RTC Express

Monday, March 11, 2019


Expand your skills in using R Software for statistics and graphing. Register here.

Data Cleaning and Data Visualizing in the R Tidyverse

Mar 12th, LKS 240, 12:00-1:00pm

R in the Life of a Researcher

Mar 26th, LKS 136, 11:00-12:00pm

Using R for Statistical Analysis

Apr 23rd, LKS 241, 12:00-1:00pm


Please register to attend any of the sessions below:

Cell Culture Orientation

Mar 21st,  LKS 759, 10:00-11:00am

Animal Ethics Lecture 

Mar 28th,  LKS 573, 9:00-12:00pm


Please email hslibrary@smh.ca to register for any of the sessions below:

Software to Support Systematic Reviews

Mar 12th,  LKS 353, 1:00-2:30pm

Excel Intermediate

Mar 14th,  LKS 353, 12:00-1:30pm

Systematic Grey Literature Searching

Mar 19th,  LKS 353, 12:00-1:30pm

RFC/RTC Essentials in Experimental Research Series

May 1st and 15th: Practical experiment design, Part A (May 1) and B (May 15th). Registration is required (limited space). Registration will open soon.

RTC Seminar Attendance

Dear trainees,

We 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 will start taking attendance as of the March 22nd seminar. Please stay tuned for further announcements on this issue in the next RTC express.

RTC Seminars

Patients’ Experiences with Uncertainty Related to Incidental Genomic Sequencing Results – Presented by Chloe Mighton (Supervisor: Dr.  Yvonne Bombard)

 March 13th, LKS 240, 12:00-1:00pm

Mediated Nuclear Import and Export of TAZ  – Presented by Dr. Michael Kofler (Supervisor: Andras Kapus)

March 22nd  LKS 211, 1:00-2:00pm

Pizza lunch will be served. Interested in presenting at an upcoming seminar? Email rtc@smh.ca.

March is Mental Health Month at the LKSKI

 March is Mental Health Month!

St. Michael’s Research Student Association (SRSA) is delighted to present March as Mental Health Month! We will have programming each week to promote mental health awareness, mental wellness and self-care. Attend 2 or more events to enter a draw! Look forward to…

  • Mar 14: Yoga and meditation, LKS 211 3-3:30 pm, register here
  • Mar 22: “Stress test – the graduate experience” seminar by Dr. Andras Kapus & stress management workshop by U of T wellness counsellor, LKS211 2:30–4 pm, register here
  • Mar 25: Custom journal making workshop, LKS216 3-4:30 pm, register here
  • Mar 29: Gratitude-themed social, LKS136 4-5 pm

We will also be giving out pamphlets with a list of mental health resources in universities and the community! Contacts: sebastiana@smh.ca , ikran.ali@mail.utoronto.ca. Stay tuned on the Daily Dose, RUN, Facebook or Instagram for more information!

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Save the Date: St. Michael’s Hospital Elevator Pitch Competition  

April 26th, LKS 136, 2:30-4:30pm

Wrap up the academic year with a bang by showing off your research in a three-minute elevator pitch! Stay tuned for more information.

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Save the Date: RTC Trainee Research Day  

November 4th,  Allan Waters Auditorium

The RTC Trainee Research Day this year will be part of Research Month and will take place on Monday, November 4th, 2019. The goal of Research Day is to showcase our talented trainees. This day also provides the research community a chance to celebrate the outstanding science produced at St. Michael’s. The day will consist of guest speakers, oral and poster presentations by trainees, followed by an award ceremony and reception. There are opportunities to network over lunch and throughout the day.

To view last year’s competition abstract, photos and winners click here.

Humans of St. Michael’s

Calling all trainees! SRSA is currently compiling a “Humans of St. Michael’s” series featuring the stories and experiences from trainees, scientists, healthcare professionals, and other members of the St. Michael’s Hospital community. If you are interested in participating in this experience, please contact Tiffany Ni (nit@smh.ca) or Hening Sun (hening.sun@mail.utoronto.ca) to schedule a quick 30 minute interview!

