Principal's Perspective | 02-Nov-2017

Introducing Students to Groundbreaking Research

On Thursday, November 2, UTS was the site of the first Medicine by Design student conference. The University of Toronto initiative, created in 2015 thanks in part to a grant from the federal government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund, is strengthening the university’s position as a global leader in regenerative medicine research. This is only fitting, as the University of Toronto was the site where stem cells were first identified in 1961 by James Till and Ernest McCulloch. Learn more about stem cells here: http://mbd.utoronto.ca/about-stem-cells/ .

Stem cells hold the promise of revolutionary new treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Medicine by Design is truly a multidisciplinary initiative which brings together the expertise of researchers in the physical and life sciences, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, who work across the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals.

On Thursday, approximately 150 students from 12 secondary schools had the unique opportunity to learn about this groundbreaking research and meet some of the scientists involved. UTS teachers Dr. Maria Niño-Soto and Mr. Alan Kraguljac have worked with a team from Medicine by Design to plan this exciting learning opportunity: “Regenerative Medicine: The Next Frontier.”

This one-day symposium brought together Grade 10-12 students from schools across the city to explore the field of regenerative medicine, and showcased the incredible research, clinical and commercialization work taking place in Toronto.