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IMS 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 take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Chestnut Conference Centre.

Please read the IMS Scientific Day Memo 2019 carefully, as it contains important information regarding Scientific Day presentations, a compulsory component of the MSC1010/1011Y course.

If you have any questions about Scientific Day please email ims.scientificday@utoronto.ca

Call for Judges – IMS Faculty:


  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast, Student Registration and Poster Set-up
  • 9:00 AM: Alan Wu Poster Competition
  • 10:00 AM: Director’s Report
  • 10:15 AM: Keynote Talk by Dr. Dan Huh
  • 11:15 AM: Alan Wu Poster Competition (continued)
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Student Talks: The Jack Laidlaw Manuscript Competition
  • 2:15 PM: Symposia and Data Blitz Student Talks
  • 3:30 PM: Award Presentations and Reception

Bernard Langer Annual Lecture in Health Sciences

The keynote lecture  was established to honour the achievements of Dr. Bernard 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. Dongeun Dan Huh, PhD present the keynote address. The title of his talk is “Microengineered physiological bio-mimicry: Human organs-on-chips.”

Dr. Huh is the Wilf Family Term Chair and Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and Principal Investigator of BIOLines, the Biologically Inspired Engineering Systems Laboratory.

Huh’s laboratory aims to develop innovative bioengineering tools and technologies using biologically inspired design principles and micro/nanoengineering approaches to improve human health and promote environmental sustainability. Huh’s research focuses primarily on developing i) microengineered biomimetic models of human organs (organs-on-chips), ii) self-assembled tissue/organ scaffolds, iii) cell-based self-regulating “smart” biomedical devices, and iv) efficient biomimetic transport systems. Huh explores the use of these bioinspired engineering systems for a variety of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and environmental applications.

Previous lecturers include:

  • 2018: Stefan-M. Pulst: Targeting Ataxin-2 as a strategy for treating neurodegenerative diseases
  • 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

Symposium Lecturers:

Dr. Aristotle Voineskos MD, PhD, FRCPC,
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Director, Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition and
Head, Kimel Family Translational Imaging-Genetics Laboratory, CAMH

Dr. Terrence Yau MD, MSc, FRCSC,
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Affiliate Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI)

Dr. Camilla Zimmermann MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Head, Division of Palliative Care, University Health Network
Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Centre

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.