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  • Front page
  •   Letter from SkIN Canada's Managing Director
  • Featured profiles
  •   Community Contributor
  •   Early Career Investigator
  • Research infrastructure & resources
  •   Priority Setting Initiative
  •   Catalyzing Multicentre Skin Research
  • Skin research training
  •   Training and Education Initiatives
  • Supported projects
  •   Demonstration Projects
  •   Canadian Network of Skin Trials - Pilot Projects

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First Edition | February 2022

Training and Education Initiatives

Inspiring the future of skin research with talent development & education.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvented the way we exchange knowledge, offering unique and equitable opportunities to connect virtually and educate skin researchers and patients across Canada. As part of its talent development strategy to build capacity and engage trainees, patients and early career investigators, the Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada) established a Training Committee in 2020.

What is the SkIN Canada Training Committee?

The Training Committee aims to empower future generations of leaders in skin research in Canada. The committee consists of SkIN Canada members from across Canada and includes researchers, trainees and patient partners with diverse experience with and expertise in various skin conditions. The training committee hopes to empower future generations of leaders in skin research in Canada by improving educational opportunities and is committed to building capacity for skin research across Canada through training events, awards, leadership opportunities, and forums to build their professional networks and foster collaborations.

Training Committee Membership and Meetings:

The Training Committee is led by two members, one of whom is an established researcher and one an early career researcher, who will act as co-chairs of the Training Committee. Current co-chairs of the training committee are Dr. Anie Philip and Dr. Ivan V Litvinov of McGill University Health Centre. Other members include a balanced representation of patient research partners, graduate students, resident physicians, postdoctoral fellows and early- career researchers. The full members’ list can be found here. The SkIN Canada Training Committee held its first members’ meeting in early March 2021. Since then, the Committee has been working diligently to develop a strategy to support educational initiatives for trainees across Canada. As part of this effort, the Committee has developed a plan to help identify opportunities for trainee education and advocacy.

Training/Education Initiatives:

SkIN Canada Trainee Workshop 2020

The first annual SkIN Canada trainee workshop was held virtually in Nov 2020, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Skin Research Group of Canada (SRGC 2020). The 2020 workshop had two components: “Career Building Workshop” and “Patient Engagement Workshop”. The Career Building Workshop focused on different potential career paths. This session was moderated by Dr. Anie Philip, Co-director, SkIN Canada.  Invited speakers who are at the pinnacle of their careers discussed pros and cons of their chosen career – and how they got there. Trainees were able to use this valuable information to develop strategies for choosing a specific career path and achieve the desired goal. Invited speakers for this workshop included Dr. Terence Hebert, McGill University, Dr. Aaron Drucker, University of Toronto, Dr. Jason Turpin, Health Canada, Dr. Carmela De Luca, Bereskin and Parr Montreal. The Patient Engagement Workshop was a fireside chat with patient research partners moderated by Rachael Manion, Executive Director, Canadian Skin Patient Alliance & Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patient; Chair, Patient Advisory Council & Co-director, SkIN Canada. We were very fortunate to have patient research partner panelists Dawn Richards, Christian Boisvert-Huneault and Latoya Palmer, who shared their experiences as part of different research teams. 

Full workshop details and video recordings can be viewed here.

SkIN Canada Trainee Workshop 2021

The second annual SkIN Canada trainee workshop was held from Nov 11-13, 2021 in a hybrid format with onsite and virtual participation, again jointly with the annual meeting of the SRGC 2021. The workshop 2021 had three sessions. In the “Industry Career Path workshop” moderated by Dr. Ivan V Litvinov, co-chair of SkIN Canada Training Committee, industry partners engaged trainees about opportunities and paths for a career in the pharmaceutical industry with the goal of treating skin diseases. 

The second session was a Patient Engagement in Research workshop covering the topics of “patient engagement in research: top tips for working with patient organizations” presented by Rachael Manion, Executive Director, Canadian Skin Patient Alliance, Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients; Chair, Patient Advisory Council & Co-director, SkIN Canada and “an introduction to Patient-Oriented Research: A Case Study and Resources to Help You” presented by invited panelists: Dr. Dawn Richards, Director, Patient and Public Engagement Clinical Trials Ontario, Mr. David Ernest Wells, patient research partner and Dr. Monica Parry, Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. The third session of the workshop was focused on “academic career path” from the perspectives of established and early career investigators. Guest lectures included “Career Path of a University Professor in a Life Sciences Department: Challenges and Rewards” by Dr. John H. White, McGill University, “Career Path of an Academic Clinician-Scientist: Challenges and Rewards” by Dr. Robert Gniadecki, University of Alberta and “Academic Career Path from the Perspective of an Early Career Investigator” by Dr. Holly Sparks, University of Calgary. 

