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International conference at U of T promotes global knowledge sharing to cure disease

June 22, 2011

Scientists gather together online and at the University of Toronto to collaborate in biomedical research

TORONTO, ON – “Models of Human Diseases” is an ambitious initiative started by two University of Toronto researchers, Drs. Lorelei and Rosalind Silverman. The project aims to accelerate the drug discovery process by improving communication between academic research groups, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and patient advocacy groups. It is a new and growing forum for global scientific collaboration.

On Tuesday 28th June 2011 the initiative will host its second “Annual International Models of Human Diseases conference” at the University of Toronto and all biomedical research scientists are invited to attend to present and discuss their work. Although the conference is being held at the University of Toronto it will also be an online conference so that researchers from all over the world can contribute easily and in an environmentally conscious way.

The details of the conference are as follows:

Event: Second Annual International Models of Human Diseases Conference

Date: June 28th 2010

Time: 8.30 am – 7 pm

Place: Stone Lobby, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Speakers at the conference will include Dr. Peter Backx, Annie Cartman, Dr. Robert Gerlai, Dr. Avrum Gotlieb, Dr. Jeff Henderson, Dr. Mingyao Liu

Dr. Cindi Morshead, Dr. Eric Ostertag, Dr. Peter J. O’Brien, Dr. Peter Wells.

The mission of the ‘Models of Human Diseases’ project is to promote the generation, application and archiving of effective animal models of disease and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the project are scientific, technical, and educational. It aims to connect scientists across the world with physicians, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as patient advocacy groups, to accelerate the discovery and development of lifesaving drugs. As Professor Richard Hegele, Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology says, “the ability for interested individuals from around the world to engage in information and knowledge exchange in models of human disease is timely. People at all levels of expertise and experience stand to benefit from participating in the discourse and exploring new opportunities to form or strengthen research collaborations.”

The project is run by volunteers with support from sponsors. If you would like to get involved by contributing data to the project, volunteering or providing sponsorship please visit:


If you’d like more information about this project please contact Dr. Rosalind Silverman or Dr. Lorelei Silverman at:+1-(416)-783-3892, or by e-mail at: or