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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 mjgallan@ucalgary.ca. 

Upcoming Lectures:

March 6, 2017

Presenters: Dr. Marie-Claire Arrieta & Dr. Kathy McCoy
Topic: Kids and Their Microbiome
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Dr. Marie Claire Arrieta

Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD is a new assistant professor at the University of Calgary in Canada. She has been studying intestinal microbiology and immunology for the past 10 years. Her recent study connecting asthma in very young babies to missing key intestinal bacterial species was deemed a breakthrough in the field and was reported by dozens of news outlets around the world in 2015. Arrieta has been published in leading scientific journals such as Gastroenterology, PNAS, and Science Translational Medicine. She spends her busy days juggling between experiments, science writing, kindergarten pick-ups, and play dates for her two young children.

Dr. Kathy McCoy

Dr. Kathy McCoy is a mucosal immunologist and microbiome researcher with the University of Calgary. She is interested in the dynamic interplay between the gut microbiota and the innate and adaptive immune systems. Using germ-free and gnotobiotic animal models together with human translational studies her research aims to understand how exposure to intestinal microbes early in life educates and regulates the developing immune system and how this impacts on susceptibility to immune-mediated diseases, such as allergy and autoimmunity, later in life.

April 3, 2017

Presenters: Dr. Craig Jenne & Dr. Jim Kellner
Topic: Vaccines
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Dr. Craig Jenne

Dr. Craig Jenne is the Scientific Director of the Snyder Translational Lab in Critical Care Medicine, a position that allows him to work directly with Clinicians and Researchers on human clinical studies. He also has a faculty appointment within the department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Calgary and is continuing his work using intravital microscopy to study the early innate immune response to viral and bacterial infections.

Dr. Jim Kellner

Dr. Jim Kellner is a pediatrician and subspecialist in pediatric infectious diseases. Currently, he is Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary and Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services. He is also Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. His research interests are in the field of vaccine preventable infections including, in particular, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningiditis and influenza.

May 1, 2017

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

June 5, 2015

Presenters: TBA
Topic: TBA

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 www.snyder.ucalgary.ca or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.