TR Talks

Geared to an inter-professional community of clinicians, researchers, and trainees, the series is intended to provoke discussion and community building. The Talks, are intended to provide an overview of the health innovation landscape while introducing the ‘tools and competencies’ needed to systematically ‘translate’ science more effectively.




As part of the graduate seminar, MSC 1000: Fundamentals of Translational Research, the discussion series is hosted by Faculty of Medicine’s Translational Research Program (TRP) and the five collaborating Departments participating in the development of the Toronto Translational HUB (Department of Psychiatry, Medicine, Imaging, Surgery and Paediatrics).

Each seminar in the series is two hours. During the first hour, TRP first-year students will facilitate a discussion among all the panel discussants and audience about Translational challenges and opportunities. During the second hour, each of the discussants will meet in smaller groups with attendees to continue the conversation and network.

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Challenges and Promises in Clinical Trials for Orphan Populations

February 12, 2019
5 -7 pm
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL) SickKids Hospital: Event Room #1 – Second Floor; 686 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4

Successful progression through clinical trials requires not only the generation of evidence but also the ability to navigate regulations and associated administrative requirements. This week TR talk brings together a panel of experts to share their experiences from the front lines of clinical trials. Their failures, successes, and everything they learned along the way.


Ms. Pat Furlong, Founding President and CEO, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD)

Dr. Daniel Morgenstern, Director, New Agent and Innovative Therapy Program (NAIT); Hematology/Oncology at SickKids

Dr. Richard Sugarman, Chair, Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board

Dr. Mark Kieran, Clinical Trial Lead, Pediatrics Program, Oncology Clinical Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Regulatory Jurisdictions in Medical Devices

February 26, 2019
5-7 pm
Auditorium, Old Administration Building, 263 McCaul, Toronto

Widgets, gadgets, doodads, and whatsits. The term healthcare innovation is often descriptive of a device or technology. Understanding regulatory requirements specific to devices is crucial to improving health. Join TR talks this week to learn from device experts who can show you which roads to take, and which to avoid.


Dr. Brian Courtney, Clinical Scientist, Sunnybrook and Executive Chairman, Conavi Medical

Dr. Bradley Strauss, Chief, Schulich Heart Program and Head, Cardiology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Mr. Lahav Gil, CEO, Relay Medical Corp.

Knowledge Translation

March 12, 2019
Auditorium, Old Administration Building, 263 McCaul, Toronto

Research has, historically, been a core focus of Universities.  However, the production of knowledge and its application outside academe are not synonymous.  In publicly funded institutions, especially, do researchers have a social imperative to share the knowledge produced with the broader society?  Is mobilizing or communicating knowledge for broader social, economic or political benefit an obligation of (publicly funded) institutions? Let’s discuss the relationship between research, translation and innovation.

Prof. Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, University of Toronto

Prof. Melanie Barwick, Psychologist and Health Systems Research Scientist, Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit, SickKids

Implementing Innovations

March 26, 2019
5 -7 pm
Auditorium, Old Administration Building, 263 McCaul, Toronto

Translating knowledge into new or better ways of doing things does not mean that they will be used.  Innovations that are not used, defused or scaled, that don’t produce change or impact, are they still innovations?  What are the challenges and opportunities in implementing new ideas?  How do we implement and manage change? 


Prof. Norman Rosenblum, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

Julia Hanigsberg, President and CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Gary Levy, Professor of Immunology and Surgery, University of Toronto 

Frontiers in Translation

April 9, 2019
5 -7 pm
Event Room 1, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, 686 Bay Street

The future is now.  How do we look at the present and the future of innovation?  What are the opportunities, challenges and obligations for improving the future of health, medicine and care in Ontario, Canada and the world?  


Dr. Ulrich Krull, Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Gary Lewis, Director of the U of T Banting and Best Diabetes Centre and Scientific Lead for the SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications