Meet our OMS 2019: The Future of Medicine Speakers and Workshop Leaders!

We will be announcing speakers and workshop leaders on our Facebook Page in the next two weeks so stay tuned!

NOTE: Some of our speakers and panelists will remain unannounced until the day of the conference to keep you in suspense. ;)

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Fouad Yousif, Workshop

Fouad has over 10 years of experience in data science and educational outreach.  Prior to his current role at RBC, Fouad worked as a data scientist at The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, where he applied machine learning on big sequencing and clinical data to develop prognostic biomarkers. He has been part of many cancer research publications and computational developments that aimed to improve cancer prognosis and enhance patients' quality of life.

Fouad also started an initiative in 2018 called The Coding Hive that offers data science workshops for high school students. The goal of these workshops is to educate the youth about the emerging role of data science within the next decade and inspire them to embrace careers in the programming and data analysis fields.


WORKSHOP: AI in Healthcare: A mini-workshop in machine learning and cancer classification

Knowledge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a critical asset in the healthcare field. Machine learning algorithms are being used to solve complex problems in precision medicine, drug discovery, medical imaging, and big data management. In this workshop, you will get a chance to learn more about artificial intelligence and its application in healthcare data. Using a selected dataset, we will use machine learning to build a cancer classifier. We will explain how the algorithm works and walk through its implementation in Python through a hands-on demo.


Dr. Kelsey Moody, Speaker

Want to learn how to run a company that's helping humans live forever?

Dr. Moody is a process-oriented drug developer and executive who has specialized in the study of aging and aging mechanisms for over a decade. He grew Medtech company Ichor Therapeutics, Inc., into a multimillion 50+ person enterprise–– all starting from his living room while in medical school.

Ichor is creating novel drugs and medical treatments that will increase human lifespan, and with his role as CEO, Kelsey will walk us through the science of human longevity and drug discovery, the process of raising $20 million, and his experience advising students on getting into the top medical schools in the world.

You will not want to miss his mind-blowing talk!


KEYNOTE: Creating a Company to Help Humans Live Forever


Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, Speaker

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky is an award-winning entrepreneur and educator, and is well-known for her many impact-driven successes, including her magnetic-infectious energy in teaching and mentoring bright youth en route to highly regarded, competitive careers.  Karine’s realization of Brain Power - the GTA's most sought-after enrichment learning centre for top academically-inclined students demonstrates a successful triumph. Many of Karine's thousands of alumni are currently in or have graduated from the field of medicine, and they attribute much of their success to both Brain Power and Karine's guidance. Coupled with her boutique medical-school prep consultation is her ongoing research and presence in academia; these dovetail with Brain Power and allow Karine to be a powerful influencer in the fields of education and medicine.


KEYNOTE: Soft skills: The hard truth you need to know!

IQ, so far shown to be immutable, is the best predictor of life long success. At least, it was.As society moves away from the Information Age, the workplace is placing increasing value on skills like creativity, communication, networking, and grit, notice a trend between all of these abilities? We’re not taught them in school, but that’s why OMS is here! Dr. Karine Rashkovsky is an award-winning entrepreneur and educator who spends her life focusing on teaching exactly that to the thousands of students who have attended her program Brain Power. She will be talking about how to maximize these abilities and how to use them to give you an edge on your professional success.


Sohaib A., Humayun A. & Sophia G., Speakers

Humayun, Sophia, and Sohaib have been speaking at OMS since 2014. The three of them work together to run both AMLOC, a professional development Facebook group serving 22,000+ people, and 99point9 Inc., a standardized test prep. and edtech company they founded via which they have since helped thousands of students, many of them with the med school admissions process. In their spare time, they run research initiatives, publish across a range of fields, consult for non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as the occasional government, and spend time developing and teaching translatable skills like languages and coding.

During OMS 2019, they’ll be diverting from their stereotypical talk format to address your questions via a panel - come prepared to ask whatever you may want to know about anything they do, and anything you can do to prepare for the future of interdisciplinary medicine-related work.


PANEL: In Conversation - Interdisciplinary Career-Building and Med. Admissions


iGEM Synthetic Biology Research Team, Workshop

iGEM Toronto is an multidisciplinary undergraduate research team at the University of Toronto, with a focus in the field of synthetic biology.  Our group is divided into three teams - Wet lab, Dry lab and Human Practices - that work together independently design and execute our own projects. We annually compete in the largest synthetic biology competition in the world, the Giant Jamboree, hosted by iGEM HQ and held in Boston, MA. Over the years, we have completed many different projects, of which has won us bronze, silver and gold medals in the competition. To find out more about our work and who we are please visit our website ( or follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @iGEMToronto.


Workshop: Pollution, Plasmids & Proteins (Oh My!)

Ever wonder what it is like to be a researcher? An entrepreneur? A synthetic biologist? How about all three? iGEM Toronto is bringing you the ultimate workshop experience breaking down the steps to designing and executing a research project, creating a product and helping solve one of today's biggest issues: plastic waste and pollution. Get a chance to combine your interest in biology, engineering and business, and explore the new and developing field of synthetic biology! 


Dr. Brad Bass, Speaker & Workshop Leader

Dr. Brad Bass received is PhD in Geography from Penn State University, in 1989. He has been working with green walls in since 1996, and in 1998, he co-authored Greenbacks from Green Roofs, the first green roof publication intended for Canadian audiences, and has written a manual on constructing an integrated green wall-biofilter system to treat wastewater. In 2012, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities awarded Dr. Bass the Lifetime Achievement Award for Green Infrastructure Research. In 1999, Dr. Bass led the development of COBWEB (Complexity and Organized Behaviour Within Environmental Bounds), an agent-based simulation model that is now being used by students around the world to develop original research ideas. Using COBWEB, Dr. Bass and his students have developed many medical applications in neuroscience, cardiology and diabetes. Most recently, Dr. Bass has recently been named as an Associate Executive Director of the Foundation for Student Science and Technology.


