Building a better heart: celebrating the first year of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

Professor Craig Simmons and Professor Peter Zandstra (standing) are two of the leading researchers driving scientific discovery and the development of new therapies at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

What if we could identify the gene responsible for a baby’s heart defect, grow a piece of her heart on a chip, then test drugs to find the one able to shut down the defective gene?

A decade ago, that scenario seemed as far-fetched as a Mars landing. Today, University of Toronto researchers predict these stunning achievements are just a few years away, thanks to the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research – a powerful collaboration between scientists from U of T’s medical and engineering faculties and physicians from SickKids and the University Health Network.

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Regenerative medicine conference puts spotlight on U of T engineers

Engineering professor Peter Zandstra and University Professor Emeritus James Till were among the world-leading researchers who gathered in Toronto for the Till & McCulloch Meetings. (Photo: James Poremba)

If you or someone you know has benefited from a bone marrow transplant, then you may be more knowledgeable about stem cells and regenerative medicine (RM) than you think.

Bone marrow transplants, a procedure used in treating cancer that has been around for the last 40 years, is just one of the applications of stem cell science. RM includes stem cells, biomaterials and molecules and it is used to repair, regenerate or replace diseased cells, tissues and organs.

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U of T expands research facilities in new partnership with MaRS

Peter Zandstra (right) and his Medicine by Design team will move in to the new MaRS space (photo by James Poremba)

The University of Toronto has acquired four floors in the new west tower of MaRS and will be taking a 20 per cent equity share in the building.

“This is a big step in our overall commitment to support our students, faculty and researchers in their work solving the most complex and devastating diseases of our time,” says Scott Mabury, Professor & Vice-President of Operations for the University of Toronto.

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Behind the scenes of Medicine By Design with Molly Shoichet and Peter Zandstra

Molly Shoichet (left) and Peter Zandstra (right) are two U of T Engineering professors involved in the new Medicine By Design initiative. (Photo: L’Oreal/UNESCO, U of T News)

More than 50 researchers and clinicians at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals are participating in Medicine By Design, the new centre for regenerative medicine announced on July 28, 2015.

The centre, which builds on decades of U of T research dating back to the demonstration of the existence of stem cells by James Till and Ernest McCulloch, will design and manufacture cells, tissues and organs to treat degenerative disease.

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U of T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114-million federal grant

University Professor Emeritus James Till and Professor Peter Zandstra (photo by James Poremba)
University Professor Emeritus James Till and Professor Peter Zandstra (photo by James Poremba)

The University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world’s leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.

“Our government is investing in research and innovation to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology). “This legacy investment in Medicine by Design will harness Canada’s strengths in regenerative medicine to treat and cure serious injuries and diseases that impact every Canadian family while creating new opportunities for Canadian health-related businesses.”

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