Timetables & Descriptions




The following is a listing of all courses offered by or in collaboration with the IMS. Please note that not all courses are offered each year. Students who add courses which have “TBA” offerings may have their registrations cancelled if the course ultimately is not offered.

Registration for our courses for the 2020-2021 academic year opens July 20, 2020.


Quarter-credit course codes (0.25 FCE) end in H (This applies to modular courses in the MSC1100 series only.) 
Half-credit course codes (0.5 FCE) end in H.
Full credit course codes (1.0 FCE) end in Y.

For questions about course enrollment please contact cc.medscience@utoronto.ca

Building Legend:
BL – Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street
CAMH – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, College St. Site: 250 College St.
MaRS TMDT – MaRS Toronto Medical Discovery Tower: 101 College St.
MSB – Medical Sciences Building: 1 King’s College Cir.
PB – Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building: 144 College St.
PMH – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: 190 Elizabeth St.
TGH – Toronto General Hospital: 200 Elizabeth St.

IMS MSc and PhD Modular Courses

Students enrolled in MSC1010/11H can fulfill their two x 0.25 (FCE) modular course requirement (for those enrolled in September 2020) through modules offered by the Translational Research Program. Please refer to this link for information. Students in the Translational Research Program may also enroll in two IMS modular courses. 

Note: For the 2020 Fall term, IMS students may only take TRP modular courses.

Other than the above, IMS modular courses are not available to non-IMS students nor are they available for credit to IMS students enrolled in MSC1010/1011Y, who will complete their two-module requirement as part of that course and who must enroll in the modules via Quercus.



MSC1100H (0.25 FCE): Success in Graduate School: a Professional Development Module for MSc Students (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Yoojin Choi; permission from instructor is required to enroll

Session Offered: 20211 S (Updated)
Start Date: Friday, Jan 29, 2021 (six sessions), Time: 3pm - 5pm, Location: Online

Description: MSc graduates from the IMS continue their education in PhD programs and professional schools, volunteer/intern, or enter the job market. As graduate students they become familiar with an area of research, learn technical skills as applied to their research project and develop their communication and critical thinking skills. This course focuses on creating a healthy student-supervisor relationship, project and time management, developing transferable skills, and building a professional network. Each session will feature an interactive presentation, inclass activities and peer evaluations. Students will be expected to read resources provided and prepare materials before each class. Complementing the course will be a series of Friday afternoon interactive career development panels and networking events.

MSC1101H (0.25 FCE): Success After Graduate School: a Professional Development Module for PhD Students (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Yoojin Choi; permission from the instructor is required to enroll in this course

Session Offered: 20209 F (Updated)
Start Date: Fridays, October 2nd – December 11th, 2020 (six sessions), Time: 3pm - 5pm, Location: Online

Description: PhD graduates from the Institute for Medical Sciences (IMS) continue to be employed as professors and scientists in research institutes but increasingly are finding jobs in other sectors of the economy. This course module is designed to enable PhD students to assess and develop their leadership and transferable skills in order to take better advantage of the opportunities available to them in academia and beyond. Each session will feature an interactive presentation and in-class activities. Complementing the course will be IMS Connects, a series of Friday afternoon interactive career development panels and networking events designed for IMS students featuring alumni working in various sectors.

MSC1102H (0.25 FCE): Psychiatric Implications of Traumatic Brain Injury (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Shree Bhaleroa

Session Offered: 20211 S (Updated)
Start Date: Tuesday, February 2 – 23, 2021 (four weeks), Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Location: Online

Description: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become very popular in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and in the media. Most studies suggest that fifty percent of TBIs are not reported and thus go untreated. Despite this, most people are unaware that the risk for psychiatric disorders can double following a TBI. Thus, a team of two psychiatrists and a neuroscientist will present a module on the psychiatric sequalae following TBI. The course will xamine six main psychiatric issues associated with TBI: depression, anxiety, addiction, agitation, aggression, and the stigma associated. Each session will utilize didactic, interactive, multimedia elements and group activities to explore diagnostic, neurological, and management issues associated with TBI

MSC1103H (0.25 FCE): Knowledge Translation (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Katie Dainty

Session Offered: 20211 S
Start Date: Mondays from 930-1130am from January 25th to March 1st 2021
Location: Online

Description: CIHR defines Knowledge translation (KT) as “the exchange, synthesis and ethically-sound application of knowledge—within a complex system of interactions among researchers and users—to accelerate the capture of the benefits of research for Canadians through improved health, more effective services and products, and a strengthened health care system”. A prominent characteristic of KT is that it encompasses all steps between the creation of new knowledge and its application to yield beneficial outcomes for society. Essentially, KT is an interactive process underpinned by effective exchanges between researchers who create new knowledge and those who use it. KT can narrow the gaps between health research, health
practice and health policy. KT concepts are universal and broadly applicable; yet teaching and learning about how to do effective KT has long been a challenge.

