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  • 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM
  • Royal Ontario Museum at 100 Queens Park

Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI) is happy to announce that this year’s TGRI Research Day will be held on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto.

Our keynote speaker Dr. John Rogers, Professor at the University of Illinois will be presenting 'Electronics for the Human Body'.  This event is a celebration of TGRI achievements in basic and clinical research and an opportunity to promote interdepartmental and cross pillar collaborations among researchers.   TGRI Research Day is open to all TGRI Scientists, Clinician Scientists, trainees and staff.

Students and post-doctoral fellows are invited to submit a first-author abstract of their research, either completed or in progress, for the Research Day poster competition.  Abstract submissions are due by September 4th, 2015.  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, 2015.

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

TGRI Research Day 2015 is organized by the TGRI Directorate (TGH, 1N-121)

Abstract submissions are due by September 4th, 2015.  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.
Poster participants will be selected by TGRI leadership by September 11th, 2015.  TGRI directorate will notify you by email if your abstract has been accepted. Poster Details:  Maximum size (height x length): 3' x 6' (36" x 72") (1m x 2m)

Submission Instructions:

Abstract Authors:  Please type in all names using the first initial followed by the author's last name. A comma should separate author names. The final name should be followed by a period.
For example: SR Wilson, MK O'Reilly, JP Leduc, and BA Bell.

Affiliations:  Please type in all affiliations.  A comma should separate each affiliation.  The final affiliation should be followed by a period. 
For example:  Toronto General Research Institute, Toronto, ON and University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Abstract:  Abstracts are limited to 2000 characters with spaces; symbols, Greek characters, superscripts, and subscripts will not be preserved in the online submission. Proofread your abstract for accuracy.
Poster space is limited; only one first-authored abstract per registrant may be submitted.
You must be the presenting author and first author in order to be judged in the poster competition.

Tuesday, October 6, 2014


8:15 – 9:15 AM Registration and Breakfast, poster set-up
9:15 – 9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies
Dr. Mansoor Husain, Director,TGRI
9:30 – 10:30 AM Keynote Speaker
Dr. John Rogers, University of Illinois
Electronics For The Human Body
10:30 – 11:40 AM Oral Session I
Chair: Myron Cybulsky
(10:30 – 10:50) Michael Laflamme
Advanced Diagnostics
Electrical integration of human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiac grafts
(10:50 – 11:00) Coffee break
(11:00 – 11:20) Lena Serghides
Experimental Therapeutics
HIV and antiretrovirals in pregnancy
(11:20 – 11:40) Peter Cram
Support, Systems and Outcomes
Decision aids including personalized risks and benefits for orthopaedic surgery:  can we and should we?
11:40 – 12:10 PM Poster Viewing & Judging
12:10 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM Poster Viewing & Judging
2:00-3:40 PM Oral Session II
Chair: Mansoor Husain
(2:00 – 2:30) Feature Speaker
Dr. Li Zhang
Advanced Diagnostics
Double negative t cells: moving from bench to bedside  
(2:30 – 2:50) Slava Epelman
Advanced Diagnostics
The role of macrophage ontogeny in cardiac tissue repair
(2:50 – 3:00) Coffee break
(3:00 – 3:20) Michael Gollob
Experimental Therapeutics
Unravelling the genetic basis of atrial fibrillation
(3:20 – 3:40) Vanita Jassal
Support, Systems and Outcomes
Taking a RoSIE look at clinical research in Geriatric Nephrology
3:40 – 4:00 PM TGRI Strategic Plan Overview
4:00 – 4:15 PM TGRI Postdoctoral Fellow Awards
Poster Competition Awards
Presented by:  Dr. Mansoor Husain, Director, TGRI


We are very excited to have Dr. John Rogers present at TGRI Research Day 2015!

Bio:   Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989.  From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995.  From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows.  He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002.  He currently holds the Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where he is also Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.  His research has been recognized by many awards including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011) and the ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal (2015).  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Electronics for the Human Body

Biology is soft, curvilinear and adaptable; silicon technology is rigid, planar and immutable.   Electronic systems that eliminate this profound mismatch in properties create opportunities for devices that can intimately integrate with the body, for diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical function with important, unique capabilities in biomedical research and clinical healthcare.  Over the last decade a convergence of new concepts in materials science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing and device design has led to the emergence of diverse classes of ‘biocompatible’ electronics.  This talk describes the key ideas, with examples ranging from wireless, skin-like electronic ‘tattoos’ for continuous monitoring of physiological health to bioresorbable electronics that can serve as non-antibiotic bacteriocides for treating surgical site infections.


Research Day will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum at 100 Queens Park, at Museum subway station.  The venue is approximately a 20 minute walk from TGH.   Please use the Queen's Park Entrance.

Research Day comments and inquiries:
Susannah Moore, TGRI Directorate Coordinator - or

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 08:15 to 16:15