OIRM Workshops and Courses

OIRM will post information on its upcoming workshops as it becomes available.

Current workshops:

Pluripotent Stem Cell Workshop

Pluripotent Stem Cell Workshop

Date: February 20-22, 2018
Location: IBBME Teaching Lab, University of Toronto
Application Deadline: December 15, 2017


This workshop is ideal for trainees who want to advance their biological knowledge and research projects through the use of human pluripotent stem cell (PSCs). Techniques covered include general culture maintenance, differentiation (specifically focused on Neural and Definitive Endoderm differentiation) as well as cell reprogramming and gene editing techniques. This workshop will focus primarily on feeder-free culture system for human PSCs.

Designed to be approximately 60% wet lab and 40% classroom seminars and discussions, by the end of the workshop trainees will be knowledgeable in consideration for PSC maintenance and differentiation as well as troubleshooting techniques. During the course of this workshop with discuss alternative culture methods such as feeder based hPSCs and 3D modeling. This workshop is intended for trainees at the early stages of PSC culture experiments and will cover both basic and advanced techniques.

Skills and techniques taught on the course;

  • Human pluripotent cells culture, passaging, colony picking and cryopreservation
  • Differentiation of hPSCs in both adherent and non-adherent conditions including spontaneous and directed differentiation techniques
  • Strategies for experimental design and considerations for alternative culture methods
  • IPSC generation and gene editing techniques

View the draft workshop agenda here.


Application Procedure & Registration Fees:

Space in this workshop is limited; therefore all those interested in participating must submit an application form (see below). Selected applicants will be notified by the middle of January, and will be instructed on how to proceed with registration for the workshop.

The registration fee for this workshop is $350 ($CAD) for OIRM members.  

The Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) and Medicine by Design (MbD) are offering a limited number of travel awards to enable eligible trainees to attend this workshop. All those who submit an application to attend will automatically be considered for trainee sponsorship and travel bursaries through the appropriate network; OIRM or MbD. To check for eligibility and associated travel awards please click here.

Download the Workshop and Bursary Application Form here. Completed applications form should be sent to jodi.garner@oirm.ca by 11:59 pm EST Friday, December 15th, 2017.

Thank you to Stem Cell Technologies, Medicine by Design, and CCRM for help sponsoring this workshop. For more information please contact Jodi Garner at jodi.garner@oirm.ca.