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Congratulations to Alexia Cumal on receiving a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award! 

Alexia is a PhD student on the Enhancing the Care of the Older Adult Research (EnCOAR) Team at KITE Research Institute. Alexia is under the supervision of Dr. Kathy McGilton and Dr. Tracey Colella, in which she will conduct a multi-method pilot randomized controlled trial of a Nurse-Led Reablement Intervention for Older Adults with Dementia in Transitional Care Programs.

Congratulations Alexia!
Congratulations to Peter Lin on receiving a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award!

Peter is a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Linda Penn at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. His research focuses on the validation of novel synthetic-lethal vulnerabilities associated with the dysregulation of the MYC oncoprotein which occurs in many human cancers.

Congratulations Peter!
Poster for the ORT Summer Student Program. Poster says: including learning sessions and research day. Open to all UHN Research Summer Students. Certificates will be awarded upon program completion.

ORT Summer Student Program

The Office of Research Trainees at UHN is delighted to announce the 2022 Summer Student Program. This program invites all UHN research summer students to attend a series of virtual learning sessions to help them develop critical research skills and explore their career options! UHN Summer Students will also have the opportunity to share their summer research with the UHN Research Community at the ORT Research Day.

All sessions will be held virtually and will be recorded. Trainees that attend at least 3 learning sessions and present at Research Day will be presented with a certificate of program completion.

Learn more about the program here.

Green Seeds of Science Podcast poster. It reads recruiting UHN trainees interested in being featured on a podcast for and by UHN trainees. Email for more info!

Would you like to be involved in a UHN Trainee Podcast series?

UHN Trainee Podcast: Seeds of Science, is a new podcast series initiated by UHN trainees with the support of the ORT at UHN. The Seeds of Science podcast provides a platform for UHN trainees to tell their stories and connect and learn from each other. Each episode will explore the unique experience of a UHN trainee, providing a snapshot into their research, their achievements, the obstacles they’ve faced, and their life outside of research. 

The “Seeds of Science” podcast team is seeking enthusiastic UHN trainees from all research backgrounds to participate in a 20-60 minute interview where we discuss your research journey thus far and your future aspirations! All participants will receive a $20 gift card.

If you would like to get involved, please email

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CoBE Pipeline Builder Seminar
May 10 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

If you are a computational biologist, don’t let your latest software methods get overlooked! Join us for a special tutorial seminar on using the CoBE Pipeline Builder. This new CoBE feature provides a suite of interactive tools that allow you to visualize, submit, and share your bioinformatics software pipelines with ease.

Registration here.

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How to Give an Academic Job Talk
May 10 & May 11 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop will focus on the elements that define a clear and engaging academic job talk. Attendees will learn how to craft their ‘elevator pitch’, how to structure the talk, and will learn presentation tips (and quirks to watch out for!). Attendees will work in small groups to craft their message and hone their presentation skills.

More information and registration here.

Zotero Fundamentals
May 11 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

UHN Libraries presents an introductory session that will provide an overview of the Zotero citation management interface. The focus will be on showing you how to streamline the process of collecting, importing, exporting, and sharing your citations for papers and grants. The session is introductory and meant for those with little or no experience using Zotero.

More information and registration here.

Journey to the Center of the Cell
May 11 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

The Centre for Pharmaceutical Oncology (CPO) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is pleased to invite you to a seminar by Dr. Jeffrey Leyton. Dr. Leyton's seminar is titled "Journey to the Center of the Cell: Current state of the art for ‘active’ targeting of the nucleus and future approaches for generating effective oncology therapeutics".

Join on Zoom here. Meeting ID: 889 1789 7493; Passcode: 066274

Nurse Workload: Addressing the Elephant in the Room - Who needs to do what to ensure healthcare quality and staff retention in Canada?
May 11 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

The Better Work Better Care' (BWBC) Coalition webinar series at Toronto Metropolitan University is hosting a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Joy Richards, Vice-President UHN, Health Education Development, Executive-in-Residence Michener Institute
  • Paula Doering, Senior VP of Clinical Program and Chief Nursing Executive and Chief of Allied Health
  • Dr. Patrick Neumann, Director; Human factors Engineering Lab, Toronto Metropolitan University 
  • Thomas Hart, Executive Director Patient Care & Interim Deputy Chief Nursing Executive, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Cathryn Hoy, Provincial President & Interim CEO, Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA)

Registration here.

Scientific Communication & Careers in Scientific Illustration
May 11 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

The Medical Biophysics Career Development Association is honoured to host Sarah Nersesian (she/her), Founder and Scientific Illustrator at Designs that Cell (DTC) and PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University, to talk about her experience as a scientific communicator, entrepreneur and scientific illustrator.

More information and registration here.

Dismantling Structures to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
May 16 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

This virtual panel will discuss how the research community can work towards meaningful and sustainable change. With representation from the federal government, publishing and the university research community, expect to hear creative and far-reaching actions for diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare, education and research that will challenge you to choose change in your own work.

Our speaker, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, asked us all to consider what we will choose to do differently to make science better, what we will do to leave inequality behind.

More information and registration here.

EndNote Basics
May 18 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This session is hosted by UHN Libraries and will be a demonstration of fundamental EndNote features. This session is designed for people with little to no experience using EndNote.

More information and registration here.

Open Position: Youth Outreach Coordinator
Apply by May 14

UHN is hiring a Youth Outreach Coordinator to support UHN outreach initiatives. The Youth Outreach coordinator will collaborate with scientists and the multidisciplinary teams in the coordination of youth outreach activities across UHN and connect with educator and community organizations.

Learn more and apply here.

Black Graduate Student Association Scholarship Fund
Apply by May 22

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) has 4 opportunities for a scholarship award for U of T undergraduate and graduate students that give back to the community. To apply, please share with us how you contribute to the Black community. Contributions can be performed in multiple ways: through research, volunteering in the community, mentorship, etc. However you elevate, encourage, or support the diaspora, we want to hear about it!

The following scholarship awards are available:
(2) $500 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students
(2) $1000 scholarships will be awarded to graduate students

Learn more and apply here.

CHAEN Research Fellowship in HAE
Apply by May 31

The Canadian Hereditary Angioedema Network is offering a Research Fellowship for postdoctoral fellows working in the field of hereditary angioedema. The fellowship is in the amount of $50,000 for one year. 

Learn more and apply here.

CAAIF Research Fellowship in Type 2 Inflammation
Apply by May 31

The Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation has two awards available for postdoctoral fellows, supported by Sanofi Canada. 

The Fellowships will cover up to $75,000 primarily for the applicants salary expenses and a maximum of $25,000 of which may be used for other expenses directly related to the proposed project work. This includes a maximum of $5,000 travel allowance.

Learn more and apply here.

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