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Working on Miracles for Babies with Abnormal Lungs in the
Guest: Dr. Richard Keijzer and his Research Team
Dr. Richard Keijzer is the inaugural Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research and the Director of Research for the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on congenital anomalies in general and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and abnormal lung development.
Leading your Team with Vision and Purpose
Guest: Dr. Susan Samuel and her Research Team.
Dr. Susan Samuel is a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, and a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the O’Brien Institute of Public Health.
Dr. Samuel’s research goal is to improve care and outcomes of children with chronic disease, in particular those with kidney disease. She leads the Canadian Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome Project, a national initiative designed to evaluate the impact of care variation on patient outcomes and to conduct registry based clinical trials. Her work is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and various foundations. She serves on national and international committees working to increase research capacity, and to improve translation of evidence into practice.
Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2018. She is currently a professor of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University and an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto, where her research group studies drug transport proteins. She is the incoming President of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society and sits on various boards. In addition to her work as a research scientist, Dr. Coe is internationally recognized as a Canadian thought leader in the integration of principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) particularly into science and medicine. She has advised academia, government and industry on best practices and approaches towards inclusive excellence and has contributed to national dialogue about these issues through various platforms. She is much in demand as a speaker and panelist and has received numerous awards for her advocacy work.
Slide deck available upon request.
Dr. Brian Ward received medical training at McGill, the University of London and Johns Hopkins research training at Oxford (Rhodes scholar 1977) and Johns Hopkins (1986-1990). He joined McGill in 1991 where he is a full professor in Infectious Diseases. During his time at McGill, Dr Ward served in many different capacities including leadership roles at the McGill Vaccine Study Centre (1996-present), CAIRE (inception – present), the Research Institute of the MUHC (2007-2017), the National Reference Centre for Parasitology (1996-2018) and the JD MacLean Tropical Diseases Centre (1996-2018). He is currently chair of the Institutional Advisory Board for the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity. Dr Ward has worked with many vaccine companies (start-ups to multinationals). Since 2010, has served as medical officer for Medicago Inc. He has a wide range of research interests and has published >260 peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Paul Dufour has been senior adviser in science policy with several Canadian agencies and organizations over the course of the past 35 years. Among these: senior program specialist with the International Development Research Centre, and interim Executive Director at the former Office of the National Science Advisor to the Canadian Government advising on international S&T matters and broad questions of R&D policy directions for the country. He is a member of Science and Policy Exchange board as well as the Mitacs Science Policy Fellows advisory board . Mr Dufour was an investment committee member for Grand Challenges Canada on global health for several years.
Born in Montreal, Mr. Dufour was educated at McGill, the Université de Montreal and Concordia University in the history of science and science policy, and has had practical S&T policy experience for over three decades having been with such bodies as the Science Council of Canada, Ministry of State for Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs, and special adviser to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on S&T.
Mr. Dufour lectures regularly on science policy, has authored numerous articles on international S&T relations and Canadian innovation policy. He is series co-editor of the Cartermill Guides to World Science and is the author of the Canada chapter for the UNESCO 2015 Science Report. More recently he has co-edited books on the history of the Science Council of Canada (with Jeff Kinder) and the value of science in society and culture (with Agnes Herzberg).
October 25, 2017
Diversity & Inclusion of Child Health Researchers: Are we doing enough?
Dr Lisa Robinson (Nephrology Division Head, Senior Scientist, SickKids; Chief Diversity Officer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto) discusses the benefits of diversity for child health researchers, the current landscape of diversity and inclusions among child health researchers and strategies in creating diverse and inclusive child health research teams.
Alison Paprica, PhD, PMP Director, Strategic Partnerships, ICES Assistant Professor, IHPME, University of Toronto
1. Understand the different needs and perspectives that various meeting participants can have
2. Design agendas that maximize the impact of time spent together in meetings
3. Chair/conduct effective meetings
SYNOPSIS: Increasingly, research and innovation are team endeavors, often bringing together people from diverse sectors, disciplines, educational backgrounds and geographies. As such, meeting effectiveness can literally make or break million dollar initiatives, and the need for productive meetings has never been greater. This workshop begins with approximately 30 minutes of seminar style presentation of tools and techniques for meetings (e.g., agenda templates, decision making processes, ‘in-meeting’ techniques) followed by small group simulated meetings that provide participants with an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned. It concludes with a large group facilitated session to demonstrate facilitation techniques in action and capture participants’ views on the most important learnings from the workshop.
