Careers in Scientific Communication


Date - 12/06/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Medical Science Building, Room 2170, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON

Careers in Scientific Communication

Thinking about a career in science communication? If so, join us on June 12th to learn about this field. This is our last career seminar of the year so don’t miss out!

Date: Monday, June12th, 2017
Time: 5:50- 8:00 pm
Location: Medical Sciences Building (1 King’s College Circle), Room 2170 – Please use the building entrance by Tim Hortons (other entrances are locked after 6 pm).

5:50 – 6:00 pm  Registration
6:00 – 6:05 pm  Welcome remarks and guest introductions
6:05 – 7:05 pm   Guest presentations
7:05 – 7:30 pm   Collective Q & A
7:30 – 8:00 pm   Networking

Light refreshments will be provided.




Betty Zou, PhD
Communications officer at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI)

Betty Zou is a communications officer at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) where she has been working since 2015 to promote the research of SRI scientists. Her primary role is to translate complex scientific research into compelling and scientifically accurate narratives for lay readers. She has written stories for SRI’s website, newsletters and annual print magazine. Prior to joining Sunnybrook, Betty honed her writing skills at Eat, Read, Science, a science blog she founded in 2014.

Betty received her B.Sc. from Western University in 2008 and her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2014. She completed her graduate studies in the department of molecular genetics where she studied the role of a translation factor in Salmonella pathogenesis and stress response. You can also find Betty on Twitter (@BisousZou) tweeting about her favourite things: science, food, global health and antimicrobial resistance.



Shaalee Sone, PhD
Outreach Intern at the Ontario Brain Institute

Dr. Shaalee Sone is an enthusiastic science communicator. She has written for both professional and lay audiences on a broad range of scientific topics. Over her academic career she co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications, 54 abstracts, and 1 book chapter, and presented at dozens of international conferences. For 3 years she was a Science Writer for the University Health Network’s ORT Times, covering cutting-edge research coming out of the network.

She is passionate about sparking the public’s interest in science by making it understandable and relatable. To this end she created part of an award-winning, internationally-travelling stem cell exhibit with the Stem Cell Network and The Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science, and has organized community events to bring awareness to genetic screening in the Ashkenazi Jewish population.

Dr. Sone’s research has focused on stem cells. She completed her BSc in Biochemistry at York University, and her MSc and PhD at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is an Outreach Intern at the Ontario Brain Institute. In her spare time she is an explorer of both land and water as a cyclist and scuba diver.



Benoit Liegault, PhD
Medical Editor at Klick Inc.

Since December 2015, Benoit Liegault has been a Medical Editor at Klick Inc., a digital communications agency specialized in healthcare for the US market. His role includes proofreading, editing, and fact checking communication materials for patients and healthcare professionals, as well as the preparation and submission of these materials for medical, legal and regulatory review.

Prior to Klick, Benoit was a Research Scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, where he was investigating new methods for the synthesis of medicinally relevant targets, authoring over 15 research articles and reviews. Benoit obtained a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Rennes, France.



Vince Azhikannickal, PhD
Medical Editor, Klick Health

Vince currently works in the editorial/medical communications department of Klick Health, a Toronto-based pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing agency specializing in digital media. Klick develops campaigns and concepts for healthcare professionals and consumers to raise awareness of diseases and promote new treatments. As a medical editor, he reviews these promotional materials for scientific accuracy and regulatory compliance and guides these materials through each pharmaceutical company’s in-house materials approval process. Before coming to Klick Health, he was at McMaster University completing a PhD on mechanisms of enzymatic and non-enzymatic N-glycoside hydrolysis in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.



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