Faculty of Medicine mentorship program aids Indigenous students
The Herbert Bunk Memorial Award honours a mentor who helped a new family settle in Canada.
New gift to Dept. of Medicine marks 100 years of U of T’s first endowed chair
In 1919, an unprecedented philanthropic gift by Sir John and Lady Eaton helped support the creation of U of T’s Department of Medicine, ushering in a new era of medical education and discovery in Canada.
Medicine by Design makes a critical advance in stem cell safety
In a donor-supported Medicine by Design project, U of T researcher Andras Nagy discovered a strategy to improve the safety of stem cell-derived therapies.
Strengthening developing countries through forensic medicine
The Faculty of Medicine is pleased to announce the establishment of the G. Raymond Chang Forensic Pathology Fellow following a landmark $2-million gift by the Raymond Chang Foundation.
Chinese businessman honours Bethune’s legacy with gift to U of T’s Faculty of Medicine
Businessman Zhang Bin, chairman of Chinese media network Millennium Golden Eagle International, has donated $800,000 to the Faculty of Medicine in honour of Dr. Norman Bethune.
Making an impact on medicine: Michael and Amira Dan
U of T has benefitted from the Dan family’s generosity, including a new gift from Medicine Campaign Cabinet Chair Michael Dan and his wife Amira to establish the U of T Brain Tumour Bank.
U of T Medicine launches unprecedented $500-million campaign
The Faculty of Medicine announced its $500-million campaign that will transform health care by training future leaders and putting scientific discovery into action.
U of T ranked top 10 globally in nine subjects: Shanghai Ranking
The influential Shanghai Ranking Consultancy moved the University of Toronto higher in pharmacy, clinical medicine and geography, and ranked it in the top 50 across 35 subject areas.
Interview with David Palmer: How U of T and generous donors raised $2.6 billion
David Palmer, who has led U of T’s fundraising and alumni relations efforts since 2007, was recently re-appointed for a fourth term as vice-president of advancement.
$10-million gift from the Michael McCain Family to help reverse the growing burden of urologic disease in Canada
The new McCain Centre for Urological Innovation and Education will strengthen Toronto’s position as a world-class hub for urological research, education and patient care.
Supporting student parents: alumna Joyce Connolly pays it forward
Dr. Joyce Connolly made it through med school as a single parent, with key support from U of T’s Faculty of Medicine. Now, her generous gifts help other students in need fulfil their goals.
$100-million gift from Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman will power Canadian Innovation and explore the intersection of technology and society
The new Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre will turbocharge the next wave of Canadian innovation, advancing how AI, biomedicine and other disruptive technologies can enrich lives.
U of T launches new matching program to support entrepreneurs
The University of Toronto has created a new matching program to provide up to $5 million in funding to student entrepreneurs and U of T-based startups.
The Leong Centre for Healthy Children will help us improve child health through new precision prevention
By applying innovative tools and targeted strategies, researchers can better predict and enhance health outcomes for children around the world.
U of T ranks first in Canada in 2019 QS World University subject rankings
In the annual ranking, the University of Toronto placed in the top ten globally in six subjects and made the top 50 more often than any other university.
Patient’s family invests in physician’s data-driven “living laboratory” at U of T
The University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network draws on anonymized data from 550,000 family practice patients to track outcomes and uncover the most effective care practices.
New Labatt Family Network provides hope for understanding the biology of depression
A new collaborative research powerhouse will explore and discover the underlying causes of this debilitating illness and train future leaders in the field.
MD students’ study guide generates $3.7 million for the Boundless campaign
The Toronto Notes project has helped U of T’s MD students give back to the University on an impressive scale.
“Nobody lives long enough to become an advocate” — Janet Cottrelle
The Janet D. Cottrelle Foundation supports surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine.
Alumnus David Dime supports health innovation at U of T
Chemistry alumnus and business founder David Dime (BSc 1973, PhD 1978) has generously established a catalyst fund at U of T’s Department of Molecular Genetics to support research into novel approaches to combat diseases.
How bursaries helped both this alumna physician—and her patients
When donors give to bursaries for medical students, says Dr. Stephanie Zhou, they do more than help individuals succeed. They also open the door to a more diverse physician population, improving patient care.
Auctioneer of Banting painting pledges its commission to diabetes research
The painting of the lab where insulin was discovered sold for 10 times more than expected. Heffel Fine Art Auction House will donate its commission to diabetes research at the University of Toronto.
Rose Patten is installed as U of T’s 34th chancellor
Rose Patten was installed as U of T’s 34th chancellor on November 5, 2018.
U of T and Amgen Foundation partner on prestigious scholarship program
A four-year Amgen Foundation gift will offer Canadian undergraduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience with world-leading U of T researchers.
