OICR Events

OICR hosts and supports a number of educational events throughout the year to help foster collaboration and the sharing of new ideas within the cancer research community and beyond.

For more information about events at OICR contact events@oicr.on.ca

Upcoming Events

Genomics in Health Implementation Forumraft
November 16 & 17, 2021

On November 16 & 17, 2021, initiatives from around the globe will convene for a meeting of the Genomics in Health Implementation Forum (GHIF). The GHIF aims to support accurate data interpretation, diagnosis, and innovative solutions through global cooperation in data sharing and clinical implementation of genomics. The forum helps initiatives reduce duplication of efforts and promote the collection of compatible clinical genomic data and health information to enable data sharing. The primary focus is to support the uptake of GA4GH standards and provide real-world insights to the GA4GH Work Streams as they develop new standards to support data sharing.

Attendees will hear updates from current GHIF efforts and discuss future opportunities to advance global data sharing and human health.

The Dr. Mark Ernsting Drug Discovery Memorial Lecture with Dr. Pieter Cullis
Friday, November 5, 2021 from 1-2 p.m. ET

Please join the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Toronto Department of Chemistry for the Dr. Mark Ernsting Drug Discovery Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 5, 2021. The Lecture is named in honour of Dr. Mark Ernsting, who was a Senior Biomedical Engineer in the Drug Discovery Program at OICR. Dr. Ernsting passed away in December 2015. He was a brilliant and passionate scientist as well as a great colleague and friend. Dr. Ernsting endeavoured to improve the lives of cancer patients by developing nanomedicines.

This year’s Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Pieter Cullis, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia and is titled “Lipid Nanoparticles for Enabling Gene Therapies for Rare Diseases (Transthyretin-Induced Amyloidosis), Infectious Diseases (Covid-19 Vaccines) and Personalized Cancer Therapeutics”.

OICR-JLABS cancer symposium series – Going viral: Examining advancements in oncolytic viral therapies and their futureaft
November 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. ET

On November 17, join the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and JLABS as we delve into the field of oncolytic virus therapy to understand its emergence, where things stand today and how this precise and promising treatment is being brought to patients. At the symposium you will hear from our keynote speaker Dr. Robert Coffin, a world-leading researcher and Founder, President and Chief Research and Development Officer of Replimune. The session will also feature a presentation from Dr. Carolina Ilkow, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, on her group’s work studying oncolytic viruses and will conclude with an engaging panel discussion with the speakers and other experts in the field. Come join us and learn about this exciting area and how it may have an impact on your research!

OMPRN Pathology Matters Meeting
Monday, October 25, 2021 – Tuesday, October 26, 2021

When and Where

Date: Monday, October 25, 2021 – Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (2 days)
Price: Free – registration opens soon
Location: Virtual Online Meeting

Canadian Cancer Research Conference
November 8-11, 2021 starting at 12:00 PM EST

The CCRC brings together the Canadian cancer research community spanning the research spectrum to provide an opportunity for networking and cross-fertilization between disciplines.

The 2021 CCRC’s scientific program is currently under development. The conference will be conducted in English. Simultaneous translation to French (captioning) will be provided for some sessions.

Early bird registration for the 2021 CCRC is now open, with discounted pricing until October 8, 2021.

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