null Career Day for Research Trainees at the RI-MUHC maps known and unknown career paths

An emerging generation of health researchers packed the atrium of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) on November 1, with the goal of exploring both long-sought and less obvious career paths.

More than twenty professionals from the Montreal life sciences community shared their insights on shaping a career at the third annual Career Day for Research Trainees organized by the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training at the RI‑MUHC. At a bustling networking lunch, trainees gleaned tips for success from representatives of the private sector, government, research agencies and academia, rounding out a morning of presentations. 

Hot topics included new opportunities in artificial intelligence, medicinal cannabis and applied immunology, and many trainees made new contacts in such leading companies as Boston Consulting Group, Mitacs and Pfizer.

Thank you to all the guest animators who took time to mentor and inspire young scientists face to face, and special thanks to these guest speakers:

  • Sarah Jenna, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO, My Intelligent Machines (Mims)
  • Sonia Israel, BSc, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Scientific Partnership at Aifred Health
  • David Buckeridge, PhD, Scientist and Director of the Research Data Warehouse at the RI-MUHC
  • Mahzad Sharifahmadian, PhD, Life Sciences Manager (Entrepreneurship) and Entrepreneur – District 3
  • Rami Batal, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Canopy Health Innovations
  • Antonio Vigano, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, McGill University 
  • Irah King, PhD, Associate Professor, McGill University
  • Scott McComb, PhD, Research Officer, Cancer Therapeutics Team, Human Health and Therapeutics, Vaccines Division, National Research Council.

— Published Nov. 12, 2018