• 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 a better 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 work in table groups of 8. Each student will get to participate in 4 different 15-minute activities as presenters switch between tables. Activities include:  
    • Understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart - Discover how blood flows through the various chambers, valves and vessels while racing your team to label anatomical features and use a stethoscope to identify heart murmurs. Presented by Dr. Samantha Lang
    • Tackling Tough Topics - Learn about medical ethics! You will be presented with a tough scenario that doctors might face in the workplace. Navigate ethical concepts while working with your team to uncover the best approach to the situation. Presented by Or Golan
    • Decoding Your Genes - Explore how your genes can be deciphered while decoding DNA sequences to uncover a hidden message. Presented by Caroline Illmann
    • Blood Flow Modelling - Why is it important to eat healthy and be active? Investigate why these simple habits can lower your risk of acquiring a cardiovascular disease in the future while modelling the blood flow for a healthy and unhealthy blood vessel. Presented by Mimi Kuan
    • 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
    • Do you Have What it Takes to be a Dextrous Scientist? - Put your skills to the test with this fun relay race that will teach you the skills that scientists need to use in the lab every day. Presented by Vivian Fung
    • The Results Are In! We need your help to identify who's sick! Don a pathologist's lab coat and figure out who's infected based on blood test results. Presented by Christine Wardell 
    • Build your Own Microscope! - Designed to be extremely portable, durable and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes, pick up a Foldscope and discover how to bring hands-on microscopy to new places! Presented by Laura Christensen
  • 11:40 am    Lunch
  • 12:10 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
  • 12:40 pm    Research Activities - Session #2
    Like Session #1, participants will work in table groups of 8. Each student will get to participate in 4 more 15-minute activities as listed above. 

  • 1:40 pm    Break

  • 1:50 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

  • 2:10 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. Laura Arbour, Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital; Professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics; Affiliate Professor, UVic Division of Biomedical Services 

    Françoise Juneau, Nurse Practitioner, Island Health
  • 3:00 pm     Closing Remarks
  • 3:15 pm     Students Dismissed