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Events & Education

Check out these upcoming events or education opportunities!

Events, Courses & Conferences

3rd Annual UofT VIR Research Symposium 
May 16, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Hy's Steakhouse - 365 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5H 2V1
RSVP required here
Submit your abstracts here

Toronto Breast Imaging Conference
May 25, 2024
Virtual & In person at Hilton Toronto 
Registration required here

All UT Temerty Medicine upcoming events

Resources for Virtual Care and Teaching (Courtesy of the Centre for Faculty Development)

City Rounds

Chair Grand Rounds: with Dr. Iain Kirkpatrick 
April 22, 2024 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
Topic: A Primer on Abdominal CT Protocols
Audience: Residents
Learning Objectives & Speaker Bio
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 815 1529 7056
Passcode: 733311

Breast Imaging Rounds
April 30, 2024 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Faculty Lecture
Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 861 8470 4027
Passcode: 541462

Chair Grand Rounds 
with Dr. Douglas Scott Katz
May 13, 2024 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
Topic: Acute Non Obstetrics Disorders in Pregnancy
Audience: Residents
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 815 1529 7056
Passcode: 733311

Breast Imaging Rounds
May 28, 2024 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Journal Club
Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 844 6038 9656
Passcode: 738703

Breast Imaging Rounds
June 25, 2024 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Year End Guest Speaker
Via Zoom 
Meeting ID: 890 0180 8412
Passcode: 354586

Job Opportunities

UofT Initiatives, committees & awards

3rd Annual VIR Research Symposium call for abstracts - deadline to submit Apr. 19

May 16, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Hy's Steakhouse - 365 Bat St., Toronto ON

Six submitted abstracts will be chosen for presentation. Due to capacity restrictions, priority will be given to residents and fellows with submitted and/or selected abstracts. 

Two awards for best research presentation will be rewarded: Dr. Chia-Sing Ho Non-Vascular Research Award and Dr. Kenneth Sniderman-Vascular Research Award 

We are very pleased to announce that this year's Dr. Martin Simons' Lecture invited speaker is Dr. Michael Patlas, our University Department Chair.

Dr. Patlas brings with him two decades of experience in different academic and medical centres, as well as a diverse background as a clinician, educator, scientist, and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal (CARJ). 

Please send your abstract submissions and RSVP (links below) by 5 p.m. on April 19. Instructions for submission can be found here. 

Abstract submission: 



*NEW* Temerty Faculty of Medicine Research Showcase: Submit your abstract & be a panelist - abstract submissions due Apr. 19, 2024

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine Research Showcase takes place on Friday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. and will be at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology (40 St. George St.). 

Submit your abstract to join our Poster Sessions, offering unique ways to present your findings to both students and judges. The top abstracts will be invited to present orally at the Research Symposia.

Additionally, we are seeking trainees, faculty, staff, and core facility personnel for our Research Panels to foster discussions on research methods, the latest trends, and best research practices.

Finally, we are seeking graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows for our Mentorship Panels to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of researchers and medical trainees.

If you are submitting an abstract and/or indicating your interest in serving as a research panelist, you must also register for the event using the two forms below.

Register here
Submit your abstract

Faculty awards 2023-2024 - nominations due Apr. 30, 2024

Nominations for the Faculty Awards 2023-2024 are now open! If you would like to nominate a colleague, please see the awards listed and corresponding nomination survey and Terms of Reference here.

*NEW* Temerty Knowledge Translation Grant: Bench to Bedside - EOI due Apr. 30, 2024; full applications due May 30, 2024

The Office of the Vice Dean, Research and Health Science Education is pleased to announce the third round of Knowledge Translation grants, generously supported by the landmark Temerty donation. The theme of the third round is Bench to Bedside, to encourage the evolution of fundamental research that is ready to move towards a clinical application in collaboration with a clinical or industrial partner.

In this round there will be three grants awarded, each valued at $75-80,000. To be eligible to apply, the project lead must hold a full-time academic appointment in Temerty Medicine.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are due April 30, 2024. Please submit your EOI using our web form. The purpose of the EOI stage is to gauge the volume of potential applications and all those who submit an EOI are invited to submit a full application.

Full applications are due May 30, 2024. Please send completed applications as a single PDF to

Temerty Knowledge Translation Grant:

Temerty Awards for Excellence in Professional Values - nominations due May 6, 2024

The Temerty Awards for Excellence in Professional Values are awarded annually to recognize faculty members and learners from all sectors of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine who contribute to strengthening our shared professional values through their behaviour, communications, relationships, and academic, clinical, and administrative endeavours.

