Monthly Newsletter

The ORT Times is a monthly e-newsletter focused on UHN trainees featuring news and editorials about trainee life, articles to help developing researchers get the most out of their training experience at UHN, and tips on career development.

The content of The ORT Times is written primarily by the ORT coordinator and the Science Writer – who is a trainee writing part-time for the ORT, giving them valuable science writing experience. The ORT also accepts editorials, tutorials and other content written by UHN trainees.

If you have an idea and would like to write something for the ORT Times, please email the coordinator at to pitch your idea.

2018 June Edition

Welcome to the 2018 June Edition of the ORT Times! Have a happy summer everyone. Our next edition will be launched in September 2018!

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August 2016

Feature Story: Deadline approaching for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Conference Reports: Read conference reports from Evelyne, Mayilee, Alex, Halina and Melanie!

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July 2016

Conference Reports: Read conference reports from Swati, Victor, Samah and Autumn!

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June 2016

Editorial: Writing for the Masses: The Fine Art of Science Journalism
Short Story: Utilizing the Circadian Rhythm to Maximize Health
Latest & Greatest: After breast cancer, the arm still remembers

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May 2016

Editorial: Accomplishment Bliss
Latest & Greatest: Measuring the Nature of Rewards, One Neuron at a Time

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April 2016

Editorial: Duly Noted: The Makings of an Inspired Lab Book
Insider: Get to Know Ashwini Namasivayam, TRI PhD Candidate
Latest & Greatest: Calming the Brain to Treat OCD

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March 2016

Editorial: UHN Surgeon Resolute About Progress of Nanomedicines
Insider: Get to Know Samantha Fernandes, PM MSc Student
Latest & Greatest: Making Medical Testing Less Noisy

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February 2016

Editorial: The ‘Social’ Scientist
Latest & Greatest: Preserving Neurons After Spinal Cord Injury

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January 2016

Insider: Trainee of the Month – Vicki Komisar, PhD Candidate
Latest & Greatest: Peramivir, the Flu Fighter

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December 2015

Insider: Trainee of the Month – Lauren Agro, PhD Candidate
Latest & Greatest: Low EAT-2 causes to DCs to release a cytokine feast

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November 2015

Editorial: Blood Thirst Could Prove Fatal… for Mosquitoes at Least
Latest & Greatest: Bone Marrow Cells Take Their Repair Abilities to Heart

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October 2015

Career Advice: Using CAR Statements for Your Résumé
Money Matters: Personal Finance and Your Future
Editorial: Lost in Translation

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September 2015

Editorial: Good Mentor, Bad Mentee—Getting the Best Out of a Career-Defining Relationship
Latest & Greatest: Emergency granulopoiesis waits for no one… except B cells

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August 2015

News: Is your Research Summer Student leaving UHN at the end of August?

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July 2015

News: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships: Applications at UHN

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June 2015

Editorial: Improve your chances of publication success
Latest & Greatest: Second-hand smoke creates a haze around quitting
Spotlight: Modern women in science: Achieving Work/Life Balance

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May 2015

Editorial: Toronto collaborations: The local benefit
Lead Article: Free science at last! Releasing the iron grip on open access to academic journals
Latest & Greatest: AML stratification: a surprising role for INPP4B

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April 2015

Lead Article: Addressing Intellectual Property Early with UHN’s TDC Office
Latest & Greatest: Hematopoietic stem cells come out of hiding when CDK6 calls

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March 2015

Lead Article: The Changing Landscape of CIHR Funding
Latest & Greatest: Repairing the foundation: hydrogels for heart healing

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February 2015

Lead Article: To PhD or Not to PhD, That Is the Question
Latest & Greatest: Teaching tolerance: Learning to accept a heart

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January 2015

Lead Article: New wave of antibiotics: is it too late to turn the tide of resistance?

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December 2014

Lead Article: Career Development Tips from Past Workshops Held by ORT and TRI
Special Feature: Exciting new services at STTARR
Alumnus Career Profile: Dr. Paul Spagnuolo, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

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November 2014

Lead Article: Matching Scientists with Clinicians – Advice for a Fruitful Union
Latest & Greatest: The Difficult Transition from Active to Osteoarthritis
Alumnus Career Profile: Dr. Evelyn Pau, Associate at Bloom Burton & Co.

