HeLTI Early Career Researcher and Trainee Seminar Series

The HeLTI Capacity Building Working Group / HeLTI Trainee and Early Career Researcher (ECR) Seminar organizers are calling for seminar speakers!

Please don’t be fooled by the name “ECR”, it is a place for everyone! This seminar series is a student, postdoc, junior, mid-career and senior researcher-centred event. It provides an informal platform to recent/ongoing research projects across the HeLTI sites. It is also a great opportunity for everyone to learn from each other, and students, postdocs, junior, mid-career and senior researchers can all benefit from this event.

The format is flexible. Whereas so far, we often have one presenter in each webinar, we are also keen on having multiple shorter presentations in one webinar. We also value e.g. a supervisor presenting together with their trainee.

If you are interested in presenting, please download and complete a presenter information formand send it to the HeLTI Office.

We look forward to hearing about new and ongoing research within the HeLTI Consortium via these seminars!

Upcoming Seminar
May 15, 2024
8 am ET
Supporting Perinatal Mental Health & Parenting to Promote Early Childhood Development
An overview of my program of research, which aims to improve early childhood development across three integrative projects: (1) elucidating the interplay of risk and resilience factors at an epidemiological level;

(2) using these findings to inform the co-development of innovative programs at the clinical level; and (3) applying equity frameworks to embed implementation of programs at the health systems level. Each level includes a secondary data analysis component (of large existing cohort and population databases) as well as a component for new data collection using cutting-edge approaches (DTI neuroimaging, eHealth clinical trials, partner-engaged co-design).

Anna MacKinnon, PhD, R. Psych, Assistant Research Professor, Clinical Psychologist
Past Seminars
February 22, 2024
8 am ET
From plate to health: Addictive ultra-processed foods and the alarming non-communicable disease burden among Canadian children
Dr. Kozeta Miliku, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto; HeLTI Canada, and Zheng Hao Chen, a PhD student
January 26, 2023
8 am ET
Adolescent social media use and well-being: how longitudinal data can provide a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of associations
Catherine M. Herba, PhD, Associate Professor in Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal; HeLTI China, and Marie-Pier Gingras, Doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (Under supervision of Dr. Catherine Herba and Dr. Mara Brendgen, UQAM)
November 2, 2023
8 am ET
Early Life Influences on Childhood Obesity: from Etiology to Community Health Practices
Andraea Van Hulst, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, École des sciences infirmières Ingram, McGill University; HeLTI China
September 29, 2023
8 am ET
Approaches to design and analysis of complex intervention trials
Dr. William Fraser, Professor, University of Sherbrooke; HeLTI China
September 7, 2023
8 am ET
Transition from Early Career to Mid-Career to Senior Level Researcher
Dr. Jean-Patrice Baillargeon, Professor, University of Sherbrooke; HeLTI China
June 7, 2023
8 am ET
What about the fathers? Understanding the paternal role on offspring growth trajectories
Dr. Kozeta Miliku, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto; HeLTI Canada
May 4, 2023
8 am ET
Early life adversities and child’s mental and cognitive development: Findings from Finnish cohorts
Dr. Kati Heinonen-Tuomaala, Associate Professor, Tampere University, Finland & Visiting Professor, HeLTI Canada
April 5, 2023
8 am ET
Process evaluation of the HeLTI South Africa Bukhali trail: Lesson learned, current activities, and future plans
Dr. Catherine Draper, Associate Professor SAMRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand
March 7, 2023
8 am ET
Studying children growth in the digital area: A comprehensive machine learning pipeline
Dr. Paraskevi Massara, Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
February 16, 2023
8 am ET
The First 2000 Days: Translating Health to Policy
Dr. Stephen Lye, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medicine and Physiology at University of Toronto; Interim Director and Senior Investigator at Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health; PI, HeLTI South-Africa
November 9, 2022
8 am ET
Maternal physical activity in preconception is associated with perinatal outcomes
Su Kaizhen, Postgraduate Student
HeLTI China
October 14, 2022
11 am ET
Impact of early life adversity - and social deprivation in particular - on cognitive and mental health outcomes in childhood and adolescence
Mark Wade, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto
HeLTI India
Thursday September 15, 2022
9 am ET
Using rapid biobehavioral feedback to improve mother-infant interactions
Alessandra Prioreschi, WT Training Fellowship
HeLTI South Africa
Tuesday August 9, 2022
8 am ET
Early childhood health and learning outcomes at school (including the Early Development instrument)
Jessica Omand, Postdoctoral Fellow at SickKids
HeLTI Canada
Wednesday July 6, 2022
9 am ET
Chronic Illness and Perinatal Mental Health
Hilary Brown, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto at Scarborough
HeLTI Canada
Thursday June 9, 2022
8 am ET
The effect of maternal methyl nutrients on maternal and infant health
Yi-ling Ko, HeLTI China
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