Foundational Platforms

Training, Mentoring, and Early Career Development

The Training, Mentoring, and Early Career Development platform will establish a sustainable training program to support emerging researchers and build capacity for research related to venous thromboembolism. Our training program aims to address unmet training needs, facilitate early career launch for junior scientists, and will be delivered according to best practices by training new and existing mentors. We will focus on developing clinician investigators and clinician scientists.

The Team

Platform Co-Leads

Marc Carrier (Ottawa, ON)
Sudeep Shivakumar (Halifax, NS)

Trainee Council

Chair: Rick Ikesaka - 2017-2018
Chair: Deborah Siegal - 2016-2017

This council is trainee-led and participation is open to all trainees involved in CanVECTOR activities. The council provides an opportunity for collaboration and cooperation amongst trainees and allows them to communicate their needs, concerns and feedback to CanVECTOR’s Scientific Steering Committee.

Trainee Award Committee

The role of the CanVECTOR Trainee Award Committee is to make decisions about the allocation of CanVECTOR training funds to trainee applicants.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop the process and criteria for awarding training funds
  • Consider the availability of funding, including partner funding at academic institutions, when making decisions about awards
  • Endeavour to equitably award funding across CanVECTOR training sites, taking into consideration the applicant's preferences, the training capacity at CanVECTOR sites, and the ability of the site to meet the applicant's training needs
  • Review applications and recommend candidates for funding

Membership and Voting 

Voting members

  • Committee co-chairs
  • Committee members, as listed on the Trainee Award Committee membership roster
  • CanVECTOR directors as ex-officio members

Non-voting member

  • Manager of the CanVECTOR Training and Mentoring platform

Quorum

  • More than 50% of the members entitled to vote

Chair

The co-leads of the CanVECTOR Training and Mentoring Platform will act as committee co-chairs and will alternately chair committee meetings. 

Frequency of Meetings and Manner of Call

Meetings will be held at least biannually at the call of a committee co-chair.

The meetings will usually be held via teleconference, though may be called in person in conjunction with a CanVECTOR annual meeting or other gathering of the members.

Reporting

To the CanVECTOR directors and Scientific Steering Committee.

Committee Co-chairs 

  • Marc Carrier (Ottawa)
  • Sudeep Shivakumar (Halifax)

Committee Members

  • Shannon Bates (Hamilton)
  • Susan Kahn (Montreal)
  • Alejandro Lazo-Langner (London)
  • Agnes Lee (Vancouver)
  • Rita Selby (Toronto)
  • Vicky Tagalakis (Montreal)

Ex-officio Member

  • Marc Rodger (CanVECTOR director)

Manager of the Training and Mentoring Platform

  • Nicole Langlois

CanVECTOR Training Awards 2015-2016

 

Thrombosis Canada CanVECTOR Research Fellowship Recipient

Trainee Institution Supervisor
Leslie Skeith  University of Ottawa Dr. Gonsalves

 

Fellowship / Studentship Recipient Biography

Leslie Skeith

Dr. Skeith completed her Internal Medicine residency at Western University and her Hematology residency at the University of Calgary. She completed her Thrombosis/Medical Education fellowship at the University of Ottawa in 2017 and is completing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  Her medical education research focus is in clinical decision-making in sub-specialty training, and her clinical research interest is in the area of thrombosis and women's health. 

For Dr. Skeith's CanVECTOR research project she is evaluating clinical decision making and practice variation among thrombosis specialists' using complex practice cases. She is also interested in evaluating the role of LMWH and aspirin prophylaxis in women with antiphosphospholipid syndrome and past pregnancy loss.