This introductory course in Knowledge Translation is designed to give students brief background knowledge in the importance of knowledge  translation in their research, prominent knowledge translation theories and models, strategies and measures to support research use in various fields and the importance of multi-faceted KT approaches. Our approach to KT is rooted in theory and science, but our application of KT is uniquely pragmatic and focused on real-world impact.

MSC1104H (0.25 FCE) Neurodegenerative Disease (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Carmela Tartaglia, Nadeeja Wijesekara; permission is required to enroll in this course.
Please send a brief statement of interest/background via email to Nadeeja Wijesekara for enrollment approval.

Session Offered: 20211 S (Updated)
Start Date: Tuesdays, February 2nd – March 23rd, 2020 (7 sessions), Time: 4 pm – 6 pm, Location: Online

Description: A clinical and research overview of neurodegenerative diseases with a special focus on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. The module will provide students with a thorough understanding of clinical presentation, genetic and environmental causes, molecular underpinnings, and advances in therapeutic and biomarker research.

MSC1105H (0.25 FCE) Clinical Trials (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Peter Juni, Contact Information: Joanne Roberti

Session Offered: 20211 S
Start Date:  Wednesdays,  February 24th - April 28th, 2021 (10 sessions) ,Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Location: Online

Description: To provide IMS students with an introduction to clinical trials.

MSC1106H (0.25 FCE) Respiratory Global Research and Training (GREAT) Network Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Surveillance Practicum (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Teresa To

Session Offered: 20211 S
Dates:  Mondays, February 1st – March 15th,  2020 (7 sessions), Time: TBD, Location: Online

Description: Each week over 7 weeks, basic concepts will be introduced in a 2-hour session at the GREAT Network SharePoint Server. To facilitate learning, exercises or tutorials will be given to trainees to work at their own time. You will be given instructions on attending the sessions via a log on user account and password. Course materials (reading materials, PowerPoint Presentations and handouts) will be downloadable from our SharePoint Server which will be opened for access to all participants after registration. To receive the certificate of completion, attendance of all 7 lectures is required. Each lecture will be opened to access for a week and participants can review the lecture at his/her own time and pace. At the end of each week’s lecture, participants are required to take a small quiz (comprises of
about 5 multiple choice or short questions). Completion of the quiz is required to move forward to the next lecture.

MSC1107H (0.25 FCE) Biostatistics in a Nut Shell (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Paul Corey, Pascal Tyrell

Session Offered: 20215 F (First Term)
Start Date: Wednesdays, May 5th to June 9th, 2021 (6 sessions), Time 6:00 - 7:30 pm:  , Location: Online

Description: This short course is primarily for students in a MSc, PhD, or residency program that has a requirement of a data analysis. Students learn about important fundamental statistical principles by studying the analysis of real data.  Link to discussions:  http://www.tyrrell4innovation.ca/biostatistics-in-a-nutshell

MSC1108H (0.25 FCE): Animal Models of Human Diseases (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Xiao-Yan Wen
Session: Not offered in 2020-21

MSC1109H (0.25 FCE): Introduction to Neuroimaging (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Ben Dunkley

Session Offered: 20215F (First Term)
Start Date: Thursdays, May 20th to June 24th, 2021 (6 sessions), Time 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm pm , Location: Online

Description: This module will provide a general survey of the major imaging modalities used in neuroimaging research. Several lecturers will talk about how these imaging methods have improved our understanding of various neurological disease conditions, with examples of where this has translated into improved clinical practice. We will review lesion studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS), which all speak to the importance of understanding the spatial localization of brain function.

