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 5th 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.

Please note that CRRN has reached the maximum allocation to financially support attendance, therefore anyone seeking CRRN support who is not already registered is no longer eligible for CRRN funding.


The Westin Ottawa

11 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa, ON, K1N 9H4

Meeting Room: 4th Floor, Governor General I

April 10, 2019 – Career Building





Registration & Lunch



Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Brian Rowe


Terry Dean

The Lung Association

Dr. Andrew Halayko 



Panelists Speeches:

“You’re a Trainee or Young Investigator – How do you boost your CV for industry/government/academia?”

Dr. Brian Rowe


Dr. Nathalie Gendron


Dr. Anu Koppada Perera

GSK Canada


Moderated Panel Discussion:

"Career Building in Industry/Government/Academia"


Min Hyung Ryu


Thomas Mahood



Health Break




"The Informational Interview"


Dr. Nana Lee

University of Toronto


Group Exercise:

"The Informational Interview"

Trainees and Facilitators


Bio Break




"How do you stand out in an academic
or non-academic job interview? Don’ts and Do's
before, during and after the interview"

Dr. Grace Parraga


Dr. Ryan Perry




Job Interview

19:00-21:00 Networking Reception Restaurant e18hteen

April 11, 2019 – Policy Development







8:15-8:30 Introduction

Dr. Teresa To




"How Ottawa Works"

Jean-Michel Levesque


Julia Lansing




"Research Advocacy for Trainees: Encounters of the Political Kind"

Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety

Research Canada: An

Alliance for Health Discovery


Health Break




Moderated Panel Discussion:

"Inside the Policy Black Box: From Those Who Lived to Tell the Tale"

Dr. Simon Bacon



Closing Remarks

Dr. Ryan Perry


Amy Henderson

The Lung Association

Min Hyung Ryu

CRRN Training Committee

Larry Lands


12:30-13:30 Lunch and CRRN Trainee Committee Meeting  

April 10 – 12:30 to 17:30 – Career Building

April 10  13:15 to 14:00

Panelists Speeches: “You’re a Trainee or Young Investigator – How Do You Boost Your CV for Industry/Government/Academia?”

Bio: Dr. Brian Rowe

Dr. Rowe is a clinician-scientist who was trained clinically at the University of Ottawa in Family and Emergency Medicine. His graduate research degree is in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta and he continues to practice clinical emergency medicine at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Evidence-based Emergency Medicine from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) from 2011-2018. He is Co-Editor of the Cochrane Airways Group, Editor of the textbook Evidence Based Emergency Medicine and has authored or co-authored 520 peer-reviewed publications and 35 book chapters. Dr. Rowe is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health at CIHR.

Bio: Dr. Nathalie Gendron

Nathalie Gendron obtained a Ph.D. from the Université de Paris VII and pursued health-related research as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa and later at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. After holding a position as a Research Scientist at the CHEO Apoptosis Research Centre, she joined CIHR as a Deputy Director (Program Delivery) in 2006. In that capacity she oversaw the peer review for the open competition and the strategic initiatives under 3 CIHR Institutes (Circulatory and Respiratory Health; Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction; Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes). From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Gendron was an Assistant Director for the CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction. She was responsible for strategic programs and partnerships in the areas of Mental Health and Addiction. Since 2015, Dr. Gendron is Manager, Program Design and Delivery, in charge of program delivery for nine CIHR Institutes and a number of CIHR initiatives.

Bio: Dr. Anu Koppada Perera

Anu Perera is a UK-registered physician that transitioned into Pharma 7 years ago when she landed her first industry job in Regulatory Affairs at GSK. She then went on to hold Medical Affairs field and head-office roles of increasing responsibility, at GSK, Roche and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Anu is currently Medical Director, Respiratory at GSK where she leads the Medical Strategy for the Respiratory business and manages a large team comprised of head-office and field-based staff.

Anu obtained her Medical Degree from the University of the West Indies, before working as a physician in the UK for 4 years, where she trained in Pathology in the North West of England.