WORKSHOP: Using Today's Research in Tomorrow's Medicine

In this workshop you will use COBWEB to explore how simulation models could be used in the delivery of health care. COBWEB is a software platform designed to study complexity and surprise in multiple systems. It has been used for ecology, geography, economics, sociology, psychology and our lab has produced many applications of relevance to medicine. These include simulations of Alzheimer's disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, the cardiac conduction system as well as several examples from epidemiology (how diseases spread). As the medical field grapples with the use of artificial intelligence, big data and personalized medicine, tools such as COBWEB will provide medical practitioners and patients with scenarios of how their disease might progress with and without different treatments. It can even be used to explore new research directions for untested treatments. COBWEB does not require any background in programming or mathematics, and in this workshop, we will explore the evolution of cancer. 


Dr. Jeanne Mulder, Speaker

Dr. Mulder has been involved in both course development and lecturing for a number of introductory undergraduate pharmacology courses at Queen’s University.  She has been involved in online teaching of Introductory Pharmacology for over five years, in addition to Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics.  She has also taught Pharmacology to second year Nursing students at Queen’s University.  Dr. Mulder has supervised a number of students for the fourth-year undergraduate Research Project in Pharmacology course at Queen’s and has also been involved in graduate-level teaching of the Mechanistic Toxicology and Research Methodology courses at Queen’s University.

She is a Program Development Associate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at Queen’s University, as well as, an Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor for BHSc students. She will be discussing her experience in pharmacology, as well as, informing everyone all about the brand new on-campus Health Sciences program Queen’s University is now offering!


KEYNOTE: Queen's Bachelor of Health Sciences: A Flipped Classroom Approach

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Dr. Mahan Kulasegaram, Speaker

Dr. Kulasegaram’s research examines educational assessment from both a psychometric and cognitive perspective. His work aims to advance assessment theory and practice by conceptualizing assessment as an instructional and advancement opportunity. This involves reexamining the entire context of assessment - the objectives, process, tools, learners, and  raters - from theoretical perspectives informed by cognitive theory and best evidence on measurement. His other interests also include the role of working memory in decision making and learning in healthcare as well as the application of cognitive theory to instructional design and practice. Additionally, he dabbles in applying novel and advanced statistical methods to large data sets.

Mahan joined the Wilson Centre in 2013. Previously, he was a graduate fellow from 2009-2013 and a post-doctoral fellow in 2013. He completed his PhD in the  Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and in the Program for Educational Research & Development at McMaster University in 2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and is the Evaluation Scientist in Undergraduate Medical Education.


KEYNOTE: Learning in Medicine and the Applications of Cognitive Theory


Muskaan Sachdeva, Medical Panel

Muskaan went to McMaster Health Sciences for undergrad and is now at UofT Med School. Having worked in various capacities as a researcher in neuroscience, psychology, cancer, and orthopedics, she’s a professional at understanding the inner workings of our bodies.

She is an avid supporter of mental health initiatives and is extremely interested in helping pre-meds achieve their goals. She is a certified Zumba instructor who spends her free time learning different languages.

Join Muskaan in talking about her experiences and getting guidance on your own path into medicine!

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Alysha Mankotia, Medical Panel

Alysha has just completed her 1A term of her PharmD at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. She is actively engaged in numerous community advocacy projects such as Chronic Pain workshops (WRCPI), Naloxone training projects along with drug delivery innovation research. She has previously completed 2 years of undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo in Honours Biomedical Sciences via the CAP track. Alysha was able to pursue Pharmacy with Waterloo's Conditional Admission to Pharmacy Status (CAP Status), which is a competitive status awarded to 24 outstanding high school students nationally. Throughout high school and her undergraduate studies, Alysha has gathered various experiences working in different research positions and healthcare settings including clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies. She is excited and looking forward to speaking about the profession and sharing her experiences!


Jack M.P. Castelli, Medical Panel

Jack is a student at the University of Toronto and an aspiring medical researcher and innovator. He is currently working with Dr. Frederick (Fritz) Roth on a project that aims to understand the clinical impact of genetic variants associated with cardiac disease. He has previously interned in Dr. George Church's laboratory at Harvard Medical School, where he worked on a project that aimed to construct a recoded 57-codon E. coli strain by using large-scale genome engineering. His previous research in Dr. Peter Roy's laboratory at the University of Toronto focused on using the nematode C. elegans as a model for the development of anthelmintics (i.e. drugs that kill parasitic worms). Jack’s project investigated the mechanism of action of a family of bioactive molecules using genetic approaches.


Research & Internships as Teens, Panel

Ben Nashman: Ben is a first year in Engineering Science at UofT who’s probably dropping out to further pursue the more adventurous part of his time, Synex Medical, a startup he founded to non-invasively detect biomarkers like cholesterol, ketones, and glucose.

Ananya Chadha: Ananya has worked at Sick Kids doing genetic engineering, Consensys doing blockchain, and this summer will be working at the Vector Institute doing AI. She’s literally done everything at 17 years old.

Shalev Lifshitz: Shalev is a high school student whose dream is to create Artificial General Intelligence. He has worked in the Goldenberg lab at Sick Kids for nearly a year in disease diagnosis using machine learning, and has also worked as a research assistant in Waterloo where he helped develop a novel neural network architecture.