MSC1110H (0.25 FCE): Strategic Training in Transdisciplinary Radiation Science for 21st C (Credit/No Credit)

Session: Not offered in 2020-21

MSC1111H (0.25 FCE) Strategies for Systematic, Coping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Mina Tadrous, Kaitlin Fuller

Session Offered: 20209 F
Date: Fridays, October 23 – November 13, 2020, 4 weeks, Time: 2pm - 5pm; Location: Online

Description: A systematic review of the literature is essential when conducting evidence-based research, especially in the health and life sciences. There is an increase in the number of systematic reviews, scoping reviews, or similar methodological reviews of the literature known as knowledge syntheses (KS) published each year. Learning outcomes for this module stress students’ critical understanding of the why, how and to what ends the search for a KS affects the overall quality of a review.

MSC1113H (0.25 FCE) Radiomics and Machine Learning in Medical Imaging (Credit/No Credit) (NEW Course Summer 2021)

Instructor: Farzad Khalvati

Session Offered: 20215
Date: Tuesdays, June 1 - August 10, 2021, Time: 10 am - 12 noon, six sessions alternating weeks; Location: Online

Description:  This is a 6-week modular course (0.25 FCE) designed to provide an understanding of fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) for wide applications in medical imaging. Medical Imaging, which is an important specialty in medicine for diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of different types of diseases including cancer, is increasingly moving toward quantitative approaches. AI/ML algorithms are playing a key role in quantitative medical imaging analytics for disease diagnosis (detection) and prognosis (prediction). With the help of recent advances in AI/ML and computer vision, novel predictive models are capable of diagnosing a disease with high accuracy and consistency, and predicting clinical outcomes (e.g., response to treatment) with an accuracy, which is beyond existing clinical methods.


MSC1001Y: Human Anatomy

Instructor: Anne Agur
Please contact instructor for permission to register and course information. Please copy cc.medscience@utoronto.ca in your email.

Session Offered: 20211 S
Start date:  Tuesday, January 5th, 2021, Times:  Tuesdays: 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm, and  Thursdays: 9 am – 12 pm

Description: Gross anatomy of the human body taught from a regional viewpoint. The course is dissection based and includes interactive tutorials and dissection laboratories (96 hours). Anatomical structure and function is emphasized.  Social distancing measures will be followed. Method of course delivery may be subject to change. 

Enrollment Restrictions: Course enrollment is limited to 2 students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies.

MSC1004H: Health and Pharmaceuticals (NEW Course Fall 2021)

Instructor: Nancy Olivieri

Session Offered: 20219 F
Starting date:  September 2021, Day/Time: tbd, Location: tbd

Description: A critical examination of drug development, including the role of health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry in researching, testing, marketing, licensing, and evaluating pharmaceutical drugs. Topics include the differing needs for drug development, evaluation and dispensing in lower income countries, and potential conflicts of interest in drug development.

MSC1006H: Neuroanatomy - Introduction to Anatomical Organization of the Brain

Instructor: Mojgan Hodaie
Please contact instructor for permission to register and copy cc.medscience@utoronto.ca in your email.

Session Offered: Not available in 2020-2021
Start Date: n/a, Time: n/a, Location: n/a

Description: This course will focus on detailed review of the fundamental organization of the nervous system, at both the gross and cellular levels. The major components of the nervous system will be discussed in a lecture format. The lectures will be supplemented with interactive anatomy sessions, either in the laboratory or using multimedia platforms. Student-led presentations will maximize the students’ contact with techniques employed to study neuroanatomy. This course is suitable for students who have some background in the neurosciences who are now embarking in a neuroscience project as part of their graduate degree. Course assessment will be based on quizzes, presentations as well as a final examination. Textbook: Neuroanatomy, text and atlas, by John H. Martin, 4th edition.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of mammalian neuroanatomy and permission of the instructor. Maximum enrollment of 18 students. Preference will be given to IMS students.

MSC1008H: Advanced Human Embryology and Teratology

Course Director: Danielle Bentley
Please contact the instructor to obtain the required permission prior to completing an ADD/DROP form.

Session Offered: 20211 S
Start Date:  Monday, January 4, 2021, Time: Mondays and Fridays: 1 pm – 3 pm, Tutorials: Mondays 3pm - 5pm, Location: Online

Description: Human embryology from fertilization to the end of the fetal period. Topics include: current concepts in mammalian morphogenesis applied to the development of various organ systems; the principles of teratology; mechanisms of malformation and the etiology and pathogenesis of some of the more common human congenital abnormalities.

Course Evaluation: Includes three written term tests, small assignments designed for effective science comunication, and one conference-style oral presentation.

