RTC Seminars

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). We will be happy to share more detailed instructions with presenters. Two trainee presentations are given per seminar and a light lunch is provided (if on-site).

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.

To be eligible to apply for an RTC travel award or receive additional points on your RTC Scholarship application you must earn at least 5 credits during the academic year.

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.

Basic Science (wet bench) research seminars

DateRoomTimePresenterFacilitator Title
July 31, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Daniel Han
2) Zi Yan Chen
Jaryd Te1) The role of adipocyte YAP in glucose homeostasis and insulin resistance in vivo
2) The role of integrins on hematopoietic stem cells
August 28, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Andreea Furdui
2) open
Aylin Visram1) Neural circuits mediating opioid-induced respiratory depression
September 18, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pmLuisa Ulloa SeverinoDanielle KarakasStiffness: a novel biomarker of kidney damage?
October 16, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Shenhab Zaig
2) Ikran Ali
December 11, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Xavier Lee
2) Fatima Zohra Dahmani
January 29, 2021LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Patrick Meagher
2) Aylin Visram
February 19, 2021LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Danielle Karakas
2) Marina Nikolopoulos
March 26, 2021LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pmOpen
April 23, 2021LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pmOpen
May 14, 2021LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Avinash Mukkala
2) Open
June 4, 2021LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Zi Yan Chen
2) Open


Clinical (dry bench) research seminars

August 14, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pmAgnes SebastianChristine Schemitsch

Widening the lens of actionability: Primary care providers' experiences and needs in managing incidental genomic results
September 16, 2020ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Salma Shickh
2) Danielle Lee
Sabrina Ayoub-Charette1) 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, 2020ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Shuangbo Liu
2) Adele Coriati
December 9, 2020ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Jason Lo Hog Tian
2) Aaron Miller
January 27, 2021ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Curtis D'Hollander
2) Chloe Mighton
February 17, 2021LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pm1)open
2) open
March 17, 2021LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pm1) Robinson Truong
2) Rebecca Johnson
April 21, 2021LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pmOpen
May 12, 2021LKS 24012:00pm - 1:00pmOpen
June 2, 2021LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pmOpen

Contact Us

If you are interested in presenting or want more information about the RTC seminars, contact us at rtc@smh.ca.