Outside of work, Anu enjoys family and Marvel.

April 10  14:00 to 14:30

Moderated Panel Discussion: “Career Building in Industry/Government/Academia”

Panelists: Session 1


Brian Rowe, MD

Scientific Director, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Andrew Halayko, PhD, FCAHS, ATSF

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Lung Pathobiology and Treatment

Physiology and Pathophysiology, University of Manitoba

Biology of Breathing Group, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

Grace Parraga, PhD


Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Lung Imaging to Transform Outcomes

Department of Medical Biophysics, Department of Medicine

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Western University

Miranda Kirby, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

Affiliate Scientist, The Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael's Hospital

Member, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST), St. Michael's Hospital

Investigator, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, St. Paul's Hospital


Nathalie Gendron, PhD

Manager, Program Design and Delivery

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Ryan Perry, PhD

Assistant Scientific Director, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health

Canadian Institutes of Health Research    

Ian Aldous, PhD

A/Manager, General and Restorative Devices, Medical Devices Bureau

Therapeutic Products Directorate, Health Canada, Government of Canada


Anu Koppada Perera, MBBS

Medical Director of Respiratory Medical Affairs

GSK Canada

Odette Allonby, PhD

Medical Science Liaison

Medical Affairs - Respiratory

R&D Chief Medical Office


Jack Fairbank, PhD

Senior Product Development Engineer

Siemens Healthineers

April 10  15:00 to 15:30

Presentation: "The Informational Interview"

The learning goals of this presentation are methods to:

a) identify a professional working in a career that you wish to explore

b) reach out requesting an informational interview

c) ask pertinent questions useful for you

d) follow-up and maintain the connection

e) apply for the job after informational interviews

April 10th  15:30 to 16:15

Group exercise: "The Informational Interview"

Trainees will have the opportunity to practice effective informational interviewing with the panelists and RENASCENT mentors. Trainee/mentor stories from each table will be shared with all.

Bio: Dr. Nana Lee

Dr. Nana Lee holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan and was a Visiting Scholar at Whitehead (Broad) Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT with the world’s leading group of the International Human Genome Project. Her roles in the biotechnology industry include Senior Research Scientist for Ellipsis Biotherapeutics, Toronto and Senior Research Scientist, Product Manager and Director of Application Science for DNA Software, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

She currently holds the position of Director and Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream of GPD for both Departments of Biochemistry and Immunology. She is also the Director of Mentorship and GPD for Graduate Life & Science Education (GLSE), Faculty of Medicine. Her most recent initiative is spearheading the GLSE PhD Leaders Program 2018. She instructs 5-6 sessions of GPD per academic year. She has presented to over 1000 audience members from high school, undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals throughout the USA and Canada.

April 10  16:20 to 16:50

Presentation: "How do you stand out in an academic or non-academic job interview? Don’ts and Do's before, during and after the interview"

The presenters will provide some tips on the interview process, contrast academic and non-academic interview processes, and then stress similar preparation requirements and outcomes to plan for.

Bio: Dr. Grace Parraga

Dr. Parraga’s lab is focused on developing a deep understanding of chronic lung disease using novel imaging methods, in patient-based research. The overarching goal of her team’s research is to discover, validate and clinically translate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers of lung disease while generating the evidence to support the clinical use of lung MRI to change asthma and COPD patient outcomes. Her lab is home to 20 trainees and staff and she has trained over 100 students and fellows in the past 14 years.

Dr. Parraga completed a PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Upon completing post-doctoral studies at the University of Basel, (Switzerland), she joined F. Hoffman La Roche AG as a Scientist in Pharmaceutical Research and Development (Switzerland). After working in the private sector and research administration for 14 years, she returned to academic research at Robarts Research Institute and Western University. Her lab is currently funded by Heart & Stroke (Canada), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (Canada), Canada Foundation for Innovation and Canada Research Chairs Program.