1. To learn about the four stages of the creative process
2. To explore strategies and techniques to maximize success during these stages
3. To leave with a personalized action plan to become more creative
SYNOPSIS: David Brooks said, “[Great creative minds] think like artists but work like accountants.” In this workshop, we will discuss what it means to think like an artist and together explore various strategies and ideas to maximize creativity. We will include time for you to decide which of these techniques would be most helpful for you and how you will incorporate these into your own workflow.
1. Learn about the fundamentals of Branding.
2. Explore a case study of how our agency helped create the brand for Foundry, BC’s innovative youth mental health centres.
3. Learn how to apply our agency approach to create your own personal brand.
SYNOPSIS: Whether growing your professional network, submitting a grant application, or seeking a new job, it’s incredibly important for professionals to articulate who they are, what they do, and most importantly why they do it. Branding can help.
Branding has been a core competency at Signals for more than 30 years. We’ve branded universities, health initiatives and institutions, foundations and non-profits—helping them stand out, tell their story, and connect with audiences. In this interactive workshop we’ll explore the fundamentals of branding, and learn how to apply our agency approach to build your own personal brand.
- 1. Review current landscape of Indigenous Child Health in Canada.
2. Review important concepts to consider when working with Indigenous children; key partnerships and respect for OCAP®
3. Discuss the importance of engaging youth as experts in lived experience.
- To present techniques to maintain work productivity and focus
- To help trainees gain insight into how they currently spend their time, and align their time management with their priorities as a clinician-scientist
- To provide specific examples of challenges we face as clinician-scientists in balancing competing priorities
SYNOPSIS: Everybody is busy. How do we make sure that we work on the right things at the right time and protect our well-being? During this workshop, we will describe the way we try to balance the increasing demands from academia, clinical work and other areas of life to succeed as a clinician-scientist. We will go through an exercise to provide you with insight in how you spent your time during a work week. We will provide examples and strategies to better align your priorities to be more effective as a clinician-scientist. We will not be able to help you be less busy.
- To understand the logic of null hypothesis statistical testing
- To understand the meaning of “p < 0.05”
- To learn about the different types of errors in significance testing
- To understand what makes for good and especially bad graphic presentations
SYNOPSIS: Often, we use null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) without understanding the logic underlying it. The first half of this session will explain why we do NHST; why we use the 5% level of significance; and the types of errors that can arise from using any other cut-off. It will also discuss the difference between statistical significance and practical importance, leading to a discussion of effect size. The second half of the presentation will illustrate the proper and improper use of graphs, and why certain types of commonly used ones, such a pie charts and three-dimensional pie and bar charts, should never be used.
Participants will learn design tips to create better graphical abstracts and presentations. After the workshop they will be able to create their own graphical abstract with design tools and scientific illustrations.
SYNOPSIS: In this workshop we will discuss the challenges of being a scientist in the 21st Century and why we need to improve our science communication in the post-truth era: how scientists are using tools to communicate science in a more visual way to reach more people and fight against pseudoscience. We’ll do a practice assignment of design for scientists to learn how to use colors, typography and scientific illustrations to create better graphical abstracts for papers, presentations and infographics.
CCHCSP ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM. Fri June 21st, 2019.
- To introduce CCHCSP researchers to The Conversation Canada
- To illustrate the possibilities of knowledge mobilization through production of evidence-based journalism in mainstream and niche media outlets
- To explain the pitching and writing process
- To offer writing guidelines and brainstorm story ideas
SYNOPSIS: As Health and Medicine Editor of The Conversation Canada, I will introduce CCHCSP researchers to our unique non-profit media model and to our purpose, mandate and reach. I will explain how researchers at any Canadian university can work with us to produce evidence-based journalism out of their research, and how to tell a story that will attract the attention of newspaper/magazine/website editors for republication in multiple media outlets nationally and globally. I will explain the competitive pitching process and the collaborative editing process, and give a tour of the virtual editing space. We will look at some previous pitches and stories, to identify what the key ingredients of a successful health story are. We will talk about how to translate scientific hypotheses and findings into well-structured journalistic narratives, and jargon into publicly accessible language. We will look at story beginnings and endings, and what “evidence-based” journalism looks like stylistically. Together we will brainstorm story ideas from participants’ ongoing research in child health. And there will be plenty of time for questions.