Gairdner High School Symposium

The Gairdner High School Symposium is a half-day event held each fall that gives secondary students and teachers the opportunity to hear from Gairdner
award-winning scientists and health science experts, and attend a behind-the-scenes tour of BC Children's Hospital's research facilities. This event is hosted in conjunction with the Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT).

Schedule -

The next International Gairdner Symposium is scheduled for October 2018 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute.

Agenda -
8:30 am

Student registration
9:00 am

Research lectures featuring renowed Garidner awardees
10:30 am

Lab activities

Participate - 

Students across the Lower Mainland are eligible to register to participate. For more information refer to the Student Registration guidelines.

It is important to note that BC Children's Hospital is a working health care research facility. While onsite, students will be encouraged to participate in supervised research activities and should be comfortable around a variety of samples and specimens in a clinical laboratory environment. 

To ensure the safety of those onsite all participants must meet the minimum requirements for Personal Protective Equipment, this includes pants (skirts, long socks, nylons and leggings are not appropriate) and closed-toed shoes (sandals and mesh shoes are not appropriate).

A big thanks to everyone who helped make the 2016 Gairdner High School Symposium a success!

While onsite participants had the opportunity to hear presentations from Gairdner award-winning scientists Dr. Frank Plummer & Dr. Lewis Cantley, as well as participate in a selection of the following activities -


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