“Stiffness”: A new piece to the breast cancer puzzle

A new study has linked the stiffness of breast tissue to the progression of a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. Published in Nature Medicine this month, the study may help clinicians differentiate between aggressive forms of the disease, which tend to have a poor prognosis, and less deadly forms. University of Toronto Assistant Professor… Read more »

Come together: Collaborative Health Research Grants (CHRP) progress research in dental health, cancer therapeutics strategies

Wide-ranging health concerns that affect millions are at the heart of two new Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRPs) that involve IBBME core faculty researchers, Warren Chan and Eli Sone. Assistant Professor Eli Sone and his collaborators, Associate Professor Bernhard Ganss and Professor Chris McCulloch, are targeting a problem that affects an estimated 47% of Americans… Read more »

Sensimat launches crowdfunding campaign for novel wheelchair device

Sensimat Systems Inc., makers of a new technology system that aims to aid wheelchair users in preventing pressure sores, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo this month to help launch the product into the community. The SENSIMAT is a sensor-lined mat tailored to fit a wheelchair user’s existing cushion. Bluetooth technology sends signals from… Read more »

Can epileptic seizures be predicted and prevented?: Q & A with Berj L. Bardakjian

In honour of Epilepsy Awareness Month, Erin Vollick sat down with a leading neurological researcher at the University of Toronto, Berj L. Bardakjian. A biomedical engineering Professor at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), Bardakjian works with a team of… Read more »

Bone and Glue: Emeritus Professor Dennis Smith’s Lasting Biomaterials Legacy

He has been called the “father” of biomaterials research in Canada. But Professor Emeritus Dennis Smith, who passed away on Friday, February 21st, leaves behind a legacy that far surpasses his research passions. Dennis Smith came to the University of Toronto from the United Kingdom in 1969, after already having cemented a strong international reputation…. Read more »