Prerequisites: Interested graduate students must have taken a previous undergraduate course in cell biology. 

Enrollment Restrictions: Limited to 5 graduate students, with an additional  spots reserved for the Clinical Embriology LMP program.

MSC1010H/Y & 1011Y/H: MSc/PhD Student Seminars in Translational Research

Course Director: Marianne Koritzinsky

Session Offered: 20209 Y/H
Start Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2020, Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Location: Online

For more information on the MSC1010Y-1011Y course click here.

MSC1040H: Physiologic Basis of Disease: Bench to Bedside

Instructor: Andrea McCart

Session Offered: UPDATE Not offered in 2021 

Description: This is a half-year lecture course designed for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in the IMS who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the basic mechanisms of disease, how these processes lead to the clinical syndromes and how medical research in these areas leads to effective therapy.

The aim of the course is to integrate basic molecular, cellular, or physiological processes with subsequent disease processes and their treatments. The course will provide an opportunity to gain insights into medical and surgical diseases from birth to adulthood. The latest research including clinical trials if applicable will be discussed. Topics that may be discussed include cancer, transplantation, diabetes, sepsis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease and others. Papers of relevance to the discussion will be provided.

The course will consist of 12 2-hour sessions. Each session will feature a 1 hour lecture by faculty members of the University of Toronto who are authorities on the topic under discussion. This will be followed by the presentation of a related and relevant paper by 1-4 students (depending on enrolment) who will also lead the subsequent class discussion. Students will sign up for their presentations prior to the first class. Students will work with the respective faculty member to elect the paper for presentation.

MSC1081H: Studies in Schizophrenia

Instructor: George Foussias, Mahavir Agarwal

Session Offered: 20211 S
Start date: Wednesday January 6th, 2021, Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Location: Online

Description: This course, consisting of a series of readings, seminars, and a term paper, is intended to provide an in-depth and multidimensional understanding of schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Readings and seminars will include both foundational perspectives and recent advances in knowledge, bringing together the complexity of specialized knowledge that is required to carry out good research in the area of schizophrenia.

Topics included are:
• Introduction to course. What is Schizophrenia
• Signs and symptoms
• Prodrome and First episode Schizophrenia. Early detection
• Sociocultural aspects and vulnerable populations
• Neuropsychology
• Genetics
• Neuroimaging
• Neurophysiology
• Pharmacotherapeutics
• Animal models
• Research Ethics
• Overview and feedback

Enrollment Restrictions: Class size restricted to 10 students. Preference will be given to IMS students. If you are not an IMS student and wish to register for this course, please email the course instructors and copy cc.medscience@utoronto.ca

Prerequisites: The course has been designed for Masters and Ph.D. students in neuroscience, psychology and the social sciences. Knowledge of how the brain works is required.

MSC1085H: Molecular Approaches to Mental Health and Addictions

Instructor: Robert Levitan, Daniel Mueller

Session Offered: 20211 S  (Updated)
Start Date:  Thursday, January 7th 2021, Time:  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Location: Online

Description: This popular course investigates the neuroscience knowledge and research strategies underlying major psychiatric disorders and related psychopharmacological treatment. Lectures will discuss insights gained from areas of research such as genomics, neuroimaging, pharmacology, animal models and bioethics. Particular attention will be paid to how these studies have refined our understanding of clinical phenomena.

Selected faculty members with particular expertise will deliver a lecture describing their research work, including an introduction to their field, major methodological issues and key discoveries. Ample time will be dedicated to interaction and discussion. The assignments consist of: 1) selecting a topic for a review article and providing an abstract, 2) presenting a brief oral presentation, and 3) submitting a review article (2,500 – 5,000 words) at the end of the course.  Each assignment will be reviewed by two faculty members who will generate a consensus grade.

Prerequisites: None, but a background in neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, statistics and neuroanatomy are recommended.

MSC1087H: MRI Neuroimaging Methods

Instructors:  Sofia Chavez, Andrea Kassner

Session Offered: 20215 F (First Term) 
Start Date: Friday, May 7th to June 25th, 2021 (13 sessions), Time 10 am - 12 noon (mid-term Thursday, May 27) , Location: Online.

