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Some people think university research is somehow removed from day-to-day life. They couldn't be more wrong. Ontario university researchers touch every aspect of life through their work. We invite you to explore the stories below (we're always adding more). While you'll just be scratching the surface—there are tens of thousands of researchers on campuses across the province—we think you'll be fascinated by what's happening in the world of university research. And, if you happen to live here in Ontario, we also hope you might feel a little proud!

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How can we preserve Indigenous perspectives of history?

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recent landmark report has much to say about Indigenous education. After years of hearings and testimony from thousands of residential school survivors, the commission recommended ...

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Josh Manitowabi
McMaster University
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How can we fix the mutual fund industry?

Douglas Cumming is not making friends in the mutual fund industry. But he is influencing people. The professor of finance and entrepreneurship at York University recently did a study on ...

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Douglas Cumming
York University
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How can we make the U.S.-Canadian border work better?

Imagine for a moment you are a business owner competing with a firm in Ohio to sell your product to a customer in Michigan. You may be able to match ...

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Bill Anderson
University of Windsor
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How is energy an enabler for social change?

This is what energy poverty looks like: If 1.5 billion people have a light bulb and a washing machine, 4 billion have only the light bulb, and about 1.5 billion have neither. The ...

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Jatin Nathwani
University of Waterloo
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How can disease maps point to possible cures?

Every cell in your body contains proteins — molecules that physically interact with each other, allowing cells to do what they are meant to do. Properly connected proteins in a heart ...

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Andrew Emili
University of Toronto
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How can we create high-performing, efficient healthcare systems?

When the Norwegian government wanted to know the most effective way to run its rural hospitals it went looking for examples of what worked and what didn’t in other ...

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Gregory Marchildon
University of Toronto
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How are we providing a strong and sustainable workforce of healthcare professionals?

"Ontario is concerned about having an appropriate supply of health professionals in all heath care fields across all parts of the province and is implementing high-quality long-term planning," says McMaster ...

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Arthur Sweetman
McMaster University
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How do we create an ethical framework for administering experimental drugs?

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014. In the nearly two years that followed, more than 11,000 people infected with the virus died. Many spent their last ...

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Udo Schuklenk
Queen's University
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What does it means to be Métis?

More than a century after being hanged for treason, Métis leader Louis Riel still has the power to polarize Canadians along ethnic lines. Riel was born in 1844 in a ...

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Brenda Macdougall
University of Ottawa
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