Farewell but not Goodbye: Fall Convocation 2018

Farewell but not Goodbye: Fall Convocation 2018

As we welcome one cohort of students to the program, we say goodbye to another. Last week, the University of Toronto had its Fall Convocation, recognizing the accomplishments of its graduates. We had several graduates come together on this overcast November Tuesday, to celebrate and reflect on their time at the Translational Research Program.

Julia Antolovich, Razan Bouzieneddine, Craig Madho and Kathleen Mounce were among the TRP alumni at convocation. They worked on their capstone project entitled ICONS, Improving Cancer Outpatient Nutrition Status. Their research examined why the current tools and resources to improve nutrition in cancer outpatients weren’t working. From this, they identified barriers to be addressed in redesigning current initiatives. You can read more about their project here.

Catherine and Haley were also at the fall convocation. Their capstone project, Fall Risk Assessment at a Geriatric Rehab Hospital, sought to evaluate the current methods of fall risk assessment being used and how they can be improved. You can read more about their project here.

Also at the ceremony was Kate Kazlovich, representing her capstone team: Invasive Placentation. With team members Connor Janeteas, and Dr. Julia Kfouri, they understood invasive placentation as a medically and surgically complex condition, and recognized the opportunity to improve the sharing of knowledge between physicians in the medical community. For their capstone project, the team created a 3D printed simulation of invasive placentation that could be used to facilitate training of physicians on the intricacies of interventions. You can read more about their project here.

Dr. Joana Dos Santos was also there to represent her capstone team: Refractory Incontinence in Children: Is There Hope? With team members Dr. Reza Vali and Edyta Marcon, they sought to understand what treatment options patients and parents were interested in, and to learn what it takes to bring a treatment used in adults to the paediatric setting. Their final milestone was the initiation of a pilot project at SickKids to test the efficacy of an adult treatment in children. You can read more about their project here.

We at the TRP are proud of the hard work that our students put into these projects and all they learned along the way. Over two years, the faculty has seen these students grow, in their thinking, their skillset, and their passion to fostering an innovative healthcare system. We offer our sincere congratulations to all our alumni who’ve graduated this year. We’re excited to see you move forward as Translational Researchers and follow the amazing work you’ll spearhead.

Where our 2018 graduates are now:

Ahlexxi Jelen: Laboratory Manager, The Hospital for Sick Children; Co-Founder HIIO
Catherine Rivers: Project Coordinator, Think Research
Connor Janeteas: Medical Applications Specialist, Cimetrix Solutions Inc.
Craig Madho: Research Analyst, OpenLabs; Knowledge Broker, NICE
Edyta Marcon: Senior Research Associate, Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto; Course Instructor, Translational Research Program, University of Toronto
Hayley Roher: Health Data Analyst, Ontario Internship Program MOHLTC
Joana Dos Santos: Medical Urologist Urology, The Hospital for Sick Children; Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto
Julia Antolovich: Project Assistant, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Sinai Health System
Julia Kfouri: Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Sinai Health System, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Kate Kazlovich: Junior Creative Innovation Associate, INVIVO Communications Inc.
Kathleen Mounce: Field Case Manager, AmerisourceBergen
Marcos Silva: Staff Anesthesiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Lecturer, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto; Medical Director, Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), The Michener Institute
Megan Lofft: pursuing opportunities that will combine her experience in the fitness industry with health research, education and translational research skills.
Razan Bouzeineddine: pursuing further studies in health services research
Robby Spring: Laboratory Manager, Baycrest; Co-Founder HIIO
Vaishnavi Batmanabane: Clinical Research Project Coordinator, The Hospital for Sick Children

Interested in hearing about the TRP from one of our alumni? Craig Madho wrote a blog post on what drew him to the program and what he learned along the way, that you can find here.

Found in Translation: New PIPEDA Data Breach Reporting and Notification Requirements-What You Need to Know

Found in Translation: New PIPEDA Data Breach Reporting and Notification Requirements-What You Need to Know

Written By: Dr. Gabriella Chan

Is my information safe?

Do you remember every account you’ve ever created or every point of contact you’ve made online that required your personal email address or your mother’s maiden name to receive a “free” product? Probably not. The reality is that we don’t have any idea what kind of personal information about us is floating on the web, who has it, and what they can do with it. We either place our blind trust in these organizations to keep our information secure, or worse yet, we don’t even give it a second thought – until a data breach is publicized through the media.

Perhaps the companies in the health sector might be a slight exception. We tend to be more aware of the implications of having our personal health information fall into the wrong hands, so we have higher expectations that custodians of our health information safeguard it accordingly. Privacy regulation of personal health information is a provincial matter. In Ontario, the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) sets the rules around the collection, use and disclosure of individuals’ personal health information.

On a broader scale, to ensure adequate measures are taken to protect Canadians’ personal information, there is legislation in place. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) provides the privacy legislation framework for Canadian organizations in the private sector. PIPEDA requires organizations to protect the personal information they’ve collected about an identifiable individual. Ontario’s PHIPA has been declared substantially similar to PIPEDA.

On November 1st 2018, an amendment to PIPEDA came into effect that imposes certain obligations on organizations that experience a breach of the security protecting personal information in their custody. This amendment requires three points of action:

  1. Reporting the breach to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner
  2. Notifying individuals and other organizations affected by the breach
  3. Maintaining accurate records of every data breach

These added requirements reflect Canada’s respect for the privacy of personal information. Organizations will have to implement or update their handling practices to ensure compliance with the new legislation.

You can read my full post on what these changes mean for you, here. This is a comprehensive overview explaining what a breach of data is, when to report it, how to follow the notification obligations, and the requirements on record-keeping.

Fare Thee Well

Fare Thee Well

To the Graduates of the second TRP Cohort,

I wish to say that I hope you will never be too far away.

When you started the program, we kept telling you that this was not intended to be a typical masters experience.  That we wanted you to concern yourselves with learning to learn, learning to listen and learning to lead where your passions drove you.  We repeated many times that you had a home at the TRP and that you were part of a growing community.  It is my hope that you found those words to resonate during your degrees, and it is my wish that they continue to resonate with you as you move forward on your personal journeys.

I have always believed that grad school should be about personal growth, about personal development, about challenging yourself to be more of who you want to be and then applying those lessons to improve your life and the lives of others.  I hope that this is what you learned while at the TRP and I hope that this is what you will continue to learn as you return to the TRP.  You should always remember that you are a part of the community and that you will always have a role in it.

I hope to see you leading case-studies, consulting on new challenges with future students, sharing your insights and curiosity with those who are yet to be, TRP.  Moving forward, our strength is in our community, our networks and our family.  You will always have a safe space here, you just need to take the time to come back.


Entrance Scholarship Announcement

Entrance Scholarship Announcement


We are pleased to announce entrance awards of $5,000 will be awarded to four students entering TRP masters program for fall 2018.   All applicants who have completed their online application on or before April 302018 and have been admitted into the program will automatically be considered for one of four awards.


  • Applicants must have completed their online application visa the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Application system on or before April 30th, 2018 and supporting documentation must be submitted by May 15, 2018;
  • Selection will be based on a combination of merit and need;
  • The funds will be applied towards tuition;
  • Recipients must be registered to start the program in September 2018; and

Award recipients will be informed in writing when the 2018 admission process has been completed and funds will be disbursed after the official registration deadline.

*Note: Students who have already completed their applications (by the early deadline) will also be considered for these awards.