U of T places top in Canada, 20th globally in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of best universities
The University of Toronto has again been ranked top in Canada and 20th in the world by the research-focused U.S. News & World Report ranking.
New chair in ALS research honours inspiring champion
The James Hunter Family Chair in ALS Research will boost research into developing therapies to treat and find a cure for the devastating neurological disease that leads to paralysis and death.
U of T’s research and innovation strength boost it in two new rankings
The University of Toronto moves to top spot for the medical and doctoral program category in the Maclean’s ranking, while jumping 11 spots to 35th globally in the Thompson Reuters ranking of innovative universities.
Touched by blindness, cancer, couple invests in U of T research
When Henry Farrugia and his partner Rosemary Hodgins were personally touched by blindness and breast cancer, they committed to advancing the potential of medicine in these areas by investing in research at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.
Meet new chancellor Rose Patten: a dynamic life, a vision for the future
Rose Patten says she hopes to leverage her 30 years of experience working at the intersection of business, academia and the public sector to help promote U of T’s mission on a global stage.
U of T ranks fourth in world in research-focused ranking
For the fifth year in a row, the University of Toronto ranks in the top five in the world for scientific research papers, according to the 2018 National Taiwan University Ranking.
Group to raise $3 million for chair in Tamil Studies at UTSC
Two community organizations will endow a chair in Tamil Studies at U of T Scarborough, supporting research in Tamil language, history and culture.
U of T’s 2018 Pearson Scholars bring the world to campus
The 2018-2019 winners of the prestigious Lester B. Pearson Scholarships are exceptional international students with big dreams for our global future.
‘A wow factor’: LIFT project revitalizes nearly half U of T’s research space
The $190-million Lab Innovation for Toronto (LIFT) upgrades, funded jointly by U of T and the federal and provincial governments, are complete, benefiting 1,100 researchers.
A gift from humble beginnings for the Summer Mentorship Program
Inspired by a selfless mentor who helped her immigrant family find their feet in Canada, Dr. Vicky Nguyen made a gift to help Indigenous students pursue careers in health care through U of T’s Summer Mentorship program.
Alumni Reunion welcomes thousands of U of T grads back to campus
U of T’s biggest annual alumni gathering welcomed nearly 9,000 graduates back to campus to celebrate old friendships and memories and create new ones.
Ripple effect for global surgery: U of T’s Prakash Fellowship
Since a generous gift from A.K. Prakash launched U of Tʼs fellowships in international medicine, a growing cohort of young doctors have transformed care around the world with their Canadian training.
Preventing leukemia: A family’s quest for answers will support key research
More than 60 years after sisters Pushpa Seth and Sushila Naran Pancha lost their brother to childhood leukemia they have established an award for graduate students researching its underlying biology.
Annual Miner’s Lamp Award Dinner raises $949,000 for mental health
U of T’s Department of Psychiatry and IAMGOLD Corporation have raised close to $2 million in three years to support research into the prevention and early detection of youth mental illness.
Raymond Ng sets up fund to help commercialize medical innovations
As an otolaryngology resident, Dr. Raymond Ng realized there was no early screening technique for an invasive head and neck cancer – so he set out to make one.
U of T honours researchers whose impact reaches beyond academia
The winners of the inaugural University of Toronto President’s Impact Awards have changed the lives of people across the globe.
Inventing the future: Molly Shoichet’s new role as Ontario’s chief scientist
U of T’s Molly Shoichet is Ontario’s first Chief Scientist. She sees her role as improving public understanding, sharing innovative research and helping shape a science-based future.
Gift to Trinity College establishes new undergrad program in sustainability
Thanks to the $1.25-million gift from alumni Martha and George Butterfield, undergraduates will be able to study environment and sustainability in an interdisciplinary program including both arts and science.
Paul Dalla Lana commits second $20-million gift to the University of Toronto’s Boundless Campaign
Ten years after their first transformative gift to U of T, Paul and Alessandra Dalla Lana have doubled their commitment to the research and training that will make a tangible difference in improving public health.
Siblings honour brother: scholarships in occupational science and therapy
The Rappolt siblings are funding two scholarships at U of T — aimed at improving care and access to services for people like their brother Peter, who has developmental delay and a mental health disorder.
Molly Shoichet named Ontario’s first Chief Scientist
In the new position, Shoichet will advise government on science-based policy and champion high quality science in government and education.
Strengthening international partnerships: U of T President Meric Gertler in Rwanda and Ethiopia
Meetings with Mastercard Foundation Scholars in Kigali, and with partners at Addis Ababa University, confirmed the powerful impact of global collaboration.
Wedding gifts turn into opportunities for U of T students
Couple forgoes wedding gifts for donations to a scholarship that honours family role models.
U of T psychology ranks 7th in the world among public universities
In the Times Higher Education university subject rankings, U of T placed highly in psychology, life sciences, medicine and dentistry.