These faculty members and learners will exemplify our shared professional values, including:

  • Commitment to excellence and fair and ethical dealings with others (colleagues and mentees) in carrying out their professional duties and academic endeavours
  • Facilitating psychologically, culturally, and physically safe learning and work environments
  • Demonstrating kindness, respect, civility, humility, integrity, self-reflection, and a commitment to our collective responsibility in ensuring one another’s wellbeing
  • Commitment to anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices, consistent advocacy and inclusion for equity deserving groups, and allyship
  • Achieving the mandates of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in our healthcare education, practice, and research
  • Demonstrating breadth either within the Faculty or wider Toronto, Canada or global community in their practice of these professional values

Awards are open to all faculty members and learners at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and nominations of individuals may be made by peers, supervisors, colleagues, staff, and program leaders.

For full nomination details, please visit this site. Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 6, 2024, at 11:59 PM.

Department of Medical Imaging Cross-City Collaboration Seed Grant - application deadline is May 17, 2024

The University of Toronto’s Department of Medical Imaging is committed to fostering research collaboration across hospital systems and sites that fall under the department’s umbrella. This seed grant was developed to foster research collaboration between hospital systems and radiology groups at the University of Toronto. The objective of this Seed Grant is to generate new knowledge, promote innovation, and support interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

The inaugural cross-city collaboration seed grant will launch on February 20, 2024 with proposals due on May 17, 2024.


• This 2024/2025 seed grant will award up to $10,000 for one project

• The funding period runs July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

See the grant proposal here for more information, including eligibility, application process, budget, requirements and evaluation.

Submit recently published UofT-affiliated papers 

As the Department of Medical Imaging continues to find new ways to recognize the incredible work of our faculty, residents and fellows, beginning this year we will be promoting UofT-affiliated published papers co-authored by faculty and/or trainees in our monthly newsletters and on social media.

To have your work showcased in our communications, please submit all recently published UofT-affiliated papers to, with the following information:

  • Link to UofT-affiliated published paper
  • Your role in the paper
  • Any pertinent information that needs to be included in the mention of the paper
  • Headshot or photo of yourself

We will be including published papers in our monthly newsletters on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Please feel free to send your published papers as they come in.

Funding Opportunity: Disruptive Innovation Grants 

The Canadian Cancer Society and Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation have launched a new funding opportunity, "Disruptive Innovation Grants in Cancer Research." 

Letter of Intent: due March 21, 2024
Full application: due August 1, 2024
Anticipated funding start date: January 15, 2025

Visit the grant webpage here for more information. 

Institute of Medical Science: Advancing Health through Graduate Research

Learn about undergrad and graduate research programs in Temerty Faculty of Medicine. 

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Submit your CV for DiscoverResearch

Our department is pleased to be contributing to DiscoverResearch, U of T’s new online tool to highlight, celebrate, and promote our scholars and research experts. All faculty members will be given access to DiscoverResearch, which presents individualized academic profiles built from your CV. The department plans to work with DiscoverResearch to offer helpful reports for grant writing and promotions. 

In support of this project, we are requesting your updated CV and permission to use it in the database. If you’d like to contribute, please send your updated CV in your preferred format to by October 31, 2023, noting your consent to use it. Your profile will always be in your control and can be activated and deactivated as desired. You can also revise your profile before it becomes public. 

If you do not wish to contribute your CV to DiscoverResearch, please let Eileen know at

Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC)

On January 16th 2024, the Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced the Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC). The new policy aims to enhance Canada’s research security by ensuring Federal grant applications (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and CFI) that involve conducting research that may advance a sensitive technology research area will not be funded if any of the researchers involved in activities supported by the grant are affiliated with, or in receipt of funding or in-kind support, from a university, research institute or laboratory connected to a military, national defence or state security entities of foreign state actors that pose a risk to Canada’s national security.

The policy includes two lists, both of which will be updated regularly to address evolving threats to Canada’s national security. The policy will come into effect in early 2024.

For faculty/principal investigators whose research is not on the STRA list, no further action is required. 

For researchers whose work is in a Sensitive Technology Research Area, there are new requirements when applying for grant funding from the federal Tri-council agencies and CFI:

  • All researchers listed on an application must provide an attestation that they do not have any affiliation with entities on the Named Research Organization list and they have “read, understood, agree with, and are compliant with this policy. They and their research team(s) will be required to comply with the policy for the duration of the federal grant.”
  • If any of the researchers named on the application are receiving funding or in-kind support from an organization on the NRO list, the application would be ineligible.

U of T has a dedicated Research Security Team within the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation to provide support and information to the research community regarding developments relating to safeguarding research and developing research relationships and grant applications in alignment with best practices, guidelines, and requirements. Further information is available at

Researchers who have questions or concerns are strongly encouraged to contact the Research Security Team That team is available to help the research community understand the application of this new government requirement and other existing government requirements.


