Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Making a case for research investment in Canada: Can we drive reverse brain drain now?

Author: Camila Londono, 01/11/17

Brain drain was a real problem for Canada in the late ‘90s. A study by Statistics Canada found that twice as many post-secondary professors and teachers went to the United States than came to Canada in that period. This untenable situation—in which education and infrastructure investments in people were lost through decreased funding, higher taxes…Read more

Right Turn: The elements of a great story (courtesy of OIRM’s SciComms Workshop)

Author: Laine Jaremey, 12/16/16

I joined graduate students and early-career researchers at OIRM’s first Science Communications Workshop, held November 24, 2016 in Toronto. Expert communicators from a variety of backgrounds provided a valuable introduction to the essentials of successful science communication at the day-long event. We learned that storytelling is a tool that can help you to construct compelling…Read more

Understanding how to hone your story for media – Tips from an expert

Author: Laine Jaremey, 12/13/16

Last month, the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) hosted its first Science Communications Workshop. Expert speakers, who included journalists, communicators and social media specialists, educated the mostly graduate students and early-career researchers in attendance by helping them navigate media interviews and communicate their work using social media. In this post, I’m sharing learnings from…Read more

Insights from CGTW16 – Part 1: Cell Manufacturing Best Practices

Author: Guest, 11/17/16

Amin Adibi is a biomedical engineer and a research assistant at the University of British Columbia. His areas of interest include cell manufacturing and bioprocess optimization, clinical translation of cellular therapies, health outcomes and cost-effectiveness modelling. Amin has an MSc degree from University of Calgary, where he focused on developing adjuvant MSC-based therapies for brain…Read more

Right Turn: Andrew Pelling Redux

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/12/16

August 10, 2016 | UOttawa professor and TED Fellow is the keynote speaker for the 2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) Symposium. Here’s what our community members had to say on social media:

Ethics for early career stem cell researchers – are we missing a trick?

Author: David Kent, 05/31/16

Throughout the last decade, I have undertaken research in the stem cell field in two countries (Canada and the United Kingdom) and while my work has never involved the ethically contentious human embryonic stem (ES) cell lines, I have interacted with dozens of scientists whose research does involve ES cells. If you ever ask the…Read more

Right Turn: Resources for scientists

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/13/16

I’ve read enough PhD Comics to understand that being a scientist is hard. (I work with them too, but I’m saving those stories for my tell-all autobiography.) Recently I stumbled upon* what I believe could be a useful resource for scientists to make their lives a little easier, and it made me wonder what other…Read more

Right Turn: The art of scientific communication

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 11/20/15

I’ve been blogging about some of the talks that I heard at the recent Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM) in Toronto, Canada. Maybe you’ve read them (featuring speakers Molly Shoichet and Milica Radisic)? For this blog, I want to take a different focus. TMM is diverse and caters to delegates interested in talks and debates…Read more

Right Turn: Back to school Part 2

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/11/15

. University and college students have invaded Toronto in the hundreds of thousands (nearly 200,000 apparently). Not that I think this is a bad thing, as I stated last week. I recognize that this is a phenomenon seen across Canada and around the world, but with four universities and four colleges in the city, their…Read more

A high school student rethinks science career options after StemCellTalks

Author: Guest, 07/06/15

. StemCellTalks is a Canadian high school outreach initiative that has been running in seven Canadian cities since 2010. The annual symposia were established to facilitate knowledge transfer between academia and high school students pertaining to the science and practical ethics of stem cells. To date, over 500 graduate student and trainee volunteers have reached…Read more