CanHepC is dedicated to provide transdisciplinary training and mentorship to accelerate the development of critically needed capacity in HCV research.  

CanHepC is building on the achievements of the National CIHR Research training program in Hepatitis C (NCRTP-HepC), established in 2003, to train the next generation of researchers in all areas related to HCV in Canada using a multidisciplinary approach.  Since 2003, a total of 71 trainees and 46 summer students have benefited from the program and their success is recognized worldwide.  Some of them became leaders in the field and have now come full circle as independent investigators and co-applicants of this network (J. Grebely, S. Sagan and R. Thein).  

The existing NCRTP-HepC curriculum and trainees is now completely integrated into and remain a central focus of the CanHepC. The CanHepC training program offers:

1.TRAINEE FELLOWSHIPS

To foster the development of a new generation of highly skilled researchers, CanHepC offers trainees fellowships at key career transition points: Summer students, Graduate students; Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellows.  We expect to train 50 summer students, 10 graduate students and 10 fellows over the next 5 years. New trainees are recruited annually through an open competition. To qualify for a CanhepC fellowship, trainees have to work on a project relevant to the network research themes and be supervised by one or more of the network researchers with academic appointments authorized by their institution to supervise trainees. Interdisciplinary supervision is encouraged. The program also supports the development of community-based researchers.

To learn more about the CanHepC fellowships application criteria and how to apply please visit the Fellowships page.

2.MENTORSHIP ACTIVITIES

CanHepC offers a structured mentorship program for its trainees. Proposed mentoring activities and the transdisciplinary training environment is a key criteria during evaluation of new applicants. CanHepC links each new recruit with a senior trainee in a “buddy” system to facilitate networking and collaboration across disciplines. Trainees and mentors participate in CanHepC activities, providing annual progress reports, poster presentations, and attending the annual meeting that includes mentor-mentee progress assessment with the Training Core. We also partner with the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) in a series of periodic workshops aimed at career development in the field of infectious and liver diseases throughout Canada.

3.CURRICULUM

A structured curriculum is delivered throughout the year via web-based activities and videoconferences. Trainees are required to take part in this curriculum. For more details please visit the Curriculum page.

4.PROMOTION OF COLLABORATIONS, VISIBILITY & KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION

CanHepC promotes collaboration across disciplines in a number of ways. Trainees are required to attend the CanHepC annual meeting where they can exchange with members and affiliates from various organizations. They are also required to submit abstracts and present posters at the Canadian Symposium on HCV. They are offered travel awards to do an elective or to attend international meetings. Community members have opportunities to impart knowledge and offer training to new investigators and to improve their own scientific literacy and research skills relevant to HCV through participation in network activities and seminars.