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Institutional Strategic Initiatives

With internationally recognized strengths across a wide breadth and depth of disciplines, the University of Toronto is one of the few global institutions able to implement innovative strategic initiatives that span fields and faculties.

From digital humanities to regenerative medicine to urban renewal and artificial intelligence, the University of Toronto's talented faculty members and students are pursuing exciting research that addresses today’s most pressing issues.

These are just some of the collaborative initiatives we are supporting.

Digital Humanities Network

The Digital Humanities Network designs and supports interdisciplinary initiatives that bring digital tools, platforms, databases and critical praxis into dialogue with the questions and approaches central to humanities research.

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Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society

The Schwartz Reisman Institute draws on U of T’s signature strengths in the sciences, humanities and social sciences to explore the benefits and challenges that AI, biotechnology and other technological advances present for our economy, our society and our day-to-day lives.

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Medicine by Design

Medicine by Design brings together 130 scientists, engineers and clinicians at U of T and its affiliated hospitals to address challenges in regenerative medicine. These research teams enhance our understanding of the human body’s regenerative capacities and develop clinical solutions to improve health outcomes.

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School of Cities

The University of Toronto School of Cities convenes urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners and the general public to explore and address complex urban challenges. The interdisciplinary research is conducted with the aim of making cities and urban regions more sustainable, prosperous, inclusive and just.

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Indigenous Research Network

The Indigenous Research Network is a newly established central hub for Indigenous scholarship and Indigenous researchers at the University of Toronto. It is part of an institution-wide strategy to advance Indigenous participation and engagement in research.

Precision Medicine Initiative at U of T (PRiME)

The Precision Medicine Initiative at U of T (PRiME) is a cross-institutional, multi-faculty effort that leverages the University’s excellence in pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, physical sciences and engineering, establishing Toronto as a leading centre for next-generation precision medicine.

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Centre for Research & Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT)

In partnership with Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), CRAFT combines the talents of U of T microfluidic experts and NRC scientists in a bid to catalyze discoveries and scale up production of existing prototypes to deliver higher quality patient care at a lower cost.

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Mitochondrial Innovation Initiative (MITO2i)

The Mitochondrial Innovation Initiative (MITO2i) is an emerging network of researchers, clinicians, patients and advocates, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and industry partners working together with a common mission – to transform our understanding of the role of mitochondria in human health and disease.

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Institutional Strategic Initiatives News

Federal innovation, science and industry minister Navdeep Bains congratulated the University of Toronto’s Medicine by Design community on its successes.