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  • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Oral presentation via Zoom, Poster presentation via VoiceThread.

Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI) is excited to announce its annual Research Day, to be held virtually on Wednesday November 4th, 2020.  This year’s theme will be "Ongoing COVID-research at TGHRI".

This year's keynote speaker will be:
Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Privacy-Preserving Technologies, and Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management and the Director of Research, Social Media Lab, Ryerson University.  Dr. Gruzd will be presenting “Inoculating Against an Infodemic: COVID-19 News, Social Media, and Misinformation”.

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.  Aside from keynote presentation and TGHRI Scientists featuring their ongoing COVID-research, the participants will get to learn about the latest research through trainees' poster presentations.  As done in previous years, the first round of poster judging will take place prior to Research Day.  TGHRI faculty and leadership team will grade the posters and audio presentations online.  Highest rank presentations will be asked to give a 1-min flash presentation of their work during Research Day, and the winners will be presented with an award.

Important Dates:

Now - October 19: Registration open
October 19:

e-Poster and 3-min voiceover presentation submission due
(*e-Poster and voiceover presentation submission are part of the registration process.  You will receive an email invitation from VoiceThread within 24 hrs of your registration to create & upload your work.)

October 19 - 25: VoiceThread website open for poster judges to launch work
October 26: Poster judges to submit evaluation
October 27 - 28: Selected 1-min flash presenters notified
October 30: Trainees to record flash presentation with the help of AV team
After November 2:       VoiceThread website open to all viewers to launch work 

*Please note online registration is mandatory.

TGHRI Research Day 2020 is organized by the TGHRI Directorate Office.  Please contact Cathy Chau at with any questions.


Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Anatoliy Gruzd is a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Privacy-Preserving Technologies, and Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management and the Director of Research, Social Media Lab at Ryerson University. Dr. Gruzd is also a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society, and a founding co-chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.

As an inter- and multidisciplinary computational social science researcher, Dr. Gruzd’s research broadly explores how social media platforms are changing the ways in which people and organizations communicate, collaborate, disseminate information, conduct business and form communities online, and how these changes impact society. 

Dr. Gruzd’s expertise lies in studying online communities and social networks, and developing new computational methods and tools to study public discourse on social media sites in a wide variety of domains. For example, one of the social media research tools that he has developed, Netlytic, is currently being used by thousands of researchers and students around the world every year.

Inoculating Against an Infodemic: COVID-19 News, Social Media, and Misinformation  

False narratives about COVID-19 have gone global and are spreading almost as fast as the virus itself. Since Canada’s first presumptive positive case was announced on January 25, there have been over 5,000 false and unproven COVID-19 related claims shared via social media and other channels. The presentation will discuss how researchers at Ryerson University’s Social Media Lab, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), are spearheading an international effort to help stem the rise and counter COVID-19 misinformation via the COVID-19 Misinformation Portal. Gruzd will also share highlights from the Lab’s recent News, Social Media, and Misinformation Survey and insights from the analysis of COVID-19 false claims that are currently making the rounds online.



1320-1340 “A New Twist on an Old Antiviral: Interferon Lambda for the Treatment of COVID-19 with Early Results from the ILIAD Trial”

Jordan Feld, MD, MPH
·“The Ontario COVID-19 Prospective Cohort Study”

Angela Cheung, PhD, MD, FRCPC and

Margaret Herridge, MSc, MPH, MD, FRCPC



1410-1430 “Novel Technologies to Assess Lung Function: Implications for Improved Patient Care”
Chung-Wai Chow, PhD, MD, FRCPC
1430-1450 “Antithrombotic Therapy to Ameliorate Complications of COVID-19: The ATTACC Randomized Trial”
Patrick Lawler, MPH, MD, FRCPC


1555-1615 "Strategies to Support Patient/Caregiver Mental Health while Waiting for Procedures Delayed by COVID-19: A Scoping Review"

Anna Gagliardi, PhD
“Ontario's Response to COVID-19: Balancing Trade-offs and Improving Outcomes for all Ontarians” 

Beate Sander, RN, MBA, MEcDev, PhD

Please see TGHRI Research Day preliminary agenda below.
2020 TGHRI Research Day Preliminary Agenda.pdf
- last updated on September 24, 2020

Please refer to step-by-step instructions to submit an e-Poster and record your 3-minute voiceover presentation here.

Special thanks to our sponsors who make this event possible



Research Day comments and inquiries:
Cathy Chau, TGHRI Research Business Administrator – 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 13:00 to 17:00