TR Talks

Description

TR Talks is a conversation series intended to provoke discussion and community around translating research into innovations that have a direct impact on medicine, health, and care.

TR Talks provide a platform for academics, industry, healthcare professionals and community participants to gain a better understanding of the health innovation landscape in the GTA (and beyond), develop opportunities for collaboration and build networks for translation and implementation to systematically ‘translate’ science more effectively.

The series is driven by the Toronto Translational HUB: a Eureka institutional partner (composed of the Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Medical Imaging, Surgery, and Paediatrics) and facilitated by the Translational Research Program (TRP) in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, with a co-sponsorship of the Connaught Global Challenge Award.

Format:
Each seminar in the series is two hours. The first hour is devoted to a moderated semi-structured guest panelist conversation, while the second hour is intended to give attendees a chance to meet key opinion leaders and network in smaller groups.

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Introduction: Barriers to Innovation

October 8, 2019

5 - 7 pm

TRP Auditorium; 263 McCaul St

Stagnant incentives, structures, culture, accountabilities, and information systems are often discussed as barriers to health innovation.  How can existing barriers be re-aligned to develop, assess, scale-up, and spread healthcare innovations?

Moderator:

Vivek Goel; Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives 

Panelists:

Bob Bell; Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto

Garth Smith; Director of Industry Relations – OBI

Christopher Yip; Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering 

Sandy Schwenger; CEO at m-Health Solutions & PatientCare Solutions

Funding Translation

November 5, 2019

5 - 7 pm

TRP Auditorium; 263 McCaul St

Funding high-impact initiatives based on measurable impacts on health outcomes to create value, the spread and scale-up of promising innovations, and sustain successful inventiveness seems like an obvious innovation strategy.  What are the barriers to funding systematic translational research and how can we develop mechanisms that support systematic and value-driven translational?

Moderator: Salvatore Spadafora; Vice-Dean of Post MD Education

Panelists:

David Naylor; Professor of Medicine and President Emeritus at the University of Toronto

Milos R. Popovic; Institute Director of KITE – University Health Network 

Translating Clinical Insights

December 3, 2019

5 -7 pm

TRP Auditorium; 263 McCaul St

Clinical insights with measurable impacts for improved health outcomes are not always spread, scaled or adopted into best practices in timely and efficient ways.  What are the barriers to deploying clinical insights efficiently and what strategies can be used to improve uptake of health innovations?

Moderator: Muhammad Mamdani; Director, Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training (CHART)

Panelists:

Christine Allen; Professor at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Intellectual Property

January 7, 2020

5 -7 pm

TRP Auditorium; 263 McCaul St

Sometimes seen as antiquated and counter-innovation in some sectors, intellectual property systems are extremely significant to health science innovation.  What should you know about IP to protect your hospital and academic contributions, while supporting favourable opportunities for their commercialization?

Moderator:

Gabriella Chan; Yocto Law Professional

Panelists:

Brian Courtney; Clinician Scientist at Sunnybrook and Executive Chairman at Conavi Medical

Paul Santerre; Professor of Biomaterials & Baxter Chair for Health Technology and Commercialization,

Lahav Gil; CEO of Relay Medical Corp.

Implementation in Clinics and Community

February 4, 2020

5 -7 pm

TRP Auditorium; 263 McCaul St

Collaborative, integrated, multi-sectoral and interprofessional value-based care delivery service models based on precision medicine are the magic bullet that will save our healthcare system and it will be done in the comfort of your own home.  Care is moving from the centralized hospital structure to the decentralized community model, the only question is how?

 

Panelists: 

Ronald Cohn; President and CEO at SickKids

Monkia Kastner; Research Chair, Knowledge Translation and Implementation, Research and Innovation, North York General Hospital

Roles of Patients in Research

March 3, 2020

5 -7 pm

TRP Auditorium; 263 McCaul St

The benefits and value of patient engagement and empowerment are continually touted as a research imperative. Can patient engagement translate to patient advocacy that can improve research? How? And what does meaningful patient engagement look like?

 

Panelists:

Pat Furlong; Founding President and CEO Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD)

Ron Beleno; Patient and Care-Giver Advocate

Alies Maybee; Co-Founder of Patient Advisors Network 

Failures and Frontiers in TR

April 7, 2020

5 -7 pm

TRP Auditorium; 263 McCaul St

Do [animal] models still matter? Institutions are decreasing their investment in animal facilities in the face of new technologies and continue questioning the translatability of findings in animal testing. More and more institutions are taking a more ethical route. So why are these models still being used? What will replace animal testing?

 

Panelists:

Catharine Whiteside; Executive Director, Diabetes Action Canada 

Robert Sugarman;

Norm Rosenblum, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes