About ORT

Who We Are

As home to more than 1500 research students and fellows, UHN is committed to providing an excellent environment for the academic and professional development of our trainees. UHN’s Office of Research Trainees (ORT) serves as a portal for trainee-related information and support for:

  • Current and prospective trainees
  • Principal investigators
  • Administrators and other support staff

What We Do

The ORT will complement existing trainee committees within each UHN research institute, working alongside their representatives to ensure that communication is transferred thoroughly throughout the organization. The ORT is managed by the Research Training Committee, which includes Principal Investigators and Trainee Representatives from each UHN research institute. The ORT aims to:

  • Showcase the strong UHN research environment
  • Represent and support the research training within UHN
  • Enhance the quality of the research training and mentoring experience
  • Facilitate information exchange and interaction among trainees
  • Assist trainees in obtaining external funding
Director's Message

Welcome to the website of the University Health Network (UHN) Office of the Research Trainee (ORT).

The ORT serves as the central support and information resource for current and prospective trainees at UHN, and is the go-to place for principal investigators and support staff to get help on trainee issues.

Established in 2011, the ORT directly supports research trainees at the undergraduate, graduate (MSc and PhD) and postdoctoral levels, to enhance their research and mentoring experience at UHN. In addition to the resources on the website for funding—including our own internally adjudicated travel awards and fellowship—career development, research resources, and tips for living life in Toronto, we have a monthly newsletter and organize educational sessions and academic activities. The newsletter features editorials written by our trainees, announcements of recent award recipients, highlights of ‘latest and greatest’ publications, career and alumni profiles, and much more!

LindaPennIt is truly an exciting time to be in science, especially in health-related research. If you’re interested in becoming a trainee at UHN, be sure to see our resources and listings of current openings. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the ORT if you have further questions or other ideas regarding research trainees at UHN!

ORT Director,
Dr. Linda Penn


Our mission is to contribute towards research productivity and excellence at UHN
by providing leadership and support in trainee-related matters.

About UHN

UHN is Canada’s largest hospital network, encompassing four hospital sites with expertise in a number of specialties. Each hospital site is recognized for excellence in distinct areas of specialization, a long and proud history, and a highly committed group of supporters and staff. Rooted in tradition and excellence, UHN plays a leadership role in the transformation of health care.


Are you a former UHN trainee?

We hope that you enjoyed your time at the UHN and that your training here prepared you well for the next steps in your career. Former trainees are a huge resource! Regardless of how long it’s been since you left, we want to know what you’ve been doing and stay connected with the UHN community!

Scientific Strides

A great way to reunite with current and past UHN Trainees is to join our team <em>Scientific Strides</em> for the Journey to Conquer Cancer 5k Run or Walk. This year’s family-friendly event will take place on Sunday June 19, 2016. Click here for details, to join, or to donate to the cause.

Join the Alumni Database

Register with the ORT to stay connected to the UHN trainee community and to help trainees find out what career paths they can follow after their time at UHN. We know that UHN trainees go on to do amazing things! Whether you’re in academia, a clinician, an industrial scientist, a science writer, or something we haven’t even imagined, we would love to hear your story and learn how UHN training helped shape your future. You can help future trainees by sharing your success story—which can be highlighted here and through the ORT Times newsletter—answering trainee questions, and coming back to ORT reunion events.

See the registration form below to join the Alumni Database.

NOTE: With your permission, your information will be shared only with other UHN trainees, both former and future.

Share Your Suggestions for Improving ORT Services

Now that you have had the opportunity to reflect on your experience at the UHN and to identify skills you wish you had been able to acquire during your time here, please share those insights. If your new organization is doing something really well, and UHN/ORT should consider implementing a similar program, please call it to our attention. We welcome your input!

We would love to hear about your experience and current endeavours by registering below.

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Support ORT

“Researchers, trainees and technical staff work to understand and prevent disease, speed diagnosis, develop more effective treatments and improve the quality of lives.”
– Christopher J. Paige, Vice President, Research

The accelerated pace of scientific discovery makes medical research an exciting place to be. Researchers at University Health Network are a part of this excitement. As recently as the past year, researchers at UHN have made important advances against cancer, malaria, eating disorders, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease. New and proven treatments and procedures are tantalizingly close to saving lives but are simply not reaching patients fast enough.

Your gift towards the Office of Research Trainees will help change that. Please donate today. Your gift will support the scientific work our trainees are currently undergoing. It will ensure that critical research is continued. It will save lives by putting new knowledge and treatments into practice faster than ever before.

Please visit one of UHN’s three partner charitable foundations to donate.