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 - 2:00pmShenhab Zaig Michelle DubinskyThe role of N-type calcium channels in opioid-induced respiratory depression and analgesia
November 20, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Eno Hysi
2) Jean-Philippe Rousseau
Dr. Szaszi1) The best kidney: How photoacoustic imaging can assess pre-transplantation kidney quality
2) Optogenetic activation of preBötzinger Complex cells alleviates respiratory depression by opioids
December 11, 2020ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pmFatima Zohra DahmaniShenhab Zaig 1) β3 integrins PSI domain as a novel therapeutic target for inhibition of tumor growth and metastasis
January 29, 2021ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Patrick Meagher
2) Aylin Visram
Muskan Gupta1) Integrin Alpha 11 an important regulator of ventricular remodelling and collagen deposition in the failing heart
2) Role of Dapagliflozin in Attenuating Right Ventricular Remodeling: Thoracic Aortic Constriction Model
February 19, 2021ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Danielle KarakasSabrina Ayoub-Charette1) Kupffer cells are required for hepatocellular thrombopoeitin generation
March 26, 2021ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Amin EktesabiZiyan Chen1) Identification of immunoregulatory microRNAs in hepatic tissue of septic mice treated with mesenchymal stem cells
April 23, 2021ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Ikran Ali
Patrick Meagher1) Characterizing the effects of locally applied vancomycin powder on bone healing and surgical-site infection in a small animal model
May 14, 2021ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Avinash Mukkala
2) Charneal Dixon
June 4, 2021ZOOM1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Zi Yan Chen
2) Xavier Lee


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 - 1:00pmAdele Coriati
Christine SchemitschImpact of the High Emergency Lung Transplantation program in Cystic Fibrosis: comparison between Canada and France
November 25, 2020ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Alexa Yakubovich
2) Adele Coriati
3) Jeffrey Glaister
Dr. Parsons1) Why and how should we advance a structural approach to preventing intimate partner violence?
2) Validation of the French 3-year prognostic score using the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis registry
3) Analysis of Leptomeningeal Enhancement in Multiple Sclerosis using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
December 9, 2020ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Jason Lo Hog Tian
2) Aaron Miller
1) Breaking HIV stigma: examining mechanisms linking stigma and health
2) Can data capture improve intraoperative best practices? Using the OR Black Box as a novel approach to develop a feedback loop for adherence to surgical site prevention guidelines
January 27, 2021ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Chloe Mighton
Nikhil Mistry1) Patient and public preferences for being recontacted with updated genomics results: A mixed-methods study
February 17, 2021ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Suvetha Krishnapillai
2) Jennifer Gillis
Sabrina Ayoub-Charette1) Exploring the effectiveness of a digital decision aid in supporting diverse patient values
2) Secondary prevention of anal cancerin men living with HIV: Acceptability and Suitability of anal cancer screening
March 17, 2021ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Robinson Truong
Madison Walker1) Acceptability of Sexual Orientation Disclosure Interventions in Primary Care Survey
April 21, 2021ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Christine Schemitsch
2) Sabrina Ayoubcharette
Victoria Ki1)The Impact of Psychological Factors on the Outcome of Surgical Repair for Rotator Cuff Tears - A Prospective Cohort (IMPROVE Study)
2) The Effect of Displacing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages with Non-Nutritive Sweetened Beverages or Water on Glucose Tolerance and the Human Gut Microbiome: The STOP Sugars NOW Trial
May 12, 2021ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Curtis D'Hollander
June 2, 2021ZOOM12:00pm - 1:00pm1) Anisa Nazir 2) Rebecca JohnsonPakeezah Saadat

Contact Us

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