 

CanVECTOR Training Awards 2016-2017

 

CanVECTOR Fellowship Award Recipients 

Trainee Institution  Supervisor
Adi Klil-Drori McGill University  Dr. Tagalakis
Jameel Abdulrehman University of Toronto Dr. Selby
Rick Ikesaka University of Ottawa Dr. Carrier
Leslie Skeith University of Ottawa Dr. Gonsalves

 

Thrombosis Canada CanVECTOR Research Fellowship Recipients

Trainee Institution Supervisor
Mihir D. Bhatt McMaster University Dr. A. Chan

 

CanVECTOR Research Start-up Awards

Trainee Institution Supervisor
Rick Ikesaka University of Ottawa Dr. Carrier
Nicholas Meti McGill University Dr. Tagalakis
Mansoor Radwi McMaster University Dr. Douketis
Dwip Prajapati University of Calgary Dr. Lang & Dr. Suryanarayan

 

CanVECTOR Travel Awards

Trainee Institution
Adi Klil-Drori McGill University
Leslie Skeith University of Ottawa

 

CAEP / CanVECTOR Awards

Trainee Award Type
Kerstin de Wit Research Award
Eddy Lang Abstract Award
Sameer Sharif Abstract Award

 

Fellowship / Studentship Recipient Biographies

Jameel Abdulrehman

Dr. Abdulrehman completed his Internal Medicine residency at Western University and completed his residency in adult hematology at the University of Toronto in 2016. He is currently completing his clinical fellowship in thrombosis and hemostasis at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Abdulrehman's CanVECTOR project aims to investigate the use of ROTEM in predicting VTE in adult trauma patients.

 
 

Rick Ikesaka

Dr. Ikesaka previously completed his Internal Medicine residency and has completed his hematology residency, both at the University of Ottawa, Dept. of Medicine. He is currently completing a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Thrombosis research fellowship.

Dr. Ikesaka's CanVECTOR project's objective is to compare primary thromboprophylaxis with rivaroxaban in patients with malignancy and central venous catheters. Rick plans to complete a pilot studies to prove the viability, safety and efficacy of this prophylaxis strategy.

 
 

Leslie Skeith

Dr. Skeith completed her Internal Medicine residency at Western University and her Hematology residency at the University of Calgary. She completed her Thrombosis/Medical Education fellowship at the University of Ottawa in 2017 and is completing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her medical education research focus is in clinical decision-making in sub-specialty training, and her clinical research interest is in the area of thrombosis and women's health.

For Dr. Skeith's CanVECTOR research project she is evaluating clinical decision making and practice variation among thrombosis specialists' using complex practice cases. She is also interested in evaluating the role of LMWH and aspirin prophylaxis in women with antiphosphospholipid syndrome and past pregnancy loss.

 
 
 

Adi Klil-Drori

Dr. Klil-Drori completed his Internal Medicine boards and Hematology boards in Israel, in 2011 and 2013 respectively.  He is currently completing a clinical epidemiology, Master of Science at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and will complete his Postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, Jewish General Hospital and McGill University this year. He is also starting a 2-year clinical fellowship in early drug development in medical oncology.

Dr. Klil-Drori's CanVECTOR project includes using population-based administrative databases to capture outpatient management of PE across Quebec, Alberta and Ontario. A few of his database analysis objectives include; review of the changes of clinical outcomes in outpatient management of PE from the pre-DOAC era (2000-2009); compare outcomes of outpatient and inpatient management of PE in a subset of low-risk PE patients in the pre-DOAC era, and to examine whether market entry of DOAC for the treatment of PE has affected the practice of outpatient management of PE

 
 

Mihir Bhatt

Dr. Bhatt completed his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Health Sciences, followed by MD, residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology all at McMaster University. Dr. Bhatt is an active researcher with a special interest in pediatric hemostasis and thrombosis.

Dr. Bhatt's Thrombosis Canada/CanVECTOR project includes assessing the feasibility and safety of a multicenter trial administering weight adjusted FiXEd dose of low molecular weight heparin (Enoxaparin) to neonates with Thrombosis (FiXET Study).

 

CanVECTOR Training Awards 2017-2018

 

CanVECTOR Fellowship Awards

Trainee Institution  Supervisor
Adi Klil-Drori McGill University  Dr. Tagalakis
Jameel Abdulrehman University of Toronto Dr. Selby
Fatimah Al-Ani The University of Western Ontario Dr. Lazo-Langner
Rick Ikesaka University of Ottawa Dr. Carrier
Siavash Piran McMaster University Dr. Schulman

 

CanVECTOR Studentship Awards

Trainee Institution Supervisor
Hasam Madarati McMaster University Dr. Kretz
Kanwal Singh McMaster University Dr. Kretz

 

CAEP / CanVECTOR Awards

Trainee Award Type
Cristian Toarta Research Award

 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) Emerging Research Leaders Initiative (ERLI) Award

Trainee Institution Supervisor
Deborah Siegal McMaster University Dr. Crowther

 

Fellowship / Studentship Recipient Biographies

Jameel Abdulrehman

Dr. Abdulrehman completed his Internal Medicine residency at Western University and completed his residency in adult hematology at the University of Toronto in 2016. He is currently completing his clinical fellowship in thrombosis and hemostasis at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Abdulrehman's CanVECTOR project aims to investigate the use of ROTEM in predicting VTE in adult trauma patients.

