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

Fall 2017 Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series
Best Student Videos

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) — Through My Eyes

Video about OCD personal account

Go through a typical day of a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This video is based on a personal account and demonstrates habits, behaviours and thoughts that a person with OCD may experience.

[Click to view video about OCD personal account]

What is Sleep Paralysis?

Video about sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis can be a scary experience, but this video is here to help clear some of the fear and confusion surrounding the strange phenomenon. The video explores what sleep paralysis really is, its biological cause, and also presents some tips to help prevent sleep paralysis.

[Click to view video about sleep paralysis]

Learning to Love Feedback

Video about learning to love feedback

This video raises awareness for the importance of feedback — in the style of slam poetry! Feedback is defined as information communicated from one party to another in order to improve a product, an action, a behaviour or oneself.

[Click to view video about learning to love feedback]

Upcoming Seminars: Academic year 2017-2018

Please check back soon for our next round of seminars.

Microfluidic devices for medical research, diagnosis and treatment


Monday, March 26, 2018


4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


MDCL 3020


Dr. Jeremy Hirota, Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology; assistant professor of medicine, McMaster University; assistant professor of medicine (affiliate), University of British Columbia

Dr. Ravi Selvaganapathy, Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics; professor of mechanical engineering, McMaster University; professor, McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of microfluidic technology
  • Demonstrate the application of microfluidic technology to artificial placentas
  • Recognize the challenges physicians face in distinguishing how a patient will respond to a given therapy for a chronic respiratory disease
  • Provide a functional example of precision medicine in cystic fibrosis

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.