This series focuses on Dr. Till’s professional duties at the University of Toronto, primarily within the Centre (later Joint Centre) for Bioethics, but also includes files on committees with which he was involved, such as the Presidential Commission on the Health Sciences (Leyerle, chair). There are also files on the Department of Medical Biophysics, the Institute of Medical Science, and the School of Graduate Studies, especially its feasibility committee on a graduate program in bioethics which Dr. Till chaired (1985-1987), and the courses that he taught.
The first files document Dr. Till’s employment at the University of Toronto, primarily from 1981 when he was appointed associate dean of Division 4, School of Graduate Studies. The files also cover his receiving tenure, his position as University Professor, and his retirement. These are followed by files on computer use, systems, and websites, about which he wrote extensively (see Series 7) from the late 1990s.
The files on the Centre for Bioethics are extensive and detailed, beginning with the recommendations in 1987-1988 of the ‘Lowy Committee’, and include, of particular significance, Dr. Till’s files on seminars held there from 1988 to 1995. The Centre evolved into the Joint Centre on Bioethics in December 1995, with Dr. Till playing a significant role in the process and subsequently as a member of its advisory committee and in the creating of new courses and seminars.
These files are followed immediately by several on the Department of Medical Biophysics and in the Institute of Medical Science. There are also files on a course leading to a BSc in radiation sciences and a medicinal chemistry course offered to pharmacy students. Most of the remaining files in this series relate to the School of Graduate Studies as described above. The courses (arranged by course number) are primarily those offered in the medical biophysics program: human genetics, radiobiology, mathematical biophysics, quantitative biology, oncology, health economics, and bioethics. They date from 1962 to 2005. The series concludes with a file on the Medical Biophysics Student Day (12 May 1995).
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, and detailed (latterly typed) notes for lectures, with accompanying course outlines and related material. Except for the course material, the files largely date from 1975.