TEDMed Highlight

TEDMed Highlight

On April 19th, 2013 the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) proudly presented the first ever TEDMED Day at the University of Toronto (Faculty of Medicine). TEDMED is an exceptional event where world-class “doers and thinkers” share their vision of the future for health and medicine. TEDMED Day featured inspirational live talks by experts from the IMS and broadcasted selected live presentations from the TEDMED Conference at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC.

There was a wide range of fascinating health topics covered by the speakers, including neuroscience, cancer biology, genetics, and organ transplantation. TEDMED Day provided a great opportunity to get to know fellow students and to learn from our very own leading scientists and clinicians. The IMS faculty speakers left their audience with some memorable and inspirational ideas and quotes!


Dr. Gillian Einstein

Sex and the brain

“We need to do biological science that takes diversity, plasticity, and the social into account.”

 Dr. Gary Rodin

Research and the meaning of life

“No one is comfortable sitting by a dying patient, but our goal is to help the process and to allow patients and their families to hold on to life, while also facing its ending.”

 Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Lung transplantation and the quest to build a new lung

“Our goal is to replace, repair, and regenerate lungs… In fact, we just finished a baby lung transplant this morning.”

 Dr. Ori Rotstein

Trauma care: What to do on the way to surgery

“What can we do better in the ambulance to treat trauma?”

 Dr. Albert Wong

Why should we care about neuroscience?

“Neuroscience is important because it can teach us about human behaviour and nature – what it really is and not what we think it should be.”

 Dr. Anne Bassett

Can genetics illuminate the darkness in psychiatry?

“[We are beginning to see] glimmers of light in understanding schizophrenia through knowledge of [genetic] structural variants [and] reducing blame and stigma for patients and their families.”

 Dr. Randy McIntosh

The virtual brain

“The virtual brain sets up a dialogue between real brains and brain models, opening the possibility for new global collaborations to understand brain function and dysfunction in ways we never thought possible.”

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