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Director’s Message

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I am honoured to serve as the  Director of the Institute of Medical Science and I look forward to the many ways we will interact this year.

Over the last five decades, the Institute of Medical Science has trained thousands of MSc and PhD students, with a focus on clinician-investigators. The IMS has developed successful Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) professional-degree programs and IMS graduates have gone on to become academic leaders not only at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals, but also in numerous Canadian and international universities, health care related organizations, government agencies, and pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies. Under the leadership of recent directors – including Drs. Melvin Silverman, Ori Rotstein, and Allan Kaplan – the IMS has become one of the largest and most unique graduate units at the University of Toronto, and has received recognition at national and international levels.

We will continue to develop the Institute’s international reach and further establish Medical Science as a distinguished graduate training sub-specialty.

I am excited to take on the challenge of finding new ways to make this great Institute even better. In particular, I would like to focus on knowledge translation through enhancing research collaboration and promoting graduate education. We need to advocate for the concept of knowledge translation as an objective for research. Research is not only a tool to explore new knowledge, but can also be a process for knowledge dissemination and translation. To foster this way of thinking, we must aim to provide our graduate students with the right training and tools for translational research.

Fostering a sense of belonging for faculty, students and staff is key.

Working with the Institute of Medical Science Student Association (IMSSA) and the student-run IMS Magazine and Raw Talk Podcast, as well as well as engaging and recognizing faculty and alumni achievements is crucial to elevating the place of the IMS within the University and the larger education and research community.

Our Professional Programs are leading the way to real world impact on human health.

We will continue to be committed to the development of new programs and new knowledge that will translate into new clinical practice. The IMS has had great success in establishing our professional Masters programs.

Browse our website.

I  hope that you will take some time to explore our website which has been thoughtfully crafted to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration though interactive tools and online communities.  Explore the faculty search tool,  see what our students are up to and  meet some of our new faculty.

It is with great excitement and tremendous enthusiasm that I continue to work with students, faculty, staff and alumni to make the Institute of Medical Science a world-class graduate training institute.

Dr. Mingyao Liu
Director, Institute of Medical Science
Professor, Department of Surgery
Senior Scientist Toronto General Research Institute,
University Health Network