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Ontario Cancer Institute Toronto General Research Institute Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Toronto Western Research Institute
  • Located at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • Research foci: cancer— genomics, informatics, molecular biology, clinical trials, signalling pathways, structural biology and biophysics.
  • 361 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $162M external funding
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  • Located at the Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • Research foci: cardiology, transplantation, immunology and infectious disease
  • 230 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $73M external funding
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  • Located at Toronto Rehab, Toronto, Ontario
  • Research foci: rehabilitation sciences, cardiopulmonary fitness and mobility
  • 119 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $8M external funding
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  • Located at the Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • Research foci: Neural and visual sciences, musculoskeletal disease and community and population health
  • 159 scientists and clinician-scientists
  • $35M external funding
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McEwen Centre Technology Nears Licensing Agreement with Sernova
Jul 23, 2014

University Health Network and Sernova Corp., a London, Ontario-based biotech firm, have agreed to terms to pursue a license agreement that will give Sernova exclusive rights to advance stem cell technology developed by scientists at UHN’s McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine with the goal of developing a new treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

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The ORT Times July Issue Now Available
Jul 21, 2014

Welcome to The ORT Times!

The UHN Office of Research Trainees (ORT) is proud to announce the July 2014 ‘Summer Lite’ issue of The ORT Times! The ORT Times is a monthly e-newsletter focused on UHN trainees featuring news and editorials about trainee life, articles to help developing researchers get the most out of their training experience at UHN, and tips on career development. 

Read the full July 2014 issue online now.

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New Approaches Needed to Help Patients to Regain Their Stride
Jul 16, 2014

For those recovering from a stroke, the ability to walk using each side of the body equally (ie, symmetrically) can be a challenge. This is because one of the most common stroke-related impairments is partial paralysis on one side of the body. While rehabilitation approaches exist that aim to restore symmetry, there are few studies on how effective these are in individual patients, making it difficult to know which approach works best in which patient.

To address this, TRI Senior Scientist William McIlroy and TRI Scientist Kara Patterson led a study that followed the individual progress of 71 stroke rehabilitation inpatients over a two year period. While patients enrolled in rehabilitation programs showed robust improvements in balance and overall mobility, only approximately 14% of patients showed significant improvements in step symmetry (ie, the ability to match the length of steps taken by the left and right sides when walking).

Dr. Patterson comments, "Our results show that there is an urgent need for the development of more effective rehabilitation approaches targeted towards helping patients regain the full use of both sides of their body."

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