The Oxford & Toronto Symposium in Musculoskeletal Sciences 2020-2021

Dear students and fellows,
We would like to invite you to take part in The Oxford & Toronto Symposium in Musculoskeletal Sciences. This joint symposium between the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto will launch with an introductory session on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 and conclude with trainee presentations on Monday, March 22, 2021. Please see below for details.

We highly recommend that you take this opportunity to benefit from this collaboration. We have limited spots available. To ensure your spot, please contact Sarah Gabrial at

Symposium Information


The Oxford & Toronto Symposium in Musculoskeletal Sciences will take place on Monday 22nd March 2021. It will be a web-based symposium for binational student presentations on the topic of Musculoskeletal Sciences.

Mission for the Symposium

Bring together young clinician and basic scientist investigators with interests in orthopaedics and rheumatology to foster interdisciplinary working within the MSK sciences

Integrate studies of disease mechanism, therapeutic discovery and implementation of treatment strategies as a cohesive approach in the MSK sciences

Educationally, the purpose of the symposium is to act as a vehicle to enhance and broaden their understanding of the taught course content

Connecting students with University Toronto and Oxford University Faculty, providing a platform to advance future career opportunities / choices

The Presentations

The aim is to have a number of joint groups of students/trainees who work on a ‘project’ together and present their deliberations at a final web based plenary session between the two universities

There will be a number of pre-defined topics, each with a combined clinical science research themes that students from both institutions will sign up for. Themes will be allocated based on the student preferences.

Each group will then have a minimum of 2-3 scheduled web calls plus time for pre-reading where they would have to emerge with a consensus on the problem area, the objectives for a research project and how the research could be conducted. A presentation guide will be circulated.

All groups to present on Monday 22nd March 2021.

Symposium Details

7 groups, each comprising of 2 Oxford students and 1-2 Toronto students (a maximum of 4 members per group)

Each of the groups to have an Academic Facilitator (4 from Toronto and 3 from Oxford)

Theme This Year

“Precision Medicine in Musculoskeletal Diseases”

Important dates

Launch session: December 9, 2020

Trainee presentations: March 22, 2021

Academic Facilitators

University of Oxford Mentors: Stephanie Dakin, Alan Silman, Anushka Soni

University of Toronto Mentors: Mohit Kapoor, Gillian Hawker, Lihi Eder, Zahi Touma.

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