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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.

MSC1010-1011 is mandatory for all IMS students. Students from the January and September 2020 intakes will be automatically enrolled for the course starting in September 2020. MSC1010-1011 is currently undergoing a major revision, more details will be available in spring 2020. We thank you for your patience.

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 (TCPS2 or NIH) 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:

MSC1010-1011 is not offered in January 2020. See below for the Fall 2019 schedule and outline.

Year 1Year 2

2019 Fall Seminar Schedule:

The Fall 2019 schedule is below (topic session dates still to be finalized). The seminar series begins September 12 and runs to December 5. The lectures take place on Thursdays from 3-5 pm in the Banting Institute, 100 College Street, Room BI 131.

Session Date Topic Speakers
September 12 MSC1010Y-1011Y Introduction Marianne Koritzinsky
September 19 Philosophy of Science Brian Baigrie
September 26 Principles of Research Ethics Michael Szego
October 3 Qualitative Approaches to Research; Quantitative Approaches to Research Katie Dainty; Tony Panzarella
October 10 Research Publications and How to Write Them; Digital Scholarship Karen Davis; Kaitlin Fuller
October 17 Writing Strategies Jane Freeman
October 24 From Science to Clinical Recommendations Mathew Mercuri
October 31 Research Data Management Laure Perrier
November 7 Big Data Analysis; Artificial Intelligence Dehan Kong; TBD
November 14 Presentation Skills Michael Corrin; Nick Woolridge
November 21 Hot research topics in IMS TBD
November 28 Drug and Device Development, Intellectual Property and Commercialization Mark Reed; Ralph DaCosta
December 5 Knowledge Translation Katie Dainty


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.