The Donnelly Centre will be hosting a special seminar for Dr. Fiona Doetsch, University of Besel on “Going Global: Long-range Regulation of Adult Neural Stem Cells”. Hosted by Dr. Derek van Der Kooy.

Date, time, location:
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:00 am
The Donnelly Centre James D. Friesen | Cecil C. Yip Red Seminar Room
University of Toronto
160 College St

Download the poster here.


The annual North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) conference is an important event for the veterinary and translational regenerative medicine community. It supports collaboration between practicing veterinarians and research scientists, offers a venue for sharing the latest information on regenerative medicine, and promotes development of skills and techniques for practicing veterinarians. This meeting also builds on the One Health approach and has significant input from human health researchers for the purpose of better the lives of animals while also gathering important pre-clinical data for the benefit of human medicine.

The 2019 NAVRMA meeting will take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake, being the first time this meeting will be held in Canada.

To register and learn more click here. OIRM members can use the promo code OIRM2019 to receive special discounted pricing.


Cindi Morshead Facebook Live Poster

Cindi Morshead, PhD, from the University of Toronto’s Donnelly Centre will be chatting live with Chris Ahuja, a trainee from Michael Fehlings Lab, about her work in stroke and spinal repair.

Have questions for Cindi? Send them to or share them on our Facebook page!


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.


OIRM is happy to partner with GlycoNet as part of our SMRTS series to bring you this seminar on Building a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in science with Dr. Imogen Coe, Ryerson University.

Presented by webcast only, register here.

Seminar Description: We hear a lot about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) these days and as scientists, regardless of gender, ethnicity or other aspects of our humanity, we are all increasingly expected to be able to speak knowledgeably to EDI principles in applications for positions, recruitment to teams, grant writing, teaching and other aspects of our work.  However, there is relatively little training in these areas for young scientists in Canada. Each network participating in the SMRTS program is committed to the professional development of the next generation of scientists and researchers, and so this webinar is aimed at trainees who are interested in developing and improving their core competencies in the area of EDI in science. The whys, where, hows and whats of EDI will be discussed and there will be ample opportunity for questions.


OIRM is happy to partner with AllerGen as part of our SMRTS series to bring you this seminar on Infographic Toolkit for Researchers with Julia Krolik founder of Art the Science, a non-profit organization facilitating artist residencies in scientific research laboratories across Canada to foster public engagement in art and science.

Presented by webcast only, register here.

Seminar Description: In today’s information saturated, short-attention span society, infographics have become a critical visual communication tool. This webinar highlights the key elements necessary to create effective infographics while providing insights into creative storytelling, how to translate data into readily available messages, and engaging your intended audience through infographic design.

This webinar begins with an introduction to fundamental graphic design theory. In addition, practical strategies for designing visual hooks and key messages, and the steps in the creation of compelling and memorable infographics will be discussed.

Topics: ● Design Basics ● Images and Icons ● Making an Infographic



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 can be found on the TPRM website or you can register here.



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.