OIRM is happy to partner with AGE-WELL NCE to deliver this seminar on The role of evaluation – Selling an intervention in a marketplace of interventions.

Speaker: Daniel Dutton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Canadian governments are being faced with a confluence of complex social, economic, cultural, and political challenges, especially in relation to our aging population. They are also being presented with a multiplicity of potential solutions in a context of continued fiscal restraint. Making informed decisions regarding the best possible option for their jurisdiction involves considerations such as cultural appropriateness, public perception, resource management, and most importantly, cost and potential cost-savings. Researchers seeking to leverage their work to inform public policy need to do more than demonstrate that their interventions work—they must be able to explain what challenge their work will able to solve, how their findings are best placed to meet the needs of the target population, and what the potential return on investment will be for government.

In this webinar, we will explore the concepts of economic narratives and their relevance to policy recommendations. More specifically, we will delve into the basics of the concept of intervention evaluation, which build to the Social Return on Investment economic model, and discuss the importance of structuring appropriate cost-benefit arguments in the context of research seeking to influence policy.


Hosted by AGE-WELL. Please contact Samantha Sandassie (samantha.sandassie@uhn.ca) if you have any questions or concerns.


About the workshop:

The Navigating the Regulatory Steps in Biotherapeutic Translation workshop, jointly hosted by BioCanRx, OIRM and SCN, is designed to provide scientists with an overview of the regulatory landscape and clarify the processes and steps required to translate discoveries into clinical trials. The workshop will provide participating teams with an overview of the steps necessary for developing pre- and full Clinical Trials Application (CTA) submissions to Health Canada, in addition to outlining the process of engaging with Health Canada as pre- and full CTAs are evaluated. In this interactive workshop, teams will also gain exposure to the regulatory considerations surrounding manufacturing and clinical testing, as well as discuss the workshop content and their own use scenarios with subject matter experts in the clinical trials, regulatory processes and cell and virus manufacturing fields.

The goal is to provide investigators with an understanding of the key stages and steps that will be required during the translation of their discoveries into novel biotherapeutic agents, particularly using cells, gene-modified cells, and/or viruses, for cancer and regenerative medicine applications in an academic setting.

For more information about the workshop and how to apply (spaces are limited), please visit the below webpage:


The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. (sender’s time), November 25, 2019.


OIRM and the Stem Cell Network are pleased to offer the RNA-Seq Analysis workshop once again. This workshop is designed for stem cell biologists (and other end users) who are looking to gain an appreciation of the bioinformatics concepts and processes used to acquire, analyze and interpret next generation sequencing data. Day 3 of this workshop is by invitation only, allowing a select number of trainees with their own RNA-Seq data to start analysis.

Through a mixture of interactive lectures and computer lab exercises, participants will be exposed to the RNA-seq data acquisition and analysis pipeline, and will gain hands-on training with available tools for network and pathway analysis of -OMICS data (focused on RNA-seq data, but applicable to data obtained from other platforms such as ChIP-seq, microarray or mass spectrometry). Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with other stem cell biologists and bioinformaticists over the course of this workshop.

More information about this workshop can be found on the SCN events page. Space is limited, interested participants must submit an application by Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

OIRM and SCN are offering a limited number of awards to enable eligible trainees to attend. All those who submit an application to attend will automatically be considered for trainee sponsorship and travel bursaries through the appropriate network.

Download the application form here.



OIRM is happy to partner with AGE-WELL NCE to deliver this IP 101 seminar. Presented by Isi Caulder a partner, patent and trademark agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP and co-leader of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) practice group. She helps high technology clients secure and license patent rights for a wide variety of electrical, computer and mechanical related inventions. She is a frequent speaker and supporter of the Toronto technology community, mentoring student start up teams at The Entrepreneurship Hatchery and at the IMPACT Centre at the University of Toronto.




Hosted by AGE-WELL NCE. Please contact training@agewell-nce.ca if you have any questions or concerns.



