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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 learn more about this course here.

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.

2016 Winter Semester Session

Drug Discovery and Translation-Innovating Health Care in Challenging Times


Monday, October 31, 2016


4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


MDCL 3020


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

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 Info:

Dr. Kjetil Ask

Sara Sellers
Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 76706

Future Seminars

Archived Seminars

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 Sara Sellers to set up an account.