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.
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Upcoming Seminar: Academic year 2018-2019

Presentation will be archived for internet viewing at a later time. Pre-registration is not required.

Biomaterials and Ocular Health


Monday, October 15, 2018


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




Dr. Heather Sheardown, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Sheardown holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Ophthalmic Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Systems. She is an expert in drug delivery, contact lens materials, IOLs, polymer chemistry and bioengineering in the ophthalmic space. 

Erin O’Hara, Master’s candidate, Department of Health Sciences. She is a Master’s candidate in Heather Sheardown’s chemical engineering lab and hopes to improve current medical treatments through the incorporation of biomaterials.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with C20/20
  • Understand the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration between the department of Health Sciences and Engineering
  • Become familiar with the contribution of biomaterials to ocular health
  • Understand how biomaterials can be used in novel ways to treat patients.

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.