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U of T to Transform Regenerative Medicine Thanks to Historic $114-million Federal Grant

medicine by designThe University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world’s leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.

The research grant, the largest in U of T’s history, is the first to be awarded under the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), established by the federal government last year. Spread over seven years, the funding will allow U of T and its partners, which include the Hospital for Sick Children, the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, to deliver a new program called Medicine by Design. The initiative and the new funding build on years of support for U of T’s regenerative medicine researchers from federal granting councils, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and support from the Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs programs. Read full story.

More than 50 researchers and clinicians at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals are participating in Medicine By Design. Among its experts are Professor Peter Zandstra (IBBME), one of the key leaders, and University Professor Molly Shoichet (IBBME, ChemE) of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Both Shoichet and Zandstra work with stem cells, which have the ability to become any type of cell in the human body, and could one day be used to repair or replace damaged tissues. Writer Tyler Irving spoke with Shoichet and Zandstra about how Medicine by Design will change lives. Read more.


July 30, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 28

In this issue:

Job Postings




Nanocomposites Seminar

On Friday, July 31 at 11am in WB215, Dr. Mauro Giorcelli, Politecnico di Torino (Italy), will describe the dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in the nanocomposite (NC), a key issue to obtain uniform and reproducible samples. He will also discuss the electrical characterization of the NCs in microwave frequency. Learn more.

ChemE First Year Orientation on Wednesday, September 9

The department will be hosting its annual first year orientation session and lunch on Wednesday, September 9 from 12-2pm. If you're a professor or staff member, please join us for the intro session in WB116 from 12-12:30pm and then lunch in the undergrad common room from 12:30-2pm. RSVP to jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca and don't forget to add the event to your calendar. Once you RSVP, more details will be sent to you closer to the event date.


Job Postings


Postdoctoral Openings with Professor Matsuura

Professor N. Matsuura from the Departments of Medical Imaging/Material Science and Engineering is looking to recruit suitable PhD candidates who are interested in pursuing a postdoc. There are currently two Postdoctoral fellow positions open in Professor Matsuura's lab. Click here for more info.

RENEW, INTEGRATE & BioZone Postdoctoral Opportunity

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Drs. Elizabeth Edwards and Brent Sleep in the Departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic team comprised of engineering and science students, staff and professors involved in groundwater remediation with a particular emphasis on tracking biological transformation reactions in groundwater associated with various cleanup approaches. For more information, click here.

Send your application and questions to Elizabeth Edwards before Wednesday, August 5. If you know someone who is qualified for the position and would be interested in applying, please notify them.



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July 31, 2015 - Nanocomposites Seminar (Dr. Mauro Giorcelli), WB215, 11am-12pm.

August 3, 2015 - Civic Holiday, the University will be closed.

September 7, 2015 - Labour Day, the University will be closed.

September 9, 2015 - First Year Orientation, WB116 and undergrad common room, 12-2pm.

September 10, 2015 - Classes Begin


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