Annual Research Day

Registration for Research Day 2021 is now closed. We’re happy to welcome back everyone to our in-person events.


COVID-19 Notifications: This event will be held in-person and on Zoom (ask for a link from, if you cannot attend in-person).

Vaccination passports and photo ID will be required to register and acquire name tags, raffle/drink tickets, etc. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place according to the policies of UBC and the BC government. Additional measures to ensure the safety and efficient coordination of the event may apply. All events will be in either the LSI West Atrium (capacity = 150) and LSC 1002 (Lecture Theatre 2, capacity – 200).

We are delighted to host Dr. Nada Jabado as our honoured external keynote speaker.

What is Research Day? Medical Genetics Research Day brings together students, staff, and faculty from all of our Vancouver lab locations to celebrate the high-caliber research in our department. Trainee posters will showcase the research projects of our students and post-doctoral fellows, and offer a platform for networking both with other research groups, as well as with the companies that support our valuable work. With the current province-wide status of the pandemic and vaccination efforts, we plan on returning to LSI for this year’s Research Day.

Poster Competition:  Genetic Counselling students; and MSc and PhD graduate students whose supervisors are Medical Genetics faculty, are encouraged to present their research with a poster and 5 minute talk and 5 minute question period format. Registered presenters are automatically entered to be judged for prizes offered in the junior, senior, and Genetic Counselling research categories.

Poster prizes will be given to 2 MEDG PhD students, 1 MEDG MSc student, and 1 GECN (Genetic Counselling) MSc student.

Undergraduates, post-doctoral fellows and medical residents with Medical Genetics research supervisors are welcome to present but are not eligible for prizes. Students from other programs may be given presentations depending on availability, but will not be eligible for awards.

Awards presented on Research Day:

  • Patricia Baird Prize recognizes excellence in Medical Genetics research by trainees.
  • James Miller Memorial Prize is awarded to a senior PhD student excelling in the areas of leadership and integration of basic science with clinical medical genetics.
  • Teaching Assistant Award is determined each year from students’ course evaluations. The award is presented to the Teaching Assistant who showed exceptional dedication to teaching, was consistently accessible, stimulated interest in the course, and communicated effectively during tutorials, on Connect, etc.
  • Faculty Teaching Award alternates between a clinical and basic science faculty researcher who has excelled in their teaching duties in the Department of Medical Genetics.