Marshall McLuhan’s library given United Nations heritage designation
The honour is the second UNESCO Memory of The World designation for U of T and the fifth overall for Canada.
University of Toronto is best in Canada, 20th in world: U.S. News & World Report
Ranked among top ten public universities in the world, top seven in North America
Terrence Donnelly’s $10-million gift funds basic science, new catalyst hub
The donation is Donnelly’s third major commitment to U of T, and completes an arc of strategic giving that boosts U of T’s capacity and reputation as an international leader in research and teaching in health care and basic science.
A new gift marks 100 years of physical therapy at U of T
The generous donation from the Rick Hansen Institute and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation will support spinal cord injury research.
How a travel grant built a more effective architect
A donor-supported travel program helped architecture students learn, hands-on, about the importance of collaboration in design.
U of T plays prominent role in what magazine dubs Toronto ‘tech revolution’
The October 2017 issue of Toronto Life magazine dubbed Canada’s largest city “the new Silicon Valley” – and the University of Toronto is playing a key role.
Training Jamaica’s new leaders in forensic pathology
The children of late philanthropist G. Raymond Chang honour his legacy, investing in the often overlooked but critical field of forensic pathology in Jamaica.
“I want to actively help in fighting cancer,” says Schulich Leaders Scholar
Driven to fight the disease that robbed him of his father, new U of T graduate Joan Miguel Romero is grateful for the scholarship that has set him on the route to becoming a clinician-scientist in immunology.
Academic reputation places U of T among best in world, #1 in Canada
Consistent with a range of indicators and rankings, the University of Toronto continues to be placed as a leading institution globally and the top university in Canada in the 2018 QS World University Ranking released June 7.
University of Toronto President Meric Gertler appointed to second term
Professor Meric Gertler has been appointed to a second term as president of the University of Toronto, the chair of U of T’s Governing Council announced Thursday – and will lead the university until June 30, 2023.
Building on a vision to improve child nutrition
Buoyed by total commitments of $10 million, the Faculty of Medicine’s Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition will bring together top researchers in nutritional sciences, paediatrics and family and community medicine, to support advanced research and public education in childhood nutrition.
Miner’s Lamp Award dinner raises $600,000 for mental health research
The second annual Miner’s Lamp Award dinner brought the total raised for the prevention and early detection of severe mental illness to $1 million.
IAMGOLD Corporation helps search for early signs of psychosis
One of the first projects to be supported by the annual Miner’s Lamp Award Dinner will deepen our understanding of youth mental health.
A $2-million donation launches a city-wide urology research program
With support from Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. and patient Siggy Levy, Professor Sender Herschorn hopes to bring a sensitive subject out of the shadows.
U of T’s Boundless campaign surpasses historic $2-billion mark and expands goal to $2.4 billion
Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of 94,736 alumni and friends, the Boundless campaign has set a new record for philanthropy in Canada and helped U of T reach new levels of excellence, innovation and impact. By expanding its goal to $2.4 billion, the campaign will support compelling new initiatives inspired by the University’s Three Priorities.
Roslyn and Murray Herst invest in talented student doctors
Donors like Roslyn and Murray Herst are helping the Boundless campaign build on U of T’s commitment to accessibility and outstanding education by raising vital funds for student aid.
Mending hearts at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research—created through an unprecedented donation of $130 million from the Rogers family—is fuelling innovative research that includes potentially eliminating the need for infants with heart defects to undergo repeated surgeries.
Orlando Corporation puts Mississauga at the forefront of cancer research
Groundbreaking discoveries for treatment of rare and hard-to-treat children’s brain cancers were the inspiration for a new $7-million gift from the Orlando Corporation to the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry at U of T Mississauga.
Transforming our campuses: capital projects supported by the Boundless campaign
From state-of-the-art buildings and classrooms to flexible study spaces and the most advanced laboratories and athletic facilities, the Boundless campaign is ensuring our campuses are providing an enriching environment in which to innovate, create, discover and study.
University of Toronto launches the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director
An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada.
How can nanoparticles and crocodiles help conquer disease?
Thanks to the Dean Catharine Whiteside Scholarship for Clinician-Scientists, MD/PhD student Hannah Kozlowski is pursuing intriguing research on blood-borne diseases.
Mats Sundin Foundation to support early childhood development research
Hockey legend Mats Sundin is accelerating research into the crucial first 2000 days of life.
Twelve new U of T fellows join Royal Society of Canada
U of T’s inductees for 2016 come from four faculties and their research interests range widely, from thermal spray coatings and conservation biology to pioneering social history and probing the fundamentals of quantum mechanics.
Sterling reputation propels U of T’s global ranking
When it comes to the world’s most esteemed institutions of higher learning, Canada’s leading research university continues to shine, especially when it comes to its renowned academic reputation.
