Mini Med School

Mini Med School at the Child & Family Research Institute is a lecture series designed to engage the public in science and leading edge research by presenting a series of talks on health research.

First launched in 2003, CFRI’s Mini Med School is the third such initiative in Canada and the first in Western Canada. Each year, this popular event is open to senior high school students (to attend this event, students must be nominated by their science or career teacher) and members of the general public.

Each series occurs October-November and provides an overview of a particular field while exploring up-to-the-minute basic science research, its clinical applications, as well as social and ethical implications. Past series have explored infection, genetics, reproduction, diabetes, childhood development, neurosciences, epigenetics, sleep, neonatology, and clinical genomics.

High School Student?
Grade 12 students who attend at least five of the sessions are eligible to apply for a Mini Med School Summer Studentship.  A maximum of four studentships are awarded each year.  Awardees will work in the research lab of a Mini Med School faculty member for six weeks in July and August. Applications are distributed during Mini Med School and are due by the end of January.

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Video recordings of past education events, including Mini Med School, are available online. These may be useful for classes, or of interest to those who are unable to attend the CFRI education events.