UHN COMBIEL

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Research at Princess Margaret Hospital
University Health Network
610 University Ave
Toronto, M5A 3W7
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ABOUT US

Get to Know Us a Bit Better

In response to the demands of translational cancer research, COMBIEL was started by several researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital and Ontario Cancer Institute to promote broad-based, cross-disciplinary, applied research training.
Its mandate is to enhance cross-disciplinary research training. COMBIEL supervisors strive to ensure that their trainees have a full experience.

OUR STORY

Preparing Researchers of Tomorrow

Several years ago, at Princess Margaret Hospital, many researchers described a critical need of providing trainees across the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, and medicine with a research experience that focused on:

 

  • Applied cancer research training involving populations and patients

  • Interdisciplinary focused research that involved multiple disciplines to work together on comprehensive translational projects

  • Opportunities for trainees to work with other trainees in other disciplines on a project

 

Over time, other areas of research such as health outcomes, quality initiatives and laboratory-based research were also found to benefit from having their trainees develop broader research exposures.

From 2007 through 2011, led by Drs. Geoffrey Liu and Wei Xu, a number of researchers at PMH and other sites who have trainees and mentees at all levels (from undergraduate student through to junior scientist) informally developed networks to allow their trainees to share research projects with trainees in other disciplines.

Trainees within the COMBIEL initiative are enrolled and funded through various training programs, including CIHR training programs in Molecular Pathology, EIRR21st, STAGE, the OICR Oncology Research and Methods Training Program, various graduate and post-graduate programs, the University of Toronto Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) program, pharmaceutical companies, and philanthropic funds.” With “Trainees within the COMBIEL initiative are enrolled and funded through various training programs, although many are volunteers. Funding sources for longer term trainees have included CIHR training programs in Molecular Pathology, EIRR21st, STAGE, CIHR Banting and Best awards, the OICR Oncology Research and Methods Training Program, various graduate and post-graduate programs, the University of Toronto Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) program, pharmaceutical companies, and philanthropic funds.

OUR INITIATIVE

Increase training capacity in cross-disciplinary cancer research

A formal initiative allows us:

 

  • To explicitly state our philosophy for training students and fellows. This helps align and promote our research philosophy with formal training programs across the University, the province, nationally and internationally.

  • To develop milestones and benchmarks for measuring our training success and to improve cancer interdisciplinary research training.

  • To seek leverage and independent funding to increase training capacity in cross-disciplinary cancer research.

OUR PROGRAM

Providing a Full Experience

COMBIEL researchers actively select and match the needs of its trainees of one discipline to trainees of other disciplines, who then work together on the same or different aspects of the same research projects.


COMBIEL caters to both short intense interdisciplinary experiences (interns, practicums, courses work, summer students) and longer term projects (graduate studies supervision, post-doctoral fellowships, and clinical fellows).


COMBIEL is not a specific training program. Its mandate is to enhance cross-disciplinary research training. COMBIEL supervisors strive to ensure that their trainees have a full experience.


Trainees within the COMBIEL initiative are enrolled and funded through various training programs, including CIHR training programs in Molecular Pathology, EIRR21st, STAGE, the OICR Oncology Research and Methods Training Program, various graduate and post-graduate programs, the University of Toronto Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) program, pharmaceutical companies, and philanthropic funds.