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U of T alumnus Olugbenga Olubanjo one of 15 finalists for $1.7-million Earthshot Prize

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University of Toronto alumnus Olugbenga Olubanjo’s startup Reeddi Inc. has been named one of 15 finalists of the inaugural Earthshot Prize. The clean-tech startup created by the recent graduate in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s department of civil and mineral engineering is one of only three finalists in the “Fix Our Climate” category, according to a recent video announcement made by Prince William.  The Earthshot Prize was launched last year by the Duke of Cambridge, with plans to award five winners every year for the next decade. “Over half a century ago, President Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ programme…

New ‘alert-safe’ rostering system promises safer shift work and fewer workplace accidents

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14 October 2021 Monash University researchers and optimisation technology company Opturion have developed a cloud-based rostering system to improve alertness, productivity and safety among shift workers. Funded by the Alertness, Safety and Productivity Cooperative Research Centre, the AlertSafe™ rostering system has already been trialled in hospitals across Victoria, including Austin Health and Monash Health. Hospital studies have reported a 15 per cent reduction in medical incidents as a result of staff fatigue. According to Safe Work Australia, shift work and irregular or long working hours can adversely affect the health,…

Hungry? Here's where to grab a bite on U of T's three campuses

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With the return of in-person classes at the University of Toronto, students may be wondering where to go to appease a rumbling stomach now that they can no longer raid their fridge during an online or recorded lecture.  Fortunately, U of T students on all three campuses have many choices. At restaurants, cafés and dining halls across the three campuses, they can take their pick from ramen and stir fries to burritos and burgers. On the St. George campus, the U of T Food Services site lists where to eat and what’s on the…

U of T, Sunnybrook researchers deliver ultrasound-guided cancer therapy to the brain

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Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto have demonstrated the safe delivery of an antibody therapy across the blood-brain barrier using MRI-guided focused ultrasound. The research team captured images of Trastuzumab, an antibody therapy drug, precisely targeting tumours that spread to the brain from breast cancer across the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a thin layer of cells that protects the brain from toxins and other viruses and bacteria – but also blocks helpful therapies from reaching the brain. The study is published in Science Translational Medicine. Nir Lipsman “This is…

In a bid to improve access to Bay Street, U of T alumnus creates bursary for underrepresented groups

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As he climbed through the ranks of Bay Street accounting firm KPMG, University of Toronto alumnus Robert Davis didn’t see many role models who looked like him – so he decided to do something about it. Davis, recently elected chair of KPMG Canada’s board, and his life partner recently established the Robert Davis and Joseph Chen Access and Diversity Bursary at U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science. They also created a bequest to ensure their legacy of financial assistance to promising students continues long after they are gone. “We…

Study finds moderate carbohydrate intake a cardiovascular benefit for women

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11 October 2021 Women’s heart health has been the focus of a recent study by Monash University, with researchers finding that proportional carbohydrate intake and not saturated fat was significantly associated with cardiovascular disease benefit in Australian women. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women. Poor diet is recognised as both an independent CVD risk factor and a contributor to other CVD risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension, and dyslipidaemia. The research found that in middle-aged Australian women, increasing the percentage of carbohydrate…

Detecting retinal diseases with advanced AI technology

11 September 2021 An international group of researchers has successfully applied AI technology to real-world retinal imagery to detect possible diseases more accurately and on a larger scale. Retinal examinations can detect a number of diseases that affect the eye. Fundus photography is a process of taking photographs of the interior of the eye through the pupil and is a way to screen and monitor such retinal diseases. The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to fundus photography has improved the platform and enabled it to detect and monitor retinal…

Natural light may be key to improving mood and reducing insomnia

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11 October 2021 A new study led by Monash University has revealed that getting enough natural sunlight each day can impact a person’s mood and sleep quality. Monash University Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health PhD student Angus Burns and Associate Professor Sean Cain led an international research team that has had their work published in the upcoming December issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders. The cross-sectional and longitudinal study of more than 400,000 participants in the UK Biobank program found that a lack of daytime light exposure…

‘Young leaders of the future’: The international students creating a global community at U of T

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Like many international students, Dhanya Dass finds it easy to talk about how she has benefited from studying at the University of Toronto. “U of T has given me so much,” says the third-year U of T Mississauga student – “new opportunities, new friends and a new creative outlet.” What’s sometimes left unsaid is how the university community also gains from the presence of more than 20,000 other students from around the world who, like Dass, live, work and study across the three campuses. Joseph Wong, U of T’s vice president, international, says students from…

Cloaking technology: Helping therapeutic cells evade your immune system

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Stem cell pioneer Andras Nagy has a way of describing the work of your immune system: “It’s surveillance inside our body.” That surveillance does us good when harmful bacteria or viruses enter our body. The immune system releases fighter cells to kill the invaders. But regenerative medicine therapies often involve transplanting tissues or cells into a person. When new heart or pancreatic cells are transplanted, for example, the immune system will see these good things as enemies and reject them. Drug treatment can be used to suppress this immune response,…

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