• 8:30 am    Registration and Welcome Activity
    *Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Participants with food allergies or dietary 
    restrictions are encouraged to bring their own lunch*
  • 9:00 am     Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:15 am    Cytomegalovirus: the most dangerous virus nobody even knows they have
    CMV infects most human beings and hides within their body for life, usually without causing any symptoms at all. However, when a woman gets infected (or reinfected) with CMV during pregnancy, she can transmit it to her fetus, which is called congenital infection. About 1% of all babies born have congenital CMV infection, making it the most common congenital infection in the world, and a major cause of childhood deafness and intellectual disability. However, even these children usually don’t have obvious signs of CMV infection right away, and the cause of their neurologic problems is usually never diagnosed or even suspected. This presentation will teach you about this virus that you might even have, and how we are working to prevent it from harming hundreds of thousands of children every year. Presented by Dr. Soren Gantt
  • 10:00 am     Research Jeopardy
    Test your health sciences knowledge! This interactive game will let you work as a team to compete for prizes and gain more insight on the latest translational and clinical research topics. Presented by Caroline Illmann & Mimi Kuan

  • 10:30 am    Break
  • 10:40 am    Research Activities - Session #1
    Participants will be separated into groups of 20. Each student will get to participate in 2 different 20-minute activities as presenters switch between groups. Activities include:  
    • Urine Testing – What Can it Tell Us? - Urine can tell us a lot about a person’s health. Discover how urinalysis works by dipping a selection of “urine” samples, interpreting the results and matching the samples to the most likely patient history and diagnosis. Presented by Dr. Samantha Lang & Or Golan
    • Rate Your Taste - Our enjoyment of food is about more than how it tastes. Food perception is a multi-sensory experience which can be affected by sight, smell and texture. Take the taste test to explore how the appearance of food can change how we experience the food. Presented by Caroline Illmann & Mimi Kuan
    • Can You Evade the Flu? - Immerse yourself in the world of influenza! Examine flu transmission and discover the everyday skills scientists depend upon to assess whether you’re able to avoid being infected with the flu virus. Presented by Christine Wardell & Vivian Fung
    • Investigating our Sense of Sight - Learn how your eyes and brain work together! We will reveal your eyes’ blind spots, and trick your brain with some famous optical illusions. Presented by Yousef Shahin & Kevin Chang

  • 11:30 am    Lunch
  • 12:00 pm   Presentation - Saving babies from superbugs  
    Roughly 8% of babies in Canada are born early (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and infections are the leading cause of death in these fragile infants. While antibiotics save lives, these drugs need to be used judiciously. Excessive or inappropriate antibiotic use is linked to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms, also known as superbugs. Prolonged exposure to antibiotics among infants without strong clinical evidence of infection can lead led to other adverse health complications. 
    Presented by Dr. Joseph Ting
  • 12:30 pm    Research Activities - Session #2
    Like Session #1, participants will be separated into groups of 20. Each student will get to participate in 2 more 20-minute activities as listed above. 

  • 1:20 pm    Break

  • 1:30 pm    Who Wants to be a Health Scientist? 
    Challenge your assumptions about what it means to work in health sciences. This interactive game will give you a better idea of the day-to-day responsibilities of those working in the medical or research field. Presented by Dr. Samantha Lang & Or Golan

  • 2:00 pm    Health Pros Tell All - Career Panel
    Explore a variety of career opportunities and interact with health science experts. This discussion will be driven by participants, so prepare your questions! Moderated by Christine Wardell & Vivian Fung

    Panelists include - 
    Dr. Zohra Daw, Hematopathologist, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • 3:00 pm     Closing Remarks
  • 3:15 pm    Students Dismissed