Scientists have developed a molecular “clock” that could reshape how pediatricians measure and monitor childhood growth and potentially allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders. The research, published this week in PNAS, describes how the addition of chemical tags to DNA over time can potentially be used to screen for developmental differences and health problems in children.
What is Mini Med School?
The goal of Mini Med School is to expose students to the latest in biomedical and clinical research through lectures, live demonstrations and hands on experience that inspires and motivates further learning.
Held outside the classroom, we want students to experience health research first-hand and to see it as a realistic, inspirational possibility for their future careers.
Hosted by the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, the Mini Med School faculty includes world-class researchers affiliated with BC Children Hospital, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre and the University of British Columbia.
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When is it?
- Kamloops - Mini Med School will be held at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre on Monday, May 6 | Schedule
- Williams Lake - Mini Med School will be held at the Williams Lake Ramada on Tuesday, May 7 | Schedule
21 Mini Med School program have been held at BC Children's Hospital since 2003. In 2017 this award-winning science education program expanded beyond the Lower Mainland for the first time to Terrace BC. Where to next? We want to give as many communities as possible the opportunity to hear about exciting medical discoveries, interact with award winning scientists and explore a variety of careers in science and health research. Mini Med School will be on the road for years to come!
Who should attend?
Grade 10-12 students who have a passion for health science and research.
Participants will examine leading-edge research and engage in critical thinking about scientific approaches and findings that have impact on the lives of Canadians.
Teachers are invited, but not required to attend. Each year a limited number of seats are also reserved for the public.
Is funding available for transportation?
We are working with our community partners to secure transportation funding for students outside the city. If your school would like to learn more about this opportunity please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do students register?
Admission to Mini Med School is free but space is limited.
Students interested in attending Mini Med School must be Nominated by a teacher to attend. Students cannot register themselves.
Each school can register a maximum of 10 students. Additional students will be added to the wait-list and have the opportunity to attend if capacity allows.