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Biomedical Health Stream

 

The Anne Steacy Biomedical Health stream is targeted towards students with an interest Life Science research. Students examine some of the most challenging issues that confront modern science around human health. From the understanding of disease mechanisms through the development of innovative therapies, the pace of scientific discovery is accelerating towards greater understanding at the cellular level of what constitutes “health” and how it can go wrong.

You will examine the scientific principles underlying contemporary issues in health science and use these as a platform that builds towards understanding the process of scientific discovery from initial idea to public dissemination of the results.

This stream is complemented by the Basic Science Departments of the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals and by programs such as the Human Biology Program of the Faculty of Arts & Science.

 

STREAM REQUIREMENTS

 

Life Sciences students generally take one full credit in math, chemistry and biology in addition to Trinity One courses. It is recommended that students in Biomedical Health stream enroll in TRN125Y and TRN225Y concurrently in their first year as part of the typical 5.0 credit load in first year. Under exceptional circumstances such as if a course conflict occurs, students may defer TRN225Y to second year by contacting the program coordinator.

TRN125Y: Contemporary Issues in Health Science

Can the immune system be strengthened? Are some diseases incurable? What is the best way to stop the spread of a virus? This course examines the scientific principles underlying contemporary issues in the science of human health with the goal of exposing students to the current state of biomedical research. We will develop three distinct types of understanding that are essential to literacy about the science of human health: the basic concepts in science; the nature of scientific research; and the rules that govern how scientists do their work. This course will explore topics such as stem cells, gene editing, regenerative medicine, vaccination, drug development and personalized medicine.

Breadth Requirement: 3) Society and Its Institutions + 4) Living Things and Their Environment

TRN225Y: The Art of Health Science Discovery

Students will be guided through the various stages of the scientific discovery process. This includes, the development of an initial idea, approaches to making a thorough literature review of the selected topic, funding (developing a written grant proposal and seeing how such proposals are assessed), experimental design and critical analysis of data, through to the public dissemination of results by publication, seminar presentation and the translation of new discoveries into the clinical arena through the patent process and development of intellectual property.

Students will be guided through the stages of the scientific discovery process. This includes, the initial idea, through literature review, funding (grant writing and assessment), experimental design and critical analysis of data, through to the public dissemination of results by publication, and the patent process and development of intellectual property.

Breadth Requirement: 3) Society and Its Institutions + 4) Living Things and Their Environment

 

AFTER THE BIOMEDICAL HEALTH STREAM

Students from this stream will typically be those who are looking to graduate with a major or specialist degree from one of the Basic Science Departments of the Faculty of Medicine, or from the Human Biology Program in the Faculty of Arts & Science. The Biomedical Health stream is particularly suited to students who may be considering a career in medicine or medical research.

Contact Us:

Susan He
Program Coordinator, Margaret MacMillan Trinity One
trinityone@trinity.utoronto.ca

 

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