OIRM is happy to partner with Boehringer-Ingelheim to host a Pitch Day where investigators will have the opportunity meet with members of Boehringer’s Research Beyond Borders business development and venture team. Boehringer’s is interested on exploring emerging science and technologies through collaborations and partnership, and start building a relationship with investigators around promising technologies.

For this 2019 Pitch Day, Boehringer-Ingelheim is interested in new pathways, targets and ultimately molecular entities (small molecule or biologics) that modulate/stimulate human endogenous cells for tissues regeneration and restoration of organs physiological functions. This includes but is not limited to indications for:

  • Diabetes
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Sarcopenia
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis

Applications are due to OIRM by February 20, 2019. For more information and to download the application form visit here.


The ISSCR Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California from 26-29 June, 2019. this four-day program features more than 200 speakers from around the world, demonstrating the excellence of stem cells and regenerative medicine research.

OIRM is offering travel awards to help support trainees attendance at this meeting, please submit your abstract directly to ISSCR by February 6, 2019 to be considered for an oral or poster presentation.

Early registration closes March 3, 2019.


OIRM is happy to partner with BioCanRX as part of our SMRTS series to bring you this seminar on Practical Project Management with Dr. Samantha Sandassie, Education and Training Administrator at AGE-WELL NCE.

Presented by webcast only, register here.

Seminar Description: Completing projects on time, on budget, and within the defined scope can be a daunting task. In health research, poor project management is probably responsible for more challenges than bad science or methods; without careful management, projects grow unwieldy, deadlines come and go, and outputs may not meet expectations. This webinar will introduce you to project management principles and tools to help you successfully lead a project from initiation and planning to project close and evaluation. We will explore tools such as project charters, stakeholder registers, Gantt and PERT charts, budgets, project health checklists, and closure reports.


Save the date for the annual Regenerative Medicine Student Symposium put on by the Translational Program in Regenerative Medicine.

This years keynotes include Dr. Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto and Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, SALK Institute.


More details will be posted shortly.


OIRM is happy to support this event put on by the Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR) University of Toronto chapter. This day-long conference encompassing the many advancements towards the improvement of medicine using stem cells. It will imbue the discoveries and progress in stem cell research with connections to ethics and policies, innovation and technology, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to examine the future of the field.

This conference will provide an opportunity for both undergraduates and high school students to gain insightful information regarding research and policy, to connect with researchers and professionals, and to discover the promising field of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

More information is available here.


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 peckford@sickkids.ca.  or Jodi Garner at jodi.garner@oirm.ca.


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.


In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Weian Zhao, PhD, associate professor at the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.


Please check back soon for more details.


In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Peter Reddien, PhD, a faculty member at the Whitehead Institute and a professor in the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presenting on “The Essential Components of Regeneration”.

Please note the location and webcasting details for this series have changed, see below for updated information.

Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th floor
600 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5 Canada

Webcasting can be viewed here.

Download the event poster here.



First impressions count! Because people form an opinion of you within 30 seconds of initial contact, creating a positive lasting impression is crucial—especially if you are (or want to be) an influencer or whether you are presenting your research at a conference or pitching it to a team of reviewers. In this short session, you will learn key strategies to present yourself and your research/ideas with more impact, leaving your audience no choice but to be impressed from the start.

Presenter: Sylviane Duval, Research Navigation and Knowledge Transfer Professional from OpenTheBox.

Register here to attend.

Held in partnership with MEOPAR.