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.

[Learn more about the HTS 4DM3 course]

Upcoming Seminar: Academic year 2018-2019

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

Drug Discovery and translation — innovating health care in challenging times


Monday, November 12, 2018


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




Dr. Steve Gyorffy, director, Specialty Care Medicine — Oncology and Fibrotic Diseases, Boehringer Ingelheim, Canada

Dr. Ted Witek, senior vice president, Corporate Partnerships,
and Chief Scientific Officer, Innoviva, San Francisco; senior fellow, Institute of Health Policy,
Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; adjunct professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Pharmacy; and past-president and Chief Executive Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Canada

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain understanding of drug development from preclinical to Phase III registration
  • What are the current and future challenges in bringing new medicines for unmet medical needs?
  • How are new agents funded and made accessible to patients?
  • Become familiar with challenges beyond drug registration and bridging the "second valley of death" for the pharmaceutical industry

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.