Orientation: September 23 1-2pm
Seminar: October 14, 12-1pm
October 16, 1-2pm
COVID-19 information for trainees
Welcome to the Research Training Centre! Our goal at the RTC is to provide you with an excellent training experience, one where you can reach your full potential as a researcher. Our new website will help you navigate trainee life and has links to numerous resources here at St. Michael’s and beyond. For example, if you’re a basic science trainee housed at the Keenan Research Centre (KRC), check out the many training opportunities offered by the Core Facilities team. If you’re a clinical researcher at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, there are links to resources like the Research Ethics Board, software tutorials, and so forth. If you’re a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) there are links specific to your unique training needs. Please bookmark our ‘Events and Announcements’ page for updates on trainee-relevant events and other information, such as scholarship deadlines, the trainee seminars series, and workshops.
The Research Training Centre (RTC) is part of the larger Research Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, which is comprised of the Keenan Research Centre for Basic Science (KRCBS) and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI). The RTC seeks to provide a stimulating research training program and to create a nationally and internationally recognized training environment for future scientists. By bringing together expertise in translational scientific and applied health services research, the RTC works with trainees and the broader research community to support and advance their research training experiences.
What kind of trainees is the RTC supporting?
We provide support for individuals conducting research at St Michael’s Hospital as a graduate student (at either the Master’s or Doctoral level) or as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and under the supervision of a St. Michael’s Hospital scientist; as well we also provide support to supervisors who participate in research training.
The RTC supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by:
Please send your ideas, questions or concerns to email@example.com.
Visit our getting started page for detailed instructions of the registration process.
Dr. Katalin Szaszi MD, PhD is a scientist at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science of St Michael’s Hospital and a member of iBEST—the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology, that is part of a partnership between St. Michael’s and Ryerson University. She’s also an associate professor with the University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery. She obtained MD and PhD degrees at the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and completed postdoctoral trainings at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital. She was appointed as a scientist with the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science in 2005. Dr. Szaszi is a cell biologist studying epithelial biology and pathophysiology of inflammation and fibrosis. Her lab uses cultured epithelial cells and animal models of kidney disease to explore molecular pathways. They receive funding from CIHR, NSERC and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She was a recipient of a Krescent New Investigator award from KFoC and CIHR (2007-2010) and an Early Researcher award from the Ontario Ministry of Innovation. She has more than 60 peer-reviewed, well-cited publications. Dr. Szaszi is involved in training undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as a member of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She was a member of the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science’s Research Training Centre committee for nearly 10 years. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/KatalinSzaszi
Dr. Janet Parsons (PhD, MSc, BScPT, BA) is a Research Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto. She is cross-appointed to the Institute of Medical Science and is an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She obtained both her PhD and MSc degrees in Medical Science from the University of Toronto. She completed postdoctoral training at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital, specializing in urban health and the health of marginalized populations. Dr. Parsons was appointed as a scientist at the LKSKI in 2009, and is based at the Applied Health Research Centre. A qualitative methodologist, her program of research focuses on the development and application of arts-based visual and narrative methodologies to a wide range of health research topics. Substantive interests are health equity and health services research. She has employed photography, film, drawing and storytelling in her work. Dr. Parsons has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, and is involved in training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Kristine Antony (BSc) is the Research Training Centre (RTC) Coordinator at St. Michael’s Hospital. She obtained her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining the Research Training Centre, Kristine has worked with undergraduate and medical students as the Keenan Research Summer Student (KRSS) Program Coordinator, in the Office of Research Administration at St. Michael’s Hospital.
