NeuroXChange: Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference

Dear University of Toronto (St. George),

McMaster University will be hosting our seventh annual NeuroXChange Conference on April 28th, 2017 and we would like to invite you to join us. NeuroXChange is a unique neuroscience and mental health conference open to undergraduate students across Ontario. This conference is designed to bring together future neuroscientists to network, learn, and present their research to fellow peers. Students are encouraged to present their research or to register as attendees. Registration is officially OPEN at http://www.neuroxchange.info/.

Students presenting their research will have the opportunity to win cash prizes as well as a chance to be published in the McMaster Undergraduate Health Sciences Journal, the Meducator. The conference will include a panel of graduate students, professors, and mental health professionals who will provide insight into their careers in research. This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming two keynote speakers: Dr. Paul Frankland who studies remote memory and adult neurogenesis at SickKids, as well as Dr. Paul Andrews whose evolutionary psychology research lab at McMaster University looks at the evolution of depression.

Please find attached this year’s poster, as well as the abstract book from last year’s conference to gain a better understanding of the NeuroXChange Conference. We also kindly ask that you please forward this email to anyone who may be interested in attending or presenting at the conference.


Please feel free to email us at neuroxchange@gmail.com with any further inquiries and check out our website at http://www.neuroxchange.info. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


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OISE Psychology Clinic

  1. Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Drop-In Services
    At the OISE Psychology Clinic, psychological services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of registered psychologists. Graduate students from two programs offer regular, ongoing services at the Clinic. The Counselling & Clinical Psychology program offers services to adults and older adolescents. The School & Clinical Child Psychology program offers services to children and youngeradolescents.
    Registered U of T students pay $10 per counselling session, and the fees are covered in full under the U of T Benefits Plan, up to $500 per year. For non-students, and services not otherwise covered, we offer a flexible payment plan and a sliding scale fee designed with your needs in mind. Some of the costs for your psychological services at the OISE Clinic may be paid by your extended health care plan. To determine this, inquire with your own health plan. 
    To get more information or to arrange an appointment, call 416-978-0654 or visit our website http://oise.utoronto.ca/psychservices/. Though referrals are not required, we do accept referrals from psychologists, school personnel, physicians, and other mental health professionals.
    We also offer Drop-In and Crisis Counselling Hours on weekdays:
    Friday.                9 AM to 10 AM
    The OISE Psychology Clinic is located at 252 Bloor St W between Bedford & St George St, Suite 7- 296.

York CVR-VISTA Vision Science Summer School

The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week, all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science.  This year’s program will be held June 5-9, 2017.

This year’s summer school will be substantially expanded, as part of the VISTA initiative that will dramatically increase the number of faculty members and students engaging in vision research at York University in the coming years.

The program includes talks by CVR faculty members on current research topics in vision science, as well as hands-on experience in CVR laboratories. The curriculum reflects the wide range of research areas at CVR, which includes research on human visual perception, computer vision, visual neuroscience, 3D film, immersive environments, and visual disorders.

The program accepts undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research.  It is intended mainly for students who are planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2017, and who are interested in investigating vision science as a possible area of research.  Citizens of all countries are eligible.

The program covers all transportation costs, and provides on-campus accommodations and meals.

Application instructions are available on the summer school website, www.yorku.ca/cvrss.  The application deadline is February 15, 2017, and applicants will be notified of decisions by March 1, 2017.

For further information, see the summer school website, www.yorku.ca/cvrss, or write to Dr. Richard Murray (rfm@yorku.ca).


Recruiting Members: Mental Health Commission at UC Lit

The University College student government (UC Lit) at the University of Toronto St. George is recruiting members for its new Mental Health Commission. Members of this commission will:

-Meet once a month to discuss mental health issues in the university and provide possible solutions. 

-Help in the planning and execution of various events, keeping with the theme of stigma reduction. 

-Be an advocate for improving mental health services in our university.

This is a great opportunity to interact with notable members of the mental health community, and to create significant change in issues surrounding mental health at the university. 

Note: Although this commission is geared towards University College students, all students are welcome to join. 

If you are interested in joining the commission, please send an email to ucmentalhealth@gmail.com or visit us at www.facebook.com/mentalhealthUC 


Recruiting Volunteer Research Assistants

The START Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders is currently looking for volunteers who are interested in assisting with our research studies. The typical responsibilities include: data entry, literature searches, telephone screening and other office tasks. Volunteers are given training on all duties, and although experience is preferred it is not mandatory.

