University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus.

With more than 75,000 students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 450,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T’s influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.


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There are currently no effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, which causes may elders to live their last years without recognizing their loved ones, and unable to care for themselves. (Shutterstock)

Can the healthy brain offer clues to curing Alzheimer’s?

Study of the "memory centres" of the brain in adults offers hope for detecting Alzheimer's disease earlier -- before the onset of memory loss.
Could universal pharmacare reduce excessive drug price hikes in Canada? Eric Hoskins, former Ontario Minister of Health, will chair a federal government advisory council to implement a national pharmacare plan. Hoskins is pictured here with federal Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Pharmacare and the chaotic world of Canadian drug prices

The cost of a life-saving drug in Canada is rising by 3,000 per cent. A national pharmacare plan could bring order to this chaotic world of Canadian drug prices.
Some of Hollywood’s greatest movies have never won an Academy Award. But there’s an indication that critically acclaimed movies are now being recognized with Oscar nominations. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Three trends to watch at the Oscars this weekend

Throughout its history, the Academy Awards has picked some questionable winning films. But there are signs the Oscars are more often recognizing quality filmmaking.
Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s minister of Families, Children and Social Development, plays with children at a licensed YMCA daycare in downtown Toronto on March 29, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

Why do dog walkers need more permits than child-care providers?

Until all child care facilities are licensed -- and required to undergo criminal record checks, fire safety inspections and first aid training -- children will continue to die.
Parents can teach empathy by connecting behaviours to feelings when they talk to their kids, to help them understand cause and effect. (Shutterstock)

Three strategies to promote empathy in children

Empathy in children can be fostered. Researchers offer three strategies for parents and other caregivers to promote a climate of empathy in the home or classroom.
Prince Edward Island ranks first in Canada’s Early Childhood Report 2017; Nunavut scores lowest, devoting only 0.9 per cent of its budget to early childhood education. (Shutterstock)

Canada must invest more in early childhood education, says new report

Schools across Canada should 'grow down' and offer two years of full-day preschool, according to a new report. This would allow mothers to work, improve child outcomes and reduce income inequality.
Health Canada is proposing a new system to fast-track urgent drugs for children, the elderly and those with serious or life-threatening conditions. This would rely on decisions made by regulators in other jurisdictions. (Shutterstock)

Should Health Canada rely on foreign assessment of new drugs?

Health Canada is proposing to allow some prescription drugs into the country with only 'cursory clinical review.' Here's why we should be worried.
Reid Watts of Canada competes in the first round of the men’s luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Do the Olympics still matter?

The Olympics have been plagued by doping, corruption and political problems. But academic and former Olympian Bruce Kidd says the Olympic Games are still an important humanitarian movement.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen has said our immigration policies are antiquated and need to be reformed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

It’s time to stop linking ‘loose morals’ to immigrants with HIV

Immigration Minister Hussen has said Canada's immigration policies are antiquated. There are more directives governing HIV infection than any other health condition in the immigration system.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff shake hands at an announcement in Toronto in October 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The controversy over Google’s futuristic plans for Toronto

Google's proposals for a high-tech development on Toronto's lakefront is a radical departure from the principles that have guided city planning in Canada for decades.
A one-size-fits-all approach to mental health does not speak to the diversity of Canada’s immigrant population. Here a man participates in a mass meditation on the lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in September 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Let’s Talk about culturally sensitive treatments for depression

As Bell Let's Talk Day approaches, we profile mental health experts practicing culturally sensitive treatments for depression and anxiety among Canada's immigrant, refugee and Indigenous communities.
Migrants from Somalia cross into Canada from the United States by walking down a train track towards Emerson, Manitoba in February 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Electronically monitoring migrants treats them like criminals

Electronically monitoring migrants and refugees may seem like a humane alternative to detention, but it's rife with problems and still criminalizes would-be immigrants.
Some people have unusual attractions to specific age groups. Varshesh Joshi on Unsplash

What are chronophilias?

Psychologists don't know much about why people have age-based sexual attractions – such as pedophilia – or how best to help people not act on sexual interests in children.
Will offices, construction sites and medical clinics be full of stoned workers after Canada’s promised marijuana legalization date of July 2018? (Shutterstock)

Marijuana in the workplace: What is unsafe?

Will offices, construction sites and medical clinics become less safe after marijuana legalization in Canada this summer? Our experts review the evidence, or lack of it.
To become a qualified physician in Canada, medical graduates must complete a two- to six-year medical residency. Competition for spots is becoming increasingly intense. (Shutterstock)

Doctors-in-training nervous about lack of opportunities

Thousands of medical graduates across Canada are waiting nervously to find out whether they will secure a coveted residency spot in the area of their choice.

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