Summer Student, Ontario Health Study - Toronto, Ontario
Position: Summer Student
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Ontario Health Study
Reports To: Executive Scientific Director, OHS
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 Hrs/week
Status: Full-time, Temporary
The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a summer student to work with the Ontario Health Study (OHS).
The role of the Summer Student will be to support the OHS Operations Team in the set-up and operation of the Ontario Health Study Assessment Centres, Participant Recruitment Strategies and any other Study-related projects.
The Summer Student’s place of work will primarily be at the OHS Office at the MaRS Heritage Building, Suite HL-20, 101 College Street, Toronto. However, the position may require visiting hospitals and institutions (e.g., academic institutions, health centres) for recruitment of OHS participants as part of a clinic-based recruitment initiative, accompanying Science Officers and Senior Staff to off-site meetings and participating with members of the Communications Team at community events.
The Ontario Health Study (OHS) is a population-based health research study that will serve as an integrated platform for investigating the complex interplay of environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors that increase individual and community risk of common adult diseases including cancer, vascular diseases, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, and neurological diseases. The Study has a strong focus on chronic disease, and on family and community health. It seeks to collect data from every consenting Ontario resident aged 18 years of age and older, a sampling frame of approximately 9.5 million people, through participation in an online questionnaire. Special efforts are being made to capture the ethnic, geographic and cultural diversity of Ontario. The intent is to follow participants both actively and via linked administrative health data for their entire lifespan. To augment the initial self-reported data collected at baseline with richer genetic and phenotypic data, the OHS Study Team is now proposing to collect comprehensive physical measures, an assessment of cognition, and biological samples from consenting participants at a downtown Toronto Assessment Centre and other Assessment Centres across Ontario.
The responsibilities include:
• Assisting with clinic-based recruitment initiative for the OHS in a number of Ontario hospitals
• Assisting in implementing, developing, evaluating and revising procedures, standard operating procedures and supporting documentation for the OHS Assessment Centres;
• Assisting with providing reports and other documents as necessary to the OHS Operations Team;
• Assisting with coordination and facilitation of the work of the OHS Working Groups, including scheduling meetings, note-taking, and following up on relevant action items;
• Assisting the Operations Team in the preparation of research protocols, submissions to a research ethics board and other documents as required;
• Performing literature and jurisdictional reviews as directed by the Operations Team;
• Assisting the OHS Communication Team members in attending community events, organizing meetings and preparing meeting materials;
• Attending internal OHS staff and one-on-one meetings to inform on progress of various and
• Other duties as directed.
• Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in biostatistics, epidemiology, or other quantitative health or social science discipline.
OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.
Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.
For more information about OICR, please visit the website .
POSTED DATE: February 13, 2013
CLOSING DATE: March 15, 2013
OICR has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.
The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.
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