  • Is my area of research covered under the STRA?
  • Would I be considered to have an affiliation with an NRO?   
  • How do I provide an attestation?
  • How do I prove that my previous affiliation has ended?

We appreciate that this adds additional requirements and responsibilities for our research community and will share additional information as it becomes available. The University of Toronto continues to work closely with the Government of Canada, the U15, and Universities Canada to ensure that the needs of the research community are reflected in the implementation of this new policy. 

McMaster University: Free EMB Services for Residents & Fellows

The McMaster University Health Information Research Unit (HiRU) offers 3 free McMaster PLUS products to help residents & fellows keep up to date with current best evidence for patient care (EMB).

Here's how you can use content from McMaster PLUS to stay current on evidence-based health care:

  1. Sign up for personalized free alerts on new high-quality studies within your discipline of interest on EvidenceAlerts.
  2. Have a point-of-care question? Search the literature for high-quality studies, reviews, and evidence-based guidelines according to the pyramid of evidence using ACCESSSS.
  3. Ready to practice your critical appraisal skills? Sign up to be a McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE) rater to contribute your rating of hot-off-the-press articles and keep track of what you read for maintaining CME.


MORE raters receive notifications about new articles within their specified areas of clinical interest that have passed McMaster PLUS criteria. They vote on the relevance and newsworthiness of the article for clinical practice in their disciplines of interest using two simple Likert scales. This takes less than 5 minutes. You can receive as many or as few articles as you would like.

Benefits to becoming a MORE rater:

  • Stay current with the best clinical care evidence as it matures.
  • See what your peers are saying about the same article.
  • Provide insightful comments and you may be selected to write a formal Commentary on the article for ACP Journal Club, published monthly in Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Articles reviewed are tracked and can be used to qualify for CME credits where permitted (e.g., MAINPORT Section 2 credits in Ontario)

MI in the news

Headshot, Dr. Lilyane Saleh

Imaging Features of Gastrointestinal Neoplasms Complicating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) are at heightened risk of GI malignancies, which include various cancers. A recent review published by MI's Dr. Lilyane Saleh, a PGY4 resident, under the guidance of Dr. Nasir Jaffer and Dr. Dilkash Kajal, discusses the different imaging techniques used to detect those GI malignancies.

Headshot, Dr. Tanya Chawla

Canadian Association of Radiologists Practice Guidelines for Computed Tomography Colonography

Authored by U of T Assistant Professor & Divisional Head, Abdominal Imaging Dr. Tanya Chawla, these updated practice guidelines provide a toolkit for imagers and technologists looking to add Computed Tomography Colonography (CTC) to their practice. 

MI Acknowledgements, Awards & Publications


  • Congratulations to Dr. Kamaldine Oudjhane who was recently awarded the 2022 Reviewer Award with Distinction from Skeletal Radiology for his exceptional service to the journal. 
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Patlas who was recently recognized by several associations, including:
    Honorary Membership with the Association of Radiologists of Ukraine for his humanitarian work during the ongoing war;
    Appointed as Fellow of the American College of Radiology (CAR) for his many contributions to the profession of radiology throughout his career;
    And invited to sit on the Governance Committee for the Toronto Addis Ababa Acadmic Collaboration (TAAAC). Congratulations on these incredible achievements, Dr. Patlas!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Vivianne Freitas who was recently appointed as Assistant Editor for the American Journal of Roentgenology from January 2024 - December 2025, as well as Associate Editor on the Radiology Advances Editorial Board from October 2023 - December 2024.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Karl Narvacan on his recent appointment as Editor-in-Training with the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal (CARJ) for the January 2024 - December 2024 term. He will also serve on the CARJ Editorial Board. 
  • Congratulations to Drs. Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Ania Kielar, and Sebastian Mafeld, who were recently awarded the 2023 CARJ Outstanding Reviewer Awards.

Recognitions/Honorable Mentions

  • Congratulations to Drs. Pejman Maralani, Roger Smith and Viviane Freitas for their recent recognition from Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario)!

Dr. Pejman Maralani was recognized for his contributions to the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) from Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), for authoring "Organizational guideline for planning and delivery of spine stereotactic body radiotherapy treatment in Ontario."

Dr. Roger Smith was recognized for his contributions to the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) from Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), for participating as expert panel member for "Organizational guideline for planning and delivery of spine stereotactic body radiotherapy treatment in Ontario."

Dr. Viviane Freitas was recognized for her contributions to the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) from Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), for participating as expert panel member on "Preoperative Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guideline." 


Published papers to be posted here. 


Grants received to be posted here.

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