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Scientific Day

Scientific Day Banner -students and faculty listening to a poster presentation

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


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at the Chestnut Conference Centre.

Please read the IMS Scientific Day Memo 2017 carefully, as it contains important information regarding Scientific Day presentations, a compulsory component of the MSC1010Y and MSC1011Y course.


Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto


8am – Poster Presentations
10am -11am – Keynote Address
11am – 2pm – Laidlaw Manuscript Presentations & Lunch
2pm – 3pm – Symposia & Data Blitz
3pm -5pm – Reception & Awards

For a detailed schedule see the Scientific Day Agenda and Scientific Day Brochure.

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. Marina Picciotto present the keynote address:

“Vaping and the baby brain – what can studies of nicotine tell us about brain development?”

Marina Picciotto

Marina Picciotto is Charles B.G. Murphy Professor in Psychiatry, Deputy Chair for Basic Science and Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and in the Child Study Center at Yale University. Dr. Picciotto has been a member of NIDA’s Scientific Council and is past Treasurer of the Society for Neuroscience. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Picciotto has served on a number of editorial boards and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Picciotto received her B.S. from Stanford and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University. She conducted postdoctoral work at the Pasteur Institute before joining the faculty at Yale University. Dr. Picciotto’s laboratory studies the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain, including research related to addiction, depression, learning and appetite.


Previous lecturers include:

  • 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 and the News & Views Departmental Newsletter of competition deadlines and Scientific Day events.