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  • The Goldilocks Gene
    March 31, 2015 – INPP4B is the Goldilocks of genes. If there is too little of it, you’re at a greater risk for developing a variety of cancers. And, new research at the University of Toronto has discovered that if there’s too much, you’re also at a greater risk of developing leukemia and it’s harder to treat because you’re… MoreMore arrow
  • The problem with solitary confinement
    March 26, 2015 – “The desire for retribution is understandable, but it doesn’t necessarily make good policy,” says sociologist Kelly Hannah-Moffat Jenny Hall Ontario has launched a review of its solitary confinement policies. The practice has been in the news lately, from the Ashley Smith case to more recent instances of prisoners being segregated from their peers to ill… MoreMore arrow
  • How to kill a fungus—and why
    March 17, 2015 – Steacie Fellowship winner Leah Cowen is pioneering our understanding of drug-resistant fungal pathogens Jenny Hall MRSA. C. difficile. Most of us have become familiar in recent years with the ominous alphabet of drug-resistant bacteria. We’ve heard the alarms about the improper use of antibiotics and read features about a frightening future without these wonder drugs… MoreMore arrow
  • Pilot project for aboriginal children’s education sees positive results
    February 25, 2015 – Aboriginal children on reserves — among the most at-risk students in Canada — can hold their own at reading and writing if given the same intense help, fresh materials and teaching tactics used to help struggling students in mainstream schools, according to the results of a pilot project released Tuesday. read more
  • High school students get ready for the real world via computing
    February 23, 2015 – U of T’s SciNet and SAS collaborate on big data competition Paul Fraumeni Big data – and the supercomputers that can handle it – have gone far past the buzzword stage. Professionals and university researchers are using supercomputers to figure out almost everything – pandemic planning, designing public transit routes, political analysis, understanding climate change,… MoreMore arrow
  • Big night for U of T at NSERC awards
    February 17, 2015 – U of T researchers take home three Steacie Fellowships, one postdoctoral prize By Jenny Hall U of T researchers working on topics ranging from extreme weather on distant planets to better genetic testing for newborns took home four prizes in this year’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Council’s (NSERC) annual awards ceremony. Three of NSERC’s six… MoreMore arrow
  • NSERC invests $5.3 million in U of T research
    February 10, 2015 – Better, cheaper mercury detection is one of 12 funded projects Sarah McDonald and Jenny Hall The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded over $5.3 million to 12 University of Toronto research projects. The objective of NSERC’s Strategic Project Grants program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could… MoreMore arrow
  • How does a multi-religious nation remember?
    January 29, 2015 – U of T’s Pamela Klassen wins major German grant Paul Fraumeni The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, focused on Indian Residential Schools, has brought forth painful stories of loss, violence, and generational suffering for Aboriginal Peoples. Religion—especially in the form of the Christian Churches who ran the residential schools—has been a focus of many… MoreMore arrow
  • Connaught awards over $900K to U of T researchers
    January 28, 2015 – Paul Fraumeni U of T researchers have been awarded a grand total of $933,800 from the university’s own research funding source, the Connaught Fund. The new awards are through Connaught’s Innovation Award, Summer Institute, and Cross Divisional/Cross Cultural programs. Founded in 1972, the Connaught Fund was created from the sale of the Connaught Laboratories. The… MoreMore arrow
  • U of T student-entrepreneur cuts through scholarly information overload with TrendMD
    January 26, 2015 – Jenny Hall Are you a researcher experiencing information overload as you try to keep up with research in your field? There’s a reason for that. Scholarly publishing isn’t immune to the information avalanche enabled by the digital revolution. In biomedicine alone, there are 5,000 new scholarly articles published every day, which can make it hard… MoreMore arrow
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