Skip to Main Content

HMB Newsletter: FEBRUARY 12, 2016 | WINTER 2016, VOLUME 1

FEBRUARY 12, 2016 | WINTER 2016, VOLUME 1

An Invitation for HMB students:b2B Industry Night – Careers in Health Science

Thinking about a career in health science? Curious as to how to plan your path forward and connect your current studies with a job after graduation? Join us on Thursday February 25, 2016, when alumni and students will mix and mingle at Hart House for a very special Backpack to Briefcase event.

DATE Thursday February 25, 2016
TIME 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LOCATION Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Please REGISTER HERE to attend.

The skills you gain from your Arts & Science degree can be transferred into many opportunities in the health sciences field. This networking reception will be a great opportunity to make connections and speak with successful alumni including:
• Hima Batavia, Global Health Consultant, UNICEF/HealthEnabled
• Stefanie Freel, Senior Policy Adviser, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
• Daniel Kagedan, Surgical Resident – Surgeon Scientist Trainee, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
• Miran Kim, Psychiatric Nurse, Ministry of Community and Correctional Services
• Tommy Tam, Research Analyst, Health Quality Ontario
• Joel Tan, Cell Biology Research Technologist, The Hospital for Sick Children

For additional alumni guests and their bios, please visit here.


Friday February 12, 2016 | Final Examination timetable for S and Y courses posted (expected)
Monday February 15, 2016 | Last day to drop Y section code courses from academic record and GPA. After this deadline a mark is
recorded for each course, whether course work is completed or not (a 0/zero is assigned for incomplete work), and calculated into the GPA

Monday February 15, 2016 | Last day to add or remove a CR/NCR option for Y section code courses

Monday February 15, 2016 | Family Day; University closed

Tuesday February 16- Friday February 19, 2016  | Reading Week emoji reading with glasses
Monday February 22, 2016  | Classes resume


HMB395Y1 and HMB499Y1 are the full-year research project courses that give HMB 3rd and 4th year students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in labs all across the GTA. The first assignment is a preliminary research report that the student’s principal investigator evaluates.

Did you know: a second investigator not supervising the student on their project reads and evaluates the preliminary report? This gives students the opportunity to experience a peer-review by another expert in a related field (who is participating in the course as a supervisor to another student) in a controlled environment which enables students to deliver a stronger final report in April.

But did you also know: many of the principal investigators who act as supervisors in HMB395Y1 and HMB499Y1 say that acting as the second reader on the preliminary report is one of their favourite parts of participating in the project course? The PIs comment that they enjoy reading what is going on in different labs and find the different techniques and studies interesting and insightful. The more you know!

Interested in doing a research project of your own next year? Stay tuned and in a March 2016 edition of the HMB Newsletter we will have all the details.


Will You Marrow Us? Volunteer at the UofT Stem Cell Club’s Upcoming Stem Cell/ Bone Marrow Donor Drive
Monday February 29, 2016| 10 AM- 3 PM
MSB Stone Lobby

The UofT Stem Cell Club will be hosting its second stem cell drive to recruit Canadians as potential stem cell/bone marrow donors. The UofT Stem Cell Club is looking for volunteers to help facilitate our upcoming drives. As a volunteer, you would be responsible for educating donors about the process, walking through the cheek swabbing, and organizing the samples for the Canadian Blood Services. We will provide all of our volunteers with the necessary training, so don’t worry if you’ve never volunteered at a drive before.
These drives are important as patients with blood cancers may require a stem cell transplant as part of their treatment. However, 80% of patients do not have a suitable match in their family, and must find an unrelated donor. Canada’s stem cell donor-database is used to match potential donors to patients. Individuals age 17-35 can register to join this database at stem cell drives, where they swab their cheeks to provide a tissue sample for a DNA test. Finding a match for transplant is difficult: currently, over 1000 Canadians cannot find a match.
In 2011, a team of medical students at the University of British Columbia founded The Stem Cell Club, aiming to strengthen Canada’s stem cell donor-database. To date, we have coordinated dozens of stem cell drives at campuses across British Columbia, and recruited over 3250 potential stem cell donors (representing 1% of all donors on Canada’s current donor-database). We started our chapter at UofT earlier this year.

If you are interested in becoming a Stem Cell Club volunteer, please register. Volunteers will be able to sign-up for 1-hour slots. Even if you are unable to volunteer on the 29th, but would potentially like to volunteer, you can still register.
Register here!

