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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.

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

February 27th, 2021

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!

11:55 - 1:10 PM (EST) - Mid Day Social

Join us for several interactive networking sessions. 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! This is a great time to network with our sponsors such as medical industry organizations and academic institutions!

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!

11:50 PM (EST) - Keynote #1: Implementation of Regeerative Medicine with Dr. Duncan Stewart (MD, FRCPC)

(30min) 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, he later became Head of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital and then the Division Director of Cardiology at the University of Toronto, and Executive Director of the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine. 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.

2:35 PM (EST) - Keynote #3: Research in Regeneration and Gene Therapy with Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis

Join our third keynote speaker, Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis, to learn more about current research within regenerative medicine! After completing her PhD at the University of Toronto, Dr. Cathy Tsilfidis pursued her postdoctoral studies at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. Then after, she returned back to the University of Toronto to take a position as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Tsilfidis is now a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. She is also the Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.

12:40 PM (EST) - Keynote #2: Defying Limits; Lessons From the Edge of the Universe with Dr. Dave Williams

Join our second keynote speaker, Dr. Dave Williams, to learn more about his interesting career path as a physcian, and astronaut! Dr. Dave Williams is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, and CEO. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, logging over thirteen million kilometres in space and over seventeen hours of spacewalks. He holds the Canadian spacewalking record for the most spacewalks and has lived and worked on the world’s only undersea research habitat. He is the recipient of six honourary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. After his first spaceflight he became the Director of the Space & Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas while concurrently serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Spaceflight at NASA Headquarters. Since retiring from the space program he was the CEO at Southlake Regional Health Centre and is currently the CEO of Leap Biosystems.

3:05 PM (EST) - Keynote #4: Failure, grit, and crafting your system for success with Dr. David Cook (PhD)

(30min) Join our last keynote speaker, Dr. David Cook, to learn how to manage 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!

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We look forward to connecting with you!