As research continues to uncover the importance of gut health and its role in all aspects of wellness, probiotic health products continue to receive a huge amount of hype. How huge? Probiotics have become an industry behemoth—one expected to generate $66-billion in global revenue by 2024, built on headlines that link gut bacteria to everything from depression to obesity to migraines to Parkinson’s…
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When I was an undergrad science student at the University of Toronto in the mid-eighties, I grew bacteria on petri dishes, marvelling at how quickly they multiplied to form multicoloured colonies that resembled art. My fellow students and I wore lab coats and gloves, but no other gear was required because most bacteria were considered relatively harmless. I never imagined…
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Forward Thinking: How To Tell The Story Of A Health Research Funder

For generations, stories have played a key role in human cultural development, helping us share cultural norms, warn of potential danger, and make sense of the world around us. In this blog, Lori Last, MSFHR’s Director of Marketing & Communications, and Amy Noise, MSFHR’s Manager of Marketing & Communications, introduce the science of storytelling, and outline how to apply those principles to…
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At a downtown Toronto hospital researchers are testing a remarkable hypothesis — that transplanting poop from a healthy person could treat bipolar depression. Dr. Valerie Taylor has people from around the world volunteering to be part of her pioneering clinical trial. “The goal is to see if we are improving symptoms and then to study their microbiome to see if we can…
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Mark Taylor has a front-row seat to the development and launch of some of Canada’s greatest health-tech innovations as the leader of the licensing and commercialization team at Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN), one of the largest health-care and medical research organizations in North America. Gene therapy to treat rare diseases in a single dose, devices that recognize brain tumours…
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Government of Canada Ensures Canada’s Research Community Is As Diverse As Our Country

Canada’s greatest potential can only be realized when all people are welcomed into the laboratory, the classroom and the field. We all benefit from the wide range of perspectives and talent that make our research and our society better. In a competitive global economy, Canada can’t afford to leave talent on the sidelines. That is why on this International Day of…
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Female health scientists in Canada face a significant disadvantage when competing for federal research dollars in cases where grant reviewers are allowed to consider who is doing the science compared with when a project is judged on its scientific merits alone, an independent study has revealed. The finding, based on an analysis of nearly 24,000 grant applications to the Canadian…
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There is a call for more funding for research into chronic diseases at B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. Dr. Lori Brotto, executive director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, says women tend to develop complex chronic diseases six to nine times more often than men. “We don’t have a good understanding of why women are more vulnerable,” Brotto said.…
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Defining what is science and who are scientific researchers may initially seem like an easy task, but it is potentially much more complicated than expected. Science has evolved over the past decades with the advent of new technologies, the different ways they can be developed, and new societal needs. The role of researchers has also changed. The need for meaningful…
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A revolutionary new cancer treatment is now available in Canada, but provinces are being advised not to cover it until the price comes down — a price that is being kept secret from Canadians. Health Canada approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) in September. It’s a form of CAR-T immunotherapy, in which a patient’s blood cells are removed, reprogrammed to attack cancer and then re-injected…
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