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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. Howard Mount
Curriculum, Web and  Communications Officer:  Sarah Topa
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 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 seminar 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

2017 Fall Seminar Schedule:

The Fall 2017 schedule is posted below. The seminar series begins September 14 and runs to November 30. The series run every Thursday from 3-5pm in the Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building, Room B250, 144 College Street.

Session Date Topic
September 14 MSC1010Y-1011Y Introduction and Overview
September 21 Principles of Research Ethics
September 28 Writing Strategies Across the Stages of the Writing Process
October 5 Research Publications and How to Write Them; Digital Scholarship
October 12 Presentation Skills
October 19 Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Research
October 26 Computational Biology/Microarray Technologies
November 2 Knowledge Transfer and Policy Outcomes
November 9 Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Disease
November 16 Clinical Trials
November 23 Drug and Device Development, Intellectual Property and Commercialization
November 30 Animal Models in Research and Translation


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 portal.

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 portal, click here.

Fall Term – Presentations

Students will be assigned to groups of students who may be engaged in similar areas of research. 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 20.