 

Rick Ikesaka

Dr. Ikesaka previously completed his Internal Medicine residency and has completed his hematology residency, both at the University of Ottawa, Dept. of Medicine. He is currently completing a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Thrombosis research fellowship.

Dr. Ikesaka's CanVECTOR project's objective is to compare primary thromboprophylaxis with rivaroxaban in patients with malignancy and central venous catheters. Rick plans to complete a pilot studies to prove the viability, safety and efficacy of this prophylaxis strategy.

 
 

Fatimah Al-Ani

Dr. Fatimah Al-Ani obtained her medical degree from Baghdad, Iraq. She completed her training in Internal Medicine and in Hematology in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Al-Ani obtained her Post Graduate Degree of Internal Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom (MRCP of UK) in 2011. Upon moving to Canada, she joined Western University and completed a 3-year Research Fellowship in Hematology. Currently, she is pursuing a clinical fellowship in Adult Thrombosis Medicine at Western University. Dr. Al-Ani's CanVECTOR project aims to develop a clinical prediction rule for the risk of venous thromboembolism in patients with acute leukemia. Her research interests are in Thromboembolism, population based studies, and systematic reviews. Her other ongoing projects include Validation of diagnostic algorithms for Venous Thromboembolism Using Linked Health Care Databases, and a systematic review of the efficacy and safety of DOACS in population based studies.

 
 

Adi Klil-Drori

Dr. Klil-Drori completed his Internal Medicine boards and Hematology boards in Israel, in 2011 and 2013 respectively.  He is currently completing a clinical epidemiology, Master of Science at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and will complete his Postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, Jewish General Hospital and McGill University this year. He is also starting a 2-year clinical fellowship in early drug development in medical oncology.

Dr. Klil-Drori's CanVECTOR project includes using population-based administrative databases to capture outpatient management of PE across Quebec, Alberta and Ontario. A few of his database analysis objectives include; review of the changes of clinical outcomes in outpatient management of PE from the pre-DOAC era (2000-2009); compare outcomes of outpatient and inpatient management of PE in a subset of low-risk PE patients in the pre-DOAC era, and to examine whether market entry of DOAC for the treatment of PE has affected the practice of outpatient management of PE

 
 

Siavash Piran

Dr. Siavash Piran graduated from University of Ottawa medical school in 2011. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at University of Ottawa and Hematology at McMaster University. 

He holds a Masters of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto and completed a Masters of Science degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Dr. Piran is currently a Clinical Scholar in the Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism at McMaster University. His CanVECTOR project is a pilot study on thromboprophylaxis for patients with spinal cord injury comparing low-molecular-weight heparin with apixaban.

 
 

Kanwal Singh

Kanwal is pursuing a Master's degree in the Medical Sciences Program at McMaster University. He is interested in understanding the biochemistry and physiology of blood coagulation proteases. Kanwal's CanVECTOR project investigates the regulation of the metalloprotease ADAMTS13, which controls the platelet-capturing activity of von Willebrand factor. Because von Willebrand factor is known to play a crucial role in the initiation phase of blood coagulation, improving our understanding ADAMTS13 may yield important insights into pathophysiology of VTE and other thrombotic disorders. His long term goal is to translate the unique properties of ADAMTS13 to other proteases in the cardiovascular system, which may have broad clinical impact on protease replacement therapy.

