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Princess Margaret Cancer Institute Techna Institute Toronto General Research Institute Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Toronto Western Research Institute

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

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Toronto General Research Institute

Toronto Rehab Institute

Toronto Western Research Institute

  • Research foci: cancer— genomics, informatics, molecular biology, clinical trials, signalling pathways, structural biology and biophysics.
  • 376 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $150M external funding
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  • Headquartered at the Banting Building
  • Research foci: guided therapeutics, informatics and communication technologies, nanotechnology and radiochemistry, photonics, design and engineering for health
  • 50 scientists and clinician-scientists
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  • Located at the Toronto General Hospital
  • Research foci: cardiology, transplantation, immunology and infectious disease
  • 256 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $74M external funding
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  • Located at Toronto Rehab
  • Research foci: rehabilitation sciences, cardiopulmonary fitness and mobility
  • 118 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $9M external funding
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  • Located at the Toronto Western Hospital
  • Research foci: Neural and visual sciences, musculoskeletal disease and community and population health
  • 161 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $37M external funding
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Preventing Falls: Stepping Up Safety
Oct 07, 2015

Falling on stairs is a common source of injury, particularly while going down a staircase. Each step down requires accurate foot placement while maintaining balance and stability to prevent toppling forward, due in part to the forward tilt of the upper body during descent. Although falls on stairs can happen at any age, they are more prevalent among older adults. Little is known about the interactions between age, stair descent and stair design. To address these relationships, TRI Scientist Dr. Alison Novak and colleagues initiated a study in which they measured the body movements of young and older adults while descending different sets of stairs.

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Cancer: New Treatment Strategy
Oct 05, 2015

Colorectal cancer recurs in approximately 50% of people being treated for the disease. It is believed that recurrence is caused by a subset of cancer cells known as cancer stem cells, which are resistant to treatment and can multiply indefinitely. A team of researchers led by PM Cancer Centre Scientist Dr. Daniel De Carvalho has discovered a new therapeutic strategy that tricks cells into behaving like they are infected by viruses. This strategy could lead to more effective treatments that prevent the recurrence of colorectal cancer.

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Seeing Tumours More Accurately
Oct 02, 2015

Advanced imaging techniques have been developed that give surgeons more precise control when removing tumours from locations that are complex and hard to identify. For example, prior to cancer surgery, x-ray computed tomography (CT) is often used to construct a detailed three-dimensional image of the tumour. Another imaging technique called fluorescence optical imaging is also used to identify cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. Although currently the combined use of these techniques has been limited because multiple imaging agents are needed, Techna Scientist Dr. Jinzi Zheng and her collaborators may have found a way to overcome this limitation.

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