As our closest neighbour, U of T has a long history of intensive engagement with the United States and its leading institutions of higher education. Our relationship with the United States is buttressed by unprecedented research collaborations and a stellar record of co-authored publications. With 16,728 co-authored papers in the last 5 years, the United States is our number one research partner. Our top four collaborators for co-authored publications are Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Columbia University – our peers in the global top 20 university rankings. Not only do we have strength in numbers, but the diversity of partnerships is remarkable. U of T researchers have collaborations with over 100 American institutions spanning the areas of medicine, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering.
U of T’s impressive scholarship on the United States comes together at the Center for the Study of the United States (CSUS), the largest collection of U.S.-focused scholars in Canada. CSUS is a research centre of the Munk School of Global Affairs, an interdisciplinary academic centre with rich and active engagement opportunities for students, scholars and faculty. CSUS constitutes the greatest concentration of expertise on the US in Canada, contributing to an excellent undergraduate degree program, interdisciplinary research, and programming for the University community and beyond.
- The Bio-Inspired Solar Energy Program sponsored by the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research brings together 16 leading researchers around the globe, with Fellows from Harvard, UC Berkeley, Princeton and Pennsylvania State University. Faced with the challenge of finding clean and renewable sources of energy, this international team combines expertise in nanotechnology, chemistry, molecular and quantum physics, biological engineering, and materials synthesis to developing commercially-viable solar energy capture, conversion, and storage.
- UofT’s Tanz Centre for Research in Neuodegenerative Diseases has launched a collaboration with California-based Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, bringing the promise of accelerated development of therapeutic treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. By combining Sanford Burnham’s cutting-edge drug discovery platform with the Tanz Centre’s expertise in neurobiology and preclinical testing of prototype therapeutics, we now have an effective catalyst to development of innovative new medicines needed to treat incurable and debilitating neurodegenerative conditions.
- A collaboration between Harvard University and U of T’s Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), Faculty of Medicine, and Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is making lab-grown heart cells a reality, and animal testing of pharmaceutical companies a thing of the past. U of T’s Professor Milica Radisic and her team have created the BiowireTM, a method of growing cells around a silk stand that stands in for fibres found in the human heart. Testing on lab-grown tissues is one way for pharmaceutical companies to get detailed information on how a drug will perform in the body before proceeding to clinical trials.