Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine

 

Yasman Mohammadzadeh
08/12/20

The Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) is a non-profit stem cell institute dedicated to transforming discoveries into clinical trials and cures. Through our commitment to collaboration and partnerships, we leverage our resources to fund and support promising advances. OIRM is a passionate champion for investigators and their patients as we build a healthier future for Ontario, Canada, and the world.

The Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) is a non-profit stem cell institute dedicated to transforming discoveries into clinical trials and cures. Through our commitment to collaboration and partnerships, we leverage our resources to fund and support promising advances. OIRM is a passionate champion for investigators and their patients as we build a healthier future for Ontario, Canada, and the world.

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A Transformative Education

If you, or someone you know, is interested in a different kind of graduate program, who is motivated to learn by doing and is seeking a transformative education, then we need to talk.

First Impressions Last: Jean Chow

Jean Chow for the TRP | February 2021 Do first impressions matter? At the risk of speaking to an empty room, I usually greet my audience “So you’ve already made up your mind whether you like me or not.  And if not, here’s your chance to exit but I do hope you’ll...

The Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) is a non-profit stem cell institute dedicated to transforming discoveries into clinical trials and cures. Through our commitment to collaboration and partnerships, we leverage our resources to fund and support promising advances. OIRM is a passionate champion for investigators and their patients as we build a healthier future for Ontario, Canada, and the world.

A Transformative Education

At the TRP our goal is not to teach. Our goal is not to lecture or have you memorize some datum likely to change before you finish your degree, or that a search engine can find faster than you can formulate the question.

The TRP is a community and a mindset of people who are resources, facilitators, mentors, peers, guides and catalysts whose aim is to help those, who are looking to learn, to explore, to push the boundaries of their experience to seek knowledge.

The TRP is not intended to be divided as a degree of teacher-task-masters and students–those who know one truth and those hoping to memorize that truth. Instead, the program strives to be a community of people motivated to learn, to seek knowledge, to help others to be more and do more. In this community, the focus is not on the content but on understanding the processes, the mechanisms of creative problem-solving and innovation.

Students learn alongside the faculty–we learn together and from each other. We learn from real-world contexts and from failure–not from arbitrary grades or standardized testing–because our collective goals are not to pass a test or earn a grade but to improve lives, to learn to champion change that will improve the lives of others.

Now, we are starting to seek people join our 2021 cohort. Those motivated to learn, those seeking to move beyond their comfort zones, to challenge ambiguity, who want to focus on the processes of innovating of generating new ideas and championing change for positive impact are the kindred spirits we seek–these are the people we seek to join our ranks.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in a different kind of graduate program, who is motivated to learn by doing and is seeking a transformative education, then we need to talk. Come to an information session, read the website, arrange a consultation with someone from our team.

One day soon, we, trainees, mentors, facilitators, students, residents, PI’s, researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, and many others, will form a global network of professional translators, who think globally but work locally to improve the health and well-being of people in our communities. And together we will transform health, care and medicine.

Join us.

Living in the age of Pandemics

Most of the world is aware and has begun to grow tired of the extreme measures being taken to fight the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Protests to loosen restrictions and demands for a return to normalcy dominate public and private debates. But significantly fewer extreme measures and attention are being paid to yet another pandemic we’ve been facing.
This other pandemic has been going on for so long that it has really become part of the background context of our daily lives. It has permeated every aspect of national and global societies, but it is usually consigned (for the most part) to buried stories, outros, or footnotes of the mainstream media.  Yet its spread, the resulting devastation of our communities, and its death toll continue to rise—insidiously ignored or maliciously rationalized.
Statements that there are “good people” on both sides when one side is trying to defend individual rights while the other uses violence and spreads intolerance are so commonplace on the world stage these days, that they too represent a pandemic. A pandemic of intolerance, racism, and ignorance.  A pandemic of harmful, selfish and uninformed ideologies fueled by self-serving agents of misinformation and duplicity.
Racism and intolerance are a pandemic that we have faced for decades, no, centuries and it only seems to be flaring up again in the current climate. But the trouble is that we have reached a level of saturation and indifference where, as a global community, we seem ready to ignore this pandemic and ignore its cost in human lives, in favour of returning to normal, to the status quo of caring about our own individual lives.
Unlike with COVID-19, rarely do we talk about the impact of intolerance on humanity, on society, on progress, and even the economy—these seem too abstract and too distant when compared with social distancing and isolation.
Innovation, the creation of new and better processes, products, and services depends on cultivating and nurturing new ideas. Diversity brings together multiple perspectives and ideas and strengthens the quality and impact of education, research, and overall human progress.  Racism and ignorance stifle different perspectives and new ideas—they stifle humanity and progress!
At the TRP, we aim to provide a safe and positive space for creativity and innovation. We aim to encourage diversity, multiple perspectives and are devoted to fighting intolerance in all its forms.  We aim to attract and retain diverse and excellent students, faculty members, and trainees, and to foster flexible working conditions that accommodate personal circumstances and create an inclusive environment. We support those peacefully fighting anti-Black racism and racism as a whole. It is our collective responsibility to build an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments where students and faculty continue to seek opportunities and partnerships that remain true to these goals while working diligently to stand in the way of those who oppose these ideals, spread hate and division, and stand in the way of creating a healthy human community.
Joseph Ferenbok,
TRP Program Director,
June, 1st  2020

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