Medicine By Design 6th Annual Symposium

December 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am – December 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Event Details

Day 1: Thursday, December 9 — 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Day 2: Friday, December 10 — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for the sixth annual Medicine by Design symposium. The symposium will bring together principal investigators and trainees from across the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals, along with industry partners, the investment community, government, the not-for-profit sector and international collaborators. The theme of this year’s symposium is, “A Systems Approach to Regenerative Medicine.”

We will also hold a virtual poster session featuring the research of select trainees working on Medicine by Design-funded projects.

Day 1 Plenary Speakers

Session 1: Deciphering cell-cell communication

“Tissue homeostasis and inflammation”
Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD
Department of Immunobiology,
Yale School of Medicine

Session 2: Interconnected organs-on-chips

“Deconstructing the patient with systems biology, and reconstructing her with organs-on-chips”
Linda G. Griffith, PhD
Department of Biological and Medical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Day 2 Plenary Speaker and Panel

Session 3: Strengthening our bioinnovation ecosystem

“Lessons learned from COVID-19”
David R. Walt, PhD
Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Additional panellists

  • Catherine Beaudry – Partnership for the Organization of Innovation and New Technologies (4POINTO), Polytechnique Montreal
  • Michael May – CCRM
  • Beate Sander – Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative (THETA), University Health Network

General Registration

Space is limited. Register at this link.  Registration will be open until Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. unless all spots are filled before that time.  If you have any questions, please email

Virtual Poster Session

The symposium will feature a virtual poster session to highlight the innovative research taking place in Medicine by Design-funded labs. Trainees in labs that have received funding from Medicine by Design, currently or in the past, can submit an abstract using the symposium registration form. The abstract submission deadline is Sunday, October 19 at 11:59 p.m. Symposium registration is automatic with poster abstract submission. Limit of one entry per Medicine-by Design funded lab.


All attendees are encouraged to browse the posters, which will be displayed on the virtual platform, at any time during the symposium. Trainees whose posters are featured in the session will be available to discuss their work on December 9, from 12:25 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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