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Grand Questions: U of T’s Medicine by Design invests $3 million in the future of regenerative medicine

May 14, 2021 | Treating heart failure without transplant surgery. Delivering powerful cell therapies to patients where they live – no matter how remote. Recording how cells talk to one another in the body to personalize future therapies. These are just some of the transformative advances the University of Toronto’s Medicine by Design initiative hopes to enable through its Grand Questions Program, which is investing $3 million to prepare for the future of regenerative medicine

TRANSFORM HF partnership advances novel technologies for heart failure care

May 7, 2021 | A new partnership between the University of Toronto and the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research is forging new collaborations and designing new technologies to reimagine how high-quality, digital approaches to heart failure can be equitably delivered to all Canadians.

Events, talks, and bulletin board

Stay informed about events hosted by BME and our affiliated organizations

ECHO Webinar – Misti Ushio (TARA Biosystems): May 25 (11 am – 12 pm EST) @ Online
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for an ECHO webinar on Tuesday May 25, 2021 (11 am – 12 pm) featuring Dr. Misti Ushio (CEO, TARA Biosystems). Dr. Ushio’s presentation entitled, “TARA Biosystems: our journey of engineering human biology to transform cardiac drug discovery”, will feature an overview of TARA Biosystems, its technologies and the story behind its success.   TARA Biosystems harnesses innovations in stem cell biology and tissue engineering to generate in vitro biology that recapitulates human physiology with unprecedented fidelity. Their platform captures integrated physiologic endpoints of human cardiac function across a wide repertoire of cardiac disease phenotypes. Their data facilitates decisive evaluation of the efficacy and risk of novel medicines, increasing the probability of success and decreasing the long timeframes typically associated with drug discovery efforts.   Register in advance for this meeting:   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.   ECHO is an entrepreneurship training program, funded and organized in a partnership between (i) the Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP), the University of Toronto component of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, and (ii) the Health Innovation Hub (H2i).
Beyond the Thesis: Careers in Industry for STEM Grads @ Online
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Beyond the Thesis: Careers in Industry for STEM Grads
Explore corporate careers for STEM grads!

We are launching the ‘Beyond the Thesis’ Series for STEM graduates (Masters, PhD, Post Docs) interested in pursuing a career in the corporate sector. We hope this program will help you gain a better understanding of the various career paths that exist and how you can leverage your academic training and skills set toward a fulfilling career in the corporate world.

Join us for a candid conversation with three industry professionals who are willing to share their experiences and career successes as they transitioned from academia to industry.

Our panellists:

1. Pouya Zangeneh, Risk Analytics Specialist- Hatch
2. Darryl Morrison, Senior Scientist- NOVA Chemicals
3. Kate Sinclair, Senior Water Quality Specialist- Golder Associates Ltd

About Elsevier:

Elsevier is committed to quality and innovation to improve the value we deliver to researchers, research leaders, librarians, funders, healthcare professionals and educators in an open, inclusive and collaborative manner. We enhance and amplify the work of researchers and help them stay on top of the never-ending flow of information in their fields and related fields. And we provide insights that help researchers find funding; identify international, inter-disciplinary and commercial collaborators; and manage data to ensure that their work is reproducible. Elsevier also applies advanced machine-learning techniques that detect trending topics per domain, helping leaders and funders make more informed decisions.

Partnering for a better world
Although much progress has been made, our world still faces grand challenges: tackling climate change; ensuring food and water security; helping more people live longer, healthier lives; reducing social inequality while also driving economic growth. It is our goal to help accelerate the progress of researchers and health professionals through innovation in partnership with the communities we serve — and to play our part in building a better future for research, health and people everywhere.

Jun 2, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

2021 Toronto Biomedical Engineering Conference (ToBE 2021) @ Online
Jun 16 all-day

The Toronto Biomedical Engineering Conference is hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. This year, we’ll be hosting the conference virtually. The conference will be held on June 16, 2021.

Registration and abstract submission are now open! 

Stay tuned and check our social media, accessible at the bottom of this page, for more upcoming news on speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and important dates!


Call for Porposals

Abstract Limit: Note that abstracts are limited to 2500 characters. Additionally, you can submit one optional table or figure that supports the abstract.

Submission Streams: This year, ToBE offers three opportunities for your to present your work: Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations, and Three-minute Madness Presentations. Please select your preference on the submission form.

Due date: The applications will be closed on April 2nd.

Application Submission: After submission, you will receive a confirmation email with a link that will allow further editing till April 2nd.

Result Notification: Presenters with accepted abstracts will be notified in the second half of May.

Registration: Please note that presenters with accepted abstracts will be required to register for the event. You can find the registration form through our website.

We look forward to receiving your application!



Ontario Cell Biology Symposium- July 12-16, 2021 @ Online
Jul 12 @ 11:30 am – Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm


The Ontario Cell Biology Symposium will bring together researchers from around the province with the aim of creating new research opportunities and fostering new collaborations. This Symposium aims to provide a forum for students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research. This meeting will cover important topics in cell biology, including signal transduction, metabolism, organelles, cellular architecture, cellular trafficking and advanced microscopy, with a portion of the meeting dedicated to translational studies and emerging methodologies. We aim to create an inclusive environment for this meeting, and one that will feature diverse participants.

In 2021, the Ontario Cell Biology Symposium will have an online format. The meeting (all online) will be held from Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16th, with talks available through an online platform on each of the 5 days from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

All attendees must register before the conference. In addition. to registration, all attendees who wish to present their work as a poster or to be considered for a short presentation must submit an abstract. To submit an abstract, please visit here.

To be considered for a short talk, abstracts must be submitted by June 1, 2021. *

To be considered for a poster presentation only, all abstracts must be submitted by June 20th.

* all abstracts not selected for a short talk will be automatically considered for a poster.

Research streams

Innovation solutions for pressing healthcare challenges throughout the research and translational pipeline:


BME’s clinical engineers design technologies, devices and strategies for people with chronic disease, traumatic injury, disabilities and mobility limitations to help them integrate more fully with their environment.

Cell & Tissue

Research that has the potential to change how we think about disease and aging is happening at BME. Regenerative medicine uses stem cells and biomaterials to repair, replace or regenerate damaged tissue, organ structures and function.


BME researchers are advancing disease detection, customizing drug delivery and improving health-care outcomes with faster and more precise technologies and systems.

Research & professional degrees

Doctor of Philosophy

Research degree that exposes candidates to cutting-edge research in a laboratory

Master of Applied Science

Research degree that exposes candidates to cutting-edge research in a laboratory

Master of Engineering

Professional degree that exposes candidates to biomedical device design to commercialization

Listen to what our students have to say

We interviewed our students about what inspires them in research and extracurricular activities. Here are some of the faces of Biomedical Engineering

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