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July 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

Deeper than Words
Using art and interviews (i.e., photo-elicitation) to unlock hidden feelings and experiences.
Creating a Virtual Lab Presence
Promote your research by designing and launching a lab website
Virtual Conferences are Here to Stay
Working from home has accelerated the transition towards online academic meetings.
ORT Times Summer Book Club - Part I
The ORT writers recommend their favourite popular science books for your summer reading list.
New Drugs on the Horizon

The first of two virtual 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meetings focused on the latest clinical trial results and emerging drug developments in cancer research.

University Health Network has exceptional research trainees and the ORT is proud to showcase them, their hard work and cutting-edge research!
Send us your
UHN Research Trainee Highlight today.
Erica Dove, BHSc (Hons) is a graduate student at KITE/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute studying under the supervision of Dr. Arlene Astell. Her work evaluates the effect of exergame interventions on balance, movement confidence and cognitive function in people with dementia or MCI. Read her full highlight here!
Elena Sidorova-Darmos, MSc, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. James Eubanks' lab at Krembil Research Institute. She studies the sex-specific role of mitochondrial enzyme, Sirtuin-3 (SIRT3) in  neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric conditions. Read her full highlight here!
Webinar 3: July 9, 2020 | 2pm

Webinar Series

Dialogues in Diversity: Explorations of the EDI Implications of COVID-19

Dialogues in Diversity: Explorations of the EDI Implications of COVID-19 is a seven-part series intended to provide a space to explore these opportunities and imagine a way forward.

Info and registration here.
Registration: July 10, 2020 | 5pm


Princess Margaret Postdoctoral Excellence Fellowship

These Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding postdoctoral fellows working in any aspect of cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Fellowships are valued at $50,000.

Login for info here.
July 15, 2020 | 10am


ORT Webinar: Research Project Management

This webinar will teach project management terms, tools and resources and discuss how to apply them to research and your career path.

More info and registration here.
July 17, 2020


Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding

Postdoctoral fellows undertaking full-time research training in a Canadian research laboratory affiliated with Canadian Blood Services are invited to apply.

More info here.
July 22, 2020 | 2pm


ORT Webinar: Becoming a Data Scientist

Data Science skills have become a critical asset in any career, business, or academic program. This workshop will introduce you to skills, tools, and education that will help kick-start your data science journey.

Click here for info and registration.
July 23, 2020 | 11am


Getting your Research Breakthroughs to Patients

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

Click here for info and registration.
Apply now


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

These fellowships provide funding to the very best applicants, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

More info here.
Apply now


Canada Student Service Grant

This newly announced government grant supports students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response.

More info here
Fridays | 10am

Krembil Coffee Breaks

Photographing Portraits (Next: July 10)

Join Heather Sherman and Twayne Pereira for weekly sessions that focus on helping scientists to become ‘effective science communicators’. Open to all UHN trainees and staff.

Email for link to join or event recordings.
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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.

Email Jason De Melo, ORT Education Lead.
"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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