About us

The essence of this project is around communication. As we aim to empower our patient partners by directing them to gain knowledge on how best to share their lived experiences with health researchers.

TRP Capstone Patient to Innovator P2I


To facilitate successful health innovation, there is a need to actively engage persons with lived experience (PWLEs). Problem: PWLEs are not aware that their lived-in experience is valuable. Research question: Can hackathons be used as a vehicle to actively engage PWLEs?
In our literature review, elements around PWLE feeling ill-equipped in sharing their valuable experience in academic settings iterated the need to provide training to PWLE with as little conscious biases as possible in order to allow meaningful contributions to health research as possible. Through using the Ideation Clinic as a bridge, we expect our health researchers to attend and actively invest their time knowing they will not use PWLE as ‘tokens’ in their own agenda. The translational research elements were to gain knowledge on what gaps exist in obtaining PWLE population with training to mitigate de gaps in health research innovation in Canada.

Team members

Ateeya Manzoor

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Dominique Pilon

Dominique Pilon

Dominique is a wife and mother to great humans who support her every ventures. Dominique was an RPN for 5 years prior to college nursing school, then an RN for 11 years until recently finishing a long journey towards my BScN. Her specialty is critical care and elderly care. She adores stepping out of her comfort zone and exposing herself to growing as a person and professional.

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TRP Supervisors

Director Dr. Joseph Ferenbok

Dr. Joseph Ferenbok

TRP Director

Driven to improve patient care, Prof. Ferenbok catapults projects forward with passion, wisdom, and a contagious chuckle. He is an Associate Director of the Health Innovation Hub, a Faculty of Medicine initiative intended to connect, align, serve, and facilitate the translation, innovation, and commercialization of 'Health Matters'.

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Edyta Marcon, Advisor, Capstone Committee, Instructor, Supervisor, TRP Team

Dr. Edyta Marcon

Concept Translator Senior Research Associate, Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto

Edyta loves to encounter new questions, apply new knowledge, and meet new people. As a Senior Research Associate at the U of T Donnelly Centre, she currently studies how RNA modifications regulate gene expression and how they relate to human health and disease. Her interests extend beyond the laboratory into the application of scientific research using human centric design thinking.

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