McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series

McMaster Demystifying Medicine Program

The McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series, started in January 2012. It includes presentations of patients, pathology, diagnosis and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research. This translational seminar series is designed to help increase the understanding of how advances in biology can be applied to human disease. It is directed towards undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers, medical students and clinicians. It is open for the public. Each session includes clinical and basic science components presented by McMaster clinicians and researchers. These seminars are accredited for CME.

In 2013, we started an undergraduate course (HTS 4DM3) in Knowledge Translation and Communication that is associated with the McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series. Please click here to learn more about this course.

Sessions will take place in the Michael DeGroote Center for Learning and Education in room 3020 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Each presentation will later be archived for internet viewing. Pre-registration is not required.

Best video awards

Winter 2017 Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
Best Student Videos

Maroon's Anatomy:
Low Cholesterol Linked to Violence

Video about low cholesterol linked to violence

This video explores the relationship between occurrences of low cholesterol and episodes of violent activity.

[Click to view video about low cholesterol linked to violence

Computer Vision Syndrome: "Mo Screens, Mo Problems" ft. Eyez Cube & The Bad Eyed Peas

Video about computer vision syndrome

This video explains what Computer Vision Syndrome is and describes symptoms experienced by people who are frequent users of digital devices.

[Click to view video about computer vision syndrome]

Get Your Grandparents Moving!

Video about exercise and aging

This video highlights the importance of exercise among the elderly population. It explains the risks of a sedentary lifestyle and the health benefits of an active one.

[Click to view video about exercise and aging]

Please check back soon for our next round of seminars.

Upcoming Seminars: Academic year 2017-2018

Drug Discovery and Translation — Innovating Health Care in Challenging Times


Monday, October 30, 2017


4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


MDCL 3020


  • Dr. Steve Gyorffy, Director, Specialty Care Medicine, Oncology and Fibrotic Diseases, Boehringer Ingelheim, Canada
  • Dr. Ted Witek, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, and Chief Scientific Officer, Innoviva, San Francisco; Senior Fellow, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Pharmacy; Past-President and Chief Executive Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Canada

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain understanding of drug development from preclinical to Phase III registration
  • What are the current and future challenges in bringing new medicines for unmet medical needs?
  • How are new agents funded and made accessible to patients?
  • Become familiar with challenges beyond drug registration and bridging the “second valley of death” for the pharmaceutical industry

Contact Information:

Dr. Kjetil Ask

Cathy Stampfli
Phone: 905-521-2100 Ext. 73115

Accreditation statement:

Each seminar meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited by McMaster Continuing Health Science Education for up to 1.5 Mainpro-M1 credits.

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster Continuing Health Science Education for up to 1.5 MOC Section 1 credits

Attendees seeking accreditation will need an ETA (Event Tracking Assistant) account. Please contact Cathy Stampfli to set up an account.