The Annual Trainee Poster Day was held at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) on Friday, May 13, 2011. The goals of this event were twofold: 1) academic - trainees to present posters, to give and receive feedback, all within a supportive environment and 2) social - to foster an environment of discussion and collaboration for trainees, associates, and fellows.
The event began with Open MR Tours and a keynote address from Professor Heather McKay, CHHM Director, who spoke about the great team that constitutes the CHHM, the importance of knowledge translation, and the ultimate goal of “Moving Research into Action” – that is, striving to conduct meaningful research that improves the lives of those studied.
Drs. Pierre Guy, Karim Khan, Rizhi Wang and Dave Wilson gave a Theme Leaders Panel Presentation with some fascinating updates on the latest research being conducted in CHHM in the fields of fracture prevention, surgical solutions, and arthritis, and gave some great tips on networking, scientific collaboration, and knowledge translation.
Poster presentations were divided into two sessions in which trainees presented their posters and shared their results with their peers and mentors. Feedback was provided by fellow trainees in the form feedback cards that could be taken away for future consideration.
Finally, Ian Kerr, Research Facilities and Operations Manager, concluded the event with an overview of CHHM operations with some exciting updates on what to expect in the new Robert H.N. Ho building.
Congratulations to all participants and thanks go to the CHHM Trainee Committee: Lindsay Wall, Cynthia MacDonald, Harpreet Chhina, Sarah Moore, Yijian Yang, Navi Grewal, Harjinder Kaur; and Faculty Liaison: Dr. Maureen Ashe. Also a special thanks to Allison Ezzat, Nikki Koenig, Charlene Yousefi, Lynne Feehan, Lindsay Nettlefold, Heather Hanson, and Jennifer Davis for their help with the poster day. A total of 30 posters were presented and there were over 70 attendees. Trainees commented that the Poster Day provided great opportunities to discuss their research, to share new ideas, and to develop new collaborations.