Advisory: Give yourself extra time when travelling by car to Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, or Toronto Rehab University Centre. City of Toronto construction on University Ave. may cause delays.
At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international
source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
The Newsroom is the source for media looking for information about UHN or trying to connect with one
of our experts for an interview. It's also the place to find UHN media policies and catch up on our news stories, videos, media releases,
podcasts and more.
Share Tweet Download
My name is Xavier Revelo and I am a postdoctoral fellow here at UHN. I do research in the lab of Dr. Dan Winer. It’s a diabetes lab.
I'm originally from Quito, Ecuador, and that's in South America.
It's a lovely place. It's a small country in South America. I am from the capital, Quito. That's the biggest city. About three million people.
In a way, it similar to Toronto because it's a big city: lots of people, lots of businesses on the street. It's really nice. The weather is great. We don't have seasons, we have only rainy and a non-rainy season.
I went to university in the States, and also grad school, and then I moved to Canada in 2012.
It's a funny story, because I moved the weekend of Canada Day. I remember driving into Toronto, downtown Toronto, and there was a huge parade. And I remember all these people out on the street. And what struck me was all kinds of people, the different types of people - ethnicities and backgrounds – and being in South America, being born in South America, and then spending about 10 years in the states, I was not used to that.
Here at UHN I focus on basic research. We're trying to discover mechanisms by which obesity can lead to complications. So what we do is try to understand what happens in the disease to find potential therapeutics and other kinds of interventions.
I feel like my career has improved since I came here. And obviously it has influenced my personal life. Especially, in the sense that I want to stay in Canada.
What's being done here at UHN in terms of research is definitely pioneering. We're pushing the boundaries of knowledge. And I feel like it's only here at UHN where we have that opportunity based on the people that work here and based on the facilities we have access to.
UHN is a great institution to be working at. It definitely opens the door for the Canadian experience. It represents what Canada is supposed to be like in terms of an open community, and respectful and diverse.
Because of UHN, because of this great experience that I've had, I want to stay in Toronto.
It's home for me now. I've been lucky enough that I've established a social network. I also like the city itself. I like being out there and exploring and experiencing everything that happens in Toronto, especially in the summer.
I think for me, home is where your connections are and where your career is, which is very important for us scientists I feel like.
Understanding that you have a background and you have a family in a different location, but for me home is where you're establishing yourself in terms of personal connections, friendships and relationships and also career.