Description: Over the last two decades, the study of human brain structure and function has come to rely on the latest developments in medical imaging technology, especially magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This course will provide an understanding of the principles of magnetic resonance imaging and cover concepts of advanced MRI neuroimaging methods used for quantitative imaging. The course is primarily intended for students who will use quantitative MRI neuroimaging techniques in their own thesis projects, and need to have a solid understanding of the physical and mathematical principles behind these methods in order to acquire good data and analyze them appropriately

MSC1088H: Brain Positron Emission Tomography

Instructor: Romina Mizrahi

Session Offered: Not offered 2020-21

Description: Positron emission tomography (PET) has become an important tool for the early detection of disease, the understanding of basic molecular aspects of brain function and the evaluation of medical treatment. This course will build on a multidisciplinary team involving chemists, physicists, image scientists, computer scientists and clinician scientists currently investigating brain diseases such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, addictions, geriatrics and movement disorders.

The principal objectives of this course are to review the fundamental concepts of PET imaging and to convey an understanding of the opportunities that PET technology offers in brain research and drug development. Specific issues will be addressed in a perspective to answer basic research questions:

1) The chemistry of labelling compounds with short-lived positron-emitting radionuclides; 2) The design of PET radiopharmaceuticals – impact on interpretation of scanning data (e.g. position of labelling, metabolism, drugs vs. ligands); 3) PET instrumentation – how does a PET scanner or a cyclotron work (physics)?; 4) How PET data is analysed (kinetic modelling, image analysis); How PET can be used as a tool in brain research and drug development.

MSC1089H: The Biopsychosocial Basis of Mental Health and Addictive Disorders

Instructor: Tony George; Tel: (416) 535-8501, ext. 4544

Session Offered: 20211 S
Starting date:  Thursday, January 7th, 2021, Time:  10:30 am – 12:00 noon, Location: Online

Description: Prof. George and colleagues will review the biopsychosocial basis of mental health and addictive disorders from the perspectives of etiology, pathophysiology, clinical phenomenology and diagnostics, genetics, neuroimaging, and treatment which have all contributed to our increasing understanding of psychiatric and substance use disorders from a biomedical (“disease”) concept. The role of stigma and recovery would also be discussed from a biobehavioural and social determinants of health perspective, to produce an integrated perspective on mental health and addictive disorders. The contemporary approach to treatment of these disorders would also be discussed which emphasizes biological, psychological and social policy and prevention perspectives.

Enrolment: Limited to 12 students. Pre-approval for this course is required. Please contact Tony George and copy cc.medscience@utoronto.ca.

MSC1090H: Introduction to Computational Biostatistics with R

Course Director: Marcelo Ponce, Erik Spence

Session Offered: 20209 F
Starting date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020, Times:  Tuesday, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, and Thursday, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Location: Online

Description: The goal of this class is to prepare graduate students to perform scientific data analysis. Successful students will learn how to use statistical inference tools to gain insight into their data, as well as be exposed to cutting-edge techniques and best practices to store, manage and analyze data.

Structure: Twelve weeks, with two 1-hour lectures per week. Final grades will be based on weekly assignments and a mandatory in-class mid-term exam. Passing mark: 70% of the final grade.

Enrollment Restrictions: Maximum enrollment 80 students

Grading Scheme: Most weeks, students will be given a programming assignment, with a due date one week after. These assignments are designed to help absorb the course material.

There will be between 10 and 12 assignments. The average of the assignments (75%)  and the midterm (25%) will make up the grade. To ensure a timely reporting of student grades, we will adhere to the following policy:

Homework may be submitted up to one week after the due date, at a penalty of 0.5 point per day, out of the 10 points for each homework. Deviations of this rule will only be considered, on a case-by-case basis, in exceptional circumstances.

Course Link: Click here.

MSC2010Y: Molecular Medicine in Human Genetic Disease (Full Year Course)

Instructor: Lucy Osborne
Pre-approval for this course is required. Please contact the instructor and copy cc.medscience@utoronto.ca.

Session Offered: 20209 Y
Start date:  Wednesdays, September 23rd, 2020, Time:  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Location: Online

Description: This course should encourage students to develop an approach to the genetic analysis, investigation and treatment of human disease.

Introduction to molecular approaches: Students will be introduced to useful tools and concepts that enable the study of a wide spectrum of human diseases. These include such topics as: population identification and sample collection; genome scanning with subsequent linkage analysis; mutation detection methods; copy number variation analysis and the use of animal models.

