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October 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

Submitting a Manuscript: Part Two

In the second part of this series on submitting a manuscript, I discuss the importance of cover letters and provide a strategy for addressing reviewer comments.

Giving Patients a Voice in Research

A wide chasm exists between research discoveries and improved treatments, diagnostic procedures or preventative measures for patients. Patients themselves might be the solution to bridging this gap.

Understanding Cancer in the Elderly

The latest advances in cancer research have led to novel therapies and improved screening programs, increasing the overall cancer survival rate
Sex and Gender in Health Research

In 1997, Health Canada released guidelines stating that clinical trials for drug development should include women.

National Post-Doctoral Appreciation Week
Sept. 22nd - 23rd, 2020
The 2020 Postdoc Appreciation Week was virtual this year! There were two panels,
Becoming a PI offering an informative window into the not so straightforward path of becoming a PI. Drs. Amanda Ali (Henry Ford Bone and Joint Institute), Sarah Crome (University of Toronto, UHN) and Anastasia Tikhonova (University of Toronto, UHN, OICR) shared their experiences with us.

Making the Leap to Industry panel was held to help guide post-doctoral fellows to an industry career. Drs. Anton Neshadim and Maurice Shen (Cyclica), and Francine Lu (ProteinQure), shared their own career journey and offered insight to current trainees on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities they may encounter.

For those of you who have not yet had the chance to pick up their "Eat, Sleep, Research, Repeat" mug please email:
Thank you to the speakers for their insights and see you all next year!

MaRS Fall News
Get your CV ready for fall hiring!

MaRS has you covered for career opportunities in Canadian biotech! Get inspired by renowned biomedical engineer extraordinaire Molly Shoichet as she discusses how she fell into academia, became an entrepreneur and faced the COVID-19 pandemic head-on. Explore new career opportunities by joining the MaRS COVID-19 Talent Relief or take your chance at over a dozen Canadian startups hiring this fall. Before you start your new job, be sure to read through six tips for starting a new job remotely. Good luck at your next opportunity!
Tuesday October 27th - Friday Oct 30h
NIH Virtual Seminar

Attend this free event to learn more about NIH grants. 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting a free virtual seminar on program funding and grants administration this fall. Learn first-hand from NIH staff about successful grant writing, current issues at NIH, examining peer review, research involving animals and much more through 4-day virtual event. 

Check out the website here to learn more!
Deadline: October 14th 2020

Job Posting

Lead, Research Training Program (Continuing Education)

The Office of Research Trainee (ORT) is seeking a Lead in Research Training Program. Could this be you or someone you know that would be interested?

Click here to see the job posting and get more info!
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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