Regenerative medicine holds the promise of revolutionizing treatments for diseases such as heart failure, diabetes and stroke. But key questions and hurdles remain. To realize the extraordinary potential of this field, we need a new approach.
Medicine by Design harnesses the exceptional expertise at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals at the convergence of physical and life sciences, engineering, mathematics and medicine to undertake transformative research in regenerative medicine and cell therapy. It fosters unique multidisciplinary collaborations and uses engineering design principles and quantitative biological modelling to accelerate breakthroughs. Through strategic investments and partnerships, Medicine by Design is powering Toronto’s burgeoning biomedical ecosystem, strengthening Canada as a global centre for regenerative medicine and improving health outcomes.
Created in 2015, Medicine by Design is made possible thanks in part to a $114-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the largest single research award in the University of Toronto’s history. It builds on decades of discovery in regenerative medicine at the University of Toronto, beginning in the early 1960s with the demonstration of the existence of stem cells by James Till and Ernest McCulloch.