On Friday March 9th BRITE students hosted the third annual BRI Trainee Workshop. It was an incredible day with a variety of speakers and information sessions, from client engagement to literature review tips and tricks!
The day started off with a keynote presentation by mother-son duo, Susan and Liam Cosgrove. Both Liam and Susan are active members of the Holland Bloorview community; Susan is currently on the hospital's Family Engagement Committee. Liam and Susan discussed why they are engaged in research, the impact families can have on research, why research is important, and how being engaged in research plays a crucial role in the lives of families. Following Susan and Liam was an informative presentation on knowledge translation and the importance of effective research dissemination. This was co-presented by BRITE co-chair, Keelia Quinn de Launay, and knowledge translation broker, Joanne Wincentak.
The next two presentations discussed commercialization. Sharon Wong helped trainees understand commercialization opportunities and avenues within a research context. Following Sharon’s talk, we heard a commercialization success story by Dr. Jan Andrysek.
Our afternoon began with a presentation by Dr. Peter Grav on how to write a scientific literature review. His presentation included numerous examples of the right versus wrong ways to both conduct, and write, a literature review. Next we had Douglas Buller talk to us about how to make our PowerPoint presentations more engaging!
To end off our day we had a panel of speakers talk about the importance of engaging in multidisciplinary research! Panel members included Sean Peacocke, Leslie Mumford, Dr. Shannon Scratch, Dr. Amy McPherson, and Kristen English.
Overall, this was a successful day of learning, networking and academic growth for trainees!