The next Gairdner High School Symposium will be scheduled for October 2021 at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute.

Sample Agenda: 

  • 8:30 - 9:15 am - Student registration at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • 9:15 am - Research lectures featuring renowned Garidner awardees
  • 10:40 am - Light refreshments
  • 11:00 am - Students will be assigned to smaller groups and have the opportunity to visit and interact with two different research teams on the Oak Street Campus. Due to the large number of participants, students will NOT have the opportunity to select activities. Activities will be randomly assigned. 

    The 2019 activities included: 
    • Cognitive Neuroscience - the Brain Mechanisms of Thoughts and Feelings
      Learn more about what happens in the human brain during daily processes such as thinking and feeling. Participants had the opportunity to see a 3D picture of the human brain and discover how playing games is used for research. 
    • Clinical Genomics: Diagnosing Rare Genetic Diseases
      Learn more about DNA sequencing to diagnose patients. Participants had the opportunity to work through a case study to match diseased genes to affected patient.
    • Of Mice and Men: A Look Inside the Huntington Disease Brain
      Learn more about how the  brain is affected in Huntington disease. Participants discovered how to use research model to study the disease and develop potential treatments. 
    • Body Composition Analysis.
      Participants uncovered the different techniques to measure body muscle and fat percentages and their uses in research.
    • Isolating DNA from White Blood Cells
      Learn more about the immune system of premature babies. Participants had the opportunity to isolate DNA from white blood cells.
    • Mock Vaccine Clinical Trial Study Visit
      Learn more about building the best vaccines and immunization programs possible. Participants went through a mock clinical trial visit and reviewed how to process blood samples. 
    • On DNA: Extraction and Genotyping
      Learn more about Pharmacogenomics. Participants had the opportunity to perform a DNA extraction and review tying genotypes to phenotypes.
    • An Immune Cell Symphony
      Learn more about how our immune system responds to threats. Participants used the Symphony Flow Cytometer to measure immune cell function and explored how the immune system peacekeepers can stop T cells from functioning. 
  • 1:00 pm - Students dismissed