Research & Ideas

Nadia Amoroso. Photo by Liam Sharp

Beauty in Numbers

Nadia Amoroso helps clients interpret complex data quickly and present it memorably

Stephen Piron. Photo by Liam Sharp

Uncovering Fraud

Computer science grad Stephen Piron is helping banks stay on the right side of regulators

Jane Gooddall.

Into the Wild

U of T partners with the Jane Goodall Institute to send students to Uganda to study endangered wildlife

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

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Making Traffic Smarter

An intelligent transportation system could reduce wait times at traffic lights in Toronto by more than half

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The Tiny Perfect Keyboard

As devices get smaller, a U of T company has created a keyboard that makes typing easier while using less screen space

Christina Nona. Courtesy of NSERC

The Glutamate Riddle

Grad student Christina Nona seeks to unlock the role of an important brain chemical in Alzheimer’s and addiction

Intelligent Clothing

Architecture grad student Stacie Vos has developed a "smart" shirt that can detect germs and protect its wearer from them

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

Katherine Larson. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Literary Songbird

Katherine Larson infuses her study of English with a passion for music to find new meaning in literature

Joyce Poon. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Speed of Light

Joyce Poon is developing optical devices that could make computers vastly more powerful and a whole lot faster

Emma Master. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Goodbye to Plastic?

Emma Master imagines a world with much less garbage, thanks to new organic materials she’s researching

Joseph Wong. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Asia Rising

As global power shifts to Asia, Canada’s success will depend on seeing more than just business opportunities in the region, says Joseph Wong

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

Julie Claycomb. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Go Argonautes!

Julie Claycomb is researching a group of proteins that may yield new treatments for a variety of genetic and viral diseases

Deborah Cowen. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Markets Without Borders?

Deborah Cowen investigates what happens when governments sacrifice the rights of their citizens to protect the flow of goods across national lines

U of T grad Richard Marsella, executive director of the Regent Park School of Music. Photo by Air'leth Aqdhfin

Towers of Song

A U of T music grad runs an innovative program to bring affordable music lessons to Regent Park youth

Photo of Regent Park, Toronto - street art says

Pathways’ Progress

A homework support program involving OISE students has more than doubled high school graduation rates in Regent Park

Illustration of people under a tree in the light with an individual who is sad directly under the tree in opposite colours.

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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K-Pop

Will "Gangnam Style" open the doors for other South Korean artists?

Photo of iPads on a desk with a pencil.

Patent Wars

Intellectual property rights are intended to foster innovation. But could they actually be stifling it?

End Times

"End-of-the-world" panics go back hundreds of years

Illustrations of technology

The Technopreneurs

Science students get a month-long crash course in turning an idea into a viable business at U of T’s “Techno” program

Image of a syringe.

Neighbourhood Health

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

Illustration of a hand with multiple ballots over a box marked

Voter Inequality

In a federal election, why does a vote from Charlottetown count for more than one from Markham?

Tissue Printer developed at U of T

Second Skin

Machine-made skin being developed at U of T may be safer, faster and cheaper than traditional grafts

Photo of Canadian coins.

Tossing a Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has finally produced its last penny. Is it time to get rid of the nickel, too?

The Gates Foundation challenge to Reinvent the Toilet awarded third prize and US$40,000 to U of T's team from the Centre for Global Engineering, from left: Prof. Elizabeth Edwards, team leader Yu-Ling Cheng, Samiel Melamed, Prof. Mark Kortschot, Tiffany Jung, Meagan Webb and Zachary Fishman

Frugal Thinking

How do you bring basic sanitation to two billion people in low-income countries? Inventing a toilet that works for pennies a day is a start

Frugal Fortification

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

Photo of David Rosenberg.

The Sage of Bay Street

David Rosenberg warned of a financial crisis few others saw coming. So why, amid ongoing global turmoil, is Bay Street’s most noted pessimist ready to change his tune?

A Shift in Perception

Discoveries in brain science are prompting new theories about how our senses work – and how they affect our understanding of the world