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December 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

Meet Our New ORT Research Lead

Get to know Dr. Amanda Veri, the newest team member of the Office of Research Trainees.

Stem Cell Meeting Highlights

The 2020 Till and McCulloch Meetings featured recent advances in stem cell research.
Staying Active During COVID-19

Exercise during the pandemic is just as important as before. There are many ways you can adapt your fitness regime around COVID-19.

UHN Research Breakthroughs of 2020

TeamUHN has made significant contributions despite a shutdown and reduction in research.
Job Searching: COVID-19 Edition

It doesn’t need to be that different.
Thinking Beyond Gender

Redefining goals and promoting collaborations can improve gender diversity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). 

December 21 | 7:30 PM - 8:30PM


UHN Research End-of-Year Virtual Celebration

We are excited to announce an upcoming event, the UHN Research End-of-Year Virtual Celebration!
It’s been a historic year, and we’d like to take some time to unwind together as the year comes to an end. Date and time: Monday, December 21, 2020 from 7:30 pm EST – 8:30 pm EST. Please save the date! There will be trivia with prizes, special guest appearances, and random draw prizes – so please save the date for this fun event

Please register here!
Livestream link
January 8

Volunteer Opportunity

University of Toronto

The Graduate and Life Sciences Education (GLSE) at the University of Toronto is looking for graduate student mentors! Join the Grad Shadowing Program to share your research knowledge and expertise with undergraduate students to help shape their academic career.

For any questions, please feel free to contact Natasha Lowe at  

Register and learn more here.

Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship

Project funding and professional development courses all in one! Apply for the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship today.

More info here

February 3


The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship is now accepting applications from prospective fellows interested in undertaking a year-long policy position with a Canadian government host office beginning in September 2021. This is an excellent opportunity to observe the intersection between academia, government, not-for-profit and industry.

More info here
February 12

University of Toronto

Apply for the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award today! Successful applicants will receive up to $1,000 to participate in educational and experiential learning in Canada or abroad in activities specifically focused on Indigenous student or educational issues. For more information, please visit the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award webpage.

Access the application here 
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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