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2020/21 IgNITE Virtual Medical & Research Conference

**This registration is reserved for competitors that competed in round 1 of our competition. Competitors will need to add their original order number that was attached to their group at the start to the competition (i.e. can be found on your eventbrite receipt)

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The IgNITE Medical Case Competition is an annual research case competition organized by students at the University of Ottawa. Our mission is to provide high school and university students the opportunity to gain valuable research experience while networking with industry professionals. Each year the competition asks students, in teams of 1-4, to develop and present a novel research proposal within the specified theme of the competition. This year’s theme was Regenerative Medicine and competitors learned about Immunofluorescence, Western Blot, and CRISPR-Cas9. 


On February 27th, the top 40 teams will present the culmination of their work at our international virtual conference. Additionally, we have invited several esteemed keynote speakers including, Dr. Duncan Steward, Dr. Dave Williams, Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis, and Ph.D. candidate David Cook to speak on their career paths, research, and keys to success in medicine and research. 


As an IgNITE delegate, you will have the unique opportunity to network with our panel of industry leading judges, like-minded individuals from across North America, and directors of industry leading organizations and academic institutions. You will learn how to get involved in research right from the get-go and this conference will look amazing on your CV!


Join the growing IgNITE community of over 6000 individuals across the world and take one step closer to achieving your personal and professional goals.

Conference Agenda

Have a look at what IgNITE 2020-21 has to offer! 

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  • 10 AM (EST) - Welcome Ceremony
    An opening introduction from our co-presidents will kick off the conference!
  • 10:15 (EST) - Research Competition Session #1
    During this session our top 40 teams, from across North America, will be presenting their research proposals formulated within regenrative medicine. There will be live Q&A options available and hoghly encouraged! There will be a set of judges circulating through the teams' presentations to evaluate their work. Come out to support our teams and build key connections with leaders at your academic Institution. Join us for a session full of enthusiasm and new ideas! Wheteher it'd be to see what research looks like for the first time or to increase your knowledge on the current research being conducted, this session is for everyone!
  • 11:50 PM (EST) - Keynote #1: Dr. Duncan Stewart, MD, FRCPC"
    Join our first keynote speaker, Dr. Duncan Stewart, to learn more about research and integrating regenerative medicine into everyday medical use. Come ready to ask your questions! Dr. Duncan Stewart is a pioneering Canadian cardiovascular researcher, recognized for his many important discoveries in blood vessel biology and regenerative medicine, as well as his dedication to translating these discoveries into benefits for patients and society. After beginning his career in academic cardiology at McGill University in Montreal, he moved to Toronto as Head of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital and later became the Division Director of Cardiology at the University of Toronto, and Executive Director of the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine. He was recruited to lead the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) in 2007. Dr. Stewart has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has received a number of distinctions and prizes, including the Dexter Man Chair of Cardiology and Research Achievement Award of the University of Toronto, and the Research Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Throughout his career, Dr. Stewart has demonstrated leadership in bringing diverse groups of clinicians and scientists together to put Canada on the world stage for translational cardiovascular and regenerative medicine research. As well as serving as Executive Vice-President of Research at The Ottawa Hospital and CEO and Scientific Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Dr. Stewart is an active senior scientist in The Ottawa Hospital’s Regenerative Medicine Program and holds the Evelyne and Rowell Laishley Chair. He is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Scientific Director of the Canadian Vascular Network and a practicing cardiologist.
  • 12:20 PM (EST) - Mid Day Social
    Join us for an interactive networking session. Our online platform was developed so you can live chat or video chat with anyone on the platform! Connect with hundreds of like minded students and dozens of profesisonals and industry leaders! Moreover, you are able to excahnge key contact details by a click of a button for later discussion!
  • 12:40 PM (EST) - Keynote #2: Dr. Dave Williams
    Join our second keynote speaker, Dr. Dave Williams, to learn more about his interesting career path as a physcian, researcher and astronaut! Stay tuned for more details!
  • 1:15 PM (EST) - Research Competition Session #2
    Join us for our final session of the IgNITE Medical Case Competition! During this sessin our top 5 teams will present their proposals live to a panel of expert judges! We highly encourage and welcome an engaging audience! Come out to see the top student researchers from across North America compete for this years winning title! You dont want to miss out on the best competition of the year! Stay tuned for the reveal of our panel judges!
  • 2:35 PM (EST) - Keynote #3: Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis
    Join our third keynote speaker, Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis, to learn more about current research within regenerative medicine! Stay tuned for more details!
  • 3:05 PM (EST) - Keynote #4: Dr. David Cook, PhD"
    Join our last keynote speaker, Dr. David Cook, to learn how to handle failure and overcome those challenges we as students face all to often. David Cook is a PhD candidate at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His research focuses on understanding how cancer cells adapt to changes in their environment, resisting therapies and evading the immune system. Throughout his graduate studies, he has published 22 studies and has received numerous awards, including the Ronald G. Worton Researcher in Training Award and the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral Award. Through his own struggles with imposter syndrome and handling rejection, David has become passionate about crafting processes for how we do work rather than focusing on our individual goals.
  • 3:40 PM (EST) - Closing Ceremony & Prize Announcements
    Join us for the announcement of our Top 3 teams! Our top 3 teams will be awarded monetary prizes along side a research publication in OSURJ! We will also be announcing our audience prizes! (Join our social media accounts for the reveal of these prizes and how to win!)
  • 4:05 PM (EST) - Afternoon Social
    Join us for an interactive networking session. Our online platform was developed so you can live chat or video chat with anyone on the platform! Connect with hundreds of like minded students and dozens of profesisonals and industry leaders! Moreover, you are able to excahnge key contact details by a click of a button for later discussion! End off this empowering day by making those final connections that will allow you to take the next step in your research and medical career!

This schedule and associated events are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

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