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Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI) is happy to announce that this year’s Research Day will be held on Wednesday October 9th, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown, 108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON

This year's keynote speaker will be:
Dr. Kang Lee, Professor, and Tier 1 CRC Chair in developmental neuroscience at the University of Toronto & a Senior Scientist at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Lee will be presenting “Affective artificial intelligence and its applications in healthcare”.
This event is a celebration of TGHRI achievements in basic and clinical research and it is an opportunity to promote interdepartmental and cross pillar collaborations among researchers.  TGHRI Research Day is open to all TGHRI Scientists, Clinician Scientists, trainees and staff. Undergraduate students, MSc students, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows are invited to submit a first-author abstract of their research, either completed or in progress to the Research Day poster competition.  To highlight TGHRI’s many areas of research and to encourage collaboration and discussions between groups, all abstracts submitted will be published in our Research Day booklet.  As done last year, the first round of poster judging will take place prior to Research Day.  The TGHRI leadership team and TGHRI faculty and staff will grade the abstracts and up to 60 abstracts will be accepted as posters.  Those with the highest ranked abstracts will be asked to give a brief presentation of their posters during Research Day, and the winners will be presented with an award.

Abstract submissions are due by Wednesday September 18th, 2019.  Abstract submission is part of the registration process; if you plan to submit an abstract, DO NOT register until your abstract is ready.  If you are not submitting an abstract, please register as a General Attendee as soon as possible.

General registration closes September 18th, 2019.

Online registration is mandatory so that proper seating, catering, and materials can be provided.

TGHRI Research Day 2019 is organized by the TGHRI Directorate Office (TGH, 1N-121).  Please contact Cathy Chau at or 416 340 4800 x 7055 (14-7055) with any questions.

The TGHRI Research Day will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown, 108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON.


Dr. Kang Lee

Dr. Kang Lee is a Professor, and Tier 1 CRC Chair in developmental neuroscience at the University of Toronto & a Senior Scientist at the University of California, San Diego. For over two decades he has studied lying and face processing. Drawing on more than 2 decades of research, his team has developed a novel imaging system called Transdermal Optical Imaging that uses conventional video cameras to decode human physiology and emotions.

"Affective Artificial Intelligence and Its Applications in Healthcare"
Artificial intelligence is now everywhere and has the potential to change all aspects of our lives. However one major shortcoming of the AI today is that although it may have high IQ, it lacks EQ, or emotional intelligence. In fact, the best AI system today does not have the emotional intelligence of a 2-year old. For AI to transform our lives, AI must reach the next level. That is, any future AI system must have not only IQ but EQ. In this talk, Kang Lee will draw insights from a century of psychological research on human emotion to discuss various methods AI developers can use to develop intelligent systems with affective artificial intelligence, or the ability to detect, decode, interpret, and simulate human affects. He will also discuss how we can use affective AI in healthcare.

Please see TGHRI Research Day preliminary agenda below.
2019 TGHRI Research Day Draft Agenda.pdf
- last updated on June 28, 2019
Draft Agenda_v1

Abstract submissions are due by September 18, 2019. 

No late submissions will be accepted.

If you wish to submit a first-authored abstract for the poster presentation, please note that abstract submission and registration are part of the same process.  Please register only if your abstract is also ready for submission.
All posters submitted will be published in the Research Day booklet.  As done last year, poster participants will be selected and front runners will be announced by TGHRI leadership prior to Research Day.  TGHRI directorate will notify you by October 1st, 2019 if your abstract has been accepted and if you have been selected to give a brief presentation of your poster on Research Day for the final round of judging. 
Poster Details: Maximum size (height x length): 4 ft x 4 ft (48 in x 48 in) (1.33m x 1.33m)

Submission Instructions:
Kindly review  TGHRI 2019 Research Day Abstract Submission Instructions.pdf.  Please download Fillable Abstract Submission Form_.docx and complete the document before you upload it to the registration page.

Note that poster space is limited; only one first-authored abstract per registrant may be submitted.
Abstracts will be accepted from undergraduate students, MSc students, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows. You must be the presenting author and first author in order to be judged in the poster competition.

Research Day comments and inquiries:
Cathy Chau, TGHRI Research Business Administrator – or 416-340-4800x 7055

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 08:00 to 16:30