Scientific Day

The Annual Scientific Day is the academic highlight of the year.

It is an opportunity for students to share their research and work on presentation skills, and a time for the IMS community to celebrate student and faculty achievements. All faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

Scientific Day takes place in Spring each year. Students are invited participate in the Laidlaw Manuscript Competition and the Alan Wu Poster Competition. IMS faculty members and students will be updated via email of competition deadlines and Scientific Day events.

As part of their degree requirements, all MSc and PhD students must present their research project at Scientific Day once during their degree, either via the Alan Wu Poster Competition OR Laidlaw Manuscript Competition.  

Scientific Day 2024

We are thrilled to be welcoming keynote speaker Dr. Akira Sawa, MD, PhD who will be giving a lecture on "Multimodal, longitudinal study for psychotic disorders: homeostatic signaling to neural connectivity." 

Dr. Sawa is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the John Hopkins School of Medicine. His research is directed towards understanding the pathogenesis of major mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia and mood disorders, at the molecular level.


Click here to register for IMS Scientific Day 2024. 

Agenda - April 25: Scientific Day

Share your research and connect with the IMS community.

Location: Hart House

8:30 - 9:45 AM: Alan Wu Poster Competition Session 1

E-poster presentations
Great Hall, East Common Room & Music Room


9:45 - 10:00 AM: Director's Report 

Dr. Mingyao Liu, IMS Director
Great Hall 

10:00 - 10:45 AM: Keynote Lecture - Dr. Akira Sawa  

Bernard Langer Annual Lecture in Health Sciences 


11:30 - 12:45 PM: Alan Wu Poster Competition Session 2

E-poster presentations
Great Hall, East Common Room & Music Room

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Awards Ceremony 

Music Room

Awards Presented:

  • Whiteside Award
  • Siminovitch-Salter Award
  • Sara Al-Bader Memorial Award
  • Roncari Prize
  • Student IMPACT Awards
  • Faculty Recognition Awards
  • Awards in Education
  • Mel Silverman Mentorship Award
  • Laidlaw Competition Winner
  • Alan Wu Poster Competition Winners

Scientific Day 2024 Planning Committee Members

Faculty Chairs: Drs. Brian Ballios and Nadia Minian
Staff Lead: Sobiga Vyravanathan 
Student Leads: Crizza Ching, Slaghaniya Neupane and Kowsar Teymouri