|Description||Will they receive academic credit?||Are they paid by St. Michael's Hospital?||If paid by St. Michael's Hospital - Type of tax slip:||St. Michael's Hospital employee?|
|Graduate students must be registered in a recognized university Masters or PhD program and are at St. Michael's Hospital under a formal arrangement between the Hospital and the university. The graduate students are completing their graduate studies thesis/research while at St. Michael's, which is a requirement of their graduate studies education. Their university graduate studies thesis supervisor is a St. Michael's Hospital investigator.||Yes||Yes and no. Graduate students typically receive an annual stipend from either the university or St. Michael's Hospital directly. If the funds being used to pay the graduate student are held at St. Michael's Hospital, then the graduate student will be paid their stipend directly from St. Michael's Hospital.||T4A||No|
a) Congratulations on your acceptance to your graduate program! Your next step is to get registered at the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Training Centre. Click here to access the getting started document. For international trainees, student and visitor, Immigration Canada is now requiring a new process for all foreign workers – Guide to completing Immigration Canada’s offer of employment
About RTC Seminars
The LKSKI (dry bench) seminars take place on Wednesdays from 12 – 1 pm. The KRCBS-RTC (wet bench) seminars will be part of the unified KRCBS seminar series, which consists of weekly seminars on Fridays at 1 – 2pm, featuring KRCBS and iBEST PIs and trainees (1/month), and visiting scientists. All trainees are encouraged to attend these seminars that provide an excellent learning and networking opportunity. Trainees can showcase their research and get feedback from experienced scientists, research staff and peers.
We are currently inviting trainees to present at the 2020/21 seminar series. If you are interested, please send us an email indicating your name, supervisor, a topic (a full title can be provided later) and any preferred dates. We are asking presenters to prepare a 20 min presentation aimed at a wider audience (please don’t make it so specialized that those outside your discipline cannot follow).
Why present at RTC seminars and why attend these presentations?
Attending and presenting at research seminars is an important part of your training, developing useful skills that are portable, regardless of career path. The seminars also increase the visibility of your work to the broader St. Michael’s community, enhancing your networking with other researchers. Who knows – your next employer, supervisor, or co-investigator could be in the audience! AND you can also list your presentation on your CV.
The seminars are NOT intended to put you under extra pressure and we do not require fully finished, polished or published works. We do ask that presenters have some data to present (for graduate students, second year or later is the ideal time to do this presentation). Presentations are NOT graded or ranked. Rather, the seminars are a forum where graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and PIs can help and teach each other, and discuss cutting-edge scientific research.
For advice on preparing presentations, check out our presentation resources page.
We will be sending out reminders to all trainees and upcoming seminars will be advertised through our website, the RTC Express, and on the screens throughout the KRC and LKSKI.
How to Earn Credits
We have had several high quality RTC seminars on both sides, with lively discussion. However, attendance by trainees remains low. We would like to encourage you to come to these excellent seminars and offer rewards to those who present and regularly attend. Therefore, we have started taking attendance as of the March 22nd, 2019 seminar.
You will be able to earn credits for presenting and/or attending seminars/events. In order to earn credits for attending, you must be present for the entire seminar.
0.5 credit = 0.5 credit for facilitating a seminar
1 credit = 1 credit for seminar attendance
1 credit = 1 credit for presenting at a seminar
1 credit = Attendance or participation in the Trainee Research Day
Period to collect credits: 1 year (September 2020 – June 2021) for Spring 2021 academic year competitions.
