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ORT Trainee Spotlight on a light purple background. Congratulations is seen on the top left corner. ORT logo is seen on the top right corner. In the middle is a photo of Julia Nguyen with the name below. Below it reads Undergraduate Summer Student, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Dr. Arthur Axelrad Summer Student Excellence Award

Congratulations to Julia Nguyen on receiving the Dr. Arthur Axelrad Summer Student Excellence Award!

This award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student for their research achievements at Princess Margaret in the Department of Medical Biophysics. Julia is interested in exploring ways to integrate medical research and computational methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other complex human diseases. As a summer student in Dr. Benjamin Haibe-Kains' Lab, she has been investigating circular RNAs as potential biomarkers of drug response.

ORT Trainee Spotlight on a light yellow background. Congratulations is seen on the top left corner. ORT logo is seen on the top right corner. In the middle is a photo of Scott Rich with the name below. Below it reads Postdoctoral Fellow, Krembil Brain Institute, 2022 ORT Conference Award Recipient

Congratulations to Scott Rich on receiving an ORT Conference Participation Award!

As Team Leader of the Neuron to Brain Lab's Computational Pillar, Rich spearheads the lab's computational investigations of human neurophysiology and seizure onset. Currently, his work focuses on characterizing neural heterogeneity in both healthy and epileptogenic human tissue, and investigating the effects of differences between these settings on the development of seizure-like dynamics in neural network models.

Poster reads BOLD in large letters at the top, with a picture of a scientist inside. Below reads: Princess Margaret Biosciences Oncology Leadership Development Program for Postdoctoral Fellows. Information Session: August 30 at 2 pm. Applications due: August 31

BOLD Information Session
August 30 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM 
Apply by August 31st

The Biosciences Oncology Leadership Development Program (BOLD) is a program designed for postdoctoral fellows in research labs affiliated with Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The program provides unique opportunities to connect with peers and leaders in academia and industry to develop the self-awareness, effective communication, and management skills necessary to successfully lead projects and teams.

Want to learn more about the program or have questions about the program or eligibility? Join for a BOLD Information Session and Q&A on Zoom here. Add it to your calendar here, For program dates, eligibility and how to apply, see here.

RP @ UHN Social Lunch Hour. Date: Wednesday August 28, Time: 12-1 pm EST, Location: Zoom

RP@UHN Social Lunch Hour
August 31 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Are you a research professional (technician, analyst, research associate, scientific associate, clinical research staff, and more!) at UHN? Do you want to connect with other research staff at UHN?

Join RP@UHN on Aug 31st from 12 - 1 pm for a break, conversation and community building!

The RP@UHN Social Lunch Hour is open to all research professionals at UHN from different disciplines and teams. For details and to RVSP, click here.

A giphy of Napolean Dynamite dancing on a stage in a white t-shirt and jeans

UHN Postdoc Association Hobby/Talent Showcase
Submit the survey of interest now!

UHN Postdoc Association (UHNPA)'s Health and Wellness team would like to host a virtual social event to share your talents and interests outside of work. They would love for UHN postdocs to show off what they can do and maybe even connect with others with the same interests or hobbies. 

Please fill out the UHNPA's survey here if you'd be interested in attending or showcasing a talent/hobby/skill!

Poster for the Stand with Ukraine Program. The top half of the poster is blue. The bottom half of the poster is yellow. In the middle is a white box and inside reads Research at UHN Stand with Ukraine, with a yellow and blue heart. Around the four corners are an image of a light bulb, DNA, a microscope, and a heart that says Ukraine
UHN Research - Stand with Ukraine Program

To support the research careers of Ukrainians who have been displaced by war and with the help of the UHN foundations, UHN has launched the Stand With Ukraine Program. This program will support postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, exchange students, scientists, research associates and technicians who emigrated to Canada in 2022 and whose scientific interests align with UHN Research.

More information and application here.
The MBP Career Development Association Presents: How to Sell your story: Fellowship writing 101. A workshop series with Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, VP Research & International Affairs and Chief Accessibility Officer, CNIB. August 30 and September 1, 5:00-6:30 PM

Grant and Fellowship Writing Workshops
Aug 30 & Sept 1 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM

The MBP Career Development Association is hosting a two-part workshop series with Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Director of Research and Chief Inclusion and Accessibility Officer for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), on grant and fellowship writing.

More information and registration here.

UHN Special Guest Lecture. Mayo Clinic: Excellence, leadership and transformation in health care. Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, President and CEO, MAYO clinic. Thursday September 8, 2022. 8-9 am EST.
UHN Special Guest Lecutre: Excellence, Leadership and Transformation in Health Care
September 8 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

UHN is hosting a special guest lecture by Mayo Clinic President & CEO, Gianrico Farrugia, MD. In his presentation, Dr. Farrugia will discuss the origins of Mayo Clinic and how Mayo Clinic became and continues to be an international leader in health care excellence and innovation. 

There is limited seating for the in person lecture in the MaRS auditorium. Please RSVP for in-person attendance to The lecture will also be livestreamed. 

More information here.
GRC Presents the 2022-2023 Student Finance and Living Survey. Have your Voice Heard! Previous survey results led to our living allowance going up by 10% this September. Please take the time to fill it out. In the middle is an image of 5 students with backpacks and holding books
2022-2023 Student Finance and Living Survey
Have your voice heard!

The Faculty of Medicine Graduate Representation Committee (FoM-GRC) -- a group comprised of student leaders from the 9 FoM basic science departments -- is doing a survey to collect information from its students regarding their graduate experience. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of our students' experiences in graduate school so that we can faithfully advocate on our students' behalf.

The living allowance for FoM graduate students is going up 10% in September, as a direct result of survey results in the previous year. Fill out this year's survey here.

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UHN Fall Learning Opportunities

Registration for UHN's Fall Learning Courses is now open! All UHN postdoctoral fellows and staff are encouraged to explore the courses and register. Some of the available programs are:
  • The Health Care Professional's Toolbox: Skills & Tools to Achieve Results, which includes Practical Project Management (2 half day courses), Engaging Virtual Team Meetings (90-min course), and The Virtual Meeting Survival Guide (90-min course)
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI):  including 2 half day sessions on Fundamentals and putting EI in Action 
  • Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue - Five 2.5-hr sessions teach 9 powerful skill sets grounded in decades of research that help learners develop these vital skills through instruction, application, practice, group discussion, and self-reflection
  • The Courage to Lead Online Study - a unique 14-week virtual Leadership study with weekly 1.5-hr sessions based on a book entitled “The Courage to Lead…Transform Self, Transform Society”.

Learn more and view the learning calendar on the intranet here. Register with MyLearning.

To share upcoming events or opportunities with the UHN research community please fill out this form or email
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