Recent developments in biotherapeutic tools and techniques are driving better health outcomes and the commercialization of promising technologies and therapies. This workshop will cover innovative ways of using data to inform decision-making, and solutions for delivering complex cell and gene therapies. These tools and capabilities are being developed in the context of a rapidly changing industry, which may have an impact on the rate and direction of progress. Final products are subject to a commercialization and reimbursement framework that is being challenged by the pace, scale and novelty of this new era of biotechnology. The latter half of this workshop will cover the mechanisms for investment to support commercialization of promising products.

The agenda includes TedTalk speaker Dr. Andrew Pelling from the University of Ottawa delivering the keynote address. With additional presentations from

  • Alexandre Le Bouthier, Co-founder, Imagia
  • Shana Kelley, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Aaron Dulgar-Tulloch, Director of Global Process Sciences, GE Healthcare Cell and Gene Therapy
  • David O’Neill, President, FACIT

and more! For the full list of speakers and to register please see the event page.

Travel awards:

OIRM along with BioCanRx, Stem Cell Network and TheCell are offering a limited number of travel awards to enable eligible trainees to attend this workshop. The travel support application deadline is Friday, August 9, more details on travel awards and to apply please click here.

Presented in partnerships with the CTEG:


The Till & McCulloch Meetings are Canada’s stem cell research conference. As the only conference of its kind in Canada, TMM provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with Canada’s leading stem cell scientists, clinicians, bioengineers and ethicists, as well as representatives from industry, government, health and NGO sectors from around the world.

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings will take place in Montréal, Québec, November 4-6, 2019.

Registration is open.  Submit your abstract by July 3, 2019 to be considered for an OIRM travel award.


Early Bird Registration closes on August 14, 2019

Online Registration closes on October 9, 2019

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings are hosted by the Stem Cell Network and CCRM.



To take a discovery or technology from lab to market, researchers need to be able to persuade investors of its value and market potential.  This workshop will give selected graduate students and post-doctoral fellows the tools they need to develop and deliver an effective and accessible three- to five-minute pitch to secure that crucial first round of funding. This program is delivered by Medicine by Design with limited spaces reserved for OIRM trainees located outside of Toronto.

This multi-day workshop will include:

  • a half-day session focused on developing your pitch and polishing your performance in a small-group setting (maximum 15 participants);
  • two one-on-one 60-minute coaching check-ins via phone/Skype;
  • a rehearsal;
  • a final pitch competition in a safe and friendly environment, facilitated by experienced communication professionals from Talk Boutique.

Toronto based trainees should apply direction to MbD. OIRM trainees located outside of Toronto must complete the OIRM application form and will automatically be considered for travel support. Deadline to apply is April 19, 2019.

Learn more about this program here.


Regenerative medicine provides new approaches to the treatment of diseases that have long been considered incurable. A growing field in the Ontario life sciences sector, regenerative medicine is harnessing the power of stem cells to improve treatments and therapies and to seek potential cures. This LSO breakfast will look at Ontario’s regenerative medicine ecosystem and highlight two companies; one using a cell-based approach for repair and a second developing novel drugs to stimulate repair.

Join OIRM, BlueRock Therapeutics and Satellos as we share what’s happening in Ontario.


Register for this event here.


Have you ever thought of using TED as a platform for spreading your research? Have you ever wondered how a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher could get on TED?

If so, this webinar is for you.

This webinar will give you an insider perspective on how you can leverage TED, even as a graduate student or early career researcher.

You will learn:

  • How researchers use TED to spread their ideas
  • How to plug into TED
  • How to craft a TED-worthy presentation
  • How to spread your ideas beyond the academic community

Register for this webinar here.

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network.


Once considered just a job search platform, LinkedIn has grown to become a practical tool for networking and career development. In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can use this social media platform to share your research, spread the word about events and provide an up-to-the minute CV. OIRM’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Krista Lamb, will show you how this easy-to-use tool can help you communicate your science to an engaged and interactive audience.

Held by webcast only, you can register for this event here.