OICR training initiatives are helping to develop and support the next generation of cancer researchers, while strengthening engagement with investigators, students and trainees across Ontario to build and benefit from a more connected and collaborative cancer research community. 

BioLab Hub

BioLab at OICR manages state-of-art equipment for translational cancer research and offers free educational seminars, advanced technology workshops and hands-on instrument training sessions led by instrument application specialists.

A Microsatellite Instability (MSI) Series
June 29, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

MSI has rapidly advanced as an important pan tumor biomarker associated with response to immune checkpoint inhibitors and the drive towards universal tumor testing. Join this session to learn more about MSI from three esteemed speakers who will present on the following topics:

  • Colorectal cancer disparities and the role of MSI testing and implementation
  • MSI screening technologies and techniques to measure microsatellite instability
  • Detection and sensitivity of ccfDNA MSI alleles
  • Development of an MSI Assay Utilizing Novel Long Repeats
  • Exploiting liquid biopsies to detect MSI in cancer for longitudinal immunotherapy tracking

Bioinformatics Training

Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops (CBW)

With current high-throughput technologies and scientific approaches to research, having the computational biology capacity and skill set to deal with one’s data has become an even greater research asset.

The CBW hosts a series of advanced topic workshops that focus on training graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and researchers in the most recent informatics tools and workflows.

Software engineering club

OICR has a passionate team of software engineers, infrastructure specialists and bioinformaticians that build tools to empower researchers in their endeavours to elucidate cancer.

Their blog shares information about our cutting-edge technology, groundbreaking tools and upcoming events.

Toronto Bioinformatics Users Group

TorBUG (Toronto Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the Greater Toronto Area who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.

TorBUG meets on the last Wednesday of every month from September through April, except holidays. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments.

Meetings are held in the Red Room at the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto, 160 College Street at 4:00 pm and are free and open to all.

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