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Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities Description Who can apply Amount & Duration Deadline
Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has joined together with the Sohn Conference Foundation, dedicated to curing pediatric cancers, to establish the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$231,000 for 4 years
March 14 2019
Allied Health Doctoral FellowshipsThe Kidney Foundation of Canada is offering a limited number of Fellowships designed to provide for full-time academic and research preparation at the doctoral level. The objective of this program is to promote and enhance the development of nephrology allied health investigators in Canada. The award is tenable in Canada or abroad. PhD$52,000 for 4 yearsMarch 15 2019
Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator AwardsApplications are encouraged from early-career basic scientists, medical oncologists, pathologists, urologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, public health experts, bioinformaticians, bioengineers, or professionals from any other field that could contribute to the end of prostate cancer. Applicants may be working in basic, translational, computational or clinical research and need not be trained specifically in prostate cancer research to be highly competitive. Applicant should be within six-years following completion of a professional degree or subsequent mentored academic or clinical training program.PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$225,000 USD for 3 years
March 17 2019
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)- NARSAD Young Investigator GrantsTo facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, as well as translational and/or clinical investigators. All research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as: schizophrenia; bipolar; mood and anxiety disorders; or early onset brain and behavior disorders.Post Doctoral Fellow
$35,000 USD for 2 years
March 19 2019
Picker Gold Challenge Grants for Residency TrainingThe Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grant Program supports the research and development of successful patient-centered care initiatives and best practices in the residency training environment.Residents
$15,000-$25,000 for 1 year
March 29 2019
International Policy Ideas Challenge 2019Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge. MSc and PhD
$3,000 for 1 year
March 29 2019
Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada ScholarshipThe KKG Foundation of Canada fosters and promotes higher education among Canadian women. This scholarship is proudly offered annually to any Canadian woman who is active in her Ph.D. studies.PhD
March 30 2019
Cancer Research Institute: CFI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship ProgramThe CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology.Post Doctoral Fellow
$175,000 for 3 years
April 1 2019
Doctoral AwardThis award is directed at candidates with a health professional degree who wish to engage in or enhance their research training. PhD
$50,000 for 4 years
April 1 2019
Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green ScholarshipSociologists for Women in Society has worked hard to build a coalition of women scholars who share concerns about the status of women both domestically and internationally.MSc, PhD
$18,000 for 1 year
April 1 2019
Ontario Brain Institute's ONtrepreneurs programThe ONtrepreneurs (Ontario Neurotech Entrepreneurs) Program is Canada's single largest award that catalyzes early stage entrepreneurs to commercialize brain-related technologies by accessing funding and support to launch or grow their neurotechnology ventures.Post Doctoral Fellow
$50,000 for 1 year
April 1 2019
Postdoctoral FellowshipThe Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor should make every effort to demonstrate the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system's role in cancer.Post Doctoral Fellow
$175,500 for 3 years
April 1 2019
Health System Impact FellowshipThe Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows) provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks. Post Doctoral Fellow$50,000-$155,000 for 1-2 years
April 2 2019
Paris Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Blue Sky Fellowships in humanities and social sciences The Paris IAS welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences for a research stay of 5 or 10 months, during the academic year 2020-2021. The research fellows will work freely on the project of their choice. Each cohort of fellows includes about 20 researchers from all backgrounds, disciplines and nationalities.Post Doctoral Fellow
Various amountsApril 15 2019
Paris Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Brain, Culture and Society Program The Paris IAS welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences for a research stay of 5 or 10 months during the academic year 2020-2021 within the framework of its “Brain, Culture and Society program”. The research fellows will work freely on the project of their choice at the interface of neuroscience, the cognitive sciences and the humanities and social sciences. Post Doctoral Fellow
Various amountsApril 15 2019
Scholarship for the Next Generation of ScientistsScholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists is a Cancer Research Society funding program with the goal of supporting the future generation of Canadian researchers.Post Doctoral Fellow
$160,000 for 3 years
April 26 2019
CFWH Dawn Walker Grant for Health Policy EducationThe Dawn Walker Grant is administered by the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health (CFWH) in support of health policy training and development for healthcare professionals.MSc, PhD
$5,000 for 1 yearMay 1 2019
Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE Program)The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.Post Doctoral Fellow
$1.65M for 1-2 years
May 1 2019
CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy Fellowship AwardThe CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy has funds to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Successful candidates are recognized as CIHR Fellows in Public Health Policy, and become part of a dynamic public health policy training and research community.MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$17,850-$36,850 for 1-2 years
May 4 2019
Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational SpectrumThe Neilsen Foundation funds projects that are designed to improve and advance current treatments for acute and chronic spinal cord dysfunction. This portfolio emphasizes SCI (vs. spinal cord disease or related disorders) and is intended to fill gaps in the field and to further develop new strategies to restore function resulting from SCI.Post Doctoral Fellow
Up to $150,000USD for up to 2 years
May 6 2019
S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work and HealthThe fellowships are for early-career researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. Preference is given to candidates whose research interests include: prevention of work-related injury and illness; understanding the social determinants of health and illness in work environments; prevention and management of work disability; or evaluating workplace interventions to improve health.MSc, PhD
June 6 2019
Master's Award: Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Awards are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health related field at a Canadian institution.MSc, PhD
$17,500 for 1 year
December 3 2019
UICC Technical Fellowships (UICC-TF)UICC's mission is to unite the cancer community, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$3,400 USD for 1 year
December 31 2019
MitacsUp to 200 senior undergraduate and graduate student, as well as postdoctoral fellows from the university can participate in research exchanges through the Globalinks Research Award pathway. Faculty at U of T and an international university from a partner country will jointly supervise research projects.PhD or Post Doctoral Fellow
$6,000 for 12-24 Weeks
3 months prior to arriving at host University