|July 31, 2020||ZOOM||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Daniel Han|
2) Zi Yan Chen
|Jaryd Te||1) The role of adipocyte YAP in glucose homeostasis and insulin resistance in vivo
2) The role of integrins on hematopoietic stem cells
|August 28, 2020||ZOOM||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Andreea Furdui|
|Aylin Visram||1) Neural circuits mediating opioid-induced respiratory depression|
|September 18, 2020||ZOOM||1:00pm - 2:00pm||Luisa Ulloa Severino||Danielle Karakas||Stiffness: a novel biomarker of kidney damage?|
|October 16, 2020||ZOOM||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Shenhab Zaig |
2) Ikran Ali
|Michelle Dubinsky||1) The role of N-type calcium channels in opioid-induced respiratory depression and analgesia
|December 11, 2020||ZOOM||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Xavier Lee|
2) Fatima Zohra Dahmani
|January 29, 2021||LKS 211||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Patrick Meagher|
2) Aylin Visram
|February 19, 2021||LKS 211||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Danielle Karakas|
2) Marina Nikolopoulos
|March 26, 2021||LKS 211||1:00pm - 2:00pm||Open|
|April 23, 2021||LKS 211||1:00pm - 2:00pm||Open|
|May 14, 2021||LKS 211||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Avinash Mukkala |
|June 4, 2021||LKS 211||1:00pm - 2:00pm||1) Zi Yan Chen|
|August 14, 2020||ZOOM||1:00pm - 2:00pm||Agnes Sebastian||Christine Schemitsch||Widening the lens of actionability: Primary care providers' experiences and needs in managing incidental genomic results|
|September 16, 2020||ZOOM||12:00pm - 1:00pm||1) Salma Shickh|
2) Danielle Lee
|Sabrina Ayoub-Charette||1) Adoption of genomic sequencing across Canada: Access, clinical utility and policy issues
2) The Effect of Important Food Sources of Fructose-Containing Sugars on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
|October 14, 2020||ZOOM||12:00pm - 1:00pm||Adele Coriati||2) Impact of the High Emergency Lung Transplantation program in Cystic Fibrosis: comparison between Canada and France|
|December 9, 2020||ZOOM||12:00pm - 1:00pm||1) Jason Lo Hog Tian|
2) Aaron Miller
|January 27, 2021||ZOOM||12:00pm - 1:00pm||1) Curtis D'Hollander |
2) Chloe Mighton
|February 17, 2021||LKS 216||12:00pm - 1:00pm||1)open|
|March 17, 2021||LKS 216||12:00pm - 1:00pm||1) Robinson Truong|
2) Rebecca Johnson
|April 21, 2021||LKS 216||12:00pm - 1:00pm||Open|
|May 12, 2021||LKS 240||12:00pm - 1:00pm||Open|
|June 2, 2021||LKS 216||12:00pm - 1:00pm||Open|
St. Michael’s Hospital Research Training Centre Scholarship
The Research Training Center is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to support research trainees at the LKSKI and KRCBS. The aim of these awards is to provide a partial salary support to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows registered with the RTC in order to help them to perform research and obtain a degree through their work. The successful applicant will be provided with a one-time award that will provide a top-up to the trainee’s stipend and (if applicable) reimburse the supervisor’s research fund used to pay the trainee’s stipend. We also encourage applicants to seek external funding. Learn more.
RTC Travel Award
Due to COVID-19, we will not be awarding travel awards this academic year.
The aim of the RTC Travel Award is to provide funding to support travel of trainees in order to enhance their research training experience in the area of knowledge dissemination and sharing. All trainees who receive the RTC Travel Award will present their project at a monthly seminar.
There are 12 travel awards available annually; 6 for the period of April 1st – September 30th and 6 for the period of October 1st – March 30th. Learn more.
Holmes McInnes Award
Drs. Beverly Holmes and Roderick McInnes dedicated their time and expertise as external reviewers of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Keenan Research Centre of Unity Health Toronto in December 2019. Both have dedicated their honoraria to research at Unity Health Toronto. In recognition of this, a graduate student award is proposed to honor a student’s activities which have helped support other research trainees and/or our local research community more broadly.
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral Program
The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Learn more.
