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IMS 50th Anniversary

In 2018 the IMS turns 50!  We want you to stay connected and keep informed as we approach this milestone.  Check back often for updates and visit the IMS on Twitter and Facebook at UofTIMS.

In each edition leading up to the 50th Anniversary celebration the IMS Magazine will be publishing an IMS50 retrospective article.  We are excited to share these with you here  In our first retrospective article we hear from Dr. Catharine Whiteside, Professor Emerita, former IMS Graduate Coordinator and Dean of the Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Whiteside talks about her personal journey with the IMS and how the Institute helped shape her career.  We also interview Dr. Joel Cooper who performed the first successful bilateral lung transplant.   Read more >>

Joel Cooper and Team -Pioneering Lung Translplant


An exciting year ahead! Read the IMS 50th Anniversary announcement from our Director, Dr. Mingyao Liu

IMS50 LogoThe Institute of Medical Science is turning 50 in 2018.
Celebrate this milestone with us! 

On Wednesday, May 3rd   at the annual IMS Scientific Day, I announced the beginning of a one year campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IMS.

The 50th Anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the achievements of our faculty, students, alumni and staff.  We can further engage with each other and the larger scientific community, exploring the future directions of the IMS.  From the discovery of Stem Cells by James Till and IMS Founder Ernest McCulloch in 1961, to the performance of the first successful single lung transplant in 1983 by Joel Cooper and Griffith Pearson, our faculty have been at the forefront of medical scientific discovery, innovation and translation.

Our students continue to demonstrate the dedication to make lasting impacts on medical science and human health and leadership in extracurricular activities.  In 2017 Katharine Schwenger, Pratiek Matkar, Christine Moon and Richard Foty were awarded the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

Our alumni do this every day: Dr. L. Trevor Young is the current Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at U of T.  Dr. Robert Bell is the Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Dr. Catharine Whiteside is the former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and past IMS Graduate Coordinator. Alongside with them, many of our alumni and faculty have taken leadership roles in health care, research and medical education at the University of Toronto, cross Canada and internationally.

IMSSA Students holding a sign for the 50th AnniversaryWe encourage you to join us for a year of reflection and celebration, and we have great things planned! The student-run IMS Magazine will publish a retrospective article in each issue leading up to our BIG IMS50 events.  This will culminate in a special 50th Anniversary edition to be released in the fall of 2018. We also hope you will join us in the fall of 2018 for the IMS International Conference on Graduate Education in Medical Science followed by a formal dinner highlighting the best of the IMS.   Stay an extra day for a scientific symposium – the renowned Ori Rotstein Lecture in Translational Medicine.

Look back with us on the many strides we have made to better the lives of people through medical science.  Look forward to the possibilities that come with living in a connected and digital world, and the global impact medical science can have on graduate education.  And stand with us today as we establish new fundraising initiatives to support our students and develop new programs.  Help us build stronger IMS communities, strengthening each other through research, mentorship and innovation.

And of course, we always want to hear from you.  If you have an IMS story to tell, we want to hear about it.  Please contact Michelle Rosen our Communications Officer at

I look forward to the coming year, celebrating the past and creating new memories that will leave a legacy for the IMS in years to come.

Mingyao Liu, MD, MSc
Director, Institute of Medical Science


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