• 8:45 am    Registration & Refreshments, Coffee/Tea & Pastries
    *Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Participants with any food allergies or dietary 
    restrictions are encouraged to bring their own lunch*
  • 9:15 am     Welcome & Introductions
    Presented by Jenny Morgan, Director, Indigenous Health, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
  • 9:30 am    Vaccines: How and why they work at a population level
    Presented by Dr. Julie Bettinger, Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Evaluation Center, UBC Department  of Pediatrics

    Take a closer look at what a vaccine is, how they work and uncover their impact on society. 

    And what about the zombie apocalypse? After the lecture, participants will be separated into smaller groups and discover how to calculate the reproductive rate for an infectious disease and the percent coverage needed to stop transmission. 

  • 10:20 am     Research Jeopardy
    Presented by Dr. Galen Wright, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC & Dr. Britt Drogemoller, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC

    Test your knowledge on health sciences and research! Lead by research trainees, this interactive game will give participants the opportunity to work as teams to compete for prizes and gain a better insight on the latest translational and clinical research to benefit the health of children and their families.

  • 10:50 am    Why are my periods painful?  Endometriosis and pelvic pain
    Presented by Dr. Paul Yong, Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital; Gynaecologist, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre; Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    Did you know Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive-age? It refers to tissue from inside of the uterus, growing outside of the uterus.  Endometriosis is a common cause of painful menstrual cramps, painful sexual activity, and difficulty conceiving.  Learn about how endometriosis causes pain, and how it is diagnosed and treated.
  • 11:30 am    Lunch, Sandwich Buffet 
    During lunch participants will have the opportunity to network with faculty speakers and participate in and selection of hands-on activities
    • Station #1 - Use a box trainer to practice the basic steps of laparoscopic surgery, which is used for the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. Presented by Ms. Natasha Orr, Graduate Student, UBC
    • Station #2 - Build your own microscope! Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution), pick up a Foldscope and discover how to bring hands-on microscopy to new places! Presented by the BCCHR Administration Team
    • Station #3 - How sensitive are you to bitter tastes? Take a taste test to find out how genetic variants influence your taste buds and apply this knowledge to other genetic traits. Presented by Dr. Britt Drogemoller, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC
    • Station #4 - Want to get a closer look at the fundamental code that forms the building blocks for all living things? Create your own DNA extraction kit and watch as the strands of DNA float to the surface. Presented by Dr. Galen Wright, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC
    • Station #5 - Come learn how meiosis helps to produce genetic diversity! Using yeast, you’ll track how a set of traits get distributed amongst the daughter cells following meiosis and identify if any of the traits are linked together, similar to how certain traits are often inherited together in humans. Presented by Alyssa Kirlin, Graduate Student, UBC
  • 12:30 pm    Health Includes Mental Health! Why what we feel (in our body) is connected to how we feel (our emotions)​
    Presented by Dr. Amrit Dhariwal, Investigator & Staff Psychologist, BC Children’s Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry

    For a long time, people thought physical health and mental health were two separate things. New research and thinking suggest that physical and mental health are deeply connected. This link is important for understanding the survival of our species, and also for how to treat human disease. Learn about the factors influencing the mind-body connection, and research being done to investigate whether emotionally focused treatments can improve a child’s physical well-being.

  • 1:00 pm    Reviewing Local Resources
    Learn more about youth mental health resources available locally
    Presented by Raj Chahal, Social Program Officer, Interior Health

  • 1:20 pm    Break
  • 1:30 pm    Health Pros Tell All - Career Panel
    Explore careers in health sciences. Invited panelists include local and community health partners: 
    • Joanna Norman, Registered Midwife, Interior Health
    • Chelsea Corsi, Wellness Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University
    • Mike Huitema, Store Owner/Pharmacist
    • Ms. Natasha Orr, UBC Graduate Student
    • Ms. Alyssa Kirlin, UBC Graduate Student
  • 2:15 pm     Closing Remarks