Clinical Translation Workshop – Manufacturing, reimbursement and running a clinical trial
Feb 21 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm

OIRM’s Clinical Translation Initiative Workshop series is focused on the translation of research studies from the lab into the clinic, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss critical steps and share lessons learned. This workshop will focus on cell manufacturing, clinical trial reimbursement and logistics of running a clinical trial.

This workshop will cover several topics including:

  • Central versus source manufacturing of cell therapy products
  • IABS guidelines on IPS/ES cell usage and manufacturing
  • Reimbursement modelling in Canada including reimbursement strategy for institutional manufacturing
  • Recruitment and retention of patients
  • Research design methodology
  • Regulatory considerations for commercialization and translation

Speakers include:

  • Harry Atkins, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Christopher McCabe, Institute for Health Economics
  • Dean Fergusson, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Siofradh McMahon, CCRM
  • Terrence Yau, University Health Network
  • David Courtman, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


Register for this event here or download the agenda.

A limited number of travel awards are available to help support out of town attendees. Please indicate your interest in being considered for travel support on your registration. Deadline to apply for travel support is January, 31, 2019.

Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease Workshop
May 7 – May 10 all-day

OIRM in collaboration with the Hospital For Sick Children’s CFIT Program are pleased to offer a 4-day hands-on workshop looking at the ‘Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease’. This comprehensive course will cover methods to maintain human iPS cells in culture and the directed differentiation of these cells to epithelial cells suitable as models for the study of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We will discuss and demonstrate important aspects of the workflow, including characterization of patient-derived iPS cells and how they can be used as a model system for the study of CF lung disease.

The course is open to Canadian and International academic trainees with limited space available to industry participants.  Both the CFIT Program and OIRM are providing a limited number of trainee travel/registration awards for successful applicants.

More information about this workshop and travel awards can be found on the CFIT website or download the poster.

Application deadline: March 31, 2019.

For more information on this course, please contact the Program Manager, Paul Eckford at  or Jodi Garner at

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Annual Symposium
May 15 all-day

Save the date for OIRM’s Annual Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Symposium in Toronto on May 15, 2019.

We’re pleased to have Pete Coffey, PhD from University College London as this year’s keynote speaker.

Please check back soon for more details or save this event to be notified when tickets become available.