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Mini Medical School

Mini-Medical School is designed for members of the general public who are interested in learning more about chronic diseases and topics such as Allergies, Concussions, Vaccines, Immune Deficiencies, Precision Medicine, the Microbiome, Women's Issues, and Environmental Exposures.

You won’t graduate with a medical degree after attending our Mini-Medical School series but you will gain more insight to healthy living and chronic diseases.

There are no pre-requisites to attend these lectures and they are open to the public from high school students to retirees. Each lecture will combine basic science with real life clinical situations in order to give Calgarians a better understanding of the effects of chronic diseases on the body. Each presenter is highly respected in their field of research, and is a current member of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases at the Cumming School of Medicine with the University of Calgary.

There is no cost to attend a lecture but online registration is required. We look forward to seeing you at our lectures.

Mini-Medical School will take place one Monday evening a month from 6:30-8:45pm.  All Mini-Medical sessions will be held in the Libin Theatre at the Foothills Campus, Cumming School of Medicine with the University of Calgary. The closest parking lot to the Health Sciences Science where the Libin Theatre is located is Lot 6.

To listen to past lectures please click here. 

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Maria Gallant, Operations Coordinator at 403-220-4132 or 

Upcoming Lectures:

May 1, 2017

Presenters: Dr. Gregg Nelson & Dr. Laura Sycuro
Topic: Women’s Health and the Microbiome
Register Here

Dr. Gregg Nelson

Dr. Gregg Nelson is a gynecologic cancer surgeon at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Chair of the Provincial Gynecologic Oncology Tumour Team. His research interests include finding ways to enhance HPV vaccination rates in First Nations people and also methods to improve recovery after surgery

Dr. Laura Sycuro

Dr. Laura Sycuro is an Assistant Professor in the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and founding member of the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre. The broad goal of her interdisciplinary research program is to harness the microbiome to promote maternal and child health.

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.