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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:

A list of modules to be offered and information on requirements to complete this component of the course can be found on Quercus.

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Winter Term – Presentation at Scientific Day

Students will be required to submit an abstract/poster for presentation at IMS Scientific Day.  Students starting the course in September, 2009, or later, must complete their second module, if they have not previously done so. [/su_tab] [/su_tabs]