Welcome to the COVID-19 Immunology Consortium-BC Trainee Group

The COVID-19 Immunology Consortium-BC (CIC-BC) Trainee Group provides a space for students and trainees who are interested in infectious disease immunology to learn and connect with peers from various sites across the province.

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What's the TEA?

Each month we'll host a Trainee Engagement Activity (TEA) so you can keep a pulse on current research in the field from those who are on the ground: you! Each virtual event will feature student/trainee presentations with time for questions, discussion and networking.

We are hosting Trainee Engagement Activities (TEA) each month for students & trainees in BC with an interest in infectious disease immunology. Benefits include: Keep a pulse on current research, win prizes,  connect with peers across the province.

Upcoming events

April 13, 2022 from 12-1 PST

Stay tuned to find out who our speakers are at the upcoming event! Want it to be you? Click the 'submit an abstract' button below.

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Why should I participate?

We understand that presentations can be nerve wracking and stressful! These events provide an informal and relaxed setting where folks can increase their exposure, receive feedback from peers and/or PIs, make connections within the research community, and expand their CV. As a small thank you for your large contribution to CIC-BC community, we will provide a $25 gift card to all presenters.

How can I participate?

These events are open to all CIC-BC members (Not a member? Join here for free). We are accepting abstracts on a rolling basis. Please see the chart below for submission deadlines based on the event date. Abstracts will be reviewed by the CIC-BC Trainee Planning Committee and accepted abstracts will be notified within 3 days of submission deadline.


Event date
(from 12-1pm)
Submission deadline
April 13, 2022 March 21, 2022
May 11, 2022 April 18, 2022
June 8, 2022 May 16, 2022
July 13, 2022 June 20, 2022
August 10, 2022  July 18, 2022


We are seeking abstract submissions for the following presentation styles:

Journal Club

Present a peer reviewed article (~20 minutes) that is relevant to your project(s) or of general interest. This provides an opportunity for students/trainees who do not yet have data but would like to bring forward literature that supports their work. Highly encouraged for new trainees!

Work in Progress Presentations

Present your work (~20 minutes) in an informal and open environment to receive feedback from peers. Your presentation does not need to be perfect – a working copy is excellent! We hope to foster discussions among peers to help improve each other’s work.

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Previous events

March 2022

Prognostic peripheral blood biomarkers at ICU admission predict COVID-19 clinical outcomes

  • Melina Messing, MSc

The PREVENT COVID study, a prospective study evaluating COVID-19 vaccine-elicited immunity in adults aged 19 years and above in British Columbia

  • Gabrielle Gaultier, PhD
  • Brynn McMillan, MSc


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