MSC1501H - Frontiers in Radiation Medicine Research
This course provides students with an introduction to research methodology relevant to radiation medicine through exposure to current research projects being carried out within the University of Toronto and the radiation medicine community at large. It exposes students to the application of fundamental research methods across the complete spectrum of radiation medicine research including: basic biologic research and experimental therapeutics, basic and applied medical physics research, translational biological and clinical research including quality of life studies and health outcomes epidemiological research.
Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of research methodology and topics at the forefront of radiation medicine research through two main components:
- Knowledge of the intellectual process and methodology essential to successful research, including:
- Technical communication
- Critical appraisal
- Research planning
Exposure to researchers and projects at the forefront of radiation medicine research in areas of:
- The biological basis of cancer
- Basic and applied medical physics
- Translational and clinical research
These two broad components are essential to students interested in research and for whom research is a significant part of their future careers. The intellectual process and methodology of successful research are introduced through exercises, assigned reading, and written assignments across three themes – technical communication, critical appraisal, and research planning – each considered in relation to topics covered in a seminar series of invited speakers. The seminar series component provides exposure to the broad spectrum of research topics in radiation medicine and helps students identify areas of specific interest by introduction to faculty who are leaders in various fields of radiation medicine research.