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Navigating Career Transitions

By: Kevin Robb, ORT Science Writer 

Check out an ORT Alumni Spotlight, as a former UHN trainee shares her journey from Kinesiologist to Clinical Evaluator.

Read the spotlight on Dr. Anusha Ratneswaran, former postdoctoral fellow at Schroeder Arthritis Institute here.
Food with Friends
Friday June 25 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

An informal lunchtime gathering to connect and network with other summer students at UHN Research!
Register here to join. Registrants will receive weekly event reminders and Zoom links.

Bench to Business: Launching your own Healthcare Venture
June 28 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Join us for a Panel and Q & A to learn about how to translate your research into a healthcare venture and the resources available to help you. Learn from:

Soror Sharifpoor, PhD, Director of Strategy & Translation at the Translational Biology and Engineering Program 

Mark Taylor, P. Eng., MSc, MBA , Director, Technology Development & Commercialization (TDC) at UHN

Vivian Cheung, MSc, Program Coordinator for the Health Innovation Hub

Joseph Ferenbok, PhD, Associate Director, Health Innovation Hub; Director, Translational Research Program

Speaker information and register here

UHN IDEA Seminar: Sharing Out Stories - Walking in Truth Together
June 21 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

On June 21, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day to honour the rights, histories and extraordinary achievements of Indigenous peoples in Canada. To commemorate this day, the IDEA Committee will be hosting a highly interactive session that respectfully utilizes story-telling and truth-gifting approaches to discuss complex issues in healthcare and Indigenous peoples. Participants will be engaged in a series of mini-lessons and activities that: a) explore the various levels of racism/privilege that exist in our professional and personal spaces; b) examine ways to confront/deconstruct these forms of inequity that have real human (and other-than-human) costs; and c) foster a community of practitioners that can see these ‘issues’ with an informed and strength-based lens for change.

Register here.

TSPN Talks: Knowledge Translation and Implementation
June 24 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Interested in learning about how research findings can be translated to the public to have an impact? Join the Toronto Science Policy Network for a TSPN Talk which will discuss knowledge translation and implementation - the processes involved in moving research to its application within healthcare fields. Dr. Monika Kastner will provide an overview of knowledge translation, discuss its processes and importance, and share her experience working in the field.

More information and register here.

UHN Pandemic PRIDE: Promoting Inclusive Healthcare
June 24 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

UHN's Kirsten Engelbrecht, Jason Dickson, Ruby Shanker, and a UHN Patient Partner will share their expertise and experiences at this virtual event. The session is open to everyone – please share with your patients, their families and teams. 

Register here.
Grounding Health Research with Indigenous Knowledge
June 24 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Join us during Indigenous History Month to learn how to bridge clinical practices and health research with equity and Indigenous knowledge with Diane Simon. Diane recently graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto with a collaborative specialization in Health Policy. She is currently engaged in community-based research projects and works as a consultant with the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives. She holds a BHSc in Midwifery and focuses on Indigenous, community-based health services. She is a registered member of the Mi’kmaq Nation and a community activist. 

More information and register here.
Ted Rogers Centre 2021 Trainee Day
June 25 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM

The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research is hosting its first Trainee Day, in a virtual capacity. The focus is our Centre’s focus: heart failure.

Basic science and clinical research trainees from our partners, SickKids, University Health Network and the University of Toronto, as well as their colleagues across Canada, are invited to participate. The event is designed to integrate a diverse community of clinical and basic science trainees and gain exposure to some of Canada’s leading scientists and clinicians in heart failure who work in the Ted Rogers Centre ecosystem.

More information and register here.

Careers By Design: Storytelling Workshop
June 28 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

At the end of this workshop, trainees will understand the difference between an academic and non-academic job application (CV vs resume), how to write a stellar cover letter, and gain tips on interviewing and a LinkedIn presence. This series is for trainees in past and/or current Medicine by Design-funded labs. 

Register here.
Applications open! OSOTF Unilever/Lipton Graduate Scholarship
Deadline: June 24

On behalf of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, the ORT is pleased to administer the 2021-2022 OSOTF Graduate Fellowship to support research trainees at UHN. These fellowships are awarded to graduate students, registered with U of T’s Faculty of Medicine, on the basis of financial need and academic excellence who are studying within the neurosciences field at UHN.

Fellowship instructions and application forms here.

Cancer Education Awards
Applications Due June 30

The annual Cancer Education & Robert V. Brady Awards recognize healthcare workers in the Princess Margaret Cancer Program that go above and beyond every day in many ways:

  • By demonstrating excellence in education for patient care
  • By creating or supporting innovative treatments and programs
  • By displaying exemplary compassion, advocacy and patient care

Eligibility and applications here

UHN COVID-19 Prize Draw

In recognition of members of TeamUHN who prioritized vaccination as soon as they were eligible – and thanks to the generous support from the UHN Foundation and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation – UHN is hosting a prize draw over the summer months for fully vaccinated staff.

All members of TeamUHN who received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – either at a UHN clinic or in the community – and informed Health Services of their vaccination status are automatically entered to win.

Whether you were vaccinated at a UHN clinic or outside of UHN, remember to inform Health Services to be entered in the contest. Health Services cannot access the provincial system, so if you haven’t reported your vaccine status, they need to hear from you.

If you already notified Health Services of your vaccination status and want to
opt-out of the prize draw, send your name and employee ID, to Subject line: **UHN Vaccine Prize Draw Opt Out**.

UHN Research Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Survey

The IDEA committee is working to develop support programs for staff and trainees to promote inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA). We are conducting a brief survey to gather information on areas that staff and trainees would like addressed in their respective research communities. Information will be confidential and be used solely by the IDEA committee.

Questions and comments can be sent to Further information about IDEA at UHN Research can be viewed here

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