CORE Activity Blog

Annual Cancer Research Symposium - Michaela Botts

Posted May 31, 2018

I had the pleasure of attending the ICCI 11th Annual Cancer Research Symposium this summer through the summer CORE program. The symposium was a great example of how beautiful the research community can truly be. Seeing the collaboration of labs, sharing of knowledge between colleagues, and international representation reminded me why I love research so much and why I’m drawn to this field of for my future career.


OIRM Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium – Vanessa Mutlak

Posted May 28, 2018

As a participant of the OVC CORE program, I had the opportunity to accompany Dr. Koch and five other students at the OIRM Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium. Through a series of intriguing lectures, I gained much more insight into the realm of stem cell research.

ORIM stem cell and regenerative medicine symposium - Matthew Kai Kai

Posted May 24, 2018

Thanks to the OVC CORE summer program, I was able to attend the ORIM stem cell and regenerative medicine symposium on May 9 th. I currently have a minor in neuroscience and have a great interest in promising advances to human neurological science. The importance of the research explored in the symposium cannot be overstated. There was  a presentation utilizing stem cells to repair the lungs of premature babies which really interested me since it was a simple concept but could save millions of lives.

OMAFRA Small Ruminant Research Forum 2018 - Alyssa MacFadyen

Posted May 23, 2018

I was one of the privileged attendees of the Small Ruminant Research Forum on May 14th. Over the course of the day, several researchers covered a widespread of topics in genetics, health and welfare, and nutrition.

The morning section of the forum was dedicated to genetics. Dr Luiz Brito spoke about the potential to propagate a healthier herd of goats with the use of genetic markers. Through selection and over time, these animals would be more resistant to parasites and illness, thus avoiding antibiotic use and ultimately antibiotic resistance.

11th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare Research Symposium - Meaghan Appleton

Posted May 23, 2018

I was able to attend the 11th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare Research Symposium thanks to the CORE program. It was a phenomenal opportunity, providing exposure to current research in the University of Guelph/OVC community.  Numerous students as well as faculty members shared their projects and relevant findings through either an oral or poster presentation. The student speakers were generally organized based on the animal species studied, starting with poultry; turkey and chicken, then mice, dogs, mink and lastly cattle.

OIRM Stem cell and regenerative medicine symposium - Victoria Duggan

Posted May 23, 2018

I attended the OIRM Stem cell and regenerative medicine symposium. I chose this event as it relates to my work in Dr Thomas Koch’s lab. The event consisted of many talks on a variety of topics. It was a very good experience as I was able to gain an appreciation of some of the research involved in human medicine. One of the talks that stood out to me was on “The on /off Control of Tolerance Toward Allograft Transplants. The goal of the study was to engineer pluripotent cells to cross the MHC barrier.

OMAFRA 2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum - Peyton Tam

Posted May 22, 2018

This year I was granted the opportunity to attend the OMAFRA Small Ruminant Research Forum.  It was a day for researchers who are involved with the small ruminant industry to share their current projects and collaborate with others.  Talks ranged from reducing kid mortality by Dr. Cathy Bauman to expanding the niche market of wool by Dr. Nicole Klenk.  Due to the various topics presented, I learned useful information about all aspects of the industry.  With this I will be able to incorporate it into my research and studies.

OMAFRA Small Ruminant Research Forum - Cassia Michel

Posted May 22, 2018

On May 14th I had the opportunity to attend the OMAFRA 2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum. It was a great day that introduced many different areas of current research in the small ruminant sector, with topics ranging from genetics to health and nutrition. Graduate students also provided short presentations about their area of research relating to their posters and the keynote address discussed the potential for growth through marketing of sheep wool in Ontario.

OIRM Stem Cell Conference - Kiana Hylton

Posted May 22, 2018

As part of the summer CORE program I had the privilege of attending the annual Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) conference. OIRM is a not-for-profit organization that aims to support and advance the field of stem cell-based therapy by establishing valuable partnerships across the province. Currently, the OIRM has over 250 collaborators involved in various projects that aim to utilize stem cells as a means to treat debilitating conditions including, liver disease, osteoporosis, myocardial infarction, diabetes and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Small Ruminant Research Conference - Alessandra Chek-Harder

Posted May 22, 2018

The Small Ruminant Research Conference (SRRC) featured speakers from the OAC, OMAFRA, and professors from both the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. During lunch there was also the opportunity for graduate students to present posters on their research. Below are summarized a few of my favourite presentations of the day.