Flowers for Cures project


Slide1 Slide2Models of Human Diseases ( and MEA Medical Education Advising has initiated the Flowers for Cures project with monthly awareness campaigns dedicated to a disease and a flower symbol! If you are interested to patrticipate email us at Each month pre-med or medical student team leaders of Models of Diseases create brochures and lead an awareness campaign for one disease. Please join us at the open house of our premedical program at 67 Yonge street Pre-medicine program with direct admission to medical school to increase awareness about ALs with cornflower as a symbol. In May the violet was our symbol to increase awareness about IBD. In April our campaign supported infertility with the orchid as a symbol.  In March we increased awareness about tuberculosis with the delicate white chamomile flower. In February we increased awareness about Cancer part of World Cancer Awareness month with the symbol of the daffodil. Our campaign was dedicated to cancer survivors and to all of those living with and fighting cancer, as well as to those who have lost loved ones to cancer. We started our 2014 awareness campaign in January with Stroke and the red Celosia argentea flower known for its “brain-like” structure. We dedicate this brochure to the memory of Drs. Silverman’s father, and accomplished Genetics Professor and scientist trained at Harvard who lost his fight to stroke in October 2012.

In December we increased awareness about AIDS with the red rose as symbol of love, hope and courage for person’s suffering from HIV/AIDS and for deafness with the elephant-ear flower, or Colocasia, named due to its unusually large leaves that are shaped like a large ear. In November we increased awareness about Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, and Epilepsy. We acknowledged the support of Dr. Younes Leysi from BioImager for these campaigns.
For prostate cancer the Tiger Lilly was chosen as the symbol of power but also fragility. For Lung cancer, the Canadian cancer society that uses different colours of daffodils chose the white daffodil. The lavender flower, often a symbol of solitude is representative of the isolation many of those affected with epilepsy and seizure disorders often experience.
In October we had Breast cancer awareness campaign and the beautiful pink rose as a symbol of women beauty and hope after having the brain tumour and its hope flower-the almond blossoms. We ended the month of September with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the lotus flower. Earlier in September we had Alzheimer’s awareness month with its delicate and fragile flower Forget-Me-Not. In August we acknowledge Skin cancer with sunflower as symbol. During the 2010 International Conference Models of Human Diseases we had ALS awareness and cornflower as symbol and we gave away seeds for participants to plant in their garden and take pictures. If you want to support our campaign forward the brochure to friends and family, take pictures of flowers and share them and the brochure with a few words about Models of Diseases Flower for Diseases project. Thank you! Thank you to our team leaders Morrison Steel, Anita Mohan, Dr. Sadia Rashid, Asha Sardar (3 awareness campaigns!), Nusrat Ali, Ji Dong (Karen) Bai, Robin Vigouroux, Theodora Yung,  Basma Chamas, Usman Saeed, Mima Markicevic,  and Thiviyanath Sellathurai who have contributed up to now to Flowers for Diseases project and have created the awareness brochures! If interested to join our project contact us at

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Women’s health issues workshop presented by IMGs invited by Drs. Silverman

During our May 14 workshop we had a Women’s Health Issues event at University of Toronto. The event was attended by over 100 people and a tasty reception sponsored by CUPE was offered to the audience prior to the women’d health presentations. The audience had the chance to ask questions and interact with a panel of 6 doctors invited by Drs Silverman who represented 6 different countries. All presenters are oustanding International Medical Graduates who apply for residency matching in Canada. We started the workshop with an engaging presentation by Dr. Abeer Hegazi who talked about challenges faced by new mothers and solutions that can be implemented to manage them. The next presentation was by Dr. Sadia Rashid who increased our awareness about infertility issues and led the infertility section of Flowers for Cures campaign initiated by Drs Silverman and Models of Diseases at University of Toronto. Dr. Olena Polyakova eloquently introduced the audience to the challenges of autism posed both for children, their parents, and society at large. Our next speaker was Dr. Soumia Djirar who presented a variety of cancer that affect women followed, causes and current treatment and by Dr. Refilwe Serebale-O’sullivan who spoke about sexually transmitted infections, and most efficient preventive methods. We ended the panel presentations with Dr. Adeseye Soyle and a moving presentation about overcoming abuse, physical and psychological healing. The event was a huge success and we look forward to the next one!ImageImageImageImageImageImage