Lunch & Learn – Translating Research into Innovations


Lunch & Learn at Sunnybrook Health Sciences

June 13, 2019


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre , 2075 Bayview Ave, EG18a McLaughlin Auditorium ‐ E‐Wing, Ground Floor, Rm18a


Hear from TRP students, alumna and faculty to learn:

What is Translational Research TR?

Why is a TR framework important to problem solve and expedite innovations in health?

How is the TR framework being applied at Sunnybrook?


Agnes Ryzynski, BHSc, MHSc in Translational Research Candidate
Manager Simulation & Curriculum Development, Sunnybrook Health Sciences

Agnes has over 24 years of clinical experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Anesthesia Assistant and her work on Emergency Preparedness Education Advisory Council Education Research Unit Advance Care Planning and Patient Oriented Discharge committees allow her novel opportunities to create improved patient care. She is passionate about harnessing technology and innovation to explore Translational Research approaches to contemporary healthcare issues. In 2018, Agnes was a recipient of the annual Leo N. Steven Excellence in Leadership Award. 

Fahad Alam, MD, FRCPC, MEd, MHSc in Translational Research
Anesthesiologist; Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia; Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Director of Research at the Sunnybrook Simulation Centre

Dr. Alam obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at McMaster University, completed his residency at the University of Toronto, and has been a staff anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 2014. As a resident, he took time away to do a master’s degree in medical education through correspondence. Simultaneously, he also completed a fellowship at the Wilson Centre for Research in Medical Education and was part of the Clinician Investigator Program at the University of Toronto. Through these three avenues, he worked with leading medical education researchers from all over the globe.

Dr. Alam is a Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Director of Research at the Sunnybrook Simulation Centre. His research interests include medical education, technology-enhanced learning, simulation, eLearning and cognitive learning theories.

Joseph Ferenbok, PhD
Director, Translational Research Program; Co-Director, Health Innovation Hub

Dr. Ferenbok is currently the Director of the Translational Research Program at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is also the Co-Director of the Health Innovation Hub (H2i), the Faculty of Medicine’s campus linked accelerator. Dr. Ferenbok’s teaching interests centre on the translation and mobilization of knowledge across disciplinary contexts using design-thinking strategies among multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams. His teaching has spanned media design, legal issues in developing technologies, innovation and commercialization strategies and interdisciplinary collaboration for knowledge translation and mobilization. He had also been exploring a range of possibilities for training and applied research involving simulations, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D interaction, scanning and printing. Dr. Ferenbok’s goal is to help students develop their ideas and move knowledge from the classroom into real-world contexts.