Emerging researchers named to professorships founded by engineering alumnus
Seven U of T faculty members have received the inaugural Percy Edward Hart and Erwin Edward Hart Professorships, enhancing emerging research and education across the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.
$27 million to fast-track stem cell research at U of T
Discovering stem cells here was just the beginning. Now, the University of Toronto is pushing the frontiers of regenerative medicine even further with a $27-million investment in 20 transformative projects.
U of T lab retrofit a historic investment in Canadian science and innovation
In what University of Toronto President Meric Gertler called “an historic investment in Canadian science and innovation,” the federal and provincial governments are joining with the university to provide almost $190 million to upgrade nearly half of U of T’s research labs over the next two years.
How will communities get the health care they need?
As Canada’s fastest growing city, Mississauga requires more physicians to ensure access to health care for all members of the community. Thanks to visionary philanthropists Terrence Donnelly and Carlo Fidani and other key partners, the Mississauga Academy of Medicine is meeting this critical need by training the next generation of health leaders in Ontario.
How do we give a voice to kids who cannot speak?
Dr. Tom Chau and researchers in the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital have designed a suite of technologies to break down communication barriers for children and youth with severe and complex disabilities.
Rogers Foundation wins philanthropy award
One year after making the largest gift to medicine in Canadian history, The Rogers Foundation has been recognized for its historic and groundbreaking philanthropy. The Foundation was named “Outstanding Foundation” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) during its 2015 annual conference.
Celebrating transformational gifts to the University of Toronto
2015 marked the anniversary of a number of iconic donations to the University of Toronto. These gifts have transformed the University, contributing to its legacy as one of the world’s top teaching and research universities. These gifts were made both during and prior to the University’s Boundless campaign.
Volunteers: at the heart of a great campaign
Like the University of Toronto’s motto, Velut Arbor Aevo (“as a tree grows through the ages”), the work of U of T’s campaign volunteers represents the roots that anchor the University’s traditions and support its mission to meet global challenges and prepare global citizens.
The Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition
Preventing illness and disease through early nutritional intervention.
Gift helps establish soft-skills research unit at Rotman
A gift from Richard Nesbitt has helped launch the Mind Brain Behaviour Hive at the Rotman School of Management.
Can public memory lead nations to reconciliation?
Professor Pamela Klassen investigates how nations are not only politically imagined, but also spiritually invented. Focused on interactions between Christian missionaries and Indigenous peoples in early 20th-century Canada, her research also considers what remembering this history means for efforts of reconciliation in the present.
Laying the groundwork for prosperity: Canadian cities and their universities
Canada’s cities are building the foundations of our future prosperity, University of Toronto president Meric Gertler told a capacity crowd at the Empire Club of Canada.
In memory of Dr. John Evans, President Emeritus of the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto receives the news of the death of Dr. John Evans with sadness at our collective loss, and gratitude for his decades of contributions to diverse facets of Canadian society.
Historic $130 million gift to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
Largest private donation in Canadian health-care history will bring together the strengths of SickKids, UHN, and U of T in personalized genomic medicine, tissue engineering, and advanced cardiac care to address heart failure across the lifespan.
Boundless campaign announces new milestone at U of T Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel
The new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport provided a magnificent setting to celebrate the Boundless campaign’s success in passing the three-quarter mark towards its $2-billion goal.
Tanz Family gift will enhance treatment in neurodegenerative diseases
A $1-million grant from the Tanz family will launch a collaboration between U of T’s Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute to accelerate the development of new therapeutic treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Michael and Amira Dan give $10 million to establish new institute for Indigenous health
Michael (MD 1984) and Amira (MA 2004) Dan have donated $10 million to support the creation of an institute dedicated to improving the health of Indigenous peoples.
New partnership helps Ontarians living with simultaneous mental and physical illnesses
Inspired by a landmark $20-million gift from an anonymous donor, matched generously by the Government of Ontario, the University of Toronto is partnering with three leading health care and research institutions to create a $60-million initiative addressing a major gap in our health care system: the care of those suffering from simultaneous mental and physical illnesses.
U of T named top university in Canada & in world’s top 20
U of T has been recognized with a number of impressive awards and honours this fall, including being named the top university in Canada and one of the top 20 in the world in the 2013 Times Higher Education (THE) World University report.
William Downe: building capacity for inner-city health
William Downe’s donation to U of T and St. Michael’s Hospital will address urban health research and develop tomorrow’s community and urban health sector leaders.
U of T Launches Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development
The University of Toronto has launched The Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development (FMIHD).
U of T Mississauga unveils its $60-million campaign
Students were front and centre as U of T Mississauga unveiled its ambitious $60-million campaign.
President David Naylor’s keynote address November 20, 2011
The following speech was delivered by President David Naylor at the launch event for Boundless: The Campaign for the University of Toronto, on November 20, 2011.