Full details the workshop and recordings can be viewed here.

SkIN Canada Educational webinars:

These free virtual webinars will be centered on topics surrounding current skin research in Canada, and each will feature presentations from the perspectives of a trainee, basic scientist, clinical researcher and patient research partner. The first webinar in August 2021 was on “Hidradenitis Suppurativa” (HS). The inflammation pathways and comorbidities in HS were explained in detail by Dr. Vincent Piguet, Professor and Director of the Division of Dermatology, University of Toronto. A patient’s perspective on surgery, recovery and the impacts of HS on mental and emotional health was shared by Heather Anne Talpa, who lives with HS. A review on pathogenesis and the Light and Laser-Based treatments for HS was presented by Dr. Ilya Mukovozov, a dermatology resident at the University of British Columbia

Webinar recordings can be viewed here.

Community Contributor

Rachael Manion is the Executive Director of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance and the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients. She is also Chair of the Patient Advisory Council of the Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada) and a member of the Executive Committee. Drawing on her background as a lawyer and consultant, Rachael brings a strategic and creative approach to advocating for better patient care ………..

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Early Career Investigator

Dr. Elena Netchiporouk obtained her medical degree from the Université de Montréal in 2012 and her Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified training in dermatology from McGill University in 2017. During her dermatology residency, she also completed a 3-year Master’s program in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. As a clinician scientist, she focuses her research on understanding the interaction between environment and ….

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Research infrastructure & resources

Priority Setting Initiative

SkIN Canada has been conducting a multi-phase project to identify the most important skin research questions for people living in Canada.

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Catalyzing Multicentre Skin Research

SkIN Canada is developing a consortium of research sites that will collectively drive the formation of new multicentre research projects. Research sites in the federation will have access to a suite of resources that will make it significantly easier to implement skin research.

LEARN MORE

Skin research training

Training and Education Initiatives

Inspiring the future of skin research with talent development & education. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvented the way we exchange knowledge, offering unique and equitable opportunities to connect virtually and educate skin researchers and patients across Canada. LEARN MORE

Supported projects
Demo Projects

SkIN Canada has partnered with two research projects to guide the creation of the network’s free Database Support Services.


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Canadian Network of Skin Trials (C-NeST) Pilot Projects

To help establish a framework for coordinating multi-centre skin studies involving community and academic research sites, the clinical trials arm of SkIN Canada initiated two pilot non-interventional research projects.

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News from other organizations
CAPP – CIHR-IMHA Studentships in Psoriatic Disease

The CAPP – CIHR-IMHA Studentships in Psoriatic Disease provide undergraduate and health professional students with opportunities to undertake research projects related to psoriatic diseases with established investigators in an environment that provides strong mentorship.  We encourage applications from across Canada by April 11, 2022. The Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients (CAPP) was formed in 2012 to serve people impacted by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. CAPP’s mission is to be a resource to these people by improving their quality of life, raising awareness, providing education, advocating for better access to care and treatments, and supporting research.

New CIHR-IMHA Funding Opportunities, including partnership with Canadian Dermatology Foundation

The Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) funds health research in order to develop and support a well-trained base of investigators with the skills and expertise needed to design and conduct innovative and diverse research and knowledge translation activities aimed at improving health.

Healthcare providers decision needs and preferences on medication use during lactation
If you are a healthcare provider, we would like to hear your perspectives on medication use during infant feeding.
Patient research partners have recently written about tokenism in research partnerships with patients

– and most importantly, what can be done to address it. Learn more about how to meaningfully include patients and patient organizations as research partners.

Applications are now being accepted for PeDRA’s 2022 Research Fellowship program

The program will provide $20,000 of support to as many as eight trainees or students to conduct one year of mentored research in the field of pediatric dermatology. Applications are due March 31, 2022 for fellowships beginning on July 1, 2022. For additional information, including eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply, please see the Research Fellowship RFA.

SkIN Canada Executive Committee