 

CanVECTOR-supported Early Career Investigators

Dr. Kerstin de Wit 

 

Investigator
Kerstin de Wit
 
Institution
McMaster University
 
Research Program / Project
ESCAPE Program
 
Funding
2017 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship
2017 CAEP-CanVECTOR Grant
2017 CanVECTOR Research Start-up funding awarded to Ali Mulla: trainee under the supervision of Dr. De Wit
 
Details / Summary
http://www.psifoundation.org/Fellowship/PSIF_FTHR_Dr_Kerstin_De_Wit.php

 

Dr. Lana Castellucci

 
Investigator
Lana Castellucci
 
Institution
University of Ottawa
 
Research Program / Project 
COBRRA Pilot Trial
COBRRA Trial 
 
Funding
CanVECTOR Pilot
CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
 
Details / Summary
https://www.canvector.ca/research/science-platforms/clinical-trials-and-shared-platforms

Dr. Leslie Skeith

 
Investigator
Leslie Skeith
 
Institution
University of Ottawa
 
Research Program / Project
APPLE Pilot Trial 
 
Funding
CanVECTOR Pilot
 
Details / Summary
https://www.canvector.ca/research/science-platforms/clinical-trials-and-shared-platforms

 

Dr. Deborah Siegal

Coming soon

Dr. Deepa Suryanarayan

 
Investigator
Deepa Suryanarayan
 
Institution
University of Calgary
 
Research Program /Project
Apixaban versus low molecular weight heparin for treatment of catheter related Thrombosis in Cancer patients. A pilot study to assess feasibility of a randomized controlled trial (ALaCaRT)
 
Funding
CanVECTOR Pilot
 
Details / Summary
https://www.canvector.ca/research/science-platforms/clinical-trials-and-shared-platforms

 

Dr. Lisa Duffett

 
Investigator
Lisa Duffett
 
Institution
University of Ottawa
 
Research Program / Project
HIT Pilot Study
 
Funding
CanVECTOR Pilot
 
Details / Summary
https://www.canvector.ca/research/science-platforms/clinical-trials-and-shared-platforms

Training Resources

4. New CIHR Health Research Training Website to Support Health Research Trainees

CIHR recently launched their revamped health research training website, a one-stop-shop for everything related to training, including: information about training opportunities and how to apply for them; tools to help trainees enhance their career prospects, like the Individual Career Development Plan; a curated list of the latest reports and studies related to training; and helpful links to policies, strategies, news and events

The Projects

1. Establish a Formal VTE Research Training Curriculum

A research training curriculum will be created with input from the Network membership, including trainees and young investigators. This new curriculum will be implemented at the existing thrombosis research training sites in Canada and will be available to other centres that plan to establish themselves as a new training site.

A CanVECTOR Fellow is taking the lead in the first stage of this initiative. Dr. Leslie Skeith has conducted a needs assessment to identify gaps and priority areas that should be addressed in a VTE research training curriculum.

 

2. CanVECTOR Academic Mentorship Program

Mentorship is beneficial at each training and career stage and has been shown to increase productivity, career retention and academic promotion in clinician-investigators/scientists. Mentorship is vital for securing research support in a discipline where grant funding is highly competitive, and essential to enable trainees to understand investigator responsibilities in an increasingly complex regulatory environment.

To develop CanVECTOR’s academic mentorship program a plenary workshop was held on June 9th, 2016, led by Dr. Mamta Gautam, through the Canadian Medical Association’s Physician Leadership Institute. This interactive workshop allowed network members to actively participate in building our mentorship program.

With a goal of ensuring that mentorship is provided according to best practices to trainees and early career investigators, we launched our mentorship program in November 2017 at the 2nd Annual CanVECTOR Conference. The mentorship program currently involves 8 mentee-mentor traids (i.e. one mentee paired with two mentors) comprising 7 trainees and 1 early career investigator.

3. HTRS Publications Committee

The Hemostatis and Thrombosis Research Society's Publications Committee (co-chairs: Drs. Leslie Skeith and Peter Kouides focuses on having HTRS trainees / early career investigators write 2-4 reviews per year for the peer-reviewed journal Thrombosis Research. To provide additional mentorship and feedback in order to improve the chances of publication success, HTRS is partnering with CanVECTOR to have manuscripts undergo additional review from 1-2 HTRS Publications Committee members prior to submission. CanVECTOR members Dr. Marc Carrier and Dr. Deborah Siegal and members of the HTRS publication committee will participate in this "coached peer review" initiative.