MD-SEE, the MD Summer Experience at Emory
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2016

Much more than a shadowing program, MD-SEE offers genuine clinical experience, classroom guidance on presentations, and a vigorous look at current issues and practices in medicine. This course will cover variable topics of special interest in the field of Clinical Neurology.
Undergraduates will have an opportunity to correlate experience with actual patients with the science behind the diagnosis. During their time in the clinics, students will act as a “patient assistant,” helping patients who may have partial paralysis or loss of sensation. They will learn the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will record patients’ history and neurological findings while observing real-life patient examinations.
Each student will be assigned a Clinical Neurology faculty mentor who will help develop the writing and poster projects. Publication of student work will be encouraged, co-authored by the faculty mentor.
Apply Now

Neuroscience Enthusiast? Get Published!
ongoing opportunity

Are you a budding author/artist looking for new opportunities to be published? The Interneuron at UofT invites writers and artists alike to contribute to its upcoming issue, themed around neuroscience and food. This issue will tap into the different categories of food psychology, neurobiology and will even feature a neuroscience perspective on a movie of the writer’s choice. Have an idea of an interesting topic?
Learn more

3rd Annual Undergraduate 3-Minute Thesis Competition
Saturday March 19, 2016 |2-5 PM
Emmanuel College | Registration: February 1- March 6

The Undergraduate Three Minute Thesis at University of Toronto is now having their 3rd annual research competition. The University of Toronto is one of the first universities in North America adopting this competition at the undergraduate level because we believe that undergraduates are a vital asset and that undergraduate research matters. Participants deliver a 3-minute dissertation about their research to a panel of judges who evaluate their delivery on the basis of their oral communication and presentation skills, not the value of their research topic!
Learn more

HBSU’s Ontario Medical School Symposium
Thursday March 10, 2016| 5-8 PM
MS2170 | Cost: free
Are you interested in entering medical school, becoming a doctor and saving lives? If so, then the annual Ontario Medical School Symposium hosted by your Human Biology Student Union (HBSU) may also be of great interest. At the event, HBSU will provide insight into how to get into Ontario medical schools and other relevant information regarding Ontario medical schools and the new MCAT. There will also be a panel of various medical students from varying medical schools across Ontario to answer any questions you may have. There will be free pizza provided and we will also be raffling a free MCAT prep course worth $2,000.
Learn more

15th Annual Chemical Biophysics Symposium
May 13- 15, 2016
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, UofT
The student-organized Chemical Biophysics Symposium (CBP) CBP provides students, post-doctorates, and faculty an opportunity to attend a local, intimate conference. The conference features an interactive poster session and numerous cross-disciplinary talks with the opportunity for intimate discussion with internationally renowned keynote speakers, including Sarah Heilshorn (who works on designing materials that mimics the nano- and micro-scale order found in nature for applications in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering) and Donald Weaver (who researches computer-aided drug design and medicinal chemistry with particular applications to chronic neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease).
Register here!

Summer Employment Opportunities:Student Instructors/Lab Assistants
Time Commitment: June 9-July 29, 2016
Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2016

The Division of Teaching Laboratories (DTL) is offering dynamic individuals an employment opportunity with The Faculty of Medicine’s Youth Summer Program (MED YSP). MED YSP is an unparalleled program in Canada that has been offered for the past seven years, and is designed to offer high school students an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine and medical research at the University of Toronto. The program offers four unique stand-alone, one-week modules, each one introducing a major medical discipline in the following areas: I – Human Physiology, II – Molecular Biology & Genetics, III – Pharmacology & Toxicology, and IV – Microbiology. DTL is looking for Student Instructors/Lab Assistants to run the program and successful candidates will begin employment on June 9 until July 29, 2016.

The Student Instructors/Lab Assistants will be primarily responsible for: teaching, supervising and providing instructional assistance to students in the form of laboratories, discussions, and lectures for each of the weekly modules; as well as assist in setting up and equipping laboratory classrooms with equipment, glassware and supplies; and performing other duties as required throughout the program. Training will be provided.

For more information:

Required Skills/Experience
• Experience in teaching, tutoring, mentoring and working with youth
• Experience performing fundamental laboratory techniques and experiments (undergraduate laboratories notably in one or more of the aforementioned modules would be an asset)
• Strong science background in at least one or more of the following disciplines: Physiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
• Effective communication and organizational skills
• Ability to work in a diverse, flexible, dynamic, and team-oriented environment

Application process
• Apply online at UofT Career Centre and search for MED YSP job posting #70898.
• Copy of resume and transcript.
• A document outlining the wet-lab courses you took as well as any relevant laboratory skills.
• Combine all your application documents and submit as a single PDF file.

Apply Now


The Human Biology Newsletter is produced by the Human Biology Program Office at The University of Toronto.
Editors: Nick Fernando and Gianna Leggio | Template design by Elaine Stam of University of Toronto Communications made for the UofT Bulletin.| WordPress Archive of HMB Newsletter design by Gianna Leggio.
Copyright © 2015 University of Toronto. All rights reserved.