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The 3rd Annual Tri-Cluster Research Day

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

November 26th, 2021 | 9am - 12:30pm, Online 

Discover various research activities conducted by students and trainees from some of UBC’s Research Excellence Clusters. Students from the Data Science and Health, 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 collaborative team grants 

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. Abstracts are due October 24th, and successful applicants will be notified by November 12th, 2021. 

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)

Minnie Teng - "Healthcare Students’ Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence: a Canadian National Survey"

Greta Jan - "Bringing Sexy Back: A 3.5-minute Psychoeducational Intervention that Improves Sexual Well-being"

Weina Jin - "Evaluating explainable AI on multi-modal medical imaging task: can existing algorithms fulfill clinical requirements?"

Marta Kolbuszewska - "Greater sexual desire, not matching in desire, is associated with higher relationship and sexual satisfaction postpartum"

Olivia Sullivan - "How early life gut inflammation impacts brain microglia and neurodevelopment"

Yuheng Wang - " Incorporating Clinical Knowledge with Constrained Classifier Chain   into a Multimodal Deep Network for Melanoma Detection"

Vince Bacarac - "Assessing the “two-hit” hypothesis: How does a two-hit immune activation affect microglial gene expression in the rat brain?"

Rohit Singla - "AutoKV-Net: Calculating Single Kidney Volume in Two-Dimensional Ultrasound Automatically by Mimicking Sonographers"

Zoe Hu - "Automated Placental Disease Prediction in Ultrasound with Neural Networks"

Erin Fitzpatrick - "What to expect when you’re expecting? Access to perinatal sexual health information is linked with higher postpartum sexual well-being"

11:15 am

Q&A with Lightning Round presenters

11:30 am


11:35 am

Best Student Poster Award Presentation
Abstract Instructions
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'. 

Preparing Your Abstract

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

Round One: Abstract Review & Scoring

Abstract judging will take place prior to Research Day. Abstracts are due October 24th, and successful applicants will be notified by November 12th, 2021. 

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 posters virtually through Slack and Zoom. All students presenting their posters 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