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IMS50 Scientific Day

The Annual Scientific Day is the academic highlight of the year. It is designed to highlight student achievements, teaching excellence and to provide opportunities for students to work on presentation skills and for faculty and students to interact.  All faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

This year Scientific Day will be part of our year-long IMS50 Celebration, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the IMS. There will be a special IMS50 panel event featuring IMS faculty, students and alumni.

Please read the IMS50 Scientific Day Memo 2018 carefully, as it contains important information regarding Scientific Day presentations, a compulsory component of the MSC1010Y and MSC1011Y course.

Call for Judges – IMS Faculty:

Bernard Langer Annual Lecture in Health Sciences

The keynote lecture  was established to honour the achievements of Dr. Langer in establishing the Surgeon-Scientist training program at the University of Toronto during his tenure as Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1982 -1992.

Each year, a guest speaker is selected who is internationally recognized for his/her scientific contributions and is also known to be an excellent role model and mentor for graduate students.

This year we are excited to have Dr. Stefan-M. Pulst present the keynote address.

Dr. Stefan-M. Pulst, MD, is Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Utah. His clinical and research interests focus on inherited diseases of the nervous system with an emphasis on spinocerebellar ataxias and Parkinson´s disease.

He received his medical school training at Medizinische Hochschule, Hannover (Germany) and at Harvard Medical School, Boston. After beginning neurology residency in Hannover, he moved to Boston and was senior and chief resident in the Longwood Neurology Program, Harvard Medical School. He then moved to San Francisco and did basic research on brain tumors at the UCSF brain tumor research center and in neurobiology in the Department of Physiology. Prior to joining the faculty at the U. of Utah, he was Professor of Medicine, Neurology, and Neurobiology at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

Previous lecturers include:

  • 2017: Marina Picciotto: Vaping and the baby brain – what can studies of nicotine tell us about brain development?
  • 2016: Victor Dzau – Healing and Regenerating Hearts: 21st Century Prometheus?
  • 2015: Christopher P. Austin – Catalyzing Translational Innovation
  • 2014: James P. Landers – Rapid and Affordable Microfluidic Systems for Genetic Analysis: Are We on Track for the Personalized Medicine Era?
  • 2013: Jeffrey S. Mogil – Mice are People Too: Translation in Pain Research from Genetics to Social Modulation
  • 2012: Thomas R. Insel – Lost in Translation: Opportunities and Challenges for Translating Scientific Discoveries into Better Health
  • 2011: Andrew Feinberg – The Epigenetic Basis of Common Human Disease
  • 2010: Kevin J. Tracey – Reflex Control of Immunity
  • 2009: Polly Matzinger – Immunity is a conversation, not a war

Each Scientific Day, students are invited to compete for a number of student awards, including the Laidlaw Manuscript Competition and the Alan Wu Poster Competition. Presentation at Scientific Day is also a mandatory component of degree completion for all research based and doctoral stream MSc and PhD students. IMS faculty members and students will be updated via email of competition deadlines and Scientific Day events.