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Institute-wide Educational Activities

Snyder Endowed Chair Seminar Series

This seminar series hosted by Snyder members holding endowed chairs features distinguished basic and clinician scientists at the top of their fields of research. Seminars are held on the last Friday of each month from September to June. Visiting speakers are also requested to meet with faculty members and trainees. For more information, please contact seminar series organizer Dr. May Ho at

Click here for the full list of speakers for the 2016-2017 Endowed Chairs Seminar Series

Snyder Research Day

This annual event showcases research achievements of Snyder members in the preceding year. A keynote speaker is also invited. For more information, please contact Research Day organizer Dr. May Ho at

Student Research Day

This annual event is organized by graduate students under the supervision of Dr. Donna Marie McCafferty to provide a forum to showcase their research and to acquire experience in scientific presentation. Abstracts are selected for oral or poster presentation by a student committee with faculty input. Faculty members act as judges for best oral and poster presentations.

Professional Development Day

This annual event is held off-site by the Institute to provide professional development for trainees with regard to career options (both academic and non-academic), resume development, presentation skills, interviewing skills etc.  Topics are driven by student interests/requests through a student committee. This years professional development day will be taking place June 14th, 2016 at the University of Calgary downtown campus. To register, please email A full agenda will be added at a later date. 

Snyder Partnered Seminar Series

Funds can be requested for speakers invited by, and catering to, a niche group within the Institute who also have a somewhat broader appeal to Institute members. A maximum of $1,500 would be available for any single visit with the remaining costs covered by partnering sources.  Examples of partnering sources would be, leaders in medicine programme, departmental sources, graduate studies support for a PhD external examiner.  This programme would also cater to individuals who may have committed to a meeting in Banff and could stop over for a day in Calgary. Applications should be submitted at least 2 months prior to the event and will be reviewed on an ad hoc basis.

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.