Specific examples of the genetics of human disease: In the body of the course, a series of 16 lectures will cover the genetic analysis of specific diseases. Lecturers will be encouraged to discuss: a brief description of the disease they intend to cover (eg: the basic clinical presentation and pathophysiology); the approach to the study of this disease; and the molecular changes that occur. Integration with animal models and the potential for human gene therapy will be encouraged. Each lecture will provide an example of the application of molecular tools to the investigation of a specific human disease. Lecturers will be encouraged to provide weekly reading assignments.

The student will be required to prepare a Letter of Intent for a proposal that discusses the genetic analysis of a specific human disease (due February). Students are advised to identify a preceptor to help with their proposal idea. Preceptors are often chosen from the course lecturers, but students are not restricted to these individuals. While the preceptor will act in an advisory capacity, the student must carry out the initial problem identification and the preparation of the proposal. Considerable latitude will be allowed in the choice of project, preceptor and approach to the disease. The student will also present a final 10 minute, in-class slide presentation of this proposal (in March). As a final assignment, the student will write a short News & Views type article about a paper or papers in the filed of molecular medicine that have been published during the past calendar year. The topic must be unrelated to their thesis.

MSC6000H: Special Topics, Reading Course

Instructor: N/A

Session Offered: 20209 F and 20211 S

Description: A reading course on topics of interest to one or more Faculty Members. Student(s) usually meet weekly to read, criticize and discuss current literature in the field and write essay assignments. Reading course topics may NOT be based on the student’s thesis topic, and the student supervisor may NOT serve as instructor of a reading course. It is the responsibility of the student and instructor to prepare a course outline, grading scheme, etc.

Prerequisites: Suitable background for area of study.

Enrollment Restrictions: Preference will be given to IMS students. Students are required to petition in order to take this course. Please download a Request for Reading/Research Course at the SGS Web Site. Complete the form and bring it to the IMS Office. We recommend that you provide as much information as possible on the proposed course content, grading, and reasons for requesting a reading course.

The IMS Graduate Coordinator will review and approve your enrolment in MSC6000H. Questions? Please contact the IMS Office.

MSC7000Y: Regenerative Medicine (Full Year Course)

Instructor: Sonya MacParland

Session Offered: 20209 Y (Updated)
Start Date:  Thursday, September 10th, 2020, Time:  9 am – 11 am, Location: Online

Description: MSC7000Y is a unique flagship course of wide interest to students with a health professional background (i.e. MDs, RNs, clinicians), and scientists across Canada. This course will provide students with an understanding of the science behind the field, the bio-processes, new and emerging technologies, the ethical and regulatory aspects of implementation and the academic/industry partnerships on which clinical success is likely to be based. Content is as follows:

Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas Failure including physiology, human impact, and cost and the implications for regenerative medicine

Current Approaches to Management of Organ Failure including transplant and non-transplant approaches


  • Stem Cells (ESC, iPS, MSC, Islet, Neural, Retinal, Marrow)
  • Gene Therapy
  • Biomarkers & Assays
  • Stem Cell Aging, Manufacturing, and Engineering
  • Tissue Engineering (Lab/Organ on a Chip)
  • CRISPR Genome Editing


  • Immune Tolerance in Transplant
  • Burns and Skin Regeneration
  • Imaging and Nanotechnology in Regenerative Medicine
  • Translation of New Therapies from Bench to Bedside
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials Design
  • Evaluation of Health-Related Quality of Life
  • Cost-Effectiveness & Global Health Economics
  • Adoption of New Therapies


  • Research Ethics
  • Transplant Ethics
  • Quality of Life – Patient perspective
  • Regenerative Medicine Ethics
  • Public Opinion and the Media
  • Regulation of Regenerative Medicine in Canada
  • IP and Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine


  • Selected articles relevant to regenerative medicine will be selected for group participation during the course.
  • This course forms a major part of a Training Program in Regenerative Medicine.

Enrollment Restrictions: Maximum enrollment of 20 students at the University of Toronto, 20 students affiliated through the Stem Cell Network (across Canada).

This course is available for graduate students from other universities. Non-U of T graduate students must enroll in this course through their home University using existing off-campus study agreements (CUGTA or OVGS) or a request for transfer credit. Please contact the Program Coordinator, Anna Cocco, for more details.

