The Gairdner High School Symposium is a half-day event held each fall that gives secondary students and teachers the opportunity to interact with Gairdner award-winning scientists and BC Children's Hospital researchers.
This event is hosted in conjunction with the Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) and the Canada Gairdner Foundation, recognizing the world’s most creative and accomplished biomedical scientists who are advancing humanity and the world.
The next Gairdner High School Symposium is scheduled virtually for Monday, October 18, 2021, 8:30 - 11:00 am.
- 8:30 am - Welcome & Introduction
- 8:35 am - Research Presentations
Featuring presentations by:
Dr. Mary-Claire King, Recipient of the 2021 Canada Gairdner International Award
American Cancer Society Professor; Department of Medicine and Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA; Affiliate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Dr. Daniel J. Drucker, Recipient of the 2021 Canada Gairdner International Award
Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health, Toronto, Ontario
- 9:30 am - Research Jeopardy
A classic game show with a twist! This interactive game will let you compete for prizes and put your classroom knowledge to the ultimate test.
- 9:45 am - Break
15 minute wellness break. Time to reset your focus and reenergize!
- 10:00 am - Research a Researcher
Explore a variety of career opportunities and interact with health science experts. This discussion will be driven by participants, so get your questions ready!
- Dr. Bruce Verchere, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics Academic Affiliations; Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC; Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
- 10:55 am - Closing Remarks
Interested in Participating?
The 2021 Gairdner High School Symposium is transitioning to an all virtual learning platform. Participation is free, but participants will require access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and a stable internet connection.
Participation is restricted to BC students from grades 10-12. Interested students must be nominated by a teacher to participate. To maximize interactions between students and presenters, only 150 students will be enrolled.
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute strives to empower youth and promote an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Further space is available for BC students from grades 10-12 who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. Teachers, with the permission of the student, will be asked to self-identify students as Indigenous on the registration or nomination form.
Why is the 2021 Gairdner High School Symposium online when students are back in the classroom? The Gairdner High School Symposium is typically held in-person at BC Children’s Hospital in space shared by our healthcare teams. In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our hospital community, the decision was made to focus on virtual learning for 2021. We hope to welcome students back to BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute in 2022.
Video recordings of past education events, including these lectures, are available online. These may be useful for classes, or of interest to those who are unable to attend events.