Research Day

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Our main department forum reflecting our research profile is our Annual Research Day and the Henderson Lecture. Research Day is an opportunity for trainees (medical students, residents, graduate students, fellows, and post-doctoral fellows) to present their research to the department. Each year the program includes podium and breakout presentations by trainees. Also included in the program is the Henderson Lecture, presented by a prominent leader in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Trainees are judged on their presentations and the JW Knox Ritchie Research Awards are presented for best abstract/presentation by trainee category (view criteria). 

About Research Day

Research Day is an annual event within our department that showcases research projects from our trainees in both podium and breakout presentations. Topics will cover a range of subjects within Obstetrics and Gynaecology field, with over 100 abstracts typically presented. The full day event celebrates the tremendous research in our department and is a great way to support our trainees.

Join us on Friday, May 3, 2024!  

Conference Details  

When: Friday, May 3, 2024 
Where:  Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street Simpson, tower 8th floor, Toronto 


This is an all-day event. The full schedule is coming soon.  


Am I eligible?

In order to present at Research Day, trainees must follow the below requirements:  

  • The first/presenting author must:   
    • be a trainee (clinical fellow, resident, post-doctoral fellow, graduate student, summer/undergraduate student) of a research supervisor affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto (U of T);  The supervisor can be a primary or cross-appointed Ob-Gyn faculty member at U of T.  
    • be the primary author of the research, and have performed the majority of the research to be presented.  
  • The first/presenting author must attend Research Day and present the work.  
    • Trainees are allowed to submit one abstract as the first/presenting author with the following exception: A trainee may submit more than one abstract if: 
      • The submitted abstracts are on unrelated projects, AND  
      • The supervisory teams are different.   
  • Only the first author of a research abstract may present in-person on Research Day
  • If a trainee’s work is completed or sufficiently advanced, we encourage them to consider requesting a podium presentation. Podium presentations are limited in number and the abstracts of all those who wish to be considered will be reviewed by the research committee-at-large. This option should be discussed and supported by the trainee’s research supervisor.  Please note that only one trainee of a given supervisor can be selected for a podium presentation.

How do I submit my abstract?

 Step 1 – Register for the Event  

Step 2 – Submit Your Abstract  

Abstract formats available this year: 

Podium Presentations:

These are 8-minute powerpoint presentations followed by a 5-minute Q&A session to be presented to all attendees in the main room at research day. These presentations are limited in number and the abstracts of those who wish to be considered will be reviewed and selected by the research committee-at-large.

Breakout Presentations:

This year, we are introducing an alternative to traditional research posters. Presenters will be asked to provide a limited number of powerpoint slides that they will use to deliver a  5-minute powerpoint presentation, which will be followed by a 3-minute Q&A session. These presentation will occur in breakout sessions.

Video Abstract Guidelines:

  • More than one video may be submitted by a trainee or faculty member; however, only one video will be selected per author.
  • All video presentations must be edited and narrated on the audio track in English.
  • A video summary must accompany the submission, not to exceed 150 words.
  • Hospital protocol for video recording with patient consent must have been followed.
  • Productions must be no longer than 8 minutes in duration and include titles and a narrative
  • Submissions must be the work of an Ob-Gyn faculty member or trainee


The abstract submission portal will close on Monday, January 29, 2024 at 11:59 pm. All abstracts must be submitted before this deadline.     

If you have questions about submitting an abstract, contact us at  


Faculty and trainees associated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology are welcome to attend our Research Day!  

There is no fee to attend Research Day, but we do require advance registration.  



What is the Henderson Lecture?  

The D. Nelson Henderson Lectureship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was established in 1965 through the generosity of the Henderson family in honour of Dr. Donald Nelson Henderson, a highly respected clinician-scientist and eminent member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Toronto General Hospital from 1930-1965. This lecture is an important part of Research Day, providing attendees with a look at new and emerging research. 


Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology  
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto   
123 Edward St., Suite 1200  
Toronto, ON M5G 1E2  



Past Research Days

To view information about previous Research Days, click on the links below: