The next Research Open House is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020 from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute.

2020 Agenda 

  • 8:45 am - Student registration at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • 9:20 am - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Social Behaviour Development: Role of Oxytocin and the Environment
    Presented by Dr. Parker J. Holman, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences; Session moderated by Phillip Richmond, PhD Candidate, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics 

    Presentation description: Of the cognitive, physiological and behavioural impairments associated with prenatal alcohol exposure documented in the clinical and pre-clinical literature, lifelong social behavior deficits serve as a unifying feature across the entire continuum of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Social behavior deficits emerge early in development and become more pronounced prior to and during adolescence, when the transition to a more complex social environment may exacerbate existing social behavior impairments. Dr. Holman’s presentation will focus on social behavior development and its underlying neurobiology during adolescence using a well-established animal model of PAE. Moreover,
    Dr. Holman will provide an overview for students interested in research for strategies to get involved with and contribute to research projects at the university level.

    About the speaker: Parker Holman is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Joanne Weinberg at UBC. His research focuses on investigating social behavior and its underlying neurobiology during the key developmental period of adolescence. In particular, Dr. Holman is interested in understanding the role of oxytocin and vasopressin - two proteins produced in the hypothalamus - in mediating social behavior development, especially in the context of prenatal alcohol exposure. Dr. Holman previously completed his PhD at UBC and a MSEd in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College at the City University of New York. Prior to beginning his PhD, Dr. Holman taught high school science in New York City for several years, and is still very interested in science education and outreach.

  • 10:15 am - Students will be assigned to smaller groups and have the opportunity to visit and interact with three different research teams on the Oak Street Campus.

    Due to the large number of participants, students will NOT have the opportunity to select activities. Activities will be randomly assigned. 

    The 2019 activities included:
    • Using blood to understand immune responses in premature babies
    • Using fruit flies to understand how our body deals with environmental stress
    • Wheat DNA extraction experiment
    • Determining protein concentration using colorimetric assay
    • An exploration of clinical research in pediatric orthopaedic surgery
    • Biomedical signal analysis
    • Using next-generation sequencing to diagnosis rare disease
    • DNA jigsaws: genomic research using your laptop
    • The proof is in your DNA: Paternity testing using gel electrophoresis
    • Growth factor regulation of metastatic properties of high-risk endometrial cancers
    • Natural killer cells in pregnancy: friends or foes?
    • Blood components
    • Participating in vaccine research – the research process for a visit from start to finish
    • Determining energy requirements in humans
    • Tools for determining body composition
  • 12:00 pm - Students dismissed