There are many great Universities throughout Canada leading the way in scientific discovery and research. In my past posts I highlighted some innovations that have come out of Canada. Some of these innovations were from Universities in Canada. Today I am going to highlight some of the great innovations that have come directly from Canadian Universities with University of Toronto specifically highlighted. They have had some amazing discoveries and innovations throughout the years. University of Toronto receives the most scientific research funding out of all the Canadian Universities. In 1939 the Physics department at the University of Toronto built the first practical transmission magnetic electron microscope.
In addition it is known to have begun research in the areas of insulin (in 1921 it was discovered at the University of Toronto, and was a significant advance in medicine) and stem cells (In 1963 stem cells were discovered at the University of Toronto leading to bone marrow transplantation and many other discoveries). The Franks G- suit was created at the University of Toronto in the Banting and Best Medical Institute in 1941. These were created for pilots to help with the G force to prevent blackouts during acceleration. They have had many innovations since then. Below I have listed 4 recent discoveries that came out of various departments at the University of Toronto.
- CMPF used to predict the risk of developing diabetes
CMPF is a substance that was used to help create a test to help predict if someone is at risk of developing Diabetes. This test created by Karey Prentice, Professor Michael Wheeler and Research Associate Feihan Fay Dai in University of Toronto’s Department of Physiology is able to detect risk much earlier than other methods available. Their research lead them to believe that CMPF holds the key to predicting and preventing diabetes. This development can make life much better for hundreds of thousands of people and help detect the possibility of developing diabetes much earlier which can prevent other complications.
- Deep Bind
This is an application that combines artificial intelligence and genomic medicine. It creates the first ever deep learning application that helps determine the specifics of DNA and RNA binding proteins. It was created by Postdoctoral Fellows Babak Alipanahi, Andrew Delong and Professor Brendan Frey of the University of Toronto in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
It is a special anti-Dust and self-cleaning technology that helps keep Solar Panels clean. By keeping them clean they can generate more energy and also keep maintenance costs down on the panels. This amazing technology was created by Research Associate Cheng Lu and Professor Cynthia Goh of the University Of Toronto Department Of Chemistry. This product can make a huge difference in the efficiency and cost of solar panels and can make a big impact on green energy.
This is an amazing film that gives anyone the ability to create an electronic circuit board. The film called printed allows individuals to use a regular printer and the film to print an electronic circuit board right from their home printer! The Printem film was invented by PhD student Persumel Varan Chadalvada and Professor Daniel Wigdor of the University Of Toronto Department Of Computer Science. This can have big implications allowing ordinary people to make new creations around the world.
As you can see there are many great innovations and discoveries happening at the University of Toronto and in Canada. These innovations have made a big impact on many people and the environment. Keep an eye out for my post on other great Canadian Universities and their discoveries.