Online Resources

An Introduction to Online Dataset Resources for Biological Scientists

 
Abstract:
Large biological datasets are an essential component of modern biology, including cancer and regenerative medicine research. There are now numerous online repositories that house extant datasets that can assist when exploring or validating biological trends. Understanding and evaluating the dataset resources available can accelerate project process and promote research rigor. BioCanRx and SCN are excited to co-host a free webinar that is designed to introduce researchers to the range of online data resources, including TCGA, GEO, dbGAP and the GTEx portal, that may be used to support biomedical research. The webinar will describe the strengths and limitations of these sources, how to find appropriate data, outline methods for reviewing dataset quality, and provide use cases for such an analysis. The webinar will focus on RNASeq data with some discussion of other experimental data types.
 
Learning objectives:
This webinar will introduce students to a range of online data resources that can be used to answer and refine biological questions. After attending this course, HQP will be able to search online sources for data appropriate to their research, understand how to evaluate the data quality and how to approach re-analysis.
 
The webinar will cover fill cover the following topics
• Introduction to online data sources
• Data repositories and resources
• Quality assessment of datasets
• Data use case studies
 
The webinar will be delivered by Gareth Palidwor, Bioinformatics Core Facility Manager at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Dr. Samer M. Hussein, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Medical Biochemistry, and Pathology and Oncology axis researcher, CHU de Québec and Université Laval.
 
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Where are they Now: HQP Alumni Career Series
Building on the BioCanRx Where Are They Now Q&A Series, BioCanRx is pleased to introduce a virtual and interactive three-part series catching up with our HQP Alumni on their respective career paths. The career series will include introductions by our alumni, followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A portion. You can check out the Alumni profiles here to learn more about the panelists and their journey.
 

 
Session One
Join us on the first of our three-part series catching up with our Alumni – Parvez Vora, Site Head, Century Therapeutics; Laura Evgin, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia; and Piriya Yoganathan, Head of R&D, Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. View their bios here.
Watch the recording here
 
Session Two
Join us for the second of our three-part series catching up with our Alumni – Dr. Maartje Wouters, Freelance Medical writer, Wouters Writing; Dr. Nicole Forbes, Scientific Project Coordinator, Public Health Agency of Canada; and Dr. Marie-Laurence Tremblay, Research Ethics Board Manager, Nova Scotia Health Authority.
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Session Three
Join us for the third of our three-part Where Are They Now series. This session features Noelle Wilton, Research Assistant, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Mélissa Mathieu, Senior Scientist, CellCarta, and Sarwat Khan, Senior Scientist, Nexelis.
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Summit4CI Virtual Speaker Series
BioCanRx is pleased to offer a series of interesting and interactive virtual talks featuring our funded Network Investigators from across the country. Each speaker session will include a plain language overview and wrap up, with an opportunity for questions.
 
Session One
Building a Trans-Canada Railway for CAR T-Cell Therapies
Speakers: Dr. Natasha Kekre, Dr. Brad Nelson, Dr. Kevin Hay, Dr. Scott McComb, Terry Hawrysh, Julian Smazynski
November 16, 2020
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Session Two
Developing better CAR T-Cell Therapies by engaging patients, performing systematic reviews and assessing real-world and economic evidence
Speakers: Dr. Dean Fergusson, Dr. Kednapa Thavorn, Mackenzie Wilson, Gisell Castillo, Dr. Manoj Lalu, Joshua Montroy, Dr. Justin Presseau, Madison Foster, Terry Hawrysh
December 9, 2020
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Session Three
COV-IMMUNO – A randomized, phase III trial of vaccination with IMM-101 versus observation for the prevention of severe COVID-19 related infections in cancer patients at increased risk of exposure
Speakers: Dr. Rebecca Auer, Dr. Chris O’Callaghan, Judy Needham
January 13, 2021
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Session Four
Therapeutic inducers of Natural Killer cell killing (ThINKK): a novel approach to prevent cancer relapses after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Speakers: Dr. Michel Duval, Marie-France Langlet, Nicolas Poirier
Febuary 4, 2021
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Session Five
“Engineered Biovesicles” – A new platform for cancer immunotherapeutics
Speakers: Dr. Carolina Ilkow, Eva Villalba, Abera Surendran
Febuary 22, 2021
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Session Six
Fighting Viruses with Viruses: Repurposing cancer vaccine platforms to fight the spread of COVID-19
Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Quizi, Dr. John Bell
March 10, 2021
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Session Seven
Novel combination approaches for solid tumours: leveraging checkpoint inhibition and radiation therapy in renal cell carcinoma
Speakers: Dr. Aly-Khan Lalani, Dr. Anand Swaminath, Jessica Irvine, Dr. Michael Surette, Deborah Maskens, Donna McCarty
April 14, 2021
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Session Eight
Increasing Gene Therapy Vector Production Using Viral Sensitizer Molecules
Speakers: Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo, Dr. Elena Godbout
May 6, 2021
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Session Nine
Harnessing the power of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) by cell selection for adoptive transfer immunotherapy
Speakers: Dr. Simon Turcotte, Dr. Sandy Pelletier, Sylvain Bédard
June 28, 2021
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Panel: Lost in Translation – Navigating a Path from Discovery through to the Clinic
BioCanRx Insider Series: Episode Five
 
