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Recently, Dr Geoffrey Liu had to honour of hosting Dr Kelechi E Okonta from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Early in his visit, Dr Okonta presented a lecture entitled "Epidemiological, Molecular characteristics and Challenges with the Management of Lung Cancer – An Inquisitive look at Nigeria and Sub-Sahara Africa” to key audiences including the Thoracic Oncology - Global Cancer Program at UHN, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and the Prosserman Centre for Health Research at Sinai Health System (SHS). While at UHN, over 10 days Dr Okonta met with various researchers, oncologists and surgeons with the intent of building collaborations between the UHN, SHS and the University of Port Harcourt through discussions pertaining to the creation of a plan to develop a Sub-Saharan African Lung Cancer Altas (SALCA) pilot at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Dr Okonta also had the opportunity to visit with medical oncologists to review the latest treatments in lung cancer and to tour labs at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

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Award: ISPE All Access Conference Scholarship


Dr. Geoffrey Liu


Dr. Wei Xu


Award News

Award: Ankle Award

2021 July, Toronto

Name: Andrew Lam

Award: Ankle Award
This award recognizes a student who has completed a project that represents innovative, 'outside-the-box' thinking with an outcome or outcomes related to improved health systems, patient care, research results or new ways of completing tasks that enhance medical practice.



Medicine by recognizes the top 500 Ranking of Best Scientists from UHN's Department of Medicine and University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Congratulations to these members of UHN's Department of Medicine and the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine for being featured in the top 500 in Canada of the 2023 Edition of our Ranking of Best Scientists in the field of Medicine by COMBIEL's Dr. Geoffrey Liu and Dr. Wei Xu.

Award News

Award: 2022 Institute of Medical Science Faculty Recognition Award
for Exceptional Teaching.

2022, Toronto

Name: Geoffrey Liu

Award: 2022 Institute of Medical Science Faculty Recognition Award
for Exceptional Teaching.


This faculty recognition award is presented to IMS faculty members for their exceptional
contribution to teaching IMS graduate courses within an appointment term.
Good graduate teaching requires a commitment to students and their learning. Being able to
organize material and stimulate student interest are qualities that are crucial in helping them feel
motivated as they work through the challenges of graduate education. Innovation and creativity
are also key elements that help develop an academic atmosphere designed to help students
succeed. As a recipient of this award, you embody these qualities and for that the IMS celebrates

Training Award

Award: Filling in the Gap

Jan 2022-Dec 2023, Zurich

Name: Sabine Schmid

Award: Fill in the Gap
A 2-year career development program funded by the University of Zurich. It is designated to support physician scientists in their academic career and provides protected research time from 20%-50% over a period of 18 to 24 months.


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