2018 International Gairdner Symposium

The Gairdner High School Symposium is a half-day event held each fall that gives secondary students and teachers the opportunity to hear from Gairdner award-winning scientists and attend a behind-the-scenes tour of BC Children’s Hospital’s research facilities.

Watch the video of the 2018 Gairdner High School Symposium: HERE

Time: 3:30- 6:00 pm, Monday, October 22, 2018

Venue: LSC2, Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Hosted by Dr.Michael Hayden, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia


Our 2018 Vancouver  Gairdner presenters will be:

1.Prof. Azim Surani

Recipient of the 2018 Canada Gairdner International Award

“For the discovery of mammalian genomic imprinting that causes parent-of-origin specific gene expression and its consequences for development and disease”

Director of Germline and Epigenetics Research, Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; Marshall-Walton Professor, University of Cambridge


2. Dr. Christopher Murray

Recipient of the 2018 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

“For ground-breaking work in conceptualizing and quantifying the Global Burden of Disease”

Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME); Professor of Global Health, University of Washington


Free general admission, no reserved seating.


Please see Gairdner Foundation for more information about the Gairdner Foundation.
Please see Gairdner Symposium at UBC for more information about the Vancouver symposium.
For inquiries – (604) 875-3823, skumaran@cmmt.ubc.ca
BCCHR Gairdner page

We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support in bringing some of the world’s top researchers to Vancouver to share their expertise and inspire students of all ages to pursue their scientific passions.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) and the Canada Gairdner Foundation, recognizing the world’s most creative and accomplished biomedical scientists who are advancing humanity and the world.

Upcoming Schedule

The next Gairdner High School Symposium is scheduled for October 2019 at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Student Registration

Grade 10-12 students from across the Lower Mainland are eligible to participate in the Gairdner High School Symposium but must be selected by a teacher to attend this event.



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