The Lung Association RENASCENT / CIHR - ICRH Workshop


The Lung Association RENASCENT / CIHR - ICRH Workshop

in partnership with the Canadian Respiratory Research Network and Canadian Thoracic Society

Respiratory research trainees at the PhD and post-doctoral levels and new investigators are invited to participate in the 4th annual RENASCENT Training Workshop. RENASCENT is a program of The Lung Association. The training workshop will be co-hosted by The Lung Association and CIHR-ICRH, in partnership with the Canadian Respiratory Research Network and the Canadian Thoracic Society.




Westin Bayshore Hotel

1601 Bayshore Dr.

Vancouver, BC, V6G 2V4V



2nd Floor


April 11, 2018 Career Development: Critical Mentorship Needs









Welcome and Opening Remarks

Brian Rowe


Terry Dean

The Lung Association

Min Hyung Ryu

CRRN Trainee

Andrew Halayko



“Working your degree for career success”

Stephanie Warner


Moderated Panel Session

Andrew Halayko

and panelists


Health Break



Interactive Panelist “Speed Dating” Session



Trainee Session Reports – What I learned and what I still need answered!



Networking Reception

Cactus Club Café

1085 Canada Pl


April 12, 2018 Workshop A: Peer Review

                         Workshop B: Public Speaking









Opening Remarks

Larry Lands


Workshop A: Peer Review


  “Publish or Perish: Do's and Don'ts of Writing High       

 Impact Papers”

Don Sin



 “Reviewing Manuscripts: More art than science”


Grace Parraga



Hands-on Review Session


Trainees and facilitators


Health Break


Workshop B: Public Speaking


Rock Your Talk - Speaking With Influence and Impact

 Laura Feldman

 AllerGen Trainee

 Colleen Aynn



Closing Remarks

Brian Rowe


Terry Dean

The Lung Association

Min Hyung Ryu

CRRN Trainee

Andrew Halayko



Lunch and CRRN Trainee Network Meeting



April 11th - 1pm to 5pm - Career Development: Critical Mentorship Needs

This session features an opening address by a graduate guidance counselor and a panel of individuals who will discuss the diverse career paths that they have taken (e.g., industry scientists, grant writing, pharma medical liaison, career counselors). The session includes an interactive “speed dating” activity during which attendees can get one-on-one Q&A time with panelists. We conclude with a workshop participant social and networking event that will be also attended by the panelists and CRRN Investigators. We acknowledge and thank the Centre For Drug Research & Development, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., and Amgen Biotechnology for their collaboration and enabling the participation of their professional staff.


Presentation by Dr. Stephanie Warner

“Working your degree for career success”


The reality is that only a small percentage of PhDs end up in tenure-track faculty roles.  However, graduate students and postdocs are primarily trained and evaluated for academic success. What does this mean for you?  Are you ready for the next step?  In this session, we will discuss how you can take stock of your skills and interests, identify your ideal industries and jobs, and employ key practices that will ensure your future career success.


Dr. Stephanie Warner’s Bio:

Stephanie Warner holds a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia.  Her doctoral research focused on epithelial differentiation in asthma.  In 2014, she began a postdoc at the University of Calgary, expanding her repertoire into human rhinovirus.  Since 2016, she has been the PhD Career Development Specialist in Career Services at the University of Calgary, where she provides 1-on-1 coaching, workshops and events to help graduate students identify and achieve their career goals.  She is also a private career consultant for high-performance athletes, and teaches an Immunology module in the Master of Biomedical Technology program.



Session 1 Panelists

Brian Rowe, MD

Scientific Director, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health

Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Ryan Perry, PhD
Assistant Scientific Director, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health

Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Leola Chow, PhD

Associate Scientist, Pharmacology & Toxicology 

Centre for Drug Research and Development

Vancouver, BC


Kathleen Wee, PhD

Associate Scientist (Bioinformatics), Target Validation

Centre for Drug Research and Development

Vancouver, BC


Eyler Ngoh, PhD

Regional Medical Liaison - Inflammation/Bone Health

Amgen Biotechnology

Vancouver, BC


Mena Soliman, MBChB, MSc

Medical Science Liaison, Respiratory

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.


Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
University of British Columbia


Stephanie Warner, PhD

PhD Career Development Specialist

Career Services

University of Calgary


Mohsen Sadatsafavi, MD, MHSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Health Outcomes)

Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation

University of British Columbia


In-Transition to Independent Academic Positions

Christopher Pascoe, PhD

CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology

University of Manitoba


Miranda Kirby, PhD

CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

University of British Columbia


Mentorship and Graduate Program Leaders

Grace Parraga, PhD

Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Professor & Faculty Scholar

Department of Medical Biophysics

Graduate Chair, Western University


Simon L Bacon, PhD, FTOS, FCCS

Professor and CIHR SPOR Mentorship Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials

Department of Exercise Science

Concordia University


April 11th - 7pm to 9pm - Networking Reception (please register separately)

Come and meet the panelists from the preceding workshop session, CRRN Investigators, colleagues and trainees from across Canada at an enjoyable and relaxed networking reception that will be taking place at:


Location:    Cactus Club Café

1085 Canada Pl, Vancouver

Date:           Wednesday, April 11th

Time:            7:00 to 9:00pm


April 12th - 8am to 10am - Workshop A: Peer Review

This session includes presentations by a journal editor and well-published scientists who will walk you through the key steps in getting your work published. The session also includes small group review opportunities with established researchers as facilitators to discuss pre-selected manuscripts, and better refine understanding of the elements of good research writing.


