About us

The University of Ottawa Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM), is a large, dynamic and interdisciplinary department consisting of 49 faculty researchers and teaching staff, as well approximately 63 cross-appointed and adjunct members. CMM was formed from the combined resources of three former departments of the University of Ottawa: Physiology, Pharmacology and Anatomy & Neurobiology.

CMM is part of the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre, a medical complex which also includes the Ottawa Hospital (General Campus), the Children͛s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the Children͛s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEORI). In addition, through its cross-appointed and adjunct members, the Department has research affiliations with OHRI, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute at the Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus), the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Canadian Red Cross, Health Canada and the National Research Council. These relationships greatly facilitate interactions of CMM members with clinicians and researchers involved in diverse aspects of human medicine.

Postdoctoral Training

Openings exist for postdoctoral fellows to work on state of the art research projects in the study of normal and pathological cell function in a variety of physiological, pharmacological and anatomical/morphological systems. These include the nervous, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, renal and cardiovascular systems as well as neuromuscular function and mammalian development. The Department has a long tradition of training postdoctoral and clinical research fellows and currently hosts a large number of postdoctoral trainees. Excellent levels of stipend support are offered and these will be augmented if outside salary support is obtained by the candidate.

Graduate and Undergraduate Training Programs

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine offers graduate programs leading to degrees of Masters of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). These programs consist of a combination of graduate courses, participation in the student seminar series, and supervised research culminating in the writing and defence of a thesis. The Department offers training leading to graduate degrees in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience.

Departmental Research

Located on the second and third floors of Roger Guindon Hall, CMM is a large department with approximately 3000 square meters of laboratory space, and common research facilities. The Department is equipped with state of the art equipment including a number of core facilities for support in all aspects of molecular, cellular and in vivo studies. Areas of interest include the nervous, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, renal and cardiovascular systems as well as skeletal muscle function and developmental biology. Much of the work in CMM focuses on important disease and disorders affecting the human population. Examples of some such areas include neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, neuromuscular disorders, digestive diseases, stroke recovery and kidney disease. This research is further facilitated through a number of Research Centres including the Centre for Neuromuscular Disease, the Kidney Research Centre, the Centre for Stroke Recovery and the Ottawa Institute for Systems Biology. This research is also complemented by close interactions with members of the various Research Institutes and clinical colleagues.

Research within the department uses contemporary methods in cellular, molecular and system biology. In addition to work supported in each laboratory, research in CMM also benefits from support through core facilities which provide cutting-edge methodologies to CMM staff and trainees. Such cores include imaging (confocal, super resolution and other modalities), animal behavior, transgensis, flow cytometry, microarray, next-gen sequencing and histology, among others.

Teaching Programs

Faculty Members are involved in teaching various aspects of human anatomy, physiology and pharmacology to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate courses in both physiology and pharmacology are offered to students registered in the Faculty of Science. Courses dealing with a range of topics in human physiology and anatomy are also provided to the Health Sciences students in both English and French.

The Faculty of Medicine offers a four-year program of integrated basic and clinical studies leading to the M.D. degree; CMM is a major contributor to this curriculum, primarily during the first two years of the program. Multidisciplinary blocks provide case-based learning with emphasis placed on self-learning; principles and facts are assimilated in a multidisciplinary fashion, within the context of clinical problems. Faculty members are also actively involved in the training of medical residents. CMM is committed to innovative education strategies and programs to meet current needs in biomedical education and to integrate new technologies that enhance both teaching and learning. CMM is creating highly interactive, technology-based milieu to deliver the very best basic and advanced education in the Biomedical Sciences.

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