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Medicine by Design announces two new Pivotal Experiment Fund projects

January 17, 2022 | University of Toronto (U of T) professors Shana Kelley, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and Molly Shoichet, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, will be supported by Medicine by Design’s Pivotal Experiment Fund to spin-off aspects of their research into an early-stage product concept or venture.

Zebra mussels could point the way toward non-stick surfaces and medical adhesives

January 13, 2022 | A water tank full of coin-sized invertebrates may not be the first thing you’d expect to see in a materials science and engineering research lab.

Mending the Gap: Professor Molly Shoichet joins multidisciplinary team working to develop new treatments for spinal cord injuries

January 12, 2022 | Spinal cord injuries can be devastating to those who experience them. Currently, almost no options are available to reverse the effects, which can include paralysis, chronic pain and loss of bladder control. But an international team of researchers — including University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly) — hopes to change that.

Seven U of T Engineering researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs

January 12, 2022 | Penney Gilbert, Milica Radisic, and Omar Khan are three BME faculty members among seven FASE faculty members who have earned new or renewed Canada Research Chairs.

International team awarded grant to investigate immune-modulating biomaterials for endometrium tissue engineering

January 11, 2022 | A new grant will look at the use of biomaterials for endometrium tissue engineering. The¥2,000,000, (approximately C$400,000) grant was awarded to the Faculty’s professor Paul Santerre and his former PhD student, Xiaoqing Zhang, now a faculty member at Binzhou Medical University in China, who are co-PIs on the grant.

New Medicine by Design-funded research advances an under-skin cell therapy for type 1 diabetes

January 07, 2022 | New Medicine by Design-funded research out of the lab of Michael Sefton continues to advance one of his lab’s goals: developing a cell-based treatment for type 1 diabetes that can be implanted under the skin and would eliminate the need for insulin injections.

Mobility scooters not up to winter’s icy challenge, researchers say

January 07, 2022 | Geoffrey Fernie, a professor of surgery with appointments at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and a senior scientist at the University Health Network’s KITE Research Institute, works with a research team to look at mobility scooters and there performance on road conditions during Canadian winters.

BME researcher receiving New Frontiers in Research Fund

December 15, 2021 | Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng was one of the UofT researchers receiving the New Frontiers in Research Fund.

‘Only a matter of time’ before omicron COVID-19 variant reaches Canada, expert says

November 26, 2021 | Dr. Omar Khan comments on the recent news on Omicron variant.

Milestone launch: CRAFT Device Foundry welcomes new era of microfluidic device fabrication

November 22, 2021 | The Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) — a partnership between the University of Toronto and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) — has launched a new research facility at U of T’s St. George campus.

Meet Dawn Kilkenny, U of T Engineering’s new Vice-Dean, First Year

November 19, 2021 | Reflecting on her own first year of undergraduate studies, Professor Dawn Kilkenny (BME, ISTEP) says that the challenges she faced were not the ones she expected.

Michael Sefton

100 years after insulin treatment was invented, researchers hope to ditch needles once and for all

November 12, 2021 | Canadian scientists made one of the most important discoveries in the history of medicine 100 years ago when Dr. Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best, successfully isolated the hormone insulin in Banting’s lab at the University of Toronto.

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