested in this potential environmental champion

Liu and Zhu’s tracheal intubation guide system.

A Life-Saving Innovation

Recent grads win engineering design award for a low-cost medical device that will help keep patients breathing

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Tower Trouble

In India, urban renewal schemes and corruption have created a violent economy around the demolition of apartment buildings

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Detecting the DTs

New app helps physicians diagnose alcohol withdrawal – and can tell when someone is faking it

Open for Business

U of T launches the Banting & Best Centre, one of North America’s largest entrepreneurial hubs

From left: U of T professors Craig Simmons and Peter Zandstra and PhD students Jennifer Ma and Curtis Woodford are among the dozens of researchers who will work to advance treatments for heart patients at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

Testing the Waters

U of T offers undergrads the chance to try being entrepreneurs – without any of the risk

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Shape Shifter

Special techniques are needed to design clothes for wheelchair users. The ROM showcases them in a unique exhibition

Illustration of a person waving at a Canadian flag with a brick wall between them.

Barrier to Entry

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

Illustration of a unicorn with dollar signs above its head.

The Business Unicorn

Companies that attain a $1-billion market valuation before their 10th year are vanishingly rare

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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

Anna Nicolaou shared her financial expertise with The Globe and Mail’s newsroom

Incredible Impact – in Media

U of T’s Fellowship in Global Journalism is the first program in the world that specifically trains professionals and academics to be reporters

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A Quicker Fix

A new app aims to smooth out the often prickly relationship between residents and property managers

Honest Lying

Brain dysfunction can cause us to make false statements that we believe to be true

A man working in a kitchen washing dishes.

Labour Troubles

Canada’s temporary foreign workers program needs a rethink, says immigration expert Jeffrey Reitz

Photo of Vera Belazelkoska.

The World in a City

Beautiful portraits of U of T grads are part of Cosmopolis -- a unique project to celebrate diversity in Toronto