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The ORT would like to extend a sincere thank you to the postdocs and graduate students who were instrumental in organizing all of the events for Postdoc Appreciation Week. The week was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you to the whole team, including Tracy Lackraj, Michael He, Simon Pascual-Gil, Leanna Lee, Aizhou Wang, Sofia Melliou, and Robbie Jin. 
An orange graphic with white font announcing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Orange Shirt Day ceremony will occur on September 30th from 11 am to 12 pm. The image has the UHN Courage Lives Here logo in the bottom left corner.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation-Orange Shirt Day
September 30 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Michener Gitigan (Garden) 

This Thursday, UHN will work to commemorate and reflect on the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools in Canada, and to honour all those affected. All UHN members are invited to join  September 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Michener Gitigan (Garden) for a ceremony hosted by UHN's Indigenous Health Program to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

For those who cannot attend, a recording will be shared. 
A poster for the Life Science Career Development Society: Careers in Science Communication Webinar on Wednesday, September 29 from 6:00 to 7: 15 PM.  The poster has photos of their special guests Celia Du, Virtual Enagement Coordinator at RCIScience and Ki- Youn Kim, Science Communication Specialist at AirnHi Earth.
Life Science Career Development Society: Careers in Science Communication Webinar
September 29 | 6:00 - 7:15 PM

The Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) Career Seminar Series will be hosting a free virtual event covering Science Communication. The event will bring together two fantastic speakers well-versed in science communication and engagement, Celia Du, the Virtual Engagement Coordinator, RCIScience and Ki-Youn Kim, Science Communication Specialist, AimHi Earth.

More information and registration here.
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bioRender Virtual Event on Advancing Communication in Science
September 29 - 30

bioRender is hosting VISUALIZE 2021, a free, 2-day virtual event dedicated to visual science communication. Hear from industry, research leaders, and professional science designers and learn tips for creating visuals for winning grants, posters, and publications. Plus, get a chance to connect with fellow science visualizers from around the world!

More information and registration here.
The logo for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at UHN.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Seminar Series: Dr. Trudy G. Oliver, PhD
September 30 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

The Princess Margaret Cancer Seminar Series invites you to its next virtual event with Dr. Trudy G. Oliver, PhD, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, HCI Endowen Chair in Cancer Research, Co-Leader
Lung Cancer Center, Co-Leader Cell Response and Regulation, University Of Utah. Dr. Oliver will present on "Mouse models uncover mechanisms of SCLC plasticity."

More information and MS Teams link here.
A graphic for the Student Biotechnology Network's Building Biotech Expo 2021 announcing it occurs from October 1st from 9 am to 5 pm, PST. It encourages signing up and advertises it will have keynote speakers, networking events, a pitch competition and more.
Student Biotechnology Network (SBN)'s Building Biotech Expo 2021
October 1 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

The Student Biotechnology Network's Building Biotech Expo invites you to meet with students and industry experts from some of the hottest areas in the global and local biotech sphere to build your network of like-minded peers and industry professionals in the life sciences and biotech area. 

General admission is $10.00

More information and register here.
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Graduate Professional Development Coaching 
September 29 + October 1 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The School of Graduate Studies at U of T offers one-on-one professional development coaching. If you would like to discuss your goals and become clearer about next steps, consider a 30 minute virtual coaching session. Sign up to choose a time during their office hours. 

Register here using UTORID.
University of Toronto Logo.
Preparing Your Teaching Dossier Workshop
October 5 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The teaching dossier is a comprehensive record of teaching activities and accomplishments that is now required in applications for positions at an increasing number of institutions across North America. In this session, we will review the elements of a successful teaching dossier and discuss how to use it as a framework for setting goals for future professional development. 

Register here using your UTORID.
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MITO2i is pleased to announce its 2021 Funding Competition for Graduate Student Scholarships! 

The Graduate Student Scholarship Awards will provide funding support to highly accomplished graduate student candidates who demonstrate outstanding potential to become independent researchers in Mitochondrial Research and Medicine. 
The scholarship is open to all graduate students at the University of Toronto, UHN and other participating hospital partners.

More information here
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Apply September 30 | 5:00 PM

The Mitochondria Innovation Initiative (MITO2i) and the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) have partnered to co-fund an innovative new fellowship to support research that explores the role of the mitochondria in dementia.

The MITO2i/TDRA fellowship is open to MD specialists or PhDs pursuing post-doctoral fellowships. Fellows will lead a research project that focuses on mitochondrial function or dysfunction in relation to dementia. 

More information here.

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TIER Scholarship Opportunity: Dr. Daniel C. Andreae President Award
Apply by October 12 | 5:00 PM ET 

One Dr. Daniel C. Andreae President Award of $1500.00 will be awarded to a current UHN Research Trainee in an affiliated Graduate Program in good academic standing.

Trainees should send applications including a CV, unofficial transcripts and a one-page commentary paper addressing the broad issue of either the future of work in Canada OR the future of the healthcare professions to with the subject line Dr. Daniel C. Andreae President’s Award.

Application criteria and details here. 

A graphic for Ontario Genomics' and CANSSI Ontario's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genomic Data Science.
Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Data Science
Apply by: November 30

The Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Data Science is seeking applications for an early-career investigator pursuing research in the areas of statistical genetics or genetic epidemiology. The fellowship is open to research projects that deepen our understanding of genomic epidemiology of infectious disease, using genomics for pathogen surveillance or host-virus genetic interaction.
Full posting here.


A photo of three vials labelled "Vaccine COVID-19" and a capped syringe filled with fluid.
COVID Care team
To comply with Directive 6 issued by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, UHN will require anyone working at UHN sites to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Health Canada approved vaccine, and provide documentary proof of vaccination by October 22, 2021. This includes research trainees (undergrads, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows) and members of Team UHN who are working remotely. â€˜Documentary proof’ are the Dose Administration Receipts received for both first and second doses, and must be submitted to Health Services.

UHN is committed to supporting all of TeamUHN towards full vaccination. UHN Cares and UHN COVID Care have partnered to bring a new resource to support every member of TeamUHN and ensure that you have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered about the COVID-19 vaccination.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact this new resource to have them answered towards making this important decision:
  • Phone or email the Connected COVID Care team at 437-488-1650 or You will need your employee number to start the process. All consultations on any questions are kept confidential.
  • Clinicians are available to answer general questions about the vaccine's safety and effectiveness. The team may also refer you to clinicians who can help you address fears about vaccination or needle phobias, or specific medical concerns that you may have. If required, the team may also be able to refer you to a medical specialist.
  • Questions about the policy or employment will be referred to Health Services and/or People, Culture and Community.
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