Research volunteer qualifications:

-mature individual comfortable handling confidential information

-able to work in a fast paced professional environment

-currently pursuing an undergraduate degree (all levels) in psychology

-interest in pursuing graduate studies in psychology/medicine

-experience or knowledge in basics of SPSS (asset but not required) 

Individuals must be available to volunteer once a week for 3-4 hour shifts for a period of 3 months or longer.

Interested applicants should send an email with their current CV/resume, cover letter and availability to Alexa Fine at: afine@startclinic.ca.



Would you like to be a test subject in a neuroscience study? Have your brain activity measured and your attention and memory tested? (Compensation $15/hr)

 I would like to invite anybody aged 18-35 (must be right-handed and not have difficulties with hearing) to participate in a research study examining the mechanisms of long term memory for complex sound and attention in the brain (we will be measuring neural activity using an “electroencephalogram” or EEG).

The study is approximately 4 hours long. You will be compensated with $15 per hour plus travel expenses (TTC). You can have the option of coming in for one 4 hour session, or two 2 hour sessions.

The study will involve a “training phase” during which you will learn the location of an auditory target (tone) within complex audio-clips. You will be asked to remember the location of the tone within each audio-clip for the purpose of the following “memory task”. During both these tasks you will just be listening to sounds and pressing a button to make appropriate responses.

About midway through the session, we will set up the EEG – several electrodes will be placed on your scalp, face and neck (the skin is rubbed with an alcohol pad and the electrodes are attached with a sticky gel). The EEG is completely pain-less and risk-free (Approx 45 minutes set-up). You will then complete an “attention task” as we record EEG activity.

We have availability several days a week at the end of July, in August, and following months. Upon contact, I can offer several time slots to choose from.

Please email Jacqueline Zimmermann (jazimmermann@research.baycrest.org) if you are interested!

The study is being conducted at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital, located at 3560 Bathurst Street.


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Organizational Development Student / Intern


OTNPosition: Organizational Development Student / Intern

 Description:   OTN is a world leader in telemedicine, helping Ontarians get more out of the health care system by bridging the distance of time and geography to bring more patients the care they need, where and when they need it.   Using innovative technology, OTN streamlines the health care process, while also expanding the way knowledge is shared and how the medical community interacts with each other and with patients.  An independent, not-for-profit organization, OTN is funded by the Government of Ontario.

OTN is committed to increasing access to health care for Ontarians and continuously searches for new ways to enhance health care delivery. Our continued success in achieving these goals depends on our staff and necessitates hiring talented individuals who are committed to providing superior customer service and who understand the importance of teamwork.

OTN is seeking an Organizational Development Student / Intern. As a student working with the HR&OD Team the Organizational Development student assists with the research, co-ordination, organization and implementation of various programs intended to develop all levels of employees, create an engaged learning culture and build organizational and leadership strength. This position is located in the Toronto office and reports to the Director of Organizational Development.

Responsibilities and Activities: 

  • Assist with the planning, co-ordination of training and staff development programs to improve employee productivity and performance
  • Contribute to the design of training and other employee engagement programs through research of best practices and industry trends
  • Assist with the deployment and analysis of regular Employee surveys to identify opportunities for enhanced organizational effectiveness and employee engagement
  • Support and contribute to a wide range of employee engagement strategies including rewards & recognition and Fun Committee
  • Assist in the design and deployment of proven organization change management principles and methodology to support large and small scale organizational change initiatives as required
  • Assist with the co-ordination of the monthly corporate on-boarding process for all employees including leaders
  • Contribute to solutions that augment the services of HR&OD through the design of solutions on iConnect
  • Familiarity with some organization development theories and methods
  • Solid research skills and ability to present findings in a clear and concise manner
  • Excellent planning and co-ordination skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Communicates effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Leads by example, demonstrating our values

Qualifications and Attributes:                                                                       

