Research & Ideas

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

Digging Deep

How many new dinosaur species can one person help find? Professor David Evans is up to eight

Do the Locomotion

U of T’s Knowledge Media Design Institute challenges its students to use media to raise awareness

Illustration of human figures with pills above their heads.

Ingenious Medicine

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

Watchful Eyes

Security cameras are everywhere. A new app invites Torontonians to help map them

Personalized Medication

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

Subway to Mecca

The Saudi Arabian city is wrestling with a transit problem of Koranic proportions

Illustration by Pui Yan Fong

Perfect Harmony

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

Illustration of a heart, ear, and brain.

How Music Gets Inside

At its simplest, music is just sound. And sound is just vibration. So how does it get inside us, and influence us?

Photo of woman with a megaphone at a protest.

Revolutionary Road

Forty years ago, an intrepid group of professors and students sparked progress for women across U of T

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

Photo by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry Archive

Debugging

A forestry prof believes a local parasite could help protect Ontario’s ash trees from a deadly invader

Chinese Propaganda Poster

Labour Days

Chinese propaganda posters from the 1960s celebrate work as an act of nation-building

Illustration of a computer screen window over a medical illustration of a body.

Seeing Disease

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

Illustration of a vivid night sky: a planet at the top with a figure in silhouette small at the centre.

Planet Hunters

With the discovery of hundreds of worlds around other stars, will we find that Earth is not alone in bearing life?

Photo of flooding in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Flood Control

As New Orleans rebuilds, U of T students are helping the city rethink its approach to water management

Safer Births

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

Photo of a woman's hands holding an elderly woman's hand.

Elderburbia

A term for Canada's growing population of senior citizens

Illustration of the sun shining down on solar panels on vines/stalks.

Power Plants

A blueprint for an “artificial leaf” could lead to solar cells that generate a lot more power

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!

Image of solar ship in a desert

Solar-Powered Flight

A new kind of aircraft could fly 1,000 km powered only by the sunlight that shines on its back

Peer Pressure

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