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The Lost in Translation – Navigating a Path from Discovery through to the Clinic panel will provide HQP with an overview of the processes of biotherapeutic translation for academics. The session will provide participants with an understanding of the steps necessary to bring a product to patients, including preclinical research, manufacturing, clinical trial applications, regulatory oversight and engagement with Health Canada, engaging key stakeholders for a successful project, and financing a project. The first 25 minutes of the session will include a case study presentation by Adam Nelson, PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University and BioCanRx HQP working group member, and an overview of translation by Dr. Jennifer Quizi, Director of Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Operations at BioCanRx. The remaining time will be spent in Q&A and discussion with experts in the field.

 


 

Webinar: Statistical modeling and analysis: An introduction to R
BioCanRx Insider Series: Episode Four
 
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This workshop will cover important topics in learning to use R and Rstudio. These include configuring R to work for you, reading and writing data, concepts for effective data management, reproducible analysis using version control and markdown, and how to use public resources to improve your R skills. The workshop will be targeted to researchers with little or no previous experience in R, but who would like to learn.

 


 

Webinar: Illustrating your research: how to make an effective scientific figure
BioCanRx Insider Series: Episode Two
 
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Communication in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has historically been dominated by text-based mediums. Scientific articles, textbooks, reviews, conference proceedings, and posters rely heavily on the use of text to communicate scientific findings. These components are frequently aimed at reaching fellow scientists and individuals within the scientific community. Our current method of communication is framed primarily for those who conduct research, and as scientists we generally underutilize visual aids as a method of communication, which is arguably more effective. However, scientists and clinicians may struggle to translate scientific data into clear and informative graphics. The Designs that Cell team has consolidated and summarized the eight steps we use for creating eye-catching illustrations. These steps are intended as a practical resource for clinicians and scientists to use when creating scientific graphics for myriad projects, including manuscript figures, scientific poster presentations, and slides for oral presentations.

 


 

Webinar: An assistant professor’s guide to writing a scientific review paper
BioCanRx Insider Series: Episode One
 
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Writing a scientific review paper is a big job and requires breakdown of the tasks. Most graduate students will benefit from writing a review paper on their subject matter during their academic studies. This webinar will provide you with the basic tools to start reading and writing! Dr. Lee-Hwa Tai will also start the webinar with a biography and description of her career trajectory. We hope the Q&A will be an informal opportunity to ask questions about not only review writing, but also career-related questions to Dr. Tai.

 


 

Current Trends in Biotherapeutics Workshop 2019
 
The Clinical Translation Education Group composed of BioCanRx, CCRM, CellCAN, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) and Stem Cell Network, hosted a one-day workshop on Sept 27, 2019 on current trends and innovations in cell and gene therapy with an emphasis on disruptive technologies. It was aimed at trainees and other professionals in the biotherapeutic space and will introduce new tools and strategies that are shaping where the biotherapeutic field is headed.
 
You can find the agenda here, and you can watch the videos of speakers here.

 


 

CTEG IP/Entrepreneurship workshop
 
Building on the success of The Clinical Translational Education Group (CTEG)*’s first day-long workshop, Bench to Bedside for Biotherapeutics (B3), CTEG hosted another day-long workshop on September 14, 2018 on Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship for Biotherapeutic Scientist in Toronto, Ontario.
 
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* The CTEG is a partnership of 7 NGOs: BioCanRx, CellCAN, Centre for Commercialization for Regenerative Medicine, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and The Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Stem Cell Network.

 


 

Bench to Bedside for Biotherapeutics (B3) Workshop
 
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BioCanRx, in partnership with other biomedical research networks, will be organizing a one-day workshop entitled Bench to Bedside for Biotherapeutics (B3) at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Modules will introduce concepts related to the stages of development for biotherapeutics. Participants will learn about the critical steps to consider at each stage of the process through lectures by experts in the field as they share their experience and insight.

 


 

Preclinical Experimental Design and Reporting Workshop

 

Please click here for the program and resources associated with the Preclinical Experimental Design and Reporting Workshop taking place at the Summit4CI in Banff, AB, on October 26, 2018.