Bio: Dr. Ryan Perry

Dr. Ryan Perry is currently the Assistant Scientific Director for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) – Institute for Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), and has held other key leadership roles within the health research and innovation system. Dr. Perry has particular expertise in provincial, national and international research and innovation environments, basic biomedical research, mentorship, training & early career development, team science, research impact frameworks, health research administration and managing peer-review funding mechanisms. Dr. Perry has a PhD in Biochemistry from Dalhousie University, and an MSc in Experimental Medicine and BSc(Honours) in Physiology from the University of Alberta.

April 10 – 16:50 to 17:30

Exercise: Job Interview

In this mock job interview exercise experts will demonstrate the proper way to conduct yourself in academic and non-academic job interviews.

April 10 – 19:00 to 21:00 – 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 take place at:

Location: Restaurant e18hteen, 18 York St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 5T5  

Date: Wednesday, April 10

Time: 19:00 to 21:00        

April 11 – 7:30 to 13:30  Policy Development

April 11 – 8:30 to 9:30

Presentation: "How Ottawa Works"

Bio: Julia Lansing

Julia leads parliamentary and cabinet affairs at CIHR and is responsible for analyzing federal budgets, elections and Speeches from the Throne as well as preparing parliamentary updates for Senior Executives.

Bio: Jean-Michel Levesque
Jean-Michel leads policy files at CIHR related to innovation, tobacco control, vaping products and artificial intelligence. He also leads files related to the Institute of Genetics, Institute of Cancer Research, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and Institute of Population and Public Health. He also provides support to the EVP/President of CIHR.

April 11 – 9:30 to 10:30

Presentation: "Research Advocacy for Trainees: Encounters of the Political Kind"

In this presentation, Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada, will provide trainees with a brief overview of Research Canada, a unique health research advocacy alliance dedicated to advancing Canadian health research and health innovation as well as provide trainees with information on how they become effective health research advocates. She will delve into the reasons why science and policymakers make for strange bedfellows and explain why advocates have to know the political environment and understand the policy cycle. She will talk about the importance of developing key messaging skills and a propensity for collaboration with like-minded advocates.

Bio: Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety

Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety has been the President and CEO of Research Canada for fifteen years. She brings considerable executive level experience in public policy, health advocacy, government relations, association management, project management and media relations to Research Canada. Before joining Research Canada (then the Council for Health Research in Canada) in 2003, Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety was the Associate Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Public Health Association, where she was responsible for the Association’s national programs and businesses.

Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety helped to create and co-chairs the R8 (Research Eight), a group of eight national organizations dedicated to advancing health research in Canada. She created the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus in 2009 with Senator Wilbert Keon in an effort to better educate Parliamentarians about the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and health innovation. The Caucus is now a mainstay of Research Canada’s advocacy efforts.

Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety has a background in health research, having published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and a number of other journals. She was the Co-chair of the Expert Panel on Health Literacy and the co-author of the Report of the Expert Panel, entitled, A Vision for a Health Literate Canada, published in January 2008.She also chaired the Leaders’ Forum Steering Committee which resulted in the 2004 Leaders Forum for Health Research in Canada in Ottawa. She is a past Board Director of the Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute and has worked closely with many national health associations on a wide variety of health research and health policy issues.

Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety is also a published novelist.

April 11 – 10:45 to 12:00

Moderated Panel Discussion: “Inside the Policy Black Box: From Those Who Lived to Tell the Tale”

Panelists: Session 2

Shelley Deeks, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FAFPHM

Chief, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response

Public Health Ontario

Samir Khan, PhD

Acting Director

Office of Research & Surveillance

Tobacco Control Directorate

Health Canada

Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety

President and CEO

Research Canada

Amy Henderson

Associate Director, Public Policy and Mission

The Lung Association, National Office

April 11 – 12:30 to 13:30

CRRN Trainee Network Meeting

The CRRN Trainee Network members will host this meeting to plan strategic actions for the trainee group beyond 2019. 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  
Sarah Svenningsen