From Mindless Scrolling to Handshakes:  How to Explore and Achieve your Career Goals through Social Media

March 12th, Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower 4-204, 3:30-5:00pm

This highly interactive workshop hosted by PhD Candidate & Science Communicator Samantha Yammine is for anyone looking to learn how to leverage digital social networks for career exploration and professional networking. We’ll discuss recent data on career trajectories of Canadian STEM graduates, plus the good and bad career advice you might hear through the grapevine on campus. Attendees will also be given insider tips on Twitter & LinkedIn for professional networking at conferences and beyond so that once you figure out your dream job, you feel empowered knowing how to get it. All UHN trainees and staff are welcome to attend, and the event will be live-captioned for folks who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing. The organizers and speaker are committed to accessibility so please do not hesitate to let us know if you require any other accommodations. You can learn more about Samantha at samanthayammine.com.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please email ort.admin@uhnresearch.ca to register.

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ADC Bridge to BCG Connection 

March 21st, U of T Medical Science Building, Room 2170, 6:30pm

This event is intended for advanced degree candidates (PhDs, Post-Docs, MDs, JDs) to learn about the opportunities BCG has to offer, including the Bridge to BCG Program. This event is open to everyone who is interested; please register via the link for Connection Event.

After the Connection Event, an invite-only networking reception will be hosted at 7:30 pm. To apply to attend, please submit your resume by March 14 at 1 pm via the separate link for Networking Event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@gmcacanada.com.

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Bain & Company: Advanced Degree Recruiting Information

Deadline: April 5th

We are happy to announce that Bain & Company is ready to kick off their Advanced Degree recruiting cycle, with their first Bain info sessions just under a week away!

The links below contain important information about their upcoming info sessions, summer programs, webinars, application deadlines, and the full-time recruiting process for their 2020 Consultant roles. If a career at Bain is one that interests you, we recommend clicking through these links to learn more.

2019 Advanced Degree Recruiting Season Overview

Advanced Degree Events & Summer Programs

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CRC Tier 2 – Program Science and Global Public Health

Deadline: April 15th

The University of Manitoba invites applications for a Canada Research Chair Tier 2, a tenured or tenure-track position at the rank of assistant or associate professor, in the area of Program Science and Global Public Health. The Government of Canada has established the CRC program to enable Canadian universities to foster world class research excellence. The proposed CRC aligns with the University’s strategic research plan that identifies Integrative Research in Health and Well-being as a targeted area.

Apply here

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Science Management Symposium @CAN-CAN 2019

May 22, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen St W), 8:30-12:00pm

The landscape of scientific research is changing. Today’s researchers need to participate in large-scale collaborations, obtain and manage funding, share data, publish, and undertake knowledge translation activities in order to be successful. As per these increasing demands, Science Management is now a vital piece of the environment. This panel discussion will host area experts whom have extensive experience with management in a science setting. Our goal is to motivate participants to regard Science Management as an essential component to their research workflow and begin to integrate project management techniques and tools into their regular practice

Register here

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ComSciConCAN 2019

July 18-20 , McMaster University

ComSciConCAN is Canada’s first national science communication workshop for graduate students. This unique professional development program aims to help the next generation of leaders in STEM fields develop the skills needed to communicate their research and ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, policy makers, and the general public.

Read more

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