Discoveries in Diabetes: A Century of Innovation

Join us virtually for Mini Med School 2021 as we commemorate scientific achievements in diabetes research. Together we will explore the remarkable discovery of insulin, advances and innovative therapies in diabetes treatment, diabetes’ impact on the immune system, and the personal impacts of living with diabetes.

Did you know 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin? Discovered by researchers Sir Frederick G. Banting & Dr. Charles H. Best in 1921, this remarkable innovation has transformed the lives of millions of people with diabetes around the world. One hundred years later and insulin is still one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of all time. More Information.

In a series of presentations hosted by Mini Med School Deans Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos & Dr. Francis Lynn, you'll have the opportunity to: 

  • Learn about the newest discoveries and innovations in diabetes research 

  • Virtually interact with world-class scientists and health professionals

  • Explore the diverse careers available in science and medicine


Mini Med School 2021 will be hosted online in October. Each night will feature lectures by scientific leaders, followed by a question period. 

Session #1: Wednesday, October 6 - Diabetes Basics

Speakers: TBA
Session Dean: Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos

Session #2: Wednesday, October 13 - Celebrating 100 Years of Insulin

Speakers: TBA
Session Dean: Dr. Francis Lynn

Session #3: Wednesday, October 20 - Diabetes & the Immune System

Speakers: TBA
Session Dean: Dr. Francis Lynn

Session #4: Wednesday, October 17 - Innovative Therapies in Diabetes

Speakers: TBA
Session Dean: Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos

Interested in participating?

Mini Med School is transitioning to an all virtual learning platform. Participation is free, but participants will require access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and a stable internet connection. 

Virtual attendees across BC will now have two ways to participate in Mini Med School 2021: 

  • Mini Med School Live: Engage with researchers and clinicians at BC Children's Hospital in real-time! Participation is restricted to BC students from grades 10-12. Interested students must be nominated by a teacher to participate. To maximize interactions between students and presenters, only 200 students will be enrolled.
  • Mini Med School On-Demand: Participate when it works for you. Registration is open to everyone. A maximum of 300 participants will be enrolled in the program.
  • Mini Med School strives to empower youth and promote an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Further space is available for Mini Med School Live and Mini Med School On-Demand for BC students from grades 10-12 who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. Teachers or the students will be asked to self-identify as Indigenous on the registration or nomination form.

Only interested in watching a single session? By late November, all sessions will be posted on the BCCHR website's Video Library for anyone to access.

Why is Mini Med School online when students are back in the classroom? Mini Med School is typically held in-person at BC Children’s Hospital in space shared by our healthcare teams. In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our hospital community, the decision was made to focus on virtual learning for 2021. We hope to welcome students back to BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute in 2022.  

Mini Med School is supported by BC Children's Hospital Foundation. If you have any questions please contact

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