HQP Capacity-Building Events

AllerGen Trainee Symposium  | AllerGen Poster Competition.

AllerGen Trainee Symposium

Past symposia: 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

12th AllerGen Trainee Symposium:

May 2-4, 2018, in the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB

Program | Application form

This annual symposium provides a unique, value-added professional development opportunity for HQP to complement their academic and scientific training. The event aims to foster networking and collaboration among trainees and young professionals with a shared interest in allergy and asthma research and/or clinical practice.

Symposia topics are varied designed to enhance professional development and soft skills including: communications, critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking, time management, career planning, mentoring, interviewing, knowledge translation, media relations, ethics and grant writing.

Travel and accommodation costs of registered participants are covered by AllerGen. Registration is limited.


AllerGen Poster Competition

2018 Call for Poster Abstracts: see details below

Past Competitions:

20172016-Oct2016-Jun20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

AllerGen’s annual Trainee Poster Competition places the Network’s student research “front and centre,” offering trainees the opportunity to showcase their work and receive feedback from leading clinicians and scientists. Since 2005, more than 350 trainee posters have been presented and adjudicated.

Next competition: to be held in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) (September 12-16, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: June 29, 2018

The CSACI-AllerGen Abstract Competition is open to AllerGen trainees and members of the AllerGen Students and New Professionals Network (ASNPN), as well as CSACI Residents and Fellows-in-Training, Medical Students, and Allied Health Professionals interested in presenting allergic disease research findings.


Abstracts must present a clear, concise summary of the work and must be submitted via the link provided below; the accompanying forms must be submitted at the same time by email to info@csaci.ca, as per the submission steps listed below.


Step 1. Complete the online Abstract Submission form;

Step 2. Download and complete the Consent to Publish form (a link to this is also provided in the online Abstract Submission form);

Step 3. Download and complete the Author & Co-Author Disclosure Form (a link to this is also provided in the online Abstract Submission form);

Step 4. Upload your abstract in PDF format, via the online Abstract Submission form (there is an interface at bottom to upload files);

Step 5: Digitally sign the online Abstract Submission form and click “Submit;” and

Step 6: Immediately email your completed Disclosure form(s) and Consent to Publish form to info@csaci.ca.

The CSACI and AllerGen will award prizes for the top poster/presentation in six abstract categories: Case Reports, Immunology, Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis, Allergic Rhinitis/Asthma, Other Allergy/Immunology and Allied Health.

All approved and accepted abstracts will be posted in the CSACI Meeting App and published in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology (AACI), the official journal of CSACI.

Abstracts will be made available through the CSACI meeting app. Paper copies will be available onsite at a cost of $20.00.

To withdraw an abstract, you must send written notification to info@csaci.ca on or before Friday, June 29, 2018.

“The Trainee Poster Competition was a unique experience where I had the opportunity to present my research findings to both clinical and basic science researchers. I received very useful advice that I can take back and apply to my research.”

Amrit Singh, PhD (c), Experimental Medicine
The University of British Columbia


L to R: Laura Feldman, Elizabeth Simms, Cynthia Kanagaratham and Emma Griffiths at the 2016 Competition


L to R: UBC’s Yolanda Yang, Dr. Scott Tebbutt, Dr. Amrit Singh and Young Woong Kim at the 2016 Competition


Laura Feldman faces off with the KT poster judges at the 2016 Competition

Jasemine Yang at the 2015 Competition

Jasemine Yang at the 2014 Competition

For more information, please contact:

Leah Graystone
Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) and Events Coordinator
AllerGen NCE Inc.
(905) 525-9140 x 26633