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|University of Toronto Resources|
|Graduate Counselling Services||Challenges presented by graduate-level university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building||Monday to Friday appointment||416-978-8030 (and select option 5)||SGS or Health and Wellness Centre on U of T campus|
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|Health and Wellness Centre Workshops||Support for: managing stress, better sleep, coping skills; grief support circle; mindful meditation and eating||Register based on schedule (consult website)||Online registration, email (consult website)||Cancellation fee = $60||Health and Wellness Centre on U of T campus|
|Student Life webpage||Resources for academic, housing, financial, mental health distress; sexual assault safety|
|Community Safety Office||Personal safety issues that may affect mental health - bullying, harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, workplace conflict||Work hours||416-978-1485||Tri-campus; St. George campus|
|OISE Psychology Clinic||Located at University of Toronto provides comprehensive assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents, and assessment and counselling services to adults. These services are typically provided by students doing their clinical training under the supervision of faculty and staff psychologists.||416-978-0620||Fees/insurance apply|
|Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre||Prevent, manage or resolve conflict. Trained G2G Peer Advisors (G2G=grad-to-grad) to talk about options and strategies for addressing a concern and university supports and resources. G2G do not intervene or advocate – they listen and can help you to navigate your own way forward||Drop-in or appointment, Mon-Fri 9:30 am to 7pm||Free for U of T Grad students||Tri campus|
|Good2Talk Helpline||Confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, focus on ages 17-25||24/7||1-866-925-5454||Free||n/a|
|Assaulted Women's Helpline||Telephone and TTY crisis line to all women who have experienced abuse: provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals||24/7||416-863-0511|
|Gerstein Crisis Centre||Community based crisis service for adults 16+ in the City of Toronto, who are dealing with a serious mental health issue, concurrent or substance use issue and are currently in crisis. Crisis line and other crisis services; Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)||24/7||416-929-5200||100 Charles Street East; 1045 Bloor Street West|
|Toronto Distress Centres||Volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service; homicide and suicide loss survivor support||24/7||416-408-4357|
|Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS)||National, dedicated crisis and suicide phone and text service. Live Phone and Text is a safe, confidential, one-on-one conversation with a highly-trained empathic responder.||24h phone; 4pm to 12am text||Call toll-free 1-833-456-4566 or text to 45645||Toll free|
|Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, and Problem Gambling Helpline||Confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling||24/7||1-866-531-2600, email or webchat||Free|
|Family Service Toronto||Offers individual, family and couple counselling. Service in Farsi, Tamil, Spanish, French and English.||Call for appointment 416-595-9618, Mon-Thurs 9-6, Fri 9-5||Fees on a sliding scale, one free Wed drop-in session||Various|
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|Walk-in counselling||Free walk-in counselling in central, east and westToronto, offered by various agencies (consult website)||Free||Various|
|211||211 is a three-digit phone number and website that helps you find services in your community that relate to social, non-clinical health, and government services in Ontario.||Phone service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 100 languages.||Call 211|
|Canadian Mental Health Association: Toronto Branch||The Canadian Mental Association offers support services, public workshops and a variety of health initiatives that focus on mental health and wellbeing.||416-977-5580|
|ConnexOntario||ConnexOntario operates three helplines that provide health services information for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs, alcohol, or mental illness.||Drug & Alcohol Helpline:|
Mental Health Helpline:
Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline:
|UTGSU Covered Services|
|Psychologists||The practitioner must be a psychologist, or clinical counselor, or have a Master’s degree in Social Work||Plan covers the cost of a psychologist up to $500 per policy year.|
|Psy-Vitaliti/Studentcare Psychology Network||Studentcare has partnered with PsyVitalitï to create the Studentcare Psychology Network, a group of psychologists who offer their services to students at a preferred rate, either in person at PsyVitalitï’s downtown Toronto office or via secure online video conferencing, so that Health Plan members can consult a psychologist in the privacy and comfort of their own home.||Covered by UTGSU plan at preferred (reduced) rate|
|Ryerson University Resources|
|Centre for Student Developmement and Counselling||The CSDC offers free, confidential counselling services for students in a professional and friendly environment. Services are provided by our team of psychologists, counsellors, and masters and doctoral interns.||416-979-5195||Free||JOR 07C|
|Ryerson Medical Centre||Ryeron's family doctors can help you take care of your physical and mental wellbeing.||416-979-5070||KHW 181|