Presentation by Dr. Don Sin

"Publish or Perish: Do's and Don'ts of Writing High Impact Papers"


We will briefly discuss the approach and strategies of manuscript writing in order to publish in higher-impact journals. We will also examine factors for successes and failures of manuscript writing.


Dr. Don Sin’s Bio:

Don Sin is the Chair of Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital, and a Professor of Medicine at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in COPD. He has published 400+ papers on COPD. He is currently the Section Editor of COPD for the European Respiratory Journal and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He is also a special advisor to BMJ and sits on editorial boards of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Thorax and Chest. His research focus is using “omics” data to discover novel biomarkers of disease activity and new therapeutic targets to reduce hospitalization and mortality in patients with COPD.


Presentation by Dr. Grace Parraga

“Reviewing Manuscripts: More art than science”


In this invited lecture I will provide an overview of my tips and tricks for manuscript review.  I review about 2 manuscripts/month for Radiology, Academic Radiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, AJRCCM and Thorax.

My lab’s work has been extensively published with more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the last 5 years in the highest impact medical physics, imaging and respiratory/physiology journals; 15 contributions were highlighted in Editorials, Journal Covers or Editorial podcasts because of their significance and impact.  My lab is currently funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Canada), Canadian Institutes of Health Research as well as the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (Canada) Discovery, Research Tools and Accelerator awards.


Dr. Grace Parraga’s Bio:

I completed my BSc and MSc at Western University and a PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Upon completing post-doctoral studies (funded by MRC Canada) at the University of Basel, (Switzerland), I joined F. Hoffman La Roche AG as a Scientist in Pharmaceutical Research and Development (Switzerland).  In September 2004, I returned to academic research at Robarts Research Institute and Western University. 


My laboratory is focused on developing a deep understanding of chronic lung disease using novel imaging methods, in patient-based research.  The overarching goal of my team’s research is to discover, validate and clinically translate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers while generating the evidence to support the clinical use of lung MRI to change asthma and COPD patient outcomes.


Hands-on Review Session:

During the working session, there will be round tables with a facilitator and 4-5 trainees at each table. The trainees at each table will be in 2 groups, each one reviewing a paper, either fundamental or clinical, with each trainee being responsible for generating their own review. The 2 papers for the session will be the same for each table, and are sent in advance so the trainees can prepare their reviews. During the round table, there will be a 30 minute discussion with the facilitators about the reviews that were prepared. Then the facilitators will change tables, providing the trainees with exposure to different reviewers with different reviewing styles.


April 12th - 10:15am to 12:30pm - Workshop B: Public Speaking

This session is led by a professional public speaking coach and is designed to develop your potential in communicating science to audiences of diverse background and interests.


Presentation by Colleen Aynn

“Rock Your Talk - Speaking With Influence and Impact”


An innovative workshop aimed to help attendees develop effective presentation skills. Colleen brings a unique actor’s perspective to communicating with an audience. Effective communication starts with self-awareness, authenticity and passion for the message. The key is learning how to convey these elements in a manner that connects and resonates with the audience.


This workshop is highly interactive and includes movement, visualization, warm-up exercises, practice presentations and feedback. Colleen leads participants through a fascinating and insightful exploration of broad presentation principles and styles, use of body language, space, voice, and other visual aids.


Attendees receive numerous practical tips on how to handle pre-talk anxiety and more effectively communicate their messages. An excellent and unique opportunity to develop your individual presentation skills with coaching from an expert and have fun in the process!


Colleen Aynn’s Bio:

Colleen is a Professional Speaker Coach & Creator of The EPIC System. An International Actress, Singer and Director for over 30 years Colleen has taken her knowledge and experience and broken it down into easy, implementable steps, inspiring people to boldly express themselves and bring their unique voices to the world. Her interactive workshops and online courses teach others how to communicate their message with influence and confidence in life, on stage and in front of the camera.


Colleen is also the author of the International Bestselling Series Feeling Friends including Sad Sally, Mad Michael, Nervous Nelly & Happy Hannah. She believes that feelings are there to teach us about who we are and what we deeply desire in life. Having experienced firsthand the healing power of emotional expression, she designed the Feeling Friends series to empower children and adults to deal with and express their emotions in positive, healthy ways.


April 12th - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - CRRN Trainee Network Meeting

The CRRN Trainee Network members will host this meeting to plan strategic actions for the trainee group beyond 2018. Trainees who are affiliated with the CRRN are invited to participate.


Planning and Organising Committee Members


Ryan Perry       

Andrew Halayko

Grace  Parraga 

Larry Lands     

Geoff Maksym  

Teresa To         

Simon Bacon   

Kathy Vandemheen

Fatima Kazoun

Laura Feldman

Christopher Pascoe

Min Hyung Ryu


To reserve your FREE ticket now for the April 11 and 12

Workshop Sessions register here.

And get your free ticket for the Networking Reception on April 11th here.