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mingyao-directors-messageIt is my great honour and privilege to be the new Director of the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Over several decades, the Institute of Medical Science has trained thousands of MSc and PhD students, especially many clinician-investigators. The IMS has developed successful Master of Health Science (MHSc) professional-degree programs and IMS graduates have gone on to become academic leaders not only at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals, but also in numerous Canadian and international universities, health care related organizations, government agencies, and pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies. Under the leadership of recent directors–including Drs. Melvin Silverman, Ori Rotstein, and Allan Kaplan–IMS has become one of the largest and most unique graduate units at the University, and has received recognition at national and international levels. We will continue to develop the Institute’s international reach further establishing Medical Science as a distinguished graduate training sub-specialty.

As the new Director, I am excited to take on the challenge of finding new ways to make this great institute even better. In particular, I would like to focus on knowledge translation through enhancing research collaboration and promoting graduate education. 

I want to continue to foster a sense of belonging for faculty, students and staff; working with the Institute of Medical Science Student Association and the IMS Magazine as well as well as engaging and recognizing faculty and alumni achievements.

We need to advocate the concept of knowledge translation as an objective for research. Research is not only a tool to explore new knowledge, but can also be a process for knowledge dissemination and translation. To foster this way of thinking, we must aim to provide our graduate students with the right training and tools for translational research. 

We will continue to be committed to the development of new programs that lead to the dissemination of our research knowledge into new clinical practice. The IMS has had great success in establishing professional programs and we are excited to announce our newly approved Masters in Translational Research in Health Sciences program to begin this Fall. 

I am also happy to announce that we will be launching a new website that will facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration though interactive tools and online communities. This includes a search engine that will help new students to find supervisors and promote collaboration amongst faculty and students. 

It is with great excitement and tremendous enthusiasm that I take on my new role as Director of the IMS. I look forward working with our students, faculty, staff and alumni. 

Dr. Mingyao Liu
Director, Institute of Medical Science
Professor, Department of Surgery
Senior Scientist Toronto General Research Institute,
University Health Network