Healthy Minds & Bodies

Stem cells. Insulin. Identification of two genes responsible for early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The University of Toronto has a legacy of life-changing discovery.

U of T continues to tackle the most difficult and compelling questions of human health - the result of collaborations amongst our local and global partners and our top-rated schools of medicine, public health, nursing, engineering, pharmacy, law and business.

Together, we are sharing knowledge, innovations and leadership in health science research, education and public policy. We are discovering cheaper methods for treatment of childhood cancer, pressure sores from wheelchairs and malaria. The University is addressing gaps in the care of those suffering from mental and physical illness, identifying effective policy interventions to address household food insecurity and developing new initiatives in the health of cities and communities.

Beyond research and discovery, U of T is a strong supporter of healthy active living, with numerous intercollegiate teams, multi-tiered intramural leagues in 26 sports, extensive offerings in movement, fitness and dance, and many children's classes and camps.

Our Impact, Our Experts

From diabetes to cancer research; from the health and wellness of Canadians, to those around the world. Here are just a few medical and health researchers working to improve our quality of life.

Shana Kelley, a professor at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, is developing new sensors and probes to better detect and diagnose diseases. Most recently, her lab created an electronic chip that can analyze blood and other clinical samples for infectious bacteria that cause tens of thousands of deaths each year in North America.

Michael Farkouh, an associate professor at the Department of Medicine, specializes in cardiovascular disease. He is internationally recognized for his work on the management of acute coronary syndromes in the emergency room and has a special interest and expertise in the field of cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients. He is also the Chair of the Peter Munk Centre of Excellence in Multinational Clinical Trials at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network.

Gillian Einstein, of the Department of Psychology and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, works primarily in the fields of neurodegenerative disease, cognitive neuroscience and sex-based biology. She is also an advocate for multidisciplinary research in women's health. Her current research efforts explore the neurobiological effects of cultural practices such as female genital cutting and the effects of hormonal cycling on cognition and mood.

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