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June 2020

UHN Research The UHN Office of Research Trainees (ORT) Times is a monthly e-newsletter for UHN trainees that features articles about trainee life, tips on career development, and research training opportunities within and outside of UHN. For additional info and past issues of The ORT Times, go to

Linda Penn, PhD
Director, UHN Office of Research Trainees (ORT)
Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Celebrating Pride Month at UHN
UHN celebrates gender and sexual diversity in our community.
PrEP-aring Our HEROs for Battle
Can hydroxychloroquine protect essential healthcare workers from coronavirus?

Meet Our Newest ORT Times Writers
Featuring Kevin Robb, Scott Rich, Laura Kuhlmann, Joe Walton, Priska Stahel and Laura Aronoff.

Resources to Understand COVID-19
Keeping up with local, national and international researchers tackling COVID-19.
Canadian Cancer Research
The 2019 CCRC hosted scientists, clinicians, trainees and patient advocates from across the country to share updates and future directions of Canadian cancer research.
Advances in Epigenetics
Distinguished speakers and researchers shared the latest work in epigenetics research, with a focus on challenges and complexities brought on by heterogenous tissues and cells.
Now Accepting Nominations

Trainee Opportunity
ORT Research Trainee Highlight!

University Health Network (UHN) has the best and brightest trainees and ORT is thrilled to highlight you, your hard work and your cutting-edge research on our website and in our monthly newsletter. 

For more info click here.
Contact Us Today

Teaching Opportunity

Looking for Teaching Experience?

ORT is helping trainees create their own webinars on science, research and research techniques. We support the educational development, while you provide the content expertise.

Contact ORT's Education Lead.
Biweekly, June 3, 2020 | 2:30pm

Mindfulness Webinar: Mindful Moments with Michelle Bancroft

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of yourself, your body and your surroundings in the present moment. This online session is organized by the KITE Trainee Committee and is open to all UHN scientists, staff, and trainees.

Register for June 3 here; subsequent sessions here.
June 3, 2020 | 12pm


Big Ideas Lecture Series: What does it "really" take to succeed?

Dr. Martimianakis will overview research on hidden curriculum effects specific to UofT and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network and introduce strategies for quality improvement in Health Professional Education.

To watch the livestream click here.
June 4, 2020 | 3pm-5pm

Wellness Webinar

Mental Health & Resilience During COVID-19

Join ORT as we host experts from CAMH Education. This webinar will address psychological distress and share resources, tools and approaches to support research trainees' resilience and well-being during this pandemic.

For more info and to register click here.
Weekly, June 5, 2020 | 10:30am

Krembil Coffee Breaks

Next: Smartphone Photography tips

Join Heather Sherman and Twayne Pereira for weekly, informal 30-minute ‘Coffee Break’ webinars on zoom. These sessions will focus on helping scientists to become ‘effective science communicators’. Open to all UHN trainees and staff.

For more info and to register email Heather.
June 10, 2020

Virtual Mini-Conference

Professional Development & Career Planning in Uncertain Times

Do you want to jump start your professional development?  One way is to attend the U of T Graduate Professional Development mini-conference. Graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows are welcome.

For more info and to register click here.
Pre-review: June 10, 2020


Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding with Customized Training

Mitacs Elevate is now accepting proposal submissions for two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training.

Click here for more info and to apply.
June 15, 2020


Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology 

This prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cellular biology conducted during the past three years.

Click here for more info.
June 15, 2020

Virtual Conference

Canadian Computational Neuroscience Spotlight

Free and open to all, the CCNS meeting features global and Canadian experts in computational neuroscience. The meeting is trainee focused, including trainee short talks, tutorials and panel discussions.

Info and registration click here 
June 18, 2020 | 11am-12pm


Commercialization at UHN Webinar

UHN's Technology Development & Commercialization (TDC) invites all UHN Clinicians, Researchers, Trainees and Staff to learn about commercializing your discoveries through an interactive webinar!

Click here for more info and registration.
June 18, 2020 | 2pm


Résumé Workshop for Careers in Industry

Looking to update your résumé for industry positions? Join us for a session with Career Exploration & Education to learn strategies and tips to build your job application materials. Optional résumé review!

Click here for more info and registration.
June 25, 2020 | 2pm


Harnessing Neuroscience to Foster Well-being and Resilience  

Join us as we host Dr. Mary Elliott to teach resiliency, self-care and balance based on the Polyvagal theory to help you maintain well-being and manage stress and anxiety during this challenging time.

Click here for more info and registration.
June 26, 2020 | 5pm


2020-2021 OSOTF/Lipton Unilever Graduate Fellowship in Neuroscience

These fellowships are awarded to graduate students who are registered with University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, are studying neuroscience at UHN and demonstrate financial need.

Click here for more info and application.
"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham
The ORT Times is brought to you by UHN's Office of Research Trainees. Some images adapted from, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia.
*The views expressed in the articles in this newsletter are not necessarily those of UHN or ORT*
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