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October 2014

Lead Article: Spotlight on UHN’s Vector Core Facility
Latest & Greatest: A comparison of neural responses to appetitive and aversive stimuli in humans and other animals

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September 2014

Lead Article: You are more marketable than you realize
Latest & Greatest: Acoustic Estimation of Neck Fluid Volume

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August 2014

Lead Article: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships: Applications at UHN

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July 2014

Lead Article: A UHN change in status for Postdoctoral Fellows

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June 2014

Lead Article: Successfully Supervising Summer Students
Latest & Greatest: Aaron Kucyi’s publication in the Journal of Neuroscience
Alumnus Career Profile: Dr. Craig Gedye’s academic position

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May 2014

Lead Article: Building a Healthy Relationship with your Supervisor
Tutorial: Helpful Reminders When Hiring Summer Students
Alumnus Career Profile: Dr. Michael Hawkes’ career in academia

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April 2014

Lead Article: Passive Diffusion of Science
Latest & Greatest: Ines Lohse’s publication in Cancers (Basel)
Alumnus Career Profile: Dr. Kidecklel’s career as the Director of Business Development at Mitacs

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March 2014

Lead Article: Preparing for your first international conference
Latest & Greatest: Matthew Smith’s publication in Nature Chemical Biology
Alumna Career Profile: Dr. Silver’s career with Grand Challenges Canada

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February 2014

Lead Article: How getting organized will make you more productive
Latest & Greatest: Self-renewal properties of cancer-initiating cells
Alumna Career Profile: Dr. Laurin’s career as a Forensic Scientist with the RCMP

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January 2014

Lead Article: Beakers to Briefcase
Latest &Greatest: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Alumna Career Profile: Dr. Salima Janmohamed’s Career as a Flow Cytometry Applications Specialist

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Trainee Success

Share your success stories

UHN trainees go on to do amazing things! Whether you are a faculty member, an industrial scientist, a clinician, a science writer, an educator, a graduate student, or something we have not even imagined, we would love to know what you are doing and how your UHN training helped shape your future. Tell us about awards, discoveries, or exciting new career options. Your story can be highlighted here and through our monthly newsletter, The ORT Times. To see our past issues, go to our Archive page.

Workshops & Events

What’s happening at ORT?

View some of our upcoming and past workshops and events.

Industry Networking Event

Date September 20, 2018 Presenters Panelists: Dr. Nick Timmins (VP Process Sciences, BlueRock Therapeutics) Dr. Natalie Venier (Medical Science Liaison, Merck) Dr. Bharti Ranavaya (Principal, Business Development & Commercialization, University Health Network) Stephanie Holbik ( Manager of Operations, Ontario Genomics) Description In honour of Postdoctoral Fellow Appreciation Week 2018, the Industry Networking event brings together…

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Academia Networking Event

Date September 19, 2018 Presenters Panelists: Dr. Shane Harding (Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) Dr. Mathieu Lupien (Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) Dr. Phedias Diamandis (Affiliate Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) Dr. Daniel Grace ( Assistant Professor, University of Toronto) Description In honour of Postdoctoral Fellow Appreciation Week 2018, the Academic Networking brings together…

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Stop Staring at a Blank Page- A Writing Workshop

Date September 25, 2018 Presenters Melissa Anders, MSc ( Senior Program Manager at University Health Network and Writing Coach at Melissa E. Anders Coaching) Description In this workshop learn how the writing process works, how to design your own unique writing process and practical ways to not only get started but also to maintain your…

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Career Seminar with Dr. Bettina Hamelin (CEO and President of Ontario Genomics)

Date June 25, 2018 Presenters Dr. Bettina Hamelin, PharmD, EMBA (President and CEO, Ontario Genomics) Description This interactive seminar will highlight Dr. Hamelin’s career path and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have. Come learn about her experiences and advice she has for research trainees looking for potential career paths. Photos Career…

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Science Writing: Leading Practices

