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Congratulations to Ximing Li on receiving an ORT Conference Participation Award! 

Ximing is a PhD student in Drs. Anastasia Tikhonova and Thomas Kislinger's labs in the Princess Margret Cancer Center elucidating the effects of chemotherapy on the bone marrow hematopoietic niche. Outside of the lab, she actively participates in the Women in Science Initiative, an student committee established at the University of Toronto, aiming to build a networking between senior female scientists and research trainees to promote the success of women in academia.

Congratulations Ximing!
Congratulations to Aleksandra Stanimirovic on receiving an ORT Conference Participation Award! 

Aleksandra is a postdoctoral fellow supervised by Dr. Valeria E. Rac at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. She is currently involved in several mixed method studies focused on evaluation of interventions for prevention and management of chronic diseases. Her research focuses on health services utilization, economic models, quality of care and patient outcomes as related to chronic disease management. In addition, Aleksandra’s interests focus on policy interventions designed to improve the overall quality of care for Canadians, to improve patients' experiences of care, to achieve better value for money and to design innovative ways to integrate health care between hospital and community providers. 

Congratulations Aleksandra!
Everything You Need to Know About Grad School
June 9 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

The second learning session in the ORT Summer Student Program. This learning session will help you to explore everything that you need to know about graduate school. Hosted by graduate students at UHN, the session will cover topics such as how to choose the right grad program, how to choose the research area and supervisor to perform you research, and how to excel in research!

UHN Summer Students can participate by registering with the ORT here. All other interested parties can register here. More information about the ORT Summer Student Program here.

Centre for Pharmaceutical Oncology Seminar
June 1 | 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 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".

Connect via Zoom here (Meeting ID: 889 1789 7493, Passcode: 066274)

Data Exploration Workshop Using R
June 2 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Rotman Research Institute invites you to an introductory workshop on using R to explore your data. It will primarily cover three topics: 1) file management and organization for programming, 2) basics of coding in R using tidyverse functions, and 3) data visualization using ggplot. This workshop will be tailored towards people with little to no prior experience with R; however, individuals at all levels are welcome! Attendees will be given access to workshop materials in advance of the session so they can easily follow along.

More information and registration here

Hybrid Princess Margaret Seminar Series
June 2 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

The Princess Margaret Seminar Series presents Brenda Andrews, Ph.D., C.., FRSC, University Professor, Canada Research Chair in Systems Genetics & Cell Biology, The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, Department of Molecular Genetics, Temerty, Faculty of Medicine.
The talk is titled: "Mapping biological pathways and networks using systematic genetics". 
Join via Teams here or live in-person at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 6th floor Bob Bell Auditorium, 610 University Ave. 

Interstellar Health: Medicine to New Heights
June 2 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM 

UofT Talks is back again for 2022! Interstellar Health: Medicine to New Heights is an event aimed at exploring the intersections between space and medicine. Through two panel discussions, we will address pressing questions regarding the past, present, and future of aerospace medicine. Through the diverse perspectives of physicians, researchers, astronauts, and bioethicists, we will learn about how we can overcome barriers, increase collaboration, and work towards a more comprehensive and inclusive vision of healthcare in space. And of course, we’ll learn about how these advances can affect our lives here on Earth!

More information and register here.

Research at Work 2: Science and the Public
June 6 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Toronto Science Policy Network's (TSPN) second Research at Work workshop, Science and the Public, will cover how scientific knowledge, research and evidence is communicated with public audiences. We will discuss the various science communication avenues including science journalism, science outreach efforts, and social media. Workshop attendees will learn from the experience of two expert speakers who bring varying perspectives on work in the science communication space. The speakers for this workshop are Senator Dr. Stan Kutcher, Canadian Senator, psychiatrist and Professor, and Amanda Buckiewicz, science journalist at CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. Finally, using case studies, attendees will be able to apply what they have learned and think through approaches to translating scientific evidence in meaningful ways to the public.
More information and registration here.

Career Development Seminar: Buds, Brains and Bones
June 7 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM 

The Schroeder Arthritis Institute presents a Research Trainee and Staff Career Development Seminar on Buds, Brains and Bones. This seminar will be a discussion with Dr. Starlee Lively, Sequencing Specialist, Schroeder Arthritis Institute.

Connect via Zoom here (PC: 653150).

Machine Learning (ML) Challenge
Register by June 13

The ML Challenge presents an exciting opportunity to connect ML applications with clinical expertise to optimize the future impact of image segmentation for the treatment of head and neck cancer.  

The ML Challenge will engage scientists, clinicians, and the research community across UHN and the Vector Institute in an open competition to explore their computational limitations in the space of object detection and contouring.  Applicants must be affiliated with the Vector Institute or UHN. Students and post-doctoral fellows who are not affiliated with Vector or UHN must have a supervisor who is affiliated with Vector or UHN 

The first-place team will receive $1000, first authorship on a manuscript from their work, and an oral presentation at the Toronto Machine Learning Summit.  

The second-place team will receive $500. 

Learn more and apply here.

AGE-Well Fellowships
Apply by June 13

Powered by AGE-WELL and hosted at the University of Toronto, EPIC-AT is a national training platform that will prepare graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers to be future leaders in digital health solutions for older adults with complex health needs.

EPIC-AT Fellowships provide a minimum of $8000 to trainees and $10,000 to Early Career Researchers and are intended to enable promising new scholars to participate fully in an exclusive 1-year training program. 

EPIC-AT welcomes applications from those who explicitly use Indigenous Ways of Knowing and will award a minimum of 2 Fellowships to self-identified Indigenous trainees or ECRs.

More information and application here.

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