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (or in progress) in related field
  • Interest in or actively pursuing Master’s degree in Organizational Development or Psychology or related field of study preferred
  • Other related volunteer experience working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to the profession and ongoing professional development
  • Works in a fast-paced environment, quickly shifts priorities and adapts to changes in process, systems and organization structures
  • Works effectively both independently as well as in a virtual team environment with minimal supervision
  • Results oriented; adjusts priorities or resources as required
  • Utilizes Microsoft Office software, including database, spreadsheet, word-processing, presentation, electronic mail and calendaring applications
  • Working knowledge of applicable occupational health and safety legislation; general knowledge of corporate/departmental policies and procedures
  • Working knowledge of privacy legislation, regulations (specifically the Protection of Personal Health Information Act, Ontario 2004) and OTN policies, procedures, guidelines and communication material relevant to the protection of confidential information
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office applications including Excel and Project
  • Required to undergo a criminal reference check

If you have strong communication and organizational skills and committed to excellence in delivering extraordinary customer service, check out our website: www.otn.ca. Please apply to this opportunity by clicking on the careers link on OTN’s website or forward your resume via fax: 416 446-4128 quoting– Organizational Development Student / Intern.

Interested students should email Adele Principe:  aprincipe@otn.ca

We thank all applicants; however only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.

OTN is an organization committed to ensuring accessible services and communications to individuals with disabilities. Once an applicant has been selected for an interview, requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their accommodation needs known when contacted.

To receive any OTN document required by the AODA and its standards not listed above or to receive any public document on OTN’s website in an alternate format, please contact Customerservice@otn.ca.

For users requiring Teletypewriter (TTY) Services, please contact us using the TTY service: 1-855-368-6889.



JOB POSTING: Assistant Coordinating Clinic Manager

Assistant Coordinating Clinic Manager
S.T.A.R.T. Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Toronto, ON

The S.T.A.R.T. Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders is a growing
multidisciplinary clinic with practitioners providing a wide range of
community based health care services including: diagnostic assessment,
medication based treatment, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural treatment
and mindfulness based treatment.

We are seeking a full-time Assistant Coordinating Manager to join our team
who will provide support to the Clinic Manager, staff and patients.

The Assistant Coordinating Manager will collaborate with the Clinic
Manager to manage the delivery of clinical services and outpatient care,
facilitate the flow of patient care activities, and supervision,
coordination and management of the clinical staff; assist the Clinic
Manager with the overall management of the day-to-day operations of the
clinic (including working with third parties i.e insurance and
pharmaceutical companies), and actualization of the clinic goals; and act
for the Clinic Manager in his/her absence.  The Assistant Coordinating
Manager will be responsible for assisting the Clinic Manager with
planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating the work of
the clerical / administrative support staff and operations of the clinic.
The Assistant Coordinating Manager will be responsible for the total
operation of the clinic with an emphasis on the business and
administrative aspects of clinic operation.  The emphasis of this role is
to ensure quality health care services that meet the needs of clinicians
and patients.

Skills and Experience:·

  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience in office administrative/management
    role – ideally in a medical environment.
  • Friendly and welcoming attitude, with the ability to prioritize and
    balance multiple tasks.
  • A professional who demonstrates initiative, attention to detail and
    follow through.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills are a must.
  • Proficiency/fluency in the English language (written and spoken) is
    a must.
  • Medical Administration Diploma is an asset.
  • Good computer skills, ideally with working knowledge of Apple
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary clinic/environment is an

Hours will be 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.  Must be flexible to work on
weekends and/or after hours (if necessary).

Start Date: August 1, 2016
Location: 32 Park Road, Toronto ON, M4W 2N4

Interested candidates for the position are encouraged to email their
resume to Ms. Teresa Chaves at tchaves@startclinic.ca.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Advocacy Mentoring Initiative

Dr. Mitesh Patel is seeking two highly motivated students to volunteer with a systematic review related to child and adolescent development and psychiatry. Dr. Mitesh Patel is a Forensic Youth Psychiatrist at CAMH and the University of Toronto and is the lead of the Advocacy Mentoring Initiative.

Our team is seeking volunteers to assist with a systematic review regarding advocacy training and mentoring in medical education.

Please contact Aaron Prosser (aaron.prosser@camh.ca) for further information if you are interested in volunteering with us.

An article describing aspects of the mentoring initiative have been published in the Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/02/01/doctors-notes-how-a-mentor-can-make-a-difference-in-a-young-life.html

There is an opportunity for publications and further involvement in this Child Developmental Advocacy project.