Research Half Day

A word cloud generated from words submitted by researches in the department, with the word “surgery” large and in the centre

The Department of Surgery Research Half Day

  • All are welcome (Staff, Residents, Research Personnel, and Students)
  • November/December 2020 (TBC)

**RSVP to the 2019 Research Half Day - Closed until 2020

Wolves Den - Live Grant Competition

The Wolves' Den is held annually at the Research Half Day. Surgeons in our department enter the Wolves' Den and present their research to the Surgical Wolves. A rapid-fire question and answer session, audience voting, and deliberation by the Surgical Wolves determine who will be win the grant. For a full description of the Wolves' Den competition, view our grants page, where the submission portal is also available. 

  • Proposals are due in October/November annually.

Research Excellence Awards

The Research Awards are peer-nominated awards that recognize contributions made by members of our department, under three categories:

Researcher of the Year

Research Mentor of the Year

Research Personnel of the Year

Letters of nomination are due in October/November annually. Nominations should outline:

  • Why you believe that your nominee is a candidate for the award
  • How their work aligns with the DoS Research Vision and Values
  • Specific examples of their contribution(s)


Previous Research Excellence Awardees

Year Researcher of the Year Research Mentor of the Year Research Personnel of the Year
2019 Dr. Rodney Breau Dr. Guillaume Martel Caitlin Anstee
2018 Dr. Rebecca Auer Dr. Peter Lapner Johanna Dobransky
2017 Dr. March Ruel  

Andrea Marie Ibrahim

Dr. Christiano Tanese de Souza


Research Half Day Schedule

Research Half Day 2019 on Artificial Intelligence


Time Sessions
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch - 
12:30 - 13:45 Research Personnel Session: Becoming Involved in AI Research - 
12:30 - 13:00 Dr. Andre Carrington - The way of AI: Paths, Pitfalls and Tools
13:00 - 13:10 Dr. Luke Witherspoon - Streamline Peer Review: Use of AI in Manuscript Review.
13:10 - 13:20 Dr. William Klement - How safe can machine learning methods be when recommending post-operative patient care?
13:20 - 13:30 Dr. Chadwick Boulay - Deep Neural Networks to Decode Intention from Intracranial Brain Signals
13:30 - 13:45 All Presenters - Panel Discussion
13:45 - 14:00 Coffee Break - 
14:00 - 15:15 Faculty Session: AI Research Overview & AI Research, When Traditional Methods Fail - 
14:00 - 14:30 Dr. Doug Manuel - The Past, Present and Future of Super-Human Tools in Medicine
14:30 - 14:40 Dr. Sebastien Gilbert - Are you making clinical decisions based on data or information?
14:40 - 14:50 Dr. Luke Witherspoon - How to Get Involved in AI & Machine Learning: When you don’t know what those terms mean
14:50 -15:00 Dr. Andrew Seely - Combining Variability Analysis and Machine Learning
15:00 - 15:15 All Presenters - Q&A
15:15 - 15:30 Refreshment Break - 
15:30 - 16:15 Wolves’ Den Live Competition - Surgical Wolves: Drs. Andrew Seely, Hesham Abdelbary, Isabelle Raiche, TBA
15:30 - 15:40 Dr. Hesham Abdelbary –Wolves’ Den Grant Update - 
15:45 - 15:55 Dr. Fahad Alkherayf - Intraoperative continuous flash visual evoked potentials monitoring during minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, a novel approach to improve patient outcome
15:55 - 16:05 Dr. George Grammatopoulos - What Is the Optimum Iron Supplementation Method in Mildly Anemic Patients Awaiting Primary Arthroplasty Surgery? A Pilot, Feasibility, Randomized Clinical Trial
16:05 - 16:15 Dr. Alexandra Stratton - The feasibility of a multidisciplinary transitional pain service in spine surgery patients to minimize opioid use and improve peri-operative outcomes
16:15 - 16:30 Refreshment Break / Deliberation for Wolves’ Den - 
16:30 - 16:45 Research Awards Session - Research Personnel, Research Mentor and Researcher of the Year, Plus Wolves’ Den Winner
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