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MSC1010Y-1011Y Seminar Students

The MSC1010Y-1011Y Seminar Series in Translational Research provides a sampling of world-quality research being conducted in the IMS.

All first and second year IMS students in the MSc and PhD programs are automatically enrolled in the course.

Course Director: Dr. Marianne Koritzinsky
Course Coordinator Contact:  cc.medscience@utoronto.ca
Tel: 416-946-0987



The course objectives are:

  • to provide information about the IMS graduate programs that will allow timely completion of the degree requirements
  • to provide a sampling of the breath of world-quality research being conducted in the IMS
  • to provide students with general knowledge and transferrable skills (e.g. in writing, giving presentations, finding resources) that will enhance their research experience
  • to provide students a translational research outlook that links fundamental discovery with patient-based research (individual and population-based), clinical applications, health promotion and disease prevention.
  • to provide an opportunity for students to present their research-in-progress in small group sessions with feedback about their presentation skills and research content by both the faculty facilitator and students

The course runs over two years and begins with 12 or 13 lecture sessions of 2 hours each in the fall term of Year One.  Lectures will cover fundamental biomedical research skills and will introduce a range of central topics in translational research.  Short course modules are offered at various times through the year and will provide students an opportunity to choose translational research subject areas that they would like to pursue in greater depth.  Finally, students will have an opportunity to present their own work in small group seminars, to be held in the fall of Year Two.


Satisfactory completion of this two-year course is a requirement for degree completion. Those students who transfer from the MSc to the PhD degree will complete no more than the 2-year requirement.

The following are required to complete this course:

  • attendance at all sessions in the fall of the first year (non-attendees will be required to take missing sessions in year 2)
  • completion of an on-line ethics course and submission of the certificate of completion to the IMS Office
  • presentation of research-in-progress in the Fall of year two and attendance at group presentation sessions
  • completion of two elective modules in translational research (for students starting the course in September, 2009, or later)
  • presentation at IMS Scientific Day in Year 1 and/or 2 (participation in the Alan Wu Poster Competition, Laidlaw Manuscript Competition or Datablitz Student Talks)
  • attendance at IMS Scientific Day in Years 1 and/or 2
  • for students who began their studies January 2015 and onward, attendance at the Ori Rotstein Lecture on Translational Research

Course Timeline:

Year 1Year 2

2018 Fall Seminar Schedule:

The Fall 2018 schedule is below (topic session dates still to be finalized). The seminar series begins September 13 and runs to December 6. The lectures take place on Thursdays from 3-5pm in the McLennan Physical Laboratories, 255 Huron Street, Room 103.

Session Date Topic
September 13 MSC1010Y-1011Y Introduction and Overview
September 20 Principles of Research Ethics
September 27 Writing Strategies Across the Stages of the Writing Process
October 4 Research Publications and How to Write Them; Digital Scholarship
October 11 Qualitative Approaches to Research
October 18 Presentation Skills
October 25 Quantitative Approaches to Research
November 1 Research Data Management
November 8 Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Disease
November 15 Knowledge Translation
November 22 Drug and Device Development, Intellectual Property and Commercialization
November 29 Clinical Trials
December 6 Practical Approaches to High Throughput Gene Expression Experiments; Computational Biology/Microarray Technologies


The course continues with short course offerings (modules) in translational research. Year 1 students will attend 2 modules of their choice that cover an area in the broad spectrum of translational research.  Modules may be taken concurrently, or sequentially and students may elect to defer completion of their second module choice to year 2.

Modules will be presented in a variety of formats (weekly series, workshops, etc.). A list of modules to be offered and information on requirements to complete this component of the course can be found on Quercus.

Attendance at the Ori Rotstein Lecture in Translational Research (for students who began their studies January 2015 and onward)

To view and register for modules and to access the course on Quercus, click here.

Fall Term – Presentations

Students will sign up for one of the presentation groups being offered. Each student will be given a specific presentation date. Presentations are 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions from the seminar group. Students and a faculty facilitator will evaluate the student presentation skills and seminar content. The facilitator will provide confidential, constructive feedback to the student based on the evaluations. Students are expected to present and attend other meetings of their seminar group.

Presentation Format: You will have 15 minutes for presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions. Each student should bring an abstract of their research on their presentation date. The abstract should be 150 to 200 words (1 page) and contain all the elements of your presentation (Introduction, Background, Hypothesis/Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions). Bring enough copies of the abstract for the entire group (and others who might attend), about 15.