Before Fran left the TRP student partner presentations on the Thursday before her passing, she announced “That’s a great project. If you need a partner, I’m interested”. She was always interested and generous with her time. She was always willing to help and to engage with students and projects that would help others. That was the kind of woman she was, curious, humble, kind and always there to help.
When we first met, Fran and I spent three hours sharing stories and towards the end of our chat, she said, “Maybe I should take the program instead of being a Mentor”. And in a way, she was both a student and a mentor. She attended every presentation, classes and socials, she sat during her summer mentor hours talking with every student who was looking for advice or guidance—about their projects, careers or personal lives.
Fran had to fight to get to where she was, it wasn’t always easy, and it wasn’t always pleasant. When she was applying for her Ph.D., Fran told me during our very first conversation, her supervisor refused to support her. He told her that investing in her education was a waste of time and effort, that she would just end up meeting some guy and having kids, that she would never become an academic. Maybe that’s what made her so kind and giving, and so devoted to students and mentorship—she even apologized (more than once) for planned vacations that conflicted with her mentorship activities.
Fran did get accepted into her Ph.D., and she did meet ‘some guy’ and she did have kids, but she also became a professor, a researcher, an academic and a role model. And she became part of our community, a mentor and a friend.
Thank you for all your kindness and devotion. I’m sorry we didn’t have more time together, Fran. Let’s grab that coffee next time we meet.
At the end of October, Trevor Young, the Dean of University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine wrote an article for their News publication. He wrote of innovation in healthcare and the various ways the Faculty of Medicine has striven to be a leader in this area. The research discoveries coming out of the University of Toronto fuel application, and the connections within and beyond the Faculty of Medicine facilitates an eco-system of innovation.
Among the infrastructure to drive the application of research are the commercialization support services, accelerators such as H2i, and the Translational Research Program.
“The University also offers more than 80 programs and courses that empower aspiring entrepreneurs to learn more about developing ideas and launching their own business. Among them is the Institute of Medical Science’s Translational Research Program (TRP), which welcomed its fourth cohort in September. This two-year master’s program helps build students’ ability to take discoveries out of labs and apply them in new ways.”
To finish off the article, Trevor Young states that collaboration is integral to innovation and stresses the importance of a network of researchers working together to drive innovation.
Read the full article here.
IMS50 Scientific Day was held on May 9, 2018 and out TRP students, staff and faculty participated in the special day. It was a great day of celebrating student and faculty achievements and hearing about all the exciting research being done at the IMS.
Highlights from the day include over 100 student poster presentations, an engaging IMS50 Panel Event featuring Alumni, Students and Faculty, moderated by TRP professor, Dr Rich Foty, and an excellent keynote address from Stefan-M. Pulst on targeting Ataxin-2 as a strategy for treating neurodegenerative diseases.
The day ended with an awards ceremony and reception – recognizing all the remarkable achievements of our students and faculty over the last year. Click these links to see a full list of the student and faculty award winners. This year, TRP student and Director was recognized. You can see a more detailed synopsis of the day by checking out IMS’s “Scientific Day Moment” on twitter.
Congratulations to TRP student Craig Madho on winning the Roncari Book Prize at IMS50 Scientific Day! The Roncari Book Prize Honours the memory of Dr. Daniel Roncari. It is presented to a student who has contributed to the academic experiences of graduate students. IMS50 Scientific Day was created to highlight the achievements of students and teachers and to initiate an environment where the two groups can interact. In honour of IMS’s 50thanniversary, events will be held all year long.
Craig is currently finishing up his capstone project with his group members which looks at how nutritional resources for cancer outpatients can be improved. At the TRP he is an active member of the student social committee and organizing students to fundraise for cancer research through participating in the Princess Margaret Ride to Conquer Cancer.
His leadership skills extend to the IMS community. He is the co-president of the Institute of Medical Science Students Association and co-founder of the groups’ mentorship program. The program’s aim to create a stronger student community. Craig is also a member of the Student Alumni Faculty Engagement committee and contributes to events such as UofT Talks.
In recognition of his contribution to enriching the graduate community, Craig is a proud recipient of two more awards at the University: The Graduate Community Development Fund award (GCDF) and the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award.
The GCDF award recognizes students who go above and beyond in making contributions to the graduate experience. The award was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.
The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award is given to students who volunteer not just at the University, but in the surrounding community as well. Madho was only 1 of 8 students part of the Institute of Medical Science to be given the award
Our heartful congratulations to Craig!
A workshop was held on May 17th at the TRP by INVIVO Communications INC.
Andrea Bielecki, President, and James Hackett, Creative Director presented the possibilities for virtual and augmented learning experiences in biological sciences, medical contexts, health education and well-being applications. The seminar covered developments in AR & VR, challenges and opportunities of the different technologies & devices.
Our second-year graduate students, Catherine Rivers and Haley Roher, highlight their Capstone Project on the importance of falls prevention for older adults at the Faculty of Medicine annual Student MedShowcase event on April 20, 2018. They gave attendees a chance to try out an aging simulation suit, which health care providers can use to develop empathy for patients. Read more here.
Check out their Capstone page.
Photo Credit: Faculty of Medicine Communication, Christopher Klinger