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Research Professionals Community Mixer
June 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

The Committee of Research Professionals (RP@UHN) is holding a UHN networking event for research staff across the institutes, including but not limited to technicians, lab managers and research associates.

At this event, RPs are welcome to drop in for a coffee break, meet your fellow UHN research professionals, learn about different roles and help build your LinkedIn profile. There will also be a Q&A with the community plus a couple of fun activities. 

Register here. Attendees will receive a free gift sponsored by Cedarlane!

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

LinkedIn Lab: Optimizing Your Profile for Networking and Job Searching
Webinar Recording Available Now!

Watch the recording of last week's LinkedIn webinar with the ORT's Dr. Amanda Veri to learn tricks and tips on improving your LinkedIn profile!

View 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.

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.
nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ An Introduction to Understanding Indigenous Perspectives in Canada
Free course available anytime in June 

The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) has partnered with Reconciliation Education and BMO Financial Group to launch a Nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ eLearning course. The course is available for free for all Canadians throughout June, and is intended to “promote healing, equity and respect of Indigenous cultures and values in Canadian Society” through education. 

More information here.

Career Chat Third Thursdays with Dr. Nana Lee
June 17 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Join Dr. Nana Lee for an evening career chat with featured bioscience guests Dr. Grace DeSantis PhD, Senior Director of R&D at Illumina & Dr. Michael DiDonato PhD, Senior Principal Scientist at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation.

Register here.

Princess Margaret Seminar Series- "Metabolic Mechanisms in Tumor Immunity and Therapy"
June 17 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Dr. Weiping Zou, M.D., Ph.D.
Affiliations: Charles B. de Nancrede Professor of Surgery, Immunology and Biology; Co-Director, Tumor Immunology and Transplantation Biology Program, University of Michigan
Host: Dr. Naoto Hirano

Poster and Zoom links here.
Career Decision Making (Masters, PhDs & PDFs)
June 18 | 11:30 - 12:30 PM

In this small group session for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, we will discuss your approaches and strategies for making decisions about your career. This session will support you with increasing your confidence in making decisions when faced with career ambiguity and uncertainty.

Registration open to U of T students and recent alumni. 

More information and register here.

Temerty Grant Writing and Research Resource Workshop
June 23 | 9:00 - 11:30 AM

This workshop will contain information on:
- Resources for U of T Faculty from The Centre for Research & Innovation Support
- The Art & Science of Grant Writing
- Grant Fundamentals and How to Write a Persuasive Research Proposal

Open to the U of T Community.

More information and 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

Scientific Venture Program
Applications due June 15

Recently completed your PhD and want to apply your knowledge and research to start a company? Looking for funding, training, and support while you build your company? Launched by V1 Studio, District 3, and Concordia University, the Scientific Venture Program is a unique post-doctoral equivalent for PhDs to build and launch deep-technology companies. 

Over 12 to 24 months, PhDs receive a package valued at $71,000 to de-risk the transition into entrepreneurship; converting high-potential research into innovative solutions ready for market.

More information and apply here.

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowships
Applications due June 30

Mitacs Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship with an exclusive professional development curriculum component. 

Elevate fellows receive:

  • $55,000 minimum annual stipend/salary 
  • An exclusive professional development curriculum valued at $7,500 per year
  • Proposal assistance, including application feedback, from Mitacs representatives
  • Certificate of completion after receipt of their exit survey and final report submission

More information and apply here.

Job Opportunity: Scientific Associate I at the STTARR Innovation Centre

The STTARR Innovation Centre at UHN is hiring a Pre-Clinical Imaging Scientist (permanent, full-time).

View the job posting and apply here.
Training Seeking Advice:

A UHN trainee is seeking help from someone with experience using QIAGEN CLC Genomics Workbench. Their data is microRNA sequencing and they want to analyze the data with CLC to find differentially expressed microRNAs between groups.

If you have experience in this area and would be willing to offer support please email and we will connect you.

Project Opportunity:

The Institute for Education Research (TIER) is looking for a student with experience with LFS (Labour Force Survey) and PUMF (public use microfiles) and R (coding program that facilitates data visualization and mapping) for a potential short-term contract.

For more information and to inquire, please email TIER admin at 

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