Prospective Assessment of Translation in Healthcare

Application and review processes for Disease Team grants were misaligned with the needs of applicants and reviewers.

Capstone Summary:

Our project addresses a problem in the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine’s (OIRM’s) evaluation of Disease Team grant proposals. Applicants preparing for clinical trials were often unaware of their project’s place in the Disease Team funding spectrum. Further, reviewers found it challenging to convey their feedback in a succinct, tailored manner, given the wide variety of proposals they receive.

Capstone Team: 

Dr. Vaishnavi Batmanabane, MD MHSc MD MHSc

The Hospital for Sick Children The Hospital for Sick Children
Clinical Research Project Coordinator Clinical Research Project Coordinator


Ms. Meghan Lofft, BSc MHSc BSc MHSc

The Foundation for Medical Practice Education The Foundation for Medical Practice Education
Research Assistant Research Assistant


Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok, PhD

Translational Research Program Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Janet Rossant, PhD, FRS, FRSC

University of Toronto
Senior Scientist

Kelley Parato, Program Director - Health Challenge Program

National Research Council Canada

Elise Heon, MD, FRCS(C)

The Hospital for Sick Children

Sandra Donaldson, VP & COO

Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine

If you’re interested in medicine and how we get it to reach the patient, then you should apply.”

 - Hillary Chan, 2015 Cohort