Faces of U of T Medicine: Tyler Saumur

Nov 6, 2017
Tyler SaumurTyler Saumur will be among the students graduating with a Master of Science from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute on November 7th. As he prepares to walk across the convocation stage, he shares his best moments at U of T and some sage advice for incoming students.

What does your research focus on and what sparked your interest in this field of study?

I have always had an interest in the human body, especially in the context of enhancing task performance. During my undergraduate degree in kinesiology, I began to develop a passion for studying the brain. In parallel, a friend of mine had experienced a stroke. Being able to understand the changes and rehabilitation that she was undergoing with the biological context that I was studying in tandem, further accentuated my desire to pursue movement and brain sciences.

My research focuses on understanding how the body prepares for unpredictability in the environment. Specifically, it is centered on changes in the sensitivity of the central nervous system (CNS) during preparation for movements that need to be performed rapidly and correctly.

What have been some of the most rewarding moments at U of T?

I think I would have to start with the big one – successfully defending my thesis. You put so much time and effort into your studies, and being able to celebrate your accomplishments is a very rewarding experience. Being in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, specifically apart of our graduate student union, I have been able to see the growth of the students in the past 2 years. Developing students’ initiatives and experiences, while participating in them myself and embracing our student culture has been a great experience for me.

What kind of things helped you get through the stressful or challenging times?

U of T has some great resources to help you cope and develop strategies to manage stress. I was lucky enough to have a great support core in my family and friends, who were always open to listening to me vent and providing sympathy. Coming home to a supportive environment has always been helpful, whether it meant just watching some TV with my fiancée to take my mind off my work or going for a walk and enjoying the scenery of Toronto.

Where do you see yourself in five years? What are your plans after graduation?

In five years, I hope to have completed my PhD. For me, there is still a vast amount of knowledge and skills that I would like to obtain before applying them in the work place. Once I have graduated, I hope to find a postdoc in a related field or find work in research at the industry, government, or start-up level.

What advice would you give new and incoming students?

Embrace the experience, get involved, and find time to enjoy yourself.  

 

Faces of U of T Medicine introduces you to some of the interesting people studying in the Faculty of Medicine. From advising political leaders to providing care to Toronto’s most vulnerable populations, our students are making an impact on communities at home and around the world.

Do you have an interesting story to share? Contact us at medicine.communications@utoronto.ca.

Sep 11 Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship: Professor Dame Sally Davies
Lecture | 4:30pm–6:00pm
Sep 14 Introduction to Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship for Biotherapeutic Scientists
Workshop/Seminar | 8:30am–4:00pm
Sep 14 Cardio-Rheumatology Scientific Day
Symposium | 9:30am–2:00pm
Sep 28 Multi-disciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Annual Lecture Series (MyGOALS)
Lecture | 7:30am–4:45pm
Sep 28 MyGOALS – Multi-disciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Annual Lecture Series
Lecture | 7:30am–4:45pm
Sep 29 Frontiers in IBD and Maternal Care Conference
Conference | 8:00am–5:00pm
Oct 16 – Jun 18
CPD Foundations
Workshop/Seminar | 12:00pm–1:30pm

Tweets

UofT Medicine
@uoftmedicine
RT : 8 years ago today, I wrote my . I remember my parents picking me up after the exam, going to the grocery store… https://t.co/yLn5Bp69Lw
UofT Medicine
@uoftmedicine
MD students from the Class of 2T2 receive their stethoscopes & officially join the family!… https://t.co/gRt4ytYEoS

UofTMed Magazine

The Humour issue. Is laughter really the best medicine?

Sign up for your free digital copy.
Back to Top