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February 2021

UHN Research Important update from:

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

It is bittersweet for us to announce that this month's edition of the UHN Office of Research Trainees (ORT) Times will be our last. With every end comes a new beginning, and we are excited about this new chapter where the ORT will focus on more timely and rapid communications, including bi-weekly email updates and utilizing social media. Using these platforms, we will continue to share helpful content including career development workshops, research training opportunities within and outside of UHN, and trainee and alumni spotlights.

We look forward to connecting with you on Twitter and LinkedIn or by email at

Since our inaugural edition of the ORT Times in November 2011, the ORT Times has served as a monthly email e-newsletter for UHN trainees and the research community as a whole. To view past issues of the ORT Times, please visit

We are grateful to all of the science writers and trainees who contributed to the ORT Times over the years!
The Revival of Psychedelic Research

Will psychedelics be a staple of mental health treatment? Let science decide.

From Gene to Vaccine

Understanding the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.
Avoiding Social Media Traps

Social media tends to amplify the extremes of academic life, exacerbating imposter syndrome.

Three Tips to Write More Efficiently

Brave your writing fears with time management and goal-setting strategies.
February 24th | 1:00 - 2:00 pm

RP@UHN Appreciation Event

All research staff across the institutes, including but not limited to technicians, lab managers, and research associates are invited to join us for a coffee break, game playing, and to enter to win prizes.

To show our appreciation to all the RPs at UHN, you'll receive a free gift when you register. 
Register here and claim your free gift.
February 24th | 6:00 - 8:30 pm

LSCDS Networking Reception

This evening will feature guests from industries such as Biotechnology, R&D, consulting, and many others! This is a highly valuable opportunity for these students to learn more about their career options within and outside of academia. 

Register here

February 24th | 5:00 pm

In Celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Screening of "Picture A Scientist"
Register here


Missed our IDP Workshop "Navigating The Path To Your Dream Career with
Dr. Nana Lee?  No problem!

The recording of the webinar is available 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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