Strengthening international collaborations with the University of Toronto

A two-day workshop is being held to promote collaborative research opportunities between cancer and inflammation researchers at Hudson Institute and the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto.

Following a successful 2018 workshop, hosted in Toronto by Professor Eleanor Fish (Associate Chair, International Initiatives and Collaborations, University of Toronto) and Professor Juan Carlos Zuniga-Pflucker (Chair, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto), this year’s event at Hudson Institute, 24–25 February 2020, featured updates and research highlights from scientists across both organisations.

L – R: Assistant Professor Sonya MacParland, Professor Elizabeth Hartland, Professor Juan Carlos Zuniga-Pflucker, Associate Professor David Brooks, Associate Professor Tracy McGaha, Assistant Professor Slava Epelman, Professor Paul Hertzog, Professor Eleanor Fish, Dr Kate Lawlor.

The aim is to promote potential collaborations and expand a new initiative which connects research labs at the two organisations—a senior undergraduate/postgraduate student exchange and community outreach program.

The collaboration provides opportunities for long-term partnerships and potential joint funding to progress research. Several undergraduate students from the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto spent around three months at Hudson Institute last year, which was a huge success for both students and staff.

The possibility of a reciprocal program is now being explored—where Hudson Institute students could spend time overseas working within the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto.

Thank you to everyone who attended and spoke at the two-day event, and we look forward to seeing the exciting results of these international collaborations.

Workshop attendees

Hudson Institute: Professor Elizabeth Hartland*, Professor Paul Hertzog*, Professor Brendan Jenkins*, Professor Richard Ferrero, Professor Phil Bardin*, Associate Professor Ashley Mansell, Dr Anthony Sadler, Dr Michael Gantier*, Dr Michelle Tate*, Dr Jaclyn Pearson*, Dr Sam Forster*, Dr Kate Lawlor, Dr Edward Giles*, Dr Minni Änkö*, Professor Marcel Nold*, Dr Daniel Gough*.

University of Toronto: Professor Juan Carlos Zuniga-Pflucker*, Professor Eleanor Fish*, Associate Professor Tracy McGaha*, Associate Professor David Brooks*, Assistant Professor Sonya MacParland*, Assistant Professor Slava Epelman*.

*speakers.

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