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The 2nd Annual Tri-Cluster Research Day

Join us for a Research Day focused on the Future of Health

November 4th, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:30pm, Online


Discover various research activities conducted by students and trainees from some of UBC’s Research Excellence Clusters. Students from the Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease, Women's Health and Biomedical Imaging and AI clusters will present posters that address the Future of Health.

Join us for a virtual morning of multi-disciplinary exploration as our students address pressing questions around the future of health.

The day will include:

  • Virtual Poster presentations exhibiting students’ work
  • Virtual Lightning-Round presentations by the top 10 abstracts
  • Brainstorming Session for UBC Health's HIFI Award

Why should you participate?

The goal of our Tri-Cluster Research Day is to provide a setting for faculty and students to identify current research projects that relate to their work and facilitate the co-creation of new research ideas.

Research Day will:

  • provide an opportunity for you to explain your research and gain valuable feedback;
  • hone your skills in writing an abstract and strengthen your presentation skills;
  • give you a chance to practice communicating your research to a diverse group of people;
  • Let you meet potential collaborators and network with peers.


Abstracts will be judged by professors from all three clusters. The top 10 will be invited to present their research in a 5 minute lightning talk. 

Lightning Round Talks
10:15am - 10:20am

Eric Brace, Integrative Oncology

"Preliminary design of wide-field endoscopic imager for gastric cancer screening"

10:20am - 10:25am

Amanda Chueng, Neuroscience

"Monitoring spinal cord oxygenation and perfusion after spinal cord injury using near-infrared spectroscopy"

10:25am - 10:30am 

Mel Cevizci, Psychology 

"Previous parity and APOE4 genotype are associated with inefficient search strategies in middle age: Implicationg for aging and Alzheimers Disease"

10:30am - 10:35am

Erik Lamoureux, Mechanical Engineering 

"Red Blood Cell Deformability Image Classification Using Deep Learning"

10:35am - 10:40am

Tanvi Puri, Psychology

"Rapid Effects of 17B-Estradiol on Cell Signaling Pathways in the Dorsal and Ventral Hippocampus"

10:40am - 10:45am

Ian Janzen, Integrative Oncology 

"Sub-cm Lung Nodule Malignancy Diagnosis via Radiomics and LDCT Images using a Multi-Input Deep Learning Classifier"

10:45am - 10:50am

Christine Anderl, Psychology

"Adolescent oral contraceptive use and future major depressive disorder"

10:50am - 10:55am 

Jessica Khangura, Psychiatry

"Analysis of brain networks evoked during an executive function task in schizophrenia patients"

10:55am - 11:00am

Travis Hodges, Psychology

"Sex and age differences in hippocampal and amygdala neural activity and functional connectivity in response to congitive bias in rates"

11:00am -11:05am 

Juan C. Sanchez-Arias, Medical Science

"Pannexin 1 regulates dendritic protrusion density and dynamics in developing cortical neurons"

11:05am - 11:15am 

Q&A with Lightning Round presenters

11:15am -11:30am Award Presentation


The virtual poster session will be hosted through Slack channels and Zoom meetings. 

Most of our event will take place in a zoom webinar. We will all meet there and start the event at 9 am. At 9:15 our poster session will begin. At this time, all attendees and presenters will open up a Slack Work Space called “Tri-Cluster” (please register for this link). All of our poster presentations will be divided among 3 slack channels. From 9:15-10:15 you may browse each channel and view posters that interest you. If you would like to speak with a poster author, they’ll have a personal Zoom Meeting link posted beside their poster that you can click on to chat with them directly. At 10:15 you can make your way back to the original Zoom Webinar using the same login information.

UBC Health Award Session

UBC Health has launched their Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards, the award is intended to catalyze health researchers to undertake innovative, possibly risky activities that have the potential to create change.

Initiatives must include faculty members and/or trainees from at least two different UBC faculties. We will be facilitating a brainstorming session for the award at 11:30am on November 4th. Join us in the morning to learn about the work being done by our diverse groups and kickstart your brainstorming process!

We believe our tri-cluster research day can act as a catalyst for collaboration. Join us for a day of multidisciplinary exploration and leave with a potential HIFI award partner.

Submission Instructions for Presenters

Our poster session will be hosted simultaneously on Slack and Zoom to offer synchronous and asynchronous interactions. You will be randomly assigned to one of three Slack Channels, where your poster and unique zoom link will be pinned. You’ll be able to answer text-based questions through the slack channel before and during the event, or answer questions live through your Zoom room between 9:15-10:15am. 

Attendees will be invited to browse posters and interact with you live from 9:15-10:15 am. If they are interested to learn more about your project, they can click on your Zoom Meeting room and chat with you one on one, or send you a message via Slack. As such, all poster presenters must have a Zoom account and create their own Zoom Meeting room, which they will manage independently during this portion of the event.

We will be holding two drop in times for Slack training on Monday, November 2nd from 11am-12pm PST and Tuesday, November 3rd from 2pm-3pm PST.  Please be sure to drop in to one of these sessions for a tech rehearsal. You will receive an invitation to join our event Slack Channel by Nov 1st. Please ensure you have accepted this invite before attending a tech rehearsal. 

Please send us your poster, along with your Zoom Meeting room details, by October 30th. We will accept any poster format, but suggest you create a powerpoint with approx. 6 slides to present your project rather than a large format poster (which are more difficult to present via zoom). 

Poster Competition

A panel of judges will review and score submitted abstracts prior to Research Day. The top 10 scores will be invited to present a 5 minute 'lightning talk'. 

Round One: Abstract Review & Scoring

Abstract judging will take place prior to Research Day. Successful applicants will be notified by October 21, 2020.

Judges will review and score all submitted abstracts in degree groupings of undergrad, masters and doctoral. Abstracts will be anonymous.

The top 10 scores will have the opportunity to present their poster to the judges at Research Day for prizes totaling $225. 

Round Two: Poster Presentations & Lightning Round Presentations

All students will have the opportunity to present their poster virtually through Slack and Zoom. All students presenting their poster are eligible for the People’s Choice Award category.

Students with qualifying abstract scores (top 10) will present their research to the judges during the Lightning Round Presentation. Each student will be allowed a five-minute virtual presentation on their research poster to a panel of judges.

Student Awards

The Best Student Presentation competition will honor the top three 'lightning talk' presentations at Research Day. 

First Place - $100

Second Place - $75

Third Place - $50

People's Choice Award (Best Poster) - Two prizes worth $20 

Preparing Your Abstract

  1. Prepare an abstract of no more than 250 words.
  2. Provide two keywords for your abstract.

Abstracts were due October 13, 2020.


Program Schedule

9:00 am Welcome Remarks

9:15 am  Virtual Student Poster Session

10:15 am Lightning Round Presentations   (Top 10 abstracts to present)

11:15 am Q&A with Lightning Round presenters

11:30 am Best Student Poster Award Presentation

11:35am Braistorming Session for UBC Health's 'Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards'

12:00 pm Program ends


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