Jun 10, 2024

Student-Led Symposium Sparks Conversations in Science

Research, Students
Hamza Khan stands in front of his research poster, speaking with another person.
Sarah McMahon
Hamza Khan talks about his research to an attendee during the poster presentations.
By Sarah McMahon

The second annual Temerty Faculty of Medicine Research Showcase took place at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology on Friday, June 7. This unique, student-run event allows students and trainees from across Temerty Medicine to network, share their research and discuss hot topics in medicine and health science.

Enthusiasm filled the air as Antonio Strafella, director of clinical research and translation, Research and Health Science Education (RHSE), kicked off the day with opening remarks. He praised organizers for their relentless commitment and dedication and reminisced about last year’s spectacular event.

The exciting keynote presentation from Muhammad Mamdani, Director of the Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM) and vice president of Data Science and Advanced Analytics at Unity Health Toronto, provided the 300 attendees with an overview of how artificial intelligence is used in medical education and clinical practice. Mamdani, who is also a professor of medicine in Temerty Medicine and a professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, spoke of recent advances in the field and emerging ethical and legal implications.

Bahen buzzed with excitement as poster presentations, workshops, and networking sessions took over the building. The event wrapped up with a presentation of certificates to Timur Latypov, Siddhartha Pahari, Alyssa Vander Zee and Andres Felipe Melani De La Hoz, for their research, followed by closing remarks.  

Justin Nodwell vice-dean, RHSE, whose office was the lead sponsor, appreciated that this event encouraged a sense of community and collaboration, adding that the event fostered, “interactive discussions on the latest health science research, celebrations of our achievements and moments of deep connection.”