RTC Seminars

About RTC Seminars

The LKSKI (dry bench) seminars take place on Wednesdays from 12 – 1 pm. The KRC-RTC (wet bench) seminars will be part of the unified KRC seminar series, which consists of weekly seminars on Fridays at 1 – 2pm, featuring KRC 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 2019/20 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.

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, you must earn at least 7 credits during the academic year.

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: 1.5 years (March 2019 – Sept 2020) for Sept 2020 academic year competitions.

Basic Science (wet bench) research seminars

September 20, 2019LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Matthew Reyad
2) Elyse Latreille
1) The Effect of Prolonged Nitrate Administration on Ocular Disease Phenotypes in a Transgenic Rat Model of Chronic Hypertension
2) Identification of a compound that prevents influenza-induced death in zebrafish and mice
October 11, 2019LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Thenuka Thanabalasingam
2) Tiffany Ni
1) Reconstruction of the lung with Lung Bud Organoid cells on the Gelfoam sponge
2) Two Birds, One Stone: Salvianolic acids inhibit platelet aggregation and blood coagulation
November 29, 2019LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm Dr. Julian ZhangA critical NUAK1-YAP/TAZ feed forward loop drives organ fibrosis
January 31, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Michelle Dubinsky
1) 'Role of Endothelial Cell Cis-Acting DNA Elements in Regulating Hemodynamic-Mediated Changes in Gene Expression
February 21, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Siavash Ghaffari
2) open
1) Identification of Novel Post-receptor Regulators of LDL Transcytosis
February 28, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Shenhab Zaig
2) Justin Trac
1) Investigating the mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression using zebrafish models
2) Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Circulating Inflammatory
and Pro-Vascular Progenitor Cell Populations
April 24, 2020ZOOM (details to come)1:00pm - 2:00pm1) Negar Khosraviani
2) Ikran Ali
May 15, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Selena Osman
2) Luisa Ulloa Severino
June 5, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Avinash Mukkala
2) Daniel Han
September 18, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pm1) Marina Nikolopoulos
October 16, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pmOpen
November 20, 2020Auditorium 1:00pm - 2:00pmOpen
December 11, 2020LKS 2111:00pm - 2:00pmOpen

Clinical (dry bench) research seminars

September 18, 2019250 Yonge Rm 635/63712:00pm - 1:00pm1) Zahra Khan
2) Néma McGlynn
1) Remote Ischemic Conditioning in Traumatic Brain Injury: A Randomized Control Trial
2) Effect of Non-Nutritive Sweetened Beverages on Cardiometabolic Risk: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
October 16, 2019250 Yonge Rm 635/63712:00pm - 1:00pm1) Laura Elliott
1) The association between vegetarian diet, growth and micronutrient store in early childhood
December 4, 2019250 Yonge Rm 635/63712:00pm - 1:00pm1) Cilia Mejia-Lancheros & James Lachaud1) What happens after exiting homelessness: housing stability pathways, quality of life, community integration, and substance use severity of mentally ill homeless adults
January 15, 2020LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pmDr. Nick MethenyWhere you Live Matters: Towards a Program of Research on Multilevel Approaches to Reducing Intimate Partner Violence
February 12, 2020LKS 24112:00pm - 1:00pm1) Farah Mawani
2) Bianca Naccarato
1) “It’s better than alone”: Impact evaluation of Building Roads Together, a community-based peer walking and rolling program
2) Professional Boundaries Within the Health Care Profession
March 11, 2020LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pmJennifer Gillis Low human papillomavirus (HPV) knowledge related to low HPV-associated disease risk perception among men living with HIV: potential implications for HPV-associated disease prevention
April 8, 2020ZOOM (details to come)1:00pm - 2:00pmChristine Schemitsch
The Impact of Psychological Factors on the Outcome of Surgical Repair for Rotator Cuff Tears - A Prospective Cohort (IMPROVE Study)

May 20, 2020LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pm1) Andrea Glenn
2) Chloe Mighton
1) Adherence to a Portfolio-like dietary pattern and risk of cardiometabolic diseases: Insights from the Women’s Health Initiative
June 3, 2020LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pm1) Amalia Gil
2) Bonnie Armstrong
September 16, 2020LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pm1) Salma Shickh
2) Open
October 14, 2020LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pm1) Shuangbo Liu
2) Open
November 4, 2020LKS 21612:00pm - 1:00pmOpen
December 9, 2020LKS 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.