Enrollment: Interested students must first receive permission from the Course Director, Dr. Sonya MacParland to take the course prior to registering.   Interested students must e-mail Dr. Sonya MacParland and copy the Education Coordinator, Anna Cocco with the following information:

  • Your personal information (Name, University and Department, Student ID Number
  • Program and Year of Study (i.e. MSc, PhD, PDF)
  • Your Supervisor’s information (Name and e-mail address)
  • A brief description (200 words or less) on i) your interest in taking this course, and ii) the relation of your research project to regenerative medicine.

MSC4001H: Foundations in Resuscitation Science Research

Instructor: Ori Rotstein, Sandro Rizoli

Session Offered: Not offered 2020-21

Description: This 0.5 credit course is aimed at enhanced understanding of the breadth of research in resuscitation science. It will provide students within disparate fields of research enquiry with the fundamentals of the discipline and provide a forum to discuss common areas of research interest, thereby further reinforcing a spirit of interdisciplinary research. Topics include bioethical issues particular to resuscitation research; health services research with high risk groups; outcomes research in critical illness; translational research in resuscitation and knowledge translation. From bench to bedside to curbside, students will gain a thorough understanding of the issues and concerns unique to the field of resuscitation sciences.

Contact Information: cprsinfo@smh.ca

For details: http://stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/research-programs/rescu/cprs/

MSC3001H: Foundations in Musculoskeletal Science

Instructor: Boris Hinz

Session Offered: 20209 F (Updated)
Dates:  Wednesdays, September 23rd – December 9th, 2020 (12 sessions), Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 
Location: Dentistry Building, 124 Edwards Street 5th Floor, Room #504 (to be confirmed)

Description: This is a half-credit required course which will be counted, in most of the participating home programs/ home graduate units, towards students’ home degree electives.   Students, regardless of home graduate unit and prior learning, receives a common foundation of the topics and issues particularly relevant to designing and conducting research in the highly interdisciplinary realm of musculoskeletal science. Students will achieve an enhanced appreciation of the breadth and complexities of research in the field, and will be better able to discuss disparate topic areas of research, thereby, reinforcing a spirit of interdisciplinary research. The MSC3001H is offered over one term, and consists of a series of twelve two-hour lectures to cover topics spanning over Bones, Cartilage, and Muscles. Lecturers are experts in their respective topics drawn from graduate units and clinical departments associated with the Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Science.

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 
Students who are enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization of Musculoskeletal Sciences (CSMS) program will have priority. For details, visit the Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences 

SRM 3333Y/SRD4444Y: Master’s/PhD Seminar Series in Resuscitation Sciences

Instructor: Paul Dorian
Session Offered: Not offered 2020-21

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For more information visit the CPRS website at http://stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/research-programs/rescu/cprs/

SRM3335H/SRD4445H: Master’s / PhD Seminar Series in Musculoskeletal Sciences

Instructor: Various

Session Offered: 20209Y

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences. Students must be enrolled in the CPMS to enroll.

JCV3060H: Advanced Research in Cardiovascular Sciences, Molecular Biology and Heart Signal Transduction

Instructor: Steffen-Sebastian Bolz

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Cardiovascular Sciences.

JCV3061H: Advanced Research in Cardiovascular Sciences, Hormones

Instructor: Carin Wittnich

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details,  see Cardiovascular Sciences.

JCV3062H: Advanced Research in Cardiovascular Sciences, Heart Function

Instructor: Carin Wittnich

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Cardiovascular Sciences.


JCV3063: Advanced Research in Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular

Instructor: Scott Heximer

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Cardiovascular Sciences.

JCV3065 – Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Science – Systems Biology

Instructor: Anthony Gramolini

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Cardiovascular Sciences.

JFK1120H: Selected Topics in Drug Development I

Instructor: M. Piquette-Miller

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Pharmacology & Toxicology

JFK1121H: Selected Topics in Drug Development II

Instructor: S. Wu and P. Lee

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Pharmacology & Toxicology

JPM1005Y: Behavioural Pharmacology

Instructor: L. Zawertailo (Offered in alternate years)

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Pharmacology & Toxicology

JNR1444: Fundamentals of Neurological Science

Instructor: James Eubanks

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Pharmacology & Toxicology

JYG1555H: Topics in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Instructor: L-Y Wang

Collaborative Specialization: This course is offered as a Collaborative Specialization and is not an IMS course. 

For details, see Pharmacology & Toxicology