Date June 26, 2018 Presenters Dr. Aisha Shamas-Din, Science and Medical Content Writer. Aisha holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from McMaster University.  Aisha has more than 6 years of experience in scientific writing and content creation in academia and business. She works one-on-one with researchers and writes and edits…

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The ORT and University of Toronto Transplant Institute (TTI) Summer Program Presents: Career Seminar

Date July 26, 2018 Presenters Celine Bauwens, Scientific Manager, Medicine by Design Dr. Siba Haykal, Surgeon, Department of Surgery, University Health Network Stephanie Holbik, Operations Manager, Ontario Brain Institute John Robertson, Research Strategy Development Specialist, Techna part of University Health Network Dr. Chia Wei Teoh, Pediatric Nephrologist, Sick Kids Samantha Yammine, Scientific Communicator Description Students…

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The ORT Presents: Improving your Success Through Social Media

Date May 30th, 2018 Presenters Aristotle Eliopoulos and Peter Majewski, members at 9th Co Description Learn how to use some of the most popular tools for establishing and effectively managing a social media presence. More Information To register, click here.  Photos 2I8A6879 2I8A6913 2I8A6922 2I8A6957 2I8A6971 Photography by Techna Back to Workshops

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The ORT Presents: Networking, An Art and Science

Facilitator Dr. Isaiah Hankel Date April 20th, 2018 More Information To register, please contact Presenter(s) Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 consultant, international speaker, bestselling author and the CEO of Cheeky Scientist Description Learn the most effective ways to connect with someone either through in-person networking or through platforms such as LinkedIn. Photos 2I8A6507 2I8A6558 2I8A6550…

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The ORT Presents: Translating Bioinformatics for Everyday Biology

Facilitators CRISPR/Cas9 screens: Understanding the basic concepts of gene editing and of the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, and getting able to design a screen Presented by: Drs. Jason De Melo and Fraser Soares Machine learning: Understanding machine learning principles and applying them towards answering biological questions Presented by: Dr. Davide Chicco Biological networks: Understanding the meaning of…

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The ORT Presents: Money Matters, Personal Finance Workshop

Facilitator Money Matters: Personal Finance Workshop Date February 21, 2018 More Information Register via Presenters Stacey He, Owner of Financial Life Planning Description Understanding the essentials of good money management and the costly mistakes and pitfalls that must be avoided to create a successful financial life. Photos 2I8A5732 2I8A5755 2I8A5726 2I8A5744 Photography by Techna…

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A Brief Blitz of Scientific Writing Tips

Facilitator Dr. Dionne Aleman, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering Date September 20, 2017 More Information The Office of Research Trainees (ORT) will be hosting a two hour Scientific Writing Lecture Workshop …

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The Modern Job Search

Facilitator Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 Consultant, Best Selling Author Date February 2, 2017 More Information Become a more competitive candidate by understanding how to think like a recruiter or industry…

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Careers in Industry, Academia, Government

Facilitator Various career panelists Date July 28, 2016 More Information Did you ever think about where your science degree could get you? Register by July 22, 2016 via Registration…

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Facilitator Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 Consultant, Best Selling Author Date January 15, 2016 More Information Why an academic CV won’t secure you an industry job, and how to create an…

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Careers in Industry

Facilitator Various career panelists Date December 17, 2015 More Information CIHR Training Program in Regenerative Medicine Register here Back to Workshops

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Travel Awards & Conference Reports

ORT Conference Travel Awards Program

The ORT is pleased to offer a limited number of conference travel awards to enable graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend national and international conferences at which they will be presenting an oral and/or poster presentation.

Funds Available
Up to $500/award

Competition Details
Meetings and conferences occur throughout the year. In order to have awards adjudicated in advance, there will be competitions held three times a year:

  • March Competition – for conference participation between May – August (inclusive)
  • July Competition – for conference participation between September – December (inclusive)
  • November Competition – for conference participation between January – April (inclusive)

Visit the Funding Opportunities page for more information.

Upon return from their conference, trainees who received an ORT Conference Travel Award write a short report briefly describing the conference and what they learnt there. These travel reports are published in our monthly newsletter – The ORT Times.