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Research Seminar with Dr. Lindley Darden – The Product Guides the Process: Discovering Disease Mechanisms

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We will be discussing:

Darden, Lindley, Lipika R. Pal, Kunal Kundu, and John Moult (in press), “The Product Guides the Process: Discovering Disease Mechanisms,” Building Theories. Edited by Emiliano Ippolity and David Danks. Springer.
Available at: Preprint – http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/13176/

Lunch and coffee will be provided.


The nature of the product to be discovered guides the reasoning to discover it. Biologists and medical researchers often search for mechanisms. The “new mechanistic philosophy of science” provides resources about the nature of biological mechanisms that aid the discovery of mechanisms. Here, we apply these resources to the discovery of mechanisms in medicine. A new diagrammatic representation of a disease mechanism chain indicates both what is known and, most significantly, what is not known at a given time, thereby guiding the researcher and collaborators in discovery. Mechanisms of genetic diseases provide the examples.

Participants are expected to read this article in advance. Join us for this exciting event!

If you have any questions, email: jung.sunguk@mail.utoronto.ca


September 20
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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