RTC Trainee Research Day

The RTC Trainee Research Day is a highly anticipated annual event that brings together over 150 students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to celebrate and support our talented trainees’ research findings and the cutting-edge research being conducted at LKSKI and KRCBS, Unity Health Toronto. The full-day event is the key event to help our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to advance their career trajectories and foster the development of the next generation of scientific leaders.
The day will consist of the keynote speaker session, and both oral and poster presentations from our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Topics will cover a range of subjects from experimental research to health science policy. Also included in the program is the award ceremony for the Best Oral and Poster Presentations, RTC Leadership Award, and the Holmes-McInnes Graduate Research Student Award.
Attendees will have ample amount of opportunities to network over lunch and throughout the day, and build new collaborations that advance scientific innovations, and make new friends.

Important dates:

This year’s RTC Research Day will be held on May 9, 2024. SMH Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers registered with the RTC are eligible to participate in the Oral and Poster Competitions.

Abstract Submission

All KRC and LKSKI graduate trainees (MSc, PhD), and Postdoctoral Researchers are invited to submit an abstract for a poster presentation and for consideration for an oral presentation. iBEST trainees are welcome to submit an abstract for a Poster presentation.
Space is limited, we encourage interested trainees to submit their abstracts early.

  • General Attendee Registration Deadline: April 12, 2024
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 22, 2024, at 23:59 PM
  • Notification of selection for Oral or Poster presentation: April 15, 2024
  • Deadline for Submission of Oral Presentation Files: May 3, 2024, at 10:00 AM.

*Please note that all presenters also need to register for the event. Kindly use the link below to register.

Attendee Registration Click Here

Abstracts should be submitted using the Research Training Centre (RTC) Abstract Submission Form by the submission deadline. Please see below for abstract submission instructions.

Oral or Poster Presentation Selection:

During Abstract submission, authors may indicate whether they want to be considered for an oral presentation. The Research Training Centre Selection Committee, comprised of basic and clinical scientists, will review all abstracts and select abstracts for oral/poster presentation. Notification of decisions will be sent on April 15, 2024.

We ask trainees to make a special effort to ensure that their oral and poster presentations are accessible to all non-specialists in the audience, including basic and clinical scientists as well as trainees and staff.
Those selected to present an Oral presentation must attend a mandatory “Oral Presentation Coaching Session”. Time and Date of the session TBA.

Research Day Awards:

Research Training Centre will be offering Oral/Poster Presentation awards.
A panel of judges will also score the oral or poster presentations.

Abstract Submission Instructions:

The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, March 22, 2024, at 23:59 PM EST. Late abstracts will not be considered. Space is limited.
Please READ & FOLLOW the instruction below to submit your abstract:

  1. Please follow the next naming format for your abstract: Abstract-Submission-for-RTCRD2024-FirstName-LastName.
  2. The word limit of the abstract is 300 words, excluding the title, and authors with affiliation. Figures and tables are not permitted. You will be disqualified if your abstract exceeds the word limit.
  3. The presenter should be the first author. The presenter can be a co-author on another abstract.
  4. The Principal Investigator of the research project must be an active SMH LKSKI or SMH KRCBS Scientist or Investigator and must agree with the submission.
  5. Abstract can describe research that is either completed or in progress but submissions must include the following elements: Introduction, Methodology, Results, and Conclusions (each component to be described, but the abstract structure is left to the applicant’s discretion).
  6. Figures and tables are not permitted.
  7. References are not required.
  8. Please also indicate the type of research and the research area.
  9. Please use the online form to submit your abstract.
    We will confirm your submission by emailing you back upon receiving your abstract. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please reach out to us.
  10. No changes will be permitted to your abstract after submission.

The RTC Selection committee will rank the abstracts and select abstracts for a poster presentation. You will be notified by April 15, 2024, if your abstract is selected to be presented during the event for Oral or Poster competition. If you are selected to present an Oral presentation, the length of the presentation is 10 min + 3 min Q&A. The deadline to submit your Oral presentation file is May 3, 2024, at 10:00 AM. You will receive an email with Oral presentation submission instructions.

Click here to submit your abstract.

Please reach out to:
Sofiia Ivantsiv, RTC Specialist

To view abstracts and photos from previous competitions, please click on any of the following:

How to Earn Credits

You will be able to earn credits for presenting and/or attending seminars/events. In order to earn credits for attending, you must be present for the entire event. To be eligible to apply for an RTC travel award or receive additional points on your RTC Scholarship application you must earn at least 5 credits during the academic year. 0.5 credit = 0.5 credit for facilitating a seminar 1 credit = 1 credit for seminar attendance or presenting at a seminar 1 credit = Participation in the  Trainee Research Day 1 credit = Attendance in the  Trainee Research Day Period to collect credits: 1 year (September 2020 – June 2021) for Spring 2021 academic year competitions.

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