|Ryerson Health Promotion||Ryerson Health Promotion is a group of peer health promoters dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing on our university campus. They can provide you with information, resources and referrals to community agencies.||416-979-5000 ext. 4295||KHW 279|
|Academic Accomodation Support||Academic Accommodation Support helps students with single or multiple disabilities (such as learning disabilities, sensory impairments, acquired brain injuries, ADHD, and mental health, medical, and mobility issues). The Centre helps students secure academic accommodations so that they can fully participate in their academic experience at Ryerson.||416-979-5290||POD 61B|
|International Student Services||International Student Services supports international students by offering individual assistance, orientation programs, information sessions, and networking events.||416-979-5000 ext. 6655||POD 50A|
|Aboriginal Student Services||Aboriginal Student Services provides support for all First Nations, Aboriginal, Inuit, Metis, status and non-status students can balance academic learning with traditional teachings.||416-979-5000 ext. 7699||KHW 389|
|Centre for Women and Trans People||The Centre is a safe and inclusive place for all self-identified women on campus. It provides educational pamphlets, referrals and resources on issues that include racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, eating disorders, housing, sexual assault, pro-choice resources, violent relationships, support programs, and women’s health. Men are welcome to use the Centre’s resources, but need permission to enter.||416-979-5255 ext. 2350||SCC 210|
|The Ryerson Safe House||The Ryerson Safe House provides free and confidential emotional support and assistance to Ryerson students who:|
- Are at immediate risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Are fleeing unsafe or intolerable living conditions
- Have been made suddenly homeless as a result of compelling or extreme circumstances.
|How you can help?|
|safeTALK training||Ensure that people with thoughts of suicide are connected to helpers who are prepared to provide first aid interventions||Free for U of T students|
|York University Resources|
|AppleTree Medical Centre||Apple Tree Medical Centre offers a comprehensive list of medical services to the York University community.||Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m - 7 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m - 2 p.m||647-722-2370||York Lanes|
|York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC)||YUPC is a community mental health and training centre associated with the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Health. The clinic utilizes the latest knowledge on effective assessment and treatment. The clinic provides a range of leading edge, effective mental health services to keep people of all ages living healthy, productive lives.||Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m - 6:30 p.m||416-650-8488||Behavioral Sciences Building, Reception Room 104|
|The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre)||The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre) coordinates supports and resources for all members of the community that have experienced sexual violence, receives disclosures and complaints, facilitates safety planning, and assists survivors through the complaint process.||24/7||416-736-5211 (24/7)||301 York Lanes|
|Student Counselling & Development (SCD)||This unit helps York students to realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience and manage the challenges of university life. Students come to SCD because of a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, eating and body image as well as issues related to sexuality, short-term individual, couple, and group counselling, crisis intervention and consultations regarding students in distress/crisis and issues related to overall mental health.||9 a.m - 4 p.m: Monday - Friday||416-736-5297||N110 Bennett Centre for Student|
|Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR)||he Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR) supports students impacted by critical incidents, facing personal crises or multiple complex issues. OSCR supports students, parent/guardians and the community in its role as the University liaison in the management of critical incident cases. OSCR works with students to resolve complaints regarding inappropriate student behaviour either informally or through formal disciplinary processes.||416-736-5231||W128 Bennett Centre for Student Services|
|Health Education and Promotion||Health Education and Promotion is a team of York students and staff that collaboratively work with on and off campus stakeholders to create a community that supports students’ health and well-being. We provide outreach, workshops and one-on-one peer support for students with regards to mental health, sexual health, alcohol and other drugs and nutrition, all from a harm reduction approach.||Monday-Friday: 9 a.m-4:30 p.m||416-736-5144||s172 Ross Building|
|GradConnect Wellness Services||GradConnect Wellness Services aims to support and enhance the mental health and well-being of York University graduate students as they pursue their academic goals through the development and implementation of resources, services, and supports designed to help graduate students connect with their wellness.